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  1. First of all, congrats on getting picked up as an old guy. It's a pleasure hearing success stories like yours, and I appreciate your input as well. The aviation community, especially in the military, seems to be full of really good people. I would love to be part of that kind of camaraderie. Everyone here has taken the time to give some really sound advice and it means the world to me.
  2. Again, thank you for your thorough responses. Going through this process with some knowledge dropped on me is better than going it a lone wolf. After TBAS tomorrow, I'll start work on a gameplan for the video. Will post it here as soon as I get something together. Thanks again for everyone's input, I really appreciate your generosity.
  3. Roger that and thank you for the knowledge. I'm getting my package ready and if I don't get selected for this board I'll be gearing towards getting some hours and a license before the next board. My neighbor had a Stearman when I was younger. He took me up and let me fly it when I was 12, so I've had the bug for a long time. We'll see what happens if I keep my head up and stay determined. I'm optimistic. Congrats on getting hired, that's awesome and good to hear.
  4. That's exactly what I needed to hear. I will apply and hope for the best. Again, thank you for your input. Any information from a fighter pilot is valuable to me at this point. May ask for more input after I make the video for my application to make sure I get it right. Roger that on the bikes. That's a nice selection you listed. Never ridden an Aprilia, but have ridden some of the others. That TL was a whole lot of fun from 0-120 mph. Thanks again.
  5. @EvilEagle I understand, and I appreciate your honesty. Visited one fighter unit and they said my story was unique and to apply, so I'm getting my packet together and giving it my best. Really just want to get to UPT be it AD or guard. Air guard seems like the cat's meow, but either way, if selected I'm willing to bust it to graduate at the top of my class for a chance to fly fighters. I have seen you respond/referenced in other posts, and you seem interesting enough to have a beer. This may be off topic, but what are you riding? I would assume a crotch rocket likely wouldn't do it for you after flying the eagle, but you know what they say about assuming. Anyway, thank you for your input and thank you for your service.
  6. Roger that. Thank you for your quick and thorough response. Will PM you for more advice.
  7. If someone has the time to give some advice, it will be greatly appreciated. Currently a civilian with no military experience. I started a business at 22 years old and used it as a means to an end for getting my bachelors in mechanical engineering from Auburn. Worked my way through school doing manual labor with my business and my grades aren't the best, but I graduated debt free. No stranger to hard work and perseverance, so this UPT seems the right fit. Currently trying to get my application in for AD and one guard unit before the new year. I take the TBAS Friday and took the AFOQT last month. From what I know I just need a flight physical and all my i's dotted and t's crossed after this test on Friday. My grandfather was a fighter pilot and he raised me over half my life, so to say I've been wired for fighters would be an understatement. He's in the film Thud Pilots if any of you have seen it. After seeing the flyover at his funeral in August, I'm all in to serve this country and hopefully fly fighters someday as well. I'm 32, so my age is going to be a factor and I had a possession charge for pot (adjudication withheld), but everyone I know in the military tells me to apply because I don't have any felony charges. LORs from a retired Brig. Gen., a judge from my hometown, and from one of my professors at Auburn. Scores: Pilot 88 Nav 74 Acac Apt 44 Verbal 26 Quantitative 66 Found Bogidope today and found lots of useful information. Is it as useful as it seems, or worth the money to pay for consulting? Don't mind paying for it, but thought I may ask around here first to save money since I'm currently the main caregiver for my grandmother and I am not working to take care of her. Time is of the essence and as I mentioned, I am trying to get my application together before the new year. I know I have some strikes against me, but I'm willing to put in the work and give it my best be it either the guard or AD. If any of you are willing to share information, or have some good examples of cover letters, resume, etc., it will be immensely useful. Again, any help is appreciated and thank you ahead of time.
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