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Guard/Reserve Fighter Applicant
aspen32 posted a topic in What Are My Chances?Major: B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (GPA 2.79) Grad School: Accredited online MBA AFOQT: Pilot: 99 Nav: 92 Acad: 60 Verbal: 75 Quant: 46: PCSM: 80 w/ 22 Hours, (97 w/ 201+) Flight Hours: 22. Fast tracking PPL; connected with the Capt. running the board; she knows my PPL situation and am keeping them updated. I'm on Part 141 so I've been flying a lot but the way the syllabus is structured I need to also have ground lessons so we've been doing those recently. I'm preparing for the stage check for my first solo. Age: 28 (29th birthday in December) really just 3 kids in a trenchcoat. LORs: Former coworker (USAFA grad, Major, USAF active duty pilot [now reserve]), Propulsion professor in college, flight instructor Civilian Career: Currently a rocket propulsion engineer reporting to the CTO at a company designing space stations. I'm leading a team of 6 engineers building out a propulsion test stand for our space station's attitude control system. Free Time/Hobbies: Recently got my advanced open water Scuba certification, working on my nitrox, drysuit, and rebreather certifications (if I can find a place that does rebreather), upgrading my 2012 Ducati Monster 696, working on my 2001 Jeep XJ with 291,000 miles, and starting my skydiving A-license as soon as the weather clears up. Also studying for the GRE for an engineering Master's degree. Airframe: I'm not interested in joining the airlines and I'm pretty set on fighters; F-16's preferably (that bubble canopy 😍). Through my coworker (the same one writing my LOR) I connected with a USAF reservist who helped me with the Guard/Reserve process. That reservist then put me in touch with the Captain actually running the board with one of the units I'm applying for and we had a quick chat on my situation. She basically said my age is going to be the biggest hurdle since the commander's view was "if this was a lifetime goal of yours, why are you waiting until now to get it done?". I understand the age limit, but I'm willing to put in the work to get a package together (I was able to schedule and take the AFOQT and the TBAS in the past couple of weeks in June without the help of a recruiter) so I feel like I shouldn't self-eliminate just because of my age. My mitigation plan for that is that it wasn't only until recently working alongside active NASA astronauts at my previous job that inspired me to become a fighter pilot; I didn't have that opportunity when I was younger so I'm going all out in making that happen now. For example, I'm trying to fast track my PPL and my pilot logbook shows almost daily flying from 31 May to 12 June after my regular work hours of 9-5pm. In order for me to progress further in the Part 141 syllabus though, we need to catch up on the required ground lessons. We're doing that now and I'm preparing for my stage check so that I can solo. (Mainly been in a Grumman AA-5A low wing). The Captain that's running the board had told me to keep them apprised of my PPL progress. This unit (and really all the units I'm interested in) are out-of-state from my current career location. Reading through here I realize that will be an issue, but I'm confident that the company I work for will be supportive. Also should mention I'm single and don't have any family attachments/dependents. Thanks for the help!
Prior-Service "What are my chances"
Tommy Boy posted a topic in What Are My Chances?Hello! Like others on this thread/forum, just looking for a few pointers on what I should work on to improve my packet. Currently only rushing A-10s and F-16s (Recently opened up to F-16s) For a bottom-line up front of my current "stats" --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Age: 26 (September 27th, 1993) Clearance: Active Top Secret / SCI with CI Polygraph Medical: Flying Class I Military Physical (Passed/Current) AFOQT: 92 Pilot / 93 Nav / 49 Acad Apt / 48 Verbal / 52 Quant PCSM: 88 (91 with 200+ hours) College: 3.9 GPA - B.S. National Security *Graduated* Also working towards my master's in National Security as well as my Bachelor's in Aviation (currently 4.0 in those as well, mostly going for the aviation degree because my GI bill is covering flight costs) Flying Experience: Private Pilot License - 111.5 hours at this time (March 7th, 2020) Recommendation Letters: 107th Fighter Squadron Commander (Lt Col) 127th OG Commander (Colonel) 127th OSS Commander (Lt Col) 110th Wing Commander (Colonel) All four of which are A-10 pilots with hours ranging from 2-4k in the jet --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- A little about my background/journey into getting hired: I am currently in an AGR (full time guard) slot with the 107th Fighter Squadron in Michigan and am in good standing as far as I know with the unit. I have interviewed with the 107th FS in 2018 (their last board) and with the 190th FS in their 2019 board. People aren't kidding when they say these boards are competitive because all of the folks that got hired on those boards were rock stars with their backgrounds and