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  1. DifferentViper

    Please Rate my Chances, Civilian, age waiver required

    I've only applied to one place and been to one interview so take this for what it's worth but i took the AFOQT in 2009 when i was in ROTC and nobody said anything. My scores were worse and i planned to retake it but i got hired before i got around to it. My opinion from the outside looking in is at your age (which is a couple months older than me) is it's too late to be too picky. If i were you i would apply everywhere you want to fly and try your best to get hired, fighters and heavies. After you get hired you will at least have a seat to training and then you can keep interviewing at fighter squadrons till you leave for training. I just don't think your scores and credentials are good enough for fighters or bust at your age. That being said I'm getting ready to send an application to a fighter squadron so i must still think there is hope... Just my opinion based on research. Hopefully someone will come in and tell me I'm wrong.
  2. I was told by my recruiter and unit that I need both MEPS and FC1 before the AFRC board. Don't know if it's requirement of preference but that's what I was told. I figure a passed fc1 is an extra insurance that you are good to go.
  3. DifferentViper

    Retaking TBAS

    KC-135. I figure I'm probably too old for fighters. Who wants to fly fighters anyway... I think 135s will fit my personality better so I'm excited.
  4. DifferentViper

    Retaking TBAS

    I planned to retake the afoqt but got hired before I had a chance to do it. I didn't study for my first one either. I was a freshman in college and figured I was probably smart enough I didn't need to study... 19 year olds are geniuses.
  5. DifferentViper

    Retaking TBAS

    When I retook the TBAS my PCSM went up around 14 points. That is without any more hours or AFOQT changes. When I first took the tbas I had 3 hours and 75 pilot afoqt and got a 46 pcsm. Second time i had 10 hours and my PCSM was 64 (4 more points for hours). Now is at 76 with 21 hours. Study the flashcards and work on multitasking.
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    AFROTC scholarships

    I'm sure it's one of those situations of bad information and/ or bad assumptions but I was picked up by a KC-135 squadron as a pilot. I had the dodmerb physical back in 2010 and was told I had up go to meps which I expected but now after dealing with meps issues for a couple months now they finally said I am clear to physical and gave me a date and they cancelled a couple days later. I'm not prior service but I'm not sure how to convince meps of this since I have dd256 and signed form 4 on record.
  7. DifferentViper

    AFROTC scholarships

    I know this is old but have a question regarding scholarships. This might be good info for anyone thinking about scholarships. I was on a type 1 scholarship and then didn't get picked up for field training and was disenrolled. To receive the scholarship you sign a DD form 4/2 enlistment form. As I said I was disenrolled and now years later I'm going Air force reserve and trying to get to MEPS but they said I am prior service. As far as I'm aware you aren't actually in the military until you graduate and commission. Is this true or did signing the contract change things?
  8. DifferentViper

    Upcoming Boards

    I was told Toledo usually holds them once a year in summer/ fall.
  9. Keep it. Unless you want to come home and find a new job for when you are off orders. Even if you want to take an ART or AGR job later there is no harm to you for keeping the job through training. I got picked up reserve recently and plan to keep my job. Even if you don't want to work there after you get back, it keeps options open. Options are always (usually) a good thing.
  10. DifferentViper

    Best chances at becoming a fighter pilot

    I chose AFROTC as my path to the Air Force back in 2009. Budget cuts and low GPA got me. Plan A was be a fighter pilot and be awesome. Plan B was be a heavy pilot and be a little less awesome. Plan C was do anything else in the Air Force and still be pretty cool. Plan D was graduate as an engineer and be boring. Life shoved me to plan D. I could have gone with an easier major to get a higher GPA but that wouldn't have left any backup if the Air Force didn't work out. Maybe I would be medically DQ and then be completely hosed. Don't want to discourage you just a note on how important a backup plan is. In college find something you could enjoy doing your whole life if things do go sideways. Then if you are like me you can eventually say screw plan D and try to be a pilot in the AFR or ANG anyway. Just don't wait as long as I did.
  11. DifferentViper

    Upcoming Boards

    I just got picked up to fly that 1958 model thank you very much! Thought of this when I read the last couple posts: https://www.duffelblog.com/2017/02/fighter-pilot-shortage-results-in-recruitment-of-average-looking-uncool-people/amp/
  12. DifferentViper

    Just another dreamer

    Similar everything as you except one small point. Your AFOQT is way better than mine. PCSM is same as mine with 21 hours. I'm a 28 year old EE with a 3.2 gpa working as an engineer for an aerospace defense contractor. I got picked up by a heavy squadron. 1 for 1 on interviews/ offers. I was also in ROTC. If you don't mind me asking how did you leave rotc? Voluntary departure after no pilot slot?
  13. DifferentViper

    Looking to fly heavies! How am I looking?

    Your PCSM is 1 higher than mine at all the same ranges. I have 21 hours. Your AFOQT pilot score is about 20 higher than mine. I have an engineering bachelor's at 3.2 gpa. Also I'm a few months older than you. I took the TBAS twice, first time was 43 with 3 hours. All this to help you judge where you are. From my experience at the heavy squadron I was just hired to, solo is a big step. When I visited leading up to the interview I was asked I think 3 times if I had soloed yet (I hadn't) and told to get the solo after the interview. My suggestion goes along with @FDNYOldGuy and get that solo. 21 hours helps too. Not an expert but hope this helps.
  14. DifferentViper

    Turned 28... Keep Trying? Or GO ARMY?

    I turned 28 at the start of May with scores that are very similar to yours with 11 hours and an engineering degree and I have an interview at a reserve heavy unit. If you are fighters or bust then I'd say apply and make them tell you no but from what I have seen on the forums age waivers for fighters are harder to come by because there is no shortage of young fighter pilot applicants. If you Google confessions of a KC-135 boom operator there is a good story about the KC-135 mission that kind of got me excited about heavies. Link
  15. DifferentViper

    Leaving family behind for UPT?

    I've been contemplating this same thing. I currently live around extended family so if my wife needs help with (or a break from) the two young kids then there is family nearby but if they come with me then it's just us which should read just her most days since I'll need to focus on training. Is the BAH situation the same for reserve and guard?