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  1. All of the interview gouge in this thread is still relevant. I'm sure its been said, but I will reiterate that its important to have a bunch of stories that you can apply to lots of different questions. Try to think about what they are really asking about when you read through questions in here, there are about a million different ways to ask the same question, but they all want to hear the same thing. The basic questions you will be asked in some way: Why this squadron Why this mission Are you a leader/team player Will we want to spend time with you Also some random questions to throw you off your game/ hear what you are really like without prep I visited and had experiences during those visits that came up in the interview, it made the interview much more relaxing and conversational. Know when to be serious answering questions, and when to be lighthearted; visiting helps you know what the squadron members are like and will help with this immensely. It's hard to "practice" for an interview and not have canned answers. The best thing to do is to really think about stories in your past that show who you are as a person. Record yourself talking, or even have a friend ask you some questions from a list and try to relate these questions back to your stories/experiences. Anyone can say things they want to do or will do, but they are looking for someone that can back up what they say with an action.
  2. I can very much relate, I was a big overthinker while I was rushing squadrons. People say "just be yourself" often, which is great advice, but what helped me the most was to have confidence in myself. I would listen to some music real loud to get hyped on the drive to the squadron, I would tell myself to be confident, and this sounds stupid, but I had a kind of "pre-game" routine to get myself hyped up before I got out of my truck. Do what you need to do to get in the zone, once you are confident and holding your head high, the rest will follow. That being said, don't be arrogant, but dont be a wallflower. No one can tell you exactly how to act in certain scenarios, it just comes with experience. Know that many people have been in your shoes, including the pilots you meet, so they understand some awkwardness or mishaps. As far as visiting often, I would try to visit every drill or every other drill
  3. Also curious about Alaska. Was anyone able to rush any of the squadrons up there or get any gouge? Curious how many people are applying as well.
  4. A high number of applicants doesn't mean a higher number of competitive applicants. I wouldn't be discouraged.
  5. megabits are rarely used to indicate storage size, and that would also be a tiny PDF file if it was only 8 megabits. I know it's important to look out for this stuff and be professional, but come on guys...
  6. Inflation is going to be huge...especially after COVID and with the current leadership...
  7. Specifically AD or the guard as well?
  8. Any differing info on the 135 than what is on here? Also open to hearing about any airframe people wanna boast about...
  9. Implying most people on here are actually officers and not just trying to join the guard because they lost their job as FO making $20k a year
  10. Yeah this is embarrassing, what's next, they set up hobo camps in the middle of cities and shutdown public roads for weeks?
  11. Well, he lived life to the fullest. 🍻
  12. Yeah, when you are young you can put up with a bunch of bullshit, but everyone says its hell after a few years. Flying AF helos has always been a priority, but "cast a wide net" as they say. Looking at CG too, of course. Thanks for the in-depth reply!
  13. Could anyone comment on the differences between flying helos in the Army guard vs Air guard? I'd love to fly helicopters, and I know the Navy and Army have more of them, but I hear the AF life is "better". If anyone has comments on the helicopter guard units I'd love to hear that as well.
  14. 'Member when there was a 3-4 year campaign against Trump because he supposedly was working with Russians to win the election? This is like the same thing, except its the other side. Just let people complain and be skeptical Enjoy your layover in Motel 6 with the FA 🙂
  15. My understanding for a civilian going WOFT is that a LOR from a current pilot is extremely important. That being said, I also thought that the recruiter would introduce an applicant to a few pilots, and you would have the chance to talk to them and stay in contact; potentially getting an LOR from them. They want to see that you want it, and putting yourself out there and getting to know the pilots is part of that.
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