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Greetings,

I'm currently looking for some insight on what the process for an AD CSO looking to be sent to UPT by a Guard or Reserve unit will look like. I understand this is a touchy subject. To my knowledge, the immediate barriers are:

1. Age requirement (waiverable)

2. Less than 5 years commissioned service requirement (unsure if waiverable)

Are there any other considerations that come to mind? I'm not sure if this route is a viable option.

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I know a friend who is doing it at age 34. He’s a CSO already in the guard unit that’s sending him to UPT. Not 100% sure of the details, but given the AF’s need for pilots, now is as good a time as ever to apply. 

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Was told recently but have not confirmed that the age limit has been raised to 33.  Don't think of it as a touchy subject.  If you want it, go get it!  It is a highly viable option.  I have a couple of buddies right now, one who is 34 and who had eight years AD, in UPT with Guard units.  You just have to find a unit that is willing to go to bat for you.  Some units are willing to work waivers, while others are not.  The trick, I think, is to find undermanned units and target them.  Units in places like Charleston or Seattle have a line of applicants out the door and around the corner, but some place that's less desirable would probably be an easier road for you. 

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