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First some background; I've been applying to almost every fighter board since 12/19, with no interviews, no feedback, no nothing.  Fighters is the dream, specifically in the Great Lakes area (with the 115th being my "dream unit), but I'll go anywhere if hired.  I saw the 115th posted a UPT board on their RC-26's, and I'm considering applying.  Hypothetically, if I was hired there, would it be possible to prove myself as a pilot in the unit, and then possibly transition to the fighter side, or would I be locked it?  Should I apply, or pass on this and keep pushing fighters?  

Abridged credentials: age 24, PCSM 94, Pilot 99, Nav 99 (rest of the scores are eh), BS with 3.84 GPA, ~3,000 hours with an ATP/CFI/CFII

Thanks.

 

Edit:  thank you all for your input.  At this point, I’ll pass and keep pushing fighters.  Good luck to those who submit an app.

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Every Guard/Reserve flight board in general since 12/19 or every Fighter board? All those great scores and flight time and not even an interview anywhere? Is there something you aren't telling us?

At this point, just apply everywhere...if you haven't actually been doing so already. In 10 years will you be content working in an office or regional cockpit knowing you could have served as an RC-26 pilot busting the El Chapo's of the world? 

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16 minutes ago, CavGuy said:

Every Guard/Reserve flight board in general since 12/19 or every Fighter board? All those great scores and flight time and not even an interview anywhere? Is there something you aren't telling us?

At this point, just apply everywhere...if you haven't actually been doing so already. In 10 years will you be content working in an office or regional cockpit knowing you could have served as an RC-26 pilot busting the El Chapo's of the world? 

Oops, I’ll fix the typo, it’s fighter, not flight.
 

 I haven’t even gotten feedback from boards, even though I asked.  COVID has prevented me from rushing, and I finished the degree in December, no skeletons in the closet per se (my post history has a better resume in a what are my chances thread).  Also, everything has been reviewed by the guys at bogi dope.  

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11 hours ago, ecc97 said:

First some background; I've been applying to almost every fighter board since 12/19, with no interviews, no feedback, no nothing.  Fighters is the dream, specifically in the Great Lakes area (with the 115th being my "dream unit), but I'll go anywhere if hired.  I saw the 115th posted a UPT board on their RC-26's, and I'm considering applying.  Hypothetically, if I was hired there, would it be possible to prove myself as a pilot in the unit, and then possibly transition to the fighter side, or would I be locked it?  Should I apply, or pass on this and keep pushing fighters?  

Abridged credentials: age 24, PCSM 94, Pilot 99, Nav 99 (rest of the scores are eh), BS with 3.84 GPA, ~3,000 hours with an ATP/CFI/CFII

Thanks.

I interviewed at the 115th’s last board (176th fighter squadron F-16 unit) and one of the RC-26 pilots was interviewing with them and he got picked up. So yes definitely possible. Best of luck!

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1 hour ago, Stoker said:

I assume if you went RC-26 you'd track T-1s in UPT. If that's the case I think you'd have an incredibly uphill battle to ever make it to a fighter.

Correct. I think the guard is allocated 1 maybe 2 T38 tx courses each year. I’m guessing the 115th got one of those lucky slots last year. 

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1 hour ago, RPApilotSelectMSgt said:

if you apply and get the RC-26 position, by the time you are done with school, those aircraft will no longer exist in the ANG. but at that point you can get picked up at another unit and continue to train in another Aircraft

Mind if I ask where you’re reading/hearing that? Not questioning the veracity of your intel, but genuinely curious.

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20 hours ago, GreenArc said:

Mind if I ask where you’re reading/hearing that? Not questioning the veracity of your intel, but genuinely curious.

NDAA quotes it pretty hard that "they" don't want it, but...there is a congressman who flys it, whose also a guardsman. I still expect it to be gone.

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