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Short Side of 29. Rated Army Aviator. What are my chances?

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Hello all, I am new to the flying squadron community. I am a current army helo pilot, CH-47s with 1000 hrs (two deployments - Afghanistan). I am approaching the end of my contract with the army in a couple of months and I've been looking at going Air Force Guard/Reserve. Would love to be able to transition to a heavy/cargo squadron. Looking for advice, suggestions or if someone would like to share their experience on going the unsponsored route. Unfortunately for me, I am 29 years old. I've been looking into going unsponsored, but I don't really know much about it. I recently took the AFOQT and TBAS. PCSM of 77 with a 87 Pilot. I have the hours so I am guessing I must of done really bad in the TBAS for my score to decrease by 10 points. My college GPA was a 2.6 (Civil Engineering). I would hate to think my GPA is the reason why my PCSM score was low. My understanding is that squadrons like to see mid 80's for a sponsorship. My main concern now is that I am 29 years old and time is quickly ticking away. Should I retake both the AFOQT and TBAS or go ahead and apply as a unsponsored applicant? Am I gambling with what airframe I would get by going unsponsored? I would love to track C-17s or C130s.

Any other suggestions or advice out there would be greatly appreciated it. Thanks!

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start rushing units you want to be with and start applying now.

Also, refer to BogiDope to a map of all the units and their airframes.  The blog articles are a wealth of information as well.

I am over the age requirement as was picked up by a heavy squadron.  I am working on my transfer paperwork now.  If there is anything I can help you with, feel free to reach out.

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Rush squadrons, don't be a tool, and you should easily get picked up by a tanker / transport squadron. Some might not want to do age waivers, but I'm guessing most will. 

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Retake the test as well.  Even a slight improvement shows that you are dedicated to continual improvement.

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