Originally Posted by usmc-sgt
I think the 3-4 months reserve may only apply to those who have already finished class. Those that are about to finish or are starting soon may be on reserve until the next wave of classes goes through in the fall. Id say that roughly a year may be a fair estimate.
Upgrade as of today is a little over 4 years. There is no way that it will stay there. I would say 7-10 years is likely with that possibly approaching 10-14 years. Depends entirely on growth and attrition because no one is retiring anytime soon.
I finished training in mid-October, finished IOE week of Thanksgiving, sat Reserve for December, January, and February. I was awarded a line for March. I also noticed my company seniority number went up 19 numbers in the past 5 weeks. I'm guessing guys are quitting/getting recalled, etc.
IOE is a minimum of 25 hours. After that, you have 120 days to hit the 100 hour mark to complete your Consolidted Knoweledge and Skills requirement (FAA Requirement for AQP), and then have to rack another 25 hours to get out of High Mins. Sitting Reseerve sucks (as we all know), and if you don't get your 100 hours in the 120 day block, they send you back to Orlando, which is a *****, so beg your Chief Pilot to fly, which is what I had to do. Sorry, but I don't sit on my ass and wait for the schedulers to put me on a trip, or roll the dice in Flica. I have since been praised for preventing myself from going back to Orlando.
Word of advice to all the future bluepilots! Good luck and welcome aboard.