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Please tell me what I can do to better myself, so I can become as strong of an applicant as possible, while time is on my side!

At this point I am only interested in fighter units.

My information:

Age: 18

Education: I'm finishing up my first year of college, due to AP classes and taking high course loads I will be able to graduate in three years (spring of 2020) majoring in Industrial and Systems Engineering and am planning to minor in aerospace engineering. I currently have a 3.96 GPA.

Work: I Have worked part-time all through college and high school and plan to work at my city airport this summer.

Flying Experience:I currently have my private pilots with roughly 60 hours, and I plan to begin my instrument rating this summer and at the very least hit the benchmark of over 100 hours. My family has a c172, c206, and PA 12 with a grass strip at our house and my dad is a CFI so flight time fortunately won't be a big issue. Should I just focus on more hours, or should I pursue a commercial rating and possibly a multi add on?

Volunteer work: I am a volunteer hunters safety instructor and peer tutor

Leadership: I feel like I may be lacking here, I had tons in high school such as varsity team captains, 4-H, etc.. but in college I haven't had to much time to get involved since I am taking a high course load on top of working. I've been talking to some school faculty about possibly starting some sort of aviation/flying club next year. Any other ideas?

Physical fitness: Can run a sub 5 minute mile and max push ups and pull ups

Awards/Honors

-On a 4 year full ride scholarship

-Deans list

-3 year consecutive first place Shotgun shooting team

-Attended USAFA summer seminar 

-Was accepted to USAFA with one primary nomination and two other nominations

(I declined the appointment because I wasn't 100 percent sure that is what I wanted after talking to a bunch of retired military pilots and and didn't feel right taking that privilege away from someone else who wanted it. It was easily the hardest decision of my life, but no changing it now so I'm making the best of it and going Guard over AD! But hey still on a full scholarship so not to bad of a gig!)

LOR: Planning on getting 2-3 letters of rec from retired military members who are family friends that know me well, and possibly another from a professor or boss

I thought about enlisting but the nearest ANG is three-four hours away and they fly the c-130 which I'm not too interested in. I'm planning on ordering some studying materials for the AFOQT and to take it next spring in addition to rushing some units next summer.

What am I missing?

Thanks in advance!

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Turn that 3.96 GPA into a 3.69!

 

In all seriousness, keep doing what you’re doing and crush the AFOQT/TBAS. 

You have plenty of time to get picked up for whatever you want to do and you’re off to a much better start than the majority of people, IMO.

I can’t stress enough to have fun. Keep flying, stay out of legal trouble, keep your grades up, stay away from drugs, but have a hell of a lot of fun in college, too. Do something stupid (not illegal) and have a great story to tell. 

Graduating in 3 years is awesome, but I, personally, wouldn’t want that. Your drive is a very good thing, keep that, but remember that the military will still be around. 

Have some fun. You’re off to a great start. 

Just my .02

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I agree with PilotCandidate. Use college to learn things that you won't find in books. Your resume is perfect for the Academy. However guard units want someone they can hang with, deploy with and stand to be around for the next 20 years. 

I'm not saying shoot for a 2.0 but a 3.5 with tons of leadership and social resume check marks with serve you far better than summa cum laude with a guard unit. 

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10 hours ago, gmahan3 said:

I agree with PilotCandidate. Use college to learn things that you won't find in books. Your resume is perfect for the Academy. However guard units want someone they can hang with, deploy with and stand to be around for the next 20 years. 

I'm not saying shoot for a 2.0 but a 3.5 with tons of leadership and social resume check marks with serve you far better than summa cum laude with a guard unit. 

Leadership stuff is important - a 3.9 with those extras is mo betta.  Just do that.  If that's too hard, military aviation might not be for you. 

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