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Old 03-24-2020, 07:38 AM   #21  
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Holy cow! You are older than the OG was when I went through
A couple IPs have made jokes about how they think I'm a plant from 19th AF to check up on UPT, or they're stoked to run one of the oldest standups in UPT. I think I can count on one hand the number of IPs that I've flown with that are older than me. Haha.
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Old 03-24-2020, 02:07 PM   #22  
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You might have more luck with Guard/Reserves and then just getting on AD orders for the waiver. And, as Rick said, I really wanna say I knew a couple folks in my OTS class that were Active Duty and close to or above 40 that were prior-enlisted.

As he also said, ANYTHING is waiverable if you find the right folks and put the legwork in yourself. But, those are two big keys. If you go to recruiters/Reserves/ANG and just say, "Hey, I wanna go to OTS but I'll need a waiver," they're going to likely just view it as too much work and tell you, "No." Especially in this cratering economy where they probably have/are expecting a glut of new applicants looking for the job security of Uncle Sam.

However, if you go to them with the paperwork filled out, a clear idea of what you need for a path forward, and maybe make a contact that can make a phone call or two for you and they just need to push the paperwork, you stand a fighting chance. Most people don't want you to give them a problem and they have to find your solution. But, if you make it as easy as possible for them to do their part to get you from A to B, they'll be much more willing to make it happen.

Source: a non-prior service dude that got a (Reserves) UPT slot at 36 (when the cutoff was still 30), commissioned through OTS at 37, and should have a set of wings (depending on Coronas and lockdowns) in less than 2 months at 38 years old. There's almost always a way to "Yes," it will just require a lot of extra hustle on your part. And luck, too, but you can make a lot of that with your own legwork.
Right on, FDNYOldGuy! I looked in on the "military" side of APC today for the first time in a while and I couldn't resist the chance to reinforce what others have said: age waivers to 40ish are absolutely possible and happen all the time, and not just for people with nuclear engineering degrees. I even remember meeting a 38 year old ensign SNA who was at whiting for primary, years ago. The max age and age waiver probability tend to change with time and I doubt we're going to have the pilot shortage in the near future that we've been dealing with the last 8 years, but don't give up.
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Old 03-24-2020, 07:34 PM   #23  
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Right on, FDNYOldGuy! I looked in on the "military" side of APC today for the first time in a while and I couldn't resist the chance to reinforce what others have said: age waivers to 40ish are absolutely possible and happen all the time, and not just for people with nuclear engineering degrees. I even remember meeting a 38 year old ensign SNA who was at whiting for primary, years ago. The max age and age waiver probability tend to change with time and I doubt we're going to have the pilot shortage in the near future that we've been dealing with the last 8 years, but don't give up.
Thank you! I certainly got very lucky with my timing and the support from the unit that hired me. The waivers certainly are possible, but it’s on the applicant to make the whole process smoother by pulling their weight. Then again, lots of folks’ lives are getting turned upside down by Coronavirus and it is affecting everyone’s world, so who knows what the fallout will end up being?

Stay safe out there!
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