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Has anyone ever successfully received an exception to policy letter after receiving an SRB for OTS? I am in a situation that I have one shot for OTS (November 2019 board) before I have to re-enlist. I think that I would be stupid to not take the bonus as I have no guarantees of ever getting an OTS slot, but it's tough to know I will have to wait 2-3 more years for my goal of an officer slot. Does anyone have experience with this or any advice? 

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That’s a rough one, the bonus will take away your ability to go ANG/AFRC as a pilot or officer, is that what you want?

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On 12/5/2018 at 10:51 AM, matmacwc said:

That’s a rough one, the bonus will take away your ability to go ANG/AFRC as a pilot or officer, is that what you want?

I am trying to apply Active Duty OTS before I try to get into the ANG since I am currently active and don't really have plans to leave.

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On 12/7/2018 at 6:51 AM, Riddles said:

I am trying to apply Active Duty OTS before I try to get into the ANG since I am currently active and don't really have plans to leave.

So don't take the bonus

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On 12/8/2018 at 11:30 AM, matmacwc said:

So don't take the bonus

The only reason I am hesitant to do this is I have no guarantee of getting into OTS. I am willing to not take the bonus if that is the only option, but I was curious if anyone has ever seen one of these get approved. 

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No one has guarantees they will get a chance at their dream. Grab a pair and make a decision. The bonus or chance and possibility of failure at your dream. Regrets are a bitch if you don’t make a decision, either way you go.

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On 12/11/2018 at 9:42 AM, Riddles said:

The only reason I am hesitant to do this is I have no guarantee of getting into OTS. I am willing to not take the bonus if that is the only option, but I was curious if anyone has ever seen one of these get approved. 

I don’t think you are hearing us, you give up trying for an AFRC pilot slot if you take the enlisted bonus, you tie your own hands.  Balls in your court.

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On 12/11/2018 at 10:42 AM, Riddles said:

The only reason I am hesitant to do this is I have no guarantee of getting into OTS. I am willing to not take the bonus if that is the only option, but I was curious if anyone has ever seen one of these get approved. 

I was in your same boat in 2004.  I didn't take a $72K bonus as a SrA so I could preserve my options.  Instead I applied to OTS during a time when AD selection rates were around 5%.  I have no regrets.  I've still never taken a bonus, and I still have no regrets.  Everything has an opportunity cost, and I chose to 'spend' those lost bonus dollars on freedom of maneuver.

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