just cool dudes all around. My First Interview Feedback My feedback from the 107th was mostly revolving around that at the time of the board, I only had roughly 70 credits towards my bachelors completed, and I only had about 12 hours of flying time under my belt, but because I was a local guy in good standing with the unit and I had decent AFOQT/PCSM, I was offered an interview slot. (I will be the first to admit that I think I mostly got the interview as a part of the "Good old boys club" you see at many units with hiring within.) But nonetheless, I am incredibly thankful for the interview experience alone. The 107th has hooked me up time and again when it comes to advice and boosting my applications (such as getting me a Flying Class I Physical). My Second Interview Feedback For the 190th it was a similar story to an extent. I was a little bit closer towards my degree (roughly 85 / 120 credits) and still no Private Pilot and about 30-35ish hours at the time. Where I messed up with this interview was that I was too relaxed at the social events held by the unit that weekend. I was told I interviewed great and had a solid answer to each question, but overall I was just too laid-back as an enlisted member around officers. I didn't get crazy drunk and end up being this guy at the social But I was introducing myself as "Hey man I'm Jeff" for example instead of "Hello <rank/name>" which should have been the obvious answer. I've learned from the mistake but I think I have shot myself in the foot with the 190th at this point unfortunately. Awesome group of people out there, I would highly recommend anyone putting in an app for them! Where I stand now I am married with two kids, single-income family and working two full-time jobs as well as pursuing two degrees while I knock out more of my instrument training. I have rushed a few other units with no luck in getting an interview since the 190th in January 2019. With all of the "minimums" knocked out now in regards to scores, degree, rec letters, and a PPL, I am wondering what else I can add to my application to try and give it that extra "Pick me Pick me" factor. As I've said above, I have my FCI knocked out, so all units know I am medically fit/qualified to attend UPT, as well as my TS/SCI clearance, so I won't have any hiccups with foreign contacts etc. Things are currently looking good for me getting an interview for the upcoming 107th FS board this year, but I am not just going to relax and take it easy on getting interviews until I have papers in my hands showing that I am waiting for MOTS/UPT dates. Thank you all for utilizing this site and keeping it active! Awesome to see bros (guys and gals) all helping each other out on here and giving solid feedback as well as keeping each other informed on upcoming boards! Update: Looks like the 107th will be more than likely having a Meet and Greet during April drill, and a board in May. No official posting yet, but that's the big word of mouth around here at the moment.
Nellis F-16 Thunderbird Crash
matmacwc posted a topic in General DiscussionTell me everyone is OK. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/04/f-16-jet-crashes-at-nellis-air-force-base-outside-las-vegas-officials-say.html
Turetsguy posted a topic in General DiscussionI've been lurking here for years, so feel free to roast me based on my post count for this question, won't hurt my feelings. Does anyone know why the F-16 Blk 30 went with the SADL radio vs a Link-16 terminal? I assume it was partially because of the cost difference and partially because of the Air-Ground mission set, similar to the A-10s reasoning. Does anyone have any facts about how this acquisition took place or the reasons for the choice made? TG btw, a search for SADL didn't turn up too many viable posts on this forum..I checked.
Greek F-16 Crash - TLP Albacete ESP
hobbitcid posted a topic in General DiscussionA Greek AF F-16 participating with the Tactical Leadership Program has reportedly crashed on the apron at Albacete AB Spain. Two reported dead and thirteen injured... A bad day at TLP http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150126/1017370197.html
F-16 Watch Order
thump posted a topic in Squadron BarAll, putting together a Viper Bremont watch order. PM me with any questions or if interested. Watch: Bremont U-2 Anti-Shock, quite modified to be F-16 model, none exist yet Cost: basically half off for watch, calf leather and NATO bands, shipping, customs tax Stainless Steel Band: $375 to get at time of purchase (retail $750) Customization: Up to 8 characters engraved on back Visit www.bremont.com and check out the U-2 watch for movement/size type questions. Also they have an extensive Facebook page with a ton of stuffwww.facebook.com/bremontmilitary
hardie9e posted a topic in General DiscussionA few questions regarding the FAC-A qualification Is there a course or qualification in the AF that a non-fighter qualified pilot can attend? Will a pilot have to be tied to a traditional FAC-A airframe (A-10, F-16, etc...)? Is there a way a pilot from another airframe can become qualified to operate as a FAC-A i.e. AC/MC/HC-130, HH-60, CV-22, etc...?