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Hired by a Guard Unit after Unsponsored Reserve slot?

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I’m currently enlisted in the ANG. I Have all my tests done, bachelors degree, ready to apply to guard units.  I’m currently in contact with a reserve recruiter for an unsponsored board.  My question is, can I get hired unsponsored, and in the time frame of waiting to go to OTS, interview and get hired by a Gaurd Unit and take the Gaurd route instead?  My basis for this is I’m 26 years old and I want to get the ball rolling on getting into UPT.  I really want fighters and plan on sending my package to both Wisconsin and Minnesota or whatever unit has a hiring board in the next few months. Should I wait to go unsponsored until I hear back from these units or other Gaurd units, or just go ahead and get unsponsored and still interview at Gaurd units?  

 

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At 26 you still have alot of time left to find a fighter unit. Once you start UPT on the reserve dime, it will be practically impossible to switch to guard. Leave the unsponsored route as a backup...just my 2 cents.

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7 hours ago, va121mir said:

At 26 you still have alot of time left to find a fighter unit. Once you start UPT on the reserve dime, it will be practically impossible to switch to guard. Leave the unsponsored route as a backup...just my 2 cents.

Appreciate the response. It sucks because in reality I don’t have a lot of time.  I’m 26, but some of these units that post their boards require being hired before the age of 27. Currently one of the tanker units has this requirement. I think I’ll wait it out in the next 6 months and apply only to Gaurd units. 

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@dt92 Typically the age limit is 28 or 28.5 for guard units. I have never seen it at 27. Plus, some units, even fighter units, are willing to do age waivers. Since you are in the guard already, it should be pretty easy for you to get a FC1 knocked out at wright pat. Having a cleared FC1 will def help your chances. If you have already taken the AFOQT and TBAS and your scores are ok then apply with what you have now and plan on retaking it. Also, get as much flight time as you can.

Additionally, I know some dudes that got picked up at fighter units past 30. 

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Just out of curiosity. Could I apply to both ANG & AFR units even though I've gone through an AFR recruiter? That knowledge is new to me!

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@kleveling you can apply to any unit you want. You will likely have to work with the unit's recruiter when you get hired by the unit. So any preliminary work with an AFRC recruiter does not commit you to AFRC.

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The default route for an unsponsored AFRC dude is T-1's.  After you get selected, you start shelling out emails to all units, and you'll find out quickly that there are maybe half a dozen reserve fighter units that can even sponsor you.  It's an uphill battle from the start, and the odds are against you.  If you're up for the fight, it's not impossible to get yourself a fighter sponsorship.  My route was insanely complicated, but I did recently go through this exact situation, and happened to come out on top.

You can go through the entire Unsponsored process up to being gained by the 340th and still have apps out to ANG fighter units.  If that is what you want to fly, pursue all options simultaneously.  Water flows where it can.  Your AFRC recruiter will want you to only pursue AFRC units because he's putting all the work into pushing your package forward, but you can and should branch out as much as possible.    

 

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