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  1. Hey Viper, Your test scores, GPA, and flight hours look fairly similar to mine when I applied to heavy Reserve units. It’s really common for units, both ANG and Reserve, to offer nav slots to applicants who do not have their PPL. When I did my interview, I came across a few applicants who originally submitted a package for pilot interviewing for nav due to low flight hours and no PPL. So I think you’re on the right path by pursuing your PPL and raising hours at the same time. I had about 110hrs with a PPL at big 30 (current age limit for UPT is 33) when was hired. Applying for unsponsored slots is definitely an option, however keep in mind that your sponsorship status is one of the selection criteria along with many other factors (GPA, flight hours, AFOQT, PCSM, leadership, etc.) for the AFRC board. Unlike sponsored applicants, not all unsponsored applicants get selected on the AFRC board. Feel free to PM me if you need any help with the Reserve process, interview pointers, or what have you. I recently went through the process so my knowledge on this topic is fairly fresh.
  2. Does anyone know the status on the AFRC UFT Board for May? I have not heard anything from my recruiter or unit. Correct me if I am wrong but from my understanding, the AFRC board is just a formality and most sponsored applicants are selected as long as they are qualified. I am just trying to prep myself for the worst case scenario as I do not like surprises.
  3. I am also an interservice transfer guy transitioning from the Marine Corps to AFRC. My recruiter sent my scrolling paperwork at the end of April with a temporary DD368 that was signed off by my squadron CO just for the sole purpose of initiating the scrolling process so hopefully it gets done smoothly. The Headquarters of the Marine Corps approved my conditional release from active duty for 1 Nov without reserve commission or IRR commitment which I am glad about. All in all, I just do not understand why the scrolling process takes 4-6 months, that’s not including the time to obtain a DD368 which can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Maybe I should avoid all this hassle and stick with the Corps so that I can stay in shape - my hiring unit told me that I’m going to be the only one PTing at 0600..[emoji848] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Gotcha. I was told that each component has a set number of slots allocated weekly for applicants. AFRC gets three slots per week for FC1.
  5. How in the world did you manage to get yourself scheduled for June to do your FC1? Are you an AFRC or ANG guy? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Theoretically, a brand new copilot should have 300 MDS hours to be a GS-11 following a prog tour if the UPT hours did not count. However, your MDS hours at the end of your prog tour depend on the length of your prog tour and the hours you accumulate at FTU. Maybe your unit is kind enough to keep you on the prog tour until you reach 300 MDS hours so that you can skip GS-9 and go straight to GS-11.
  7. According to my hiring manager at my Reserve unit (GS-12 ART), UPT time does not count, only MDS hours count. Maybe every unit is different?
  8. This is a great thread. I also concur with most folks on this thread. As an active duty Marine, I had my fair share of deployments, exercises, and PMEs that required me to be away from my family. All in all, I was away for a total of 1.5 years out of the 6 years I served in the Corps. My best advice to all future UPT students with family is "stick with your family" because the chance of you being away in the near future is fairly high. So why not maximize the opportunity to spend time with your family when you have the option to do so? However, I completely understand that every situation is unique and not the same. For what it's worth, I will be going through UPT with an 11 year-old, a 6 year-old, and a newborn as a 31 year-old-crusty-Marine-Captain. And yes, I absolutely planned on attending UPT with a "Fire Team +"...thanks to my lack of self control
  9. I am in the same boat. My FC1 paperwork was submitted late April and received a date of 3 Sep. Is there anyway to expedite FC1? I was told that it can take up to 3 months to have the FC1 approved. That’ll definitely put me pass my separation date from the Corps (Nov 1). I may have to ask for an extension. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. What I put above is for AFRC. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Where you start on the GS scale (GS-9 or 11) depends on how many MDS hours you have following your seasoning tour and from what I was told, your sim time counts. Below is based off of 2018 Special Rate Table Number 0767 for 2181 (Aircraft Operator) for STEP 1. GS-9 = $50,598.00, less than 300 total MDS hrs (UPT grad) GS-11 = $76,940.00, 300 total MDS hrs GS-12 = $92,220.00, 750 total MDS hrs
  12. ThreeHoler, Thanks for the prompt response! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I was recently hired by a heavy reserve unit at age 30, currently a non rated O-3 in the Corps with a PPL. I know of a guy who got picked up at 40 years old. He was kind enough to reach out to me when I made a post about age waivers on TPN (Facebook). I had similar concerns like you before the Air Force bumped the age limit to 33. I can get you in touch with him if you would like, he will probably be more than happy to share his story on how he overcame the “age” obstacle. I believe he is a prior enlisted Air Force guy as well. By the way, I thought the Air Force ran 1.5miles? Not to compare but I just ran 3 miles in 20:56 last week on my PFT, along with 26 pull-ups, and 130 crunches. Marine Corps PFT is no joke... I cannot wait to start the Air Force PFT! That’s why I’m making this transition to join the Air Force. [emoji38]
  14. I don’t meant to steal this thread but can I transfer my GI bill to my kids after I transition to the Air Force Reserve? I will hit the six-year mark in July 2019 as an active duty Marine. If all the paperwork moves smoothly, I should be starting UPT early 2020 (yes, inter-service transfer). I understand that UPT still counts as active duty time but I am looking to do the TDART once my seasoning orders is up when I return to my unit. I would love to have the option to transfer my GI bill to my kids. Can I complete the four-year term/obligation in the Air Force Reserve? Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Maybe you got hired on 8 FEB “2019”, FC1 submitted on 7 MAR “2019”, and pending notification as of now? Marines don’t usually correct Airmen on stuff like this but I just had to do it lol.
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