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Old 29th Dec 2018, 19:40
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Originally Posted by mateuszb View Post
Out of curiosity, is there a current "best" option for someone looking to earn a military pilot slot? (Chance of getting a slot, maximum flying time, etc.)
Might be some info here too. See "The military paths":

https://www.airlinepilotforums.com/c...ml#post2733299
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Old 4th Jan 2019, 04:30
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Originally Posted by rudestuff View Post
Don't they have a minimum term of service?!
They do, except that in spite of the shortage, the antiquated promotion system forces them to either kick out pilots or offer early separation if any particular year group exceeds a target size.

Part of the solution is to completely throw out the entire concept of promotion "zones", and also quit pre-selecting O-5s and O-6s 10+ years prior based on DP to O-4 and/or in-residence school slots. The air university and AFPC promotion boards already got busted (finally!) for pre-selecting O-5s with the SOS DG designation, but they merely tweaked a few things instead of eliminating the inherent problem in the system that discards 80% of the officers in their first 7-10 years of service as being forever B-team. As if those officers can't possibly offer anything beyond 14 years of service and will never learn anything about leadership after their SOS instructor or third-ever commander decides that they shouldn't do ACSC in residence.

Offer a realistic career growth path for all officers instead of one-shot in the zone make or break points, and I think many more officers would choose to remain in. The reserves will happily promote a qualified 20-year O-4 to fill an open O-5 billet in a flying squadron, so why is the active force so stuck on stupid that they can't do the same thing?

In the same 3 year stretch at Sheppard AFB, I saw retired O-5s get returned to active duty, O-4s get RIFd, and a reserve squadron put 7 23-year O-4s into leadership positions in order to get them promoted to O-5 before they got kicked out at 24 years. There is something very badly wrong/stupid at AFPC when that kind of stupidity not only happened, but is STILL happening while they whine about "shortages". Eliminate the promotion zone and chuck out the year-group waterfall charts that forces RIFs when there are shortages in other year groups, and half the problem goes away without a single dime spent on ineffective bonuses.
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Old 4th Jan 2019, 04:58
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Originally Posted by mateuszb View Post
Out of curiosity, is there a current "best" option for someone looking to earn a military pilot slot? (Chance of getting a slot, maximum flying time, etc.)
USAF Academy. Hands down the highest percentage chance of getting to pilot training after graduation. Nothing else comes even remotely close, running the numbers.

One thing people don't realize is that you can keep applying to the Academies until age 22 or 23, and multiple applications while succeeding in ANY college program shows that you really want to attend AND graduate, which can make the difference between acceptance and rejection. If you want to go to a service academy, tell your nomination source (House representative usually) that you intend to apply every year until you're too old, and then you plan on applying for both admission and the required age waiver. Then every year while you're applying, work to pad your application with activities. Anything with a leadership role. Sports. Aviation clubs. Volunteer activites. ANYTHING that shows dedication to a military service career. I think you can even already have a college degree and still go, although I'm not 100% certain about that. I do know that you can get accepted to the academies even if you have a few years of college completed already, since it improves the chances that you'll actually complete the program and graduate.

Of course, you need to consider the 30%-ish washout/dropout rate at the Academy prior to graduation, and the 50%-85% UPT selection rate for graduates depending on whim of the AF. But it's STILL the best odds of getting a pilot slot, even when UPT numbers are cut back. In 1993/1994, 225 USAF academy grads out of approx 800 medically qualified new 2Lts went to UPT. In those years for ROTC - 50 graduates from the entire nation got UPT slots and I don't know if there were any OCS grads accepted to UPT for those years. I was one of those 225, damn glad I went to USAFA instead of ROTC because there's no way in hell I would have been competitive for one of those 50 nationwide UPT slots.

No question, USAFA is the best odds of getting a pilot slot, and you can keep applying until you hit the age limit and each time you apply you'll just look better and better to the admissions board. And don't forget to butter up the nomination source. There is usually a staffer in charge of managing the academy nominations, and you need to get well acquainted with that person so you can impress on them your unwavering intent to keep applying every single year until they say you can't even apply anymore, because that's how much you want to be a USAF officer.

Another tip - Get good enough at an NCAA sport that an Academy coach will blue chip you. Live on the west coast? Do some swimming or learn water polo, play on a community college team. That can help in a BIG way and some teams are chronically short so they'll blue chip almost anyone who has a legit claim at varsity skills or previous collegiate sports experience. All it takes is one phone call to the coach's office to see if they need you or not, and you don't have to limit yourself to one sport either. You never know what might make the difference and making the effort to check can pay off huge.
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Old 4th Jan 2019, 05:06
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Originally Posted by Easy Peasy View Post
Australia has an Airforce? 😜
Yea, and they're smart enough to keep buying the best front-line equipment too Super Hornets, C-17s, etc etc. They have newer stuff than the USAF and USN does and while like everyone else they're gonna eventually get the F-35, they didn't buy into the "stealth or nothing" hype so they've got new aircraft on the ramp while US fighters literally fall apart inflight.
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Old 11th Jan 2019, 11:34
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Well, I guess it's at least something:

Last May, the service announced a major expansion of the VRRAD program, and said as many as 1,000 recently retired officers could return.

But far fewer retirees have applied, according to statistics provided by the Air Force. Of the 125 total applicants, 50 are pilots.

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/y...o-lend-a-hand/
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Old 2nd Jul 2019, 09:41
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Get 'em while they're young:

"the program is 'an inclusive' "

"increased diversity"

"in a holistic manner (i.e., beyond aviation knowledge)"


"character development"


Pipistrel Alpha To Play Key Role In USAF Training Program | Aero-News Network
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Old 5th Jul 2019, 08:55
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Needing a degree level education to be a pilot...... many other nations worldwide have very successful pilots without degrees. I would go as far as saying a pilot with a degree is probably over qualified!
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Old 5th Jul 2019, 23:05
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"Australia has an Airforce?"

Its New Zealand that you are thinking of with that comment.
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Old 6th Jul 2019, 15:22
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ethicalconundrum, the USAF doesn't have any WOs - the last one retired back sometime in the early 80s while I was still on active duty.

WOs are a good idea though, I think, which probably ensures that they will never return . . .
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Old 10th Jul 2019, 03:54
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Originally Posted by felixthecat View Post
Needing a degree level education to be a pilot...... many other nations worldwide have very successful pilots without degrees. I would go as far as saying a pilot with a degree is probably over qualified!
It would actually make sense to not require a degree.

First, if a pilot has a degree, then they're going to have more employment opportunities than someone who doesn't, and they'll be less likely to remain in the military.

Second, if you grab a kid fresh out of high school, he (or she) is much less likely to have a family than someone four years older. If they don't have a spouse and kids to drag around the world/be away from for extended periods, then they're more likely to stay in.
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 07:50
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Problem solved:

Air Force Believes It Has Pilot Shortage Under Control | Aero-News Network
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 16:59
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Alrighty then, guess you can delete this thread now ...
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 18:30
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looks like they’re counting their chickens before the airline retirements have hatched.
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Old 14th Aug 2019, 19:30
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looks like they’re counting their chickens before the airline retirements have hatched.
I was just being a wise guy.

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Old 15th Aug 2019, 01:27
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Someone needed an OPR bullet.
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Old 15th Aug 2019, 01:29
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I was just being a wise guy.
Is that allowed here?

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