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  1. I feel you there -- I would've done that 100% too! Good luck with getting everything set up, and let us know how it goes.
  2. This was definitely not my experience. Once I was gained by my unit, I got the process starting to get a CAC, get a government travel credit card (GTCC), and get DTS access. I’m Guard, btw so this may be different for you if you’re in another component. My FC1 travel was completely booked through DTS and paid through my GTCC.
  3. Hey thanks a lot! I'm Guard, and yes I enlisted and was gained by my unit well before dropping OTS dates. My timeline post is actually in this topic here.
  4. I'm in the Guard, and I actually happened to get OTS dates just before my trip to WPAFB for my FC1. I'm honestly not exactly sure what process my recruiter/POC in my squadron went through to make that happen, but I'm still set to go to OTS while waiting for a waiver to clear FC1 at the moment. EDIT: clarifying I'm in the Guard, since it's likely different between Guard and Reserves
  5. Hey y'all, I stumbled upon this post in r/airforceots on Reddit about the April, July, and August OTS classes being on "hold", particularly for those going rated and doctors/nurses. Anyone else hear anything about this that can confirm or refute? I just got confirmation to attend OTS for the April class (21-04) as a Guard pilot candidate. Supposed to be receiving my orders on Monday. Thanks in advance to anyone who has some additional insight!
  6. I am also interested to hear any insight on this topic. Anyone have experience with this?
  7. On the off chance you hadn't seen them before, I found these training flashcards for spatial orientation practice super helpful.
  8. I'm almost exactly in the same position as you. Went to MEPS in June, and am waiting for FC1 right now. My recruiter told me once I have a background investigation open for an interim security clearance, he can submit to NGB for an "approve to appoint" (A2A) and then I can get my orders for FC1. I just had my first background investigation interview last week to kick off the process for the security clearance.
  9. I was given some great advice regarding this approach. I think it's important to be well-prepared but not come off as overly rehearsed/mechanical. To that end, the advice given to me was: for each question you saw online or could think up, come up with 2-3 solid ideas to build a response out of. These could be simple bullet point ideas that would allow you to organize your thoughts and have structure to your response, but would give you the freedom to build a conversation rather than sounding like it's scripted. Plus, I've found that when I try to script responses out, stumbling on a small
  10. Is this also true even if you were hired by your company prior to your enlistment? I've been looking for a definitive answer as to whether this true, since it would be great to have the fallback during potentially months-long gaps between training phases. I just figured that if I wasn't enlisted already when I was hired by my company, they have no obligation to hold that up.
  11. Hey dude, I just want to echo a bit of what's already been said. I'm currently an engineer, and it is by all means an awesome job and a blessing during the current socioeconomic situation. But I can totally relate to your feeling unfulfilled and wanting to do what you are really passionate about -- that's a story/sentiment I've heard a ton while on the circuit. That being said, I would also throw my 2c in and say now is not a great time to quit a stable job, especially when I think you can still be equally effective at rushing squadrons and going all out for that dream, while still maintain
  12. Is this a thing that can help if you bring it up in the appropriate channels with your unit? I'm definitely on that bubble where I'm starting to worry about running up on age restrictions, especially given all the rumors of delays in the training pipeline.
  13. Figured I'd post here as therapy during this lovely hurry-up-and-wait game! I hope you all are doing well during these crazy times! Hired off the street for a Guard fighter squadron. EDITED for updates. AFOQT/TBAS: December 2018 UPT Board: May 2019 (selected as alternate) Alternate to primary: got the call for the big leagues February 2020. MEPS completed and signed off: May 2020 Enlisted and gained by the unit: June - July 2020 NGB approval for FC1 and OTS: 01 Dec 2020 FC1: 09 Feb 2021 OTS: Class 21-04 starting 06 Apr 2021 IFT: ???
  14. Hey all, First time posting here, just wanted to say best of luck to everyone making their way through the UPT circuit and interviews! If anyone is traveling to DC this weekend for the 121st drill weekend and wants to get together for a drink, feel free to DM. I’m from CA, first time in DC.
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