AFROTC Flying Experience

Discussion in 'ROTC' started by J.Cao, Apr 4, 2015.


Getting a PPL and AFROTC

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  1. J.Cao

    J.Cao New Member

    Apr 4, 2015
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    Hello, I received a four year scholarship with AFROTC and want to be a pilot. I've looked at the OOM and how it's calculated, and also taken a look at the TBAS and PCSM. I know the general view is that a private pilot's license does not help your chances of getting a pilot slot,beyond making you marginally more familiar with aviation, but I've also heard that the air force prefers that you don't have a PPL. If I got one for my own enjoyment, could it hurt my chances of a pilot slot?
  2. Zero

    Zero Member

    Jul 23, 2014
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    What changes your score is hours, not ratings. The Air Force does not care what ratings you have, if you have PPL you skip IFS. It is not counted in you obtaining a slot. If you get your ppl you get more hours, which does help you get a slot. Take a look at the brackets for hours and you can see how far you are from the next bracket for more points. The more flying you can do the better.
  3. Pima

    Pima Parent

    Nov 28, 2007
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    I agree with Zero. It is two different aspects. Hours matter for the PSCM and the board, not if you have a PPL. PPL matters regarding if you must go to IFS.

    The reason some say it is an issue comes down to training the way the AF trains. Sometimes they will pick up habits that the AF frowns upon and that means retraining/unlearning which can be harder for a student that has a PPL compared to the cadet with no to few hours.

    Some will say don't worry about the habit issue and get your PPL because currently AF waives IFS and why risk going to IFS if you don't have to? IFS has a washout rate between 15-20%.

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