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  1. Seems it used to be if you were sponsored and cleared medically the Reserve board was just a formality. Now it seems they have severely cut the number of UPT slots for the Reserve so they are prioritizing the most undermanned squadrons.
  2. Second what Marco said. BogiDope prepped me really well for my interviews. Identified a ton of bad stuff I didn't even realize I was doing. Its not cheap but its worth the money.
  3. I feel like this is what the AETC must look like over the last 12 months. Doesn't appear the Guard or Active Duty is any better based on the wait times I am seeing with people selected for those.
  4. Heard they cancelled the board this year. May want to call and confirm but that's the last I heard.
  5. Not sure how old you are or how open you are to even crazier life changes but have you considered the active duty flying world? Yeah you don't have the flexibility of knowing where you'll be living but the Navy, USMC, and Air Force all have aviator shortages despite Covid grenading commercial aviation. Unlike the Air Force process the Navy and Marine Corps in particular seem to do a much better job of giving you a yes/no answer within a few months instead of 12-24 months like the AD Air Force. Also this year is terrible for applying to UPT boards. Without being able to visit in person (UTA weekend, etc) or having a personal connection at a squadron before an application is due means your chances for an interview are close to zero even with stellar scores, grades and flying hours. Once Covid is over and you can take the time to allow them to put a name to a face things will get much easier.
  6. Why would an active duty Naval Air Station be slated to receive Air Force jets (unless the CA Guard is pondering relocating their jets there)?
  7. I mean to be fair what is your 201+ hour projected? Its got to be like 97-98+ right? At your point you've essentially maxed out the score.
  8. Yeah its starting to look like everyone who takes a second time just murders it
  9. The guy who said that realizes the Marine Corps also has a fighter community right? But ok getting (sorta) serious to second what Desk Jobs said just shoot for what makes you happy and develop some thicker skin.
  10. Sounds like you're doing all the right things. You should keep applying everywhere in the interim but I'd say don't be annoying (if their needs change they'll contact you). Once the pandemic passes maybe go back to a UTA weekend or two. Most places I've applied have said verbatim selection as an alternate means you have to recompete at the next board same as everyone else.
  11. 100% agree but I think I can speak for most people here has been extremely challenging for applicants the last few months. I got one virtual, one in person interview, and couple of phone screeners with units this year I had met in person before the Covid-19 lockdown but I can't recall anywhere I was taken seriously that I didn't go to a UTA weekend at least once in person. I've met plenty of other applicants during past visits who had way better scores, way younger, way more flight hours but were insufferable to be around. Visit as many places as possible and don't be a douche/be yourself once this pandemic passes.
  12. Gotcha no idea then. They offered you an invite but didn't provide a POC to reach out to? I'm sure there's someone lurking from the squadron around here who can help. I've had some success in the application process just calling the ops desk at places of interest. You'll have to be creative and get around some gatekeepers but I'm sure if you were already offered an interview they'll be more receptive about getting a pilot on the phone for you.
  13. Hate to be the bearer of bad news but Ft. Worth sent their interview invites out almost 3 months ago. I don't think they typically send out the "thanks but no thanks" email so maybe that's where the confusion arose.
  14. Having done a Zoom interview relatively recently just have a clean wall with nothing super distracting behind you (I had an old family American flag behind me) and make sure the lighting it good. Just give it a test run first with your camera and where you intend to do it.
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