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Currently trying to build a competitive résumé to be a pilot in the Reserve or Guard. I want to be ready to interview about a year from now. I want to fly heavies. I grew up around heavy pilots and always looked up to those guys. I have a good mentor that has made a career as a USAF pilot but it always helps to hear from other sources like this one as well. I have read extensively in the forums on this site and have found them very helpful. I want to fly because flying itself is very fun as well as challenging, I like being in environments with high expectations and I like being around people who go all in and commit to being their best at what they do, and I see that alot of that in the pilots and USAF people that I have known growing up. It doesn't hurt that the schedule is generally pretty good, too. Anyway, here's where I'm at:

Academics:

- 3.19 GPA, going into my last semester of college this fall and hope to bump it up to a 3.3 or greater.

-Leadership experience:

My internship over winter involved guiding other students for backcountry skiing and winter camping. I plan on getting more leadership experience this winter from a guiding company that I have my foot in the door with. 

-Teamwork/Communications:

Spent a summer on a fishing boat in Alaska. Worked with very rough people over long periods of time (some 20 hr days broken up by two two hour naps) and high stress environment. Learned A TON from the challenge and experience of that job. Also built up (and really tested) the work ethic. 

Currently on a Wild Land Fire crew, and I think that there are many parallels that can be drawn between fighting fire and flying, such as:

-Communication skills

-Situational Awareness 

-Working closely with others over long periods of time in high stress and potentially high danger situations 

 -Physical Fitness: 

Not a problem.

Now, here's what's lacking:

-Have not taken the AFOQT. I plan on studying for and hopefully taking this in the spring. I will utilize the forums on here to figure out how best to study for the test and do as well as possible. I know that this test is required and doing well is critical. 

-Flight time (LOL ) obviously this is also very important if some body wants to be considered for a pilot slot. I signed up to start working on the PPL this fall and plan to have it completed by spring. I know that the general rule of thumb is the more hours the better, so I fly as much as possible once that gets going. I've flown in the sim a little bit, flown small airplanes a few times and have gotten to sit in the jump seat of some bigger planes and really enjoyed it all. 

-Would like more formal leadership experience

-Have some volunteering time in, but plan on getting more when I go back to school in the fall.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, your feed back will be taken into account. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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19 hours ago, sliceboard said:

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this, your feed back will be taken into account. 

 

 

It's actually not too early to start thinking about where you stand in regards to getting a UPT slot. So far you're on the right track and have the right attitude. Definitely work as hard as you can to up those grades and get the highest GPA possible. Do more volunteering and try putting yourself in a leadership role in whatever volunteering opportunity you may obtain. Most definitely try and knock out that  PPL. As for the AFOQT and the TBAS; obviously study really hard to get the best scores. ( Search the forums on these. airforceots dot com is a good place for this. ) 

Now, all of the above will set you up with a good package to get the interviews; but that alone is not the end of the road. Many here can testify that attitude and being a good dude can go a long way. What I mean when I say that is not too early is this; Many units allow for applicants to apply on their last year of college so you should start applying now. Additionally, even if a unit in which you are interested does not allow you to apply until you are done with the degree, I recommend for you to still go visit. This way the unit will get to know you and get to know what you are about. If you have any questions feel free to pm me.

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1 hour ago, klee0612 said:
1 hour ago, klee0612 said:

 

It's actually not too early to start thinking about where you stand in regards to getting a UPT slot. So far you're on the right track and have the right attitude. Definitely work as hard as you can to up those grades and get the highest GPA possible. Do more volunteering and try putting yourself in a leadership role in whatever volunteering opportunity you may obtain. Most definitely try and knock out that  PPL. As for the AFOQT and the TBAS; obviously study really hard to get the best scores. ( Search the forums on these. airforceots dot com is a good place for this. ) 

 

Now, all of the above will set you up with a good package to get the interviews; but that alone is not the end of the road. Many here can testify that attitude and being a good dude can go a long way. What I mean when I say that is not too early is this; Many units allow for applicants to apply on their last year of college so you should start applying now. Additionally, even if a unit in which you are interested does not allow you to apply until you are done with the degree, I recommend for you to still go visit. This way the unit will get to know you and get to know what you are about. If you have any questions feel free to pm me.

 

Noted. Thank you, I have full intentions of graduating with as strong of a GPA as possible. I didn't know how early was to early to begin applying. 

 

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All in all it looks good. Like Klee said, it's not too early to start visiting units and building connections/networking. Lots of units will let you apply if you're within 1 year of graduating. 

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On 9/9/2016 at 3:43 PM, glitchfire said:

how did you get the fishing boat job?

I would love to do something like this 

Friend of a friend. It was a great adventure but very challenging mentally. It's hard to break into that industry if you don't know anybody who owns or runs a boat. Also keep in mind many (though not all) people who are in that industry do it because life has given them no other choice. You will be in a small space with some potentially very unpredictable people for weeks or months. 

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The more hours the better is true, the maximum that can apply to your PCSM is 200, which if you have the time and money bumps your score significantly.  I am currently at OTS with roughly 60 pilots in my class and the highest zero flight time PCSM scores that made it are in the 60's, the pilots with a PPL- 200 hours score in the 80's and 90's.  Getting your private license before you take the AFOQT will help you score higher in the pilot and nav section.  Lastly when you take the TBAS my recruiter told me there is nothing you can do to prepare because it is an aptitude test which is false, you should always double check information your recruiter gives you.  There are flashcards online that help with the timed directional orientation task, you can also practice using an inverted joystick and doing quick addition/subtraction.  Don't be passive at any point in the process if you need to prod your recruiter to get the next action item or get paperwork pushed through then prod.

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