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Question for y'all folks who would have some idea as to this. How would you rate my resume's quality? 

  • Class of 2018 B.A. in History (major California university) 3.0 GPA
  • 22 years old, male, clean medical and legal records
  • PCSM 80 (I got the same score on my second take)
  • CFI (highest scrutiny FAA certification), and am employed in actually teaching mortals to fly

I know my PCSM score isn't remarkable, but its not a poor score. Same for my GPA, I'm not a scholar but its a solid GPA. Given these two stats aren't anything special for me, and probably at the lower end of the range of consideration, what are my chances, particularly for a fighter unit? Being a CFI is certainly a better measure of aptitude for flight training than a standardized test, but will that bear out for me? Or is this an uphill battle? I have no expectations for anything, but think I should have a good chance, but don't know if I actually do... thanks

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@Sopwith Camel FWIW I have a friend who got picked up as an alternate at a fighter unit with around the same scores and just a PPL.  He eventually got moved up as a primary after someone dropped months later and is now going to UPT.

I will echo what has been said on these forums many times by applicants and pilots alike who've gone through this process - go and visit, be a good dude, have a good attitude!  I haven't been selected myself but I've been applying for about a year - if you have any questions I'll do my best to help - feel free to DM.

Best of luck!

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6 minutes ago, Engineer2Pilot said:

Has anyone heard from Wisconsin or Selfridge fighter units? 

I applied to Selfridge. Haven't heard a peep.

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19 minutes ago, Engineer2Pilot said:

Has anyone heard from Wisconsin or Selfridge fighter units? 

Wisconsin is supposed to send out invites around the 25th of September so it's still early.

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@Sopwith Camel I recently got picked up by a fighter unit with an 82 PCSM and a 2.56 GPA and first ever interview. I was also almost 28. It’s because I knew the pilots. I was told after the fact that guys with better scores got bumped out so I could get an interview and I had the lowest scores at the interview. It all comes down to knowing them. Contact a couple units you want to apply to and ask to go out there and get to know them. The longer they know you (and like you) the better chance you have.

You could try joining a unit too? Being a crew chief gives you a lot of exposure to the pilots, they can see how your attitude is and watch how you work. Also, everyone likes hiring from inside their own unit family. Just a thought.

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On ‎9‎/‎14‎/‎2018 at 12:58 AM, cowdog said:

Anyone hear back from the 133rd ARS (Pease, NH)? 

They told me Thursday that they hoped interviews would be sent out by the end of the week. Anyone get notified? 

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On 9/10/2018 at 6:28 AM, Deuce362 said:

Seems likely they will have to push their board back a few weeks. Thanks for the update.

Just talked to the 76th our of mcguire. They are doing a joint board with the 78th. The new board date will be on November. The deadline for the 78th is some time in October.

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39 minutes ago, Deuce362 said:

Just talked to the 76th our of mcguire. They are doing a joint board with the 78th. The new board date will be on November. The deadline for the 78th is some time in October.

Thanks for the gouge!

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15 minutes ago, KingKid said:

Why is it I can get interviews with fighter units but can't get picked up? I've interviewed with 15 fighter units and got alternated 4 times. WTF do I even do at this point? 

Do you get feedback from your interviews? If so, what do the units say when they give you feedback? 

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1 hour ago, KingKid said:

Not much, but just "we liked this guy better". Especially stumped at getting alternated 4 times. Feedback was basically "Our primary isn't better than you, just a better fit right now". Honestly don't know what to do, might give BogiDope a shot because of all the positive reviews. 

No offense to you but it looks like you either need to start applying to heavy squadrons, or start pursuing some other jobs in the military. Never seen someone get that many interviews and not get picked up. 

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It all comes down to the application, the meet and greet, and the interview. You need to win at least 2 out of those 3 to be considered, in my opinion. If you dont have a great interview, that can be overlooked if the meet and greet went well. If someone else nails all 3, then they'll probably get hired over you. If you don't do well in the meet and greet and you dont do well in the interview, then you're out.

Sometimes it's also just really tough. The meet and greet goes well and the applicants interview well. So then it comes down to kind of our "gut feeling" about who we think would work out best in the squadron and go with that.

 

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2 hours ago, KingKid said:

Not much, but just "we liked this guy better". Especially stumped at getting alternated 4 times. Feedback was basically "Our primary isn't better than you, just a better fit right now". Honestly don't know what to do, might give BogiDope a shot because of all the positive reviews. 

Sounds like it would be worth the money

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23 minutes ago, Deuce362 said:

Anyone heard from the 107th from Selridge or anything from Portsmouth, NH?

Nothing from Portsmouth yet

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