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Frosty88
02-25-2018, 06:57 PM
Hello again,

I've been applying to several Reserve units and I'm wondering if I have any chance of actually getting selected. I'm 29 which rules out active duty and a few Reserve units have said my age doesn't necessarily disqualify me. I have 8 years enlisted as a C-130 maintainer, 500 hours of flight time (civilian), a bachelor's in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle (3.8 GPA), and a 98 on the TBAS and 99 on the AFOQT. Basically my question is if the Reserve will hire pilots that have not already gone through UPT/OCS. I have a couple recommendations from Chiefs but I can't get a straight answer from Reserve units whether or not i'm even eligible.
TIA


bizzlepilot
02-25-2018, 07:30 PM
Having been in both guard and reserve units, and having sat on hiring boards in the past I would say you definitely have a chance. Have you visited any units over drill weekend? That is the best way to get in good with the unit, they'll want to check you out before they decide to hire you and invest in sending you to UPT.

BeatNavy
02-25-2018, 10:59 PM
Hello again,

I've been applying to several Reserve units and I'm wondering if I have any chance of actually getting selected. I'm 29 which rules out active duty and a few Reserve units have said my age doesn't necessarily disqualify me. I have 8 years enlisted as a C-130 maintainer, 500 hours of flight time (civilian), a bachelor's in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle (3.8 GPA), and a 98 on the TBAS and 99 on the AFOQT. Basically my question is if the Reserve will hire pilots that have not already gone through UPT/OCS. I have a couple recommendations from Chiefs but I can't get a straight answer from Reserve units whether or not i'm even eligible.
TIA

I know several people with lower stats and higher age that have been hired by guard and reserve units. Hang out on baseops.net and bogidope and go visit some units, send out your resume, etc. You can also apply unsponsored and likely get picked up. I recently got an age ETP and am 5 years older than you fwiw.


AFTrainerGuy
02-26-2018, 02:57 PM
Hello again,

I've been applying to several Reserve units and I'm wondering if I have any chance of actually getting selected. I'm 29 which rules out active duty and a few Reserve units have said my age doesn't necessarily disqualify me. I have 8 years enlisted as a C-130 maintainer, 500 hours of flight time (civilian), a bachelor's in aeronautics from Embry-Riddle (3.8 GPA), and a 98 on the TBAS and 99 on the AFOQT. Basically my question is if the Reserve will hire pilots that have not already gone through UPT/OCS. I have a couple recommendations from Chiefs but I can't get a straight answer from Reserve units whether or not i'm even eligible.
TIA

Contact 340th at Randolph ó Unsponsored UPT pipeline. They are doing boards now every 2 months.

Unsponsored means that you are without a home and will be assigned/hired at a unit while at UPT. You can also keep shopping and find your own unit while your there. You will be limited to Reserves though since they run pipeline and will be sending you

PM me if really interested and need help. I can put you in touch with the person you need to speak with

Frosty88
02-27-2018, 04:22 AM
Thanks to everyone for the quick response, definitely gives me some hope for getting a pilot slot. Sent you a pm AFtrainer.

Merle Dixon
02-28-2018, 09:09 AM
If I had it all to do over again, I would have gone Guard vs Reserve post-active duty. Contact guard units.

Sliceback
03-01-2018, 07:48 AM
ANG first. Contact the closest unit(s). On paper you are a very competitive candidate.

Good luck.

Beast of Burden
03-02-2018, 08:10 PM
The rule is you have to start UPT before you turn 30. However, there is a waiver for everything, and this is a common one. You just have to find a unit that is willing to write and submit the waiver.

Beast of Burden
03-02-2018, 08:17 PM
If I had it all to do over again, I would have gone Guard vs Reserve post-active duty. Contact guard units.

ANG first. Contact the closest unit(s). On paper you are a very competitive candidate.

Good luck.

The Guard does have its advantages, but so does the Reserve. Location and/or airframe are far more important factors. Or, in the OP's case, just getting to UPT is more important than Guard vs. Reserve.

fly14
03-05-2018, 08:00 AM
If I had it all to do over again, I would have gone Guard vs Reserve post-active duty. Contact guard units.
Merle, cliffnotes on why you prefer AFRC over the ANG for a curious mind?

On a semi-related note, for anyone currently in a Guard or Reserve unit, could you detail your experience with the SCROLL process? Who you initiated the process with and timeline?

Frosty good luck! It sounds like you're definitely a worthy candidate to be hired.

Merle Dixon
03-05-2018, 09:46 AM
Merle, cliffnotes on why you prefer AFRC over the ANG for a curious mind?

On a semi-related note, for anyone currently in a Guard or Reserve unit, could you detail your experience with the SCROLL process? Who you initiated the process with and timeline?

Frosty good luck! It sounds like you're definitely a worthy candidate to be hired.

Hello,

You have in bass ackwards, ANG is much better than AFRC.

The new Reserve SUPT application process is a bit convoluted. In the past a Reserve unit would hire X college grad to send to SUPT and help X along the way. The new centralized Reserve SUPT selection/hiring process somewhat removes the local unit from vetting/hiring X. The guard still hires and vetts internally.

Also, the Guard does a much better job promoting people. If Guard unit X has 5 open O-5 slots, 5 people get promoted (and promoted earlier than their Reserve peers). The Reserve has the centralized promotion system. Pilot Y may or may not make O-5 due to this centralized system - even if pilot Y is in a unit with several open O-5 billets.

I know several pilots that left active duty and pinned on O-5, in the Guard, at least 2 years before their Reserve peers. I also know tons of Reservist pilots that either did not make O-5 or pinned on after their 2nd or 3rd board. The Guard simply does it better.

The SCROLL, Ha! Another horribly archaic assinine Reserve burden.

Frosty88
03-06-2018, 08:04 AM
To clarify, I'm not picky about location and I would prefer Reserve because I believe they travel world-wide more than Guard (I could be wrong) but I am open to getting a Guard position as well. Also i'm not particularly concerned with how fast I make rank. Money/rank is secondary to having a fun mission and traveling the world imo. I would also like to stick with either C-17s, C-130s, bombers, or KC-135s in that order. If anyone knows of pilot boards coming up i'd greatly appreciate any info, i'm currently having to cold-email every unit i'm interested in and try and find the right person with board info.

BeatNavy
03-06-2018, 08:18 AM
To clarify, I'm not picky about location and I would prefer Reserve because I believe they travel world-wide more than Guard (I could be wrong) but I am open to getting a Guard position as well. Also i'm not particularly concerned with how fast I make rank. Money/rank is secondary to having a fun mission and traveling the world imo. I would also like to stick with either C-17s, C-130s, bombers, or KC-135s in that order. If anyone knows of pilot boards coming up i'd greatly appreciate any info, i'm currently having to cold-email every unit i'm interested in and try and find the right person with board info.

Bogidope and baseops.net are the best place to find upcoming boards. Guard guys travel as much as reserve guys from my limited experience. The iron all goes on the same deployments/TDYs on a similar deployment cycle. You can apply unsponsored to the AFRC UPT board (they are once every two months) and get a UPT slot and figure out your unit later. Thatís be the quickest way to knock out the admin stuff (MEPS/FC1/AFRC board). If after that you find a guard/reserve unit they can sponsor/hire you (until you start, at which point youíll likely have to focus on reserve units).

Frosty88
03-06-2018, 08:25 AM
wow thank you beatnavy that is exactly what I needed!



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