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Old 03-13-2006, 12:51 PM   #1  
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What do you think, on average, your actual chances are of becoming a pilot through AFROTC, rather than getting carted off to the front lines of Iraq.

Also, do you think OCS is a better route?
 
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I was in AFROTC for a semister at college when I was told that aviation was not guaranteed by one of the instructors there. That was when I dropped out. I went to Navy OCS in Pensacola and loved it now that I look back on it, and it was absolutely awesome. I made friends there that I will have forever. I didn't get a pilot slot from the Navy due to some bad timing when I applied. But I had the choice the take the positon I was given or not. You cannot do that in ROTC. After you accept your commison, and get your job, you must fulfill your obligaiton. Just after 9/11 when no one was leaving the Navy and alot of people applied before me. I was accepted as a Naval Flight Officer with my dreams of transitioning to pilot. It looked like that would have never happened for me because of the amount of pilots that the Navy had at the time. So I went the civilian route and now I am in the Navy Reserves to fulfill my commitment. But I have alot of friends who are pilots and it worked out great for them. I would recommend OCS.
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What do you think, on average, your actual chances are of becoming a pilot through AFROTC, rather than getting carted off to the front lines of Iraq.

Also, do you think OCS is a better route?
From personal experience I don't think they are good. Do the research. Check to see how many flight slots will be made available. My advice would be to stay out of ROTC, graduate, and then take the AFOQT and OSB test. This way, you are not committed to 4-5 years of being stuck in an MOS that you didn't want. If you do decide to take the route I've suggested, GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING.
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Whatever you choose to do is your decision. But if you want to go through the military way, at the beginning of your senior year of college, call the recruiter, set up an appointment and talk with them about what you want to do. You tell them that you only want to be a pilot and nothing else. They will have you take a written test and a physical fitness test, they send in the results along with all of the other paperwork. If you don't get accepted as a pilot, you owe them nothing, if you do and have changed your mind about the military, you owe them nothing. You don't owe them anything unless you sign your name and take the oath.
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thanks for the information guys... i really am leaning towards the AFOQT test at the end of my degree. however, would getting a degree in aviation up my chances of being accepted into the pilot training program? or would i be better off getting a degree in something else.
 
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I think the Chair Force prefers degrees like engineering or other technical type degrees. I know the Navy doesn't care. Plenty of my buds have business, phys ed, english, history, etc... I personally have an econ degree with a minor in business admin. I would major in something that you find interesting. The best thing that you can do, is that no matter what your major is, try to keep the grades up. I am not saying don't have a life, but make school a top priority. That probably also contributed to me not getting a pilot slot. I graduated with a 2.7 GPA. Above what they required, but there are alot of people competing for those slots.
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ctd57 is right, definitely go Navy if you want to live on a boat with lots of semen. If you want to fly jets go AF since the numbers are in your favor.
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Whatever you choose to do is your decision. But if you want to go through the military way, at the beginning of your senior year of college, call the recruiter, set up an appointment and talk with them about what you want to do. You tell them that you only want to be a pilot and nothing else. They will have you take a written test and a physical fitness test, they send in the results along with all of the other paperwork. If you don't get accepted as a pilot, you owe them nothing, if you do and have changed your mind about the military, you owe them nothing. You don't owe them anything unless you sign your name and take the oath.
True statement. I went through ROTC, but along time ago. At the time, a flight slot with AFROTC was not guarrented, but if you had one, you would go. The NAVY and MArines were across the street. They guarrented flight school, in writting, if you applied and were accepted.
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ctd57 is right, definitely go Navy if you want to live on a boat with lots of semen. If you want to fly jets go AF since the numbers are in your favor.
When I was in, the Navy and Marines were sending half of their pilots to helos. That's why I decided on the USAF.
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