Pilot

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  1. cdh50193

    cdh50193 Member

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    For those who are extremely dire, those who don't want to do anything but fly, to get a pilot slot in the USAF, what if you don't get a slot? What are your alternatives?
     
  2. soxfn2041

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    If it works anything like the Army, you would be "ranking" possible MOSs, and from there, it is at the discretion of the Air Force (based on your personal merit) to determine who gets the coveted flight school spots. Not 100% sure on this; just taking a swing at it.

    My guess is that you would be forced to accept a job that you personally rated lower. Moral of the story: if you want to be a pilot, work REALLY, REALLY hard, pull top grades, etc.
     
  3. -Bull-

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    You get another branch. No other option.
     
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    That's pretty much what I thought. That's how it works in the Army, and I would assume same for Navy, AF, and Marines, too.
     
  5. Pima

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    For an AFROTC cadet you will find out as a Cadet 300 (jr). You submit a list of your fields. The board meets in January and you find out in Feb what your career path will be as an AD member.

    The op asked the alternatives.

    Of course your first alternative is probably UNT (NAV). Many cadets will ask for this because they hope to be able to go to UPT later down the road. It is very common for WSO/EWO/NAV to apply for UPT once they have completed UPT since they still have age on their side. They will apply, meet a board and if selected return to UPT @ O2-O3. Obviously, if the AF has these boards (alot has to do with pipeline flow), than from a logistics point they are the safest bet for a board because they already have gone through a flight school. In the 21 yrs Bullet served, we didn't know one WSO that didn't get UPT when they applied.

    The next alternative is dependent upon you. Some want to than go JAG, but that means 2 yrs AD before you are eligible. Due to this fact the member traditionally selects 1 of 2 routes. SP or Intel, because both of them will help from a legal education perspective. There are those who have majored in foreign language, so they will go Intel. There are those who majored in weather, and will take that route. There are those who majored in business and will go A &F or PA. It really is what appeals to you personally.

    Then there are some who will ask for ABM. ABM's basically fly around the world in 747s and are the eyes in the sky. Problem with this field is they are deployed @200 days a yr.

    There are some who will ask for Maintenance, because they just want to be near the plane, even if it means they can't fly it, they want to be an integral part in the operational mission. Remember those jets can't do their mission without maintenance.

    There is no clear cut answer of what people select, it really comes down to your long term objectives regarding your career.
     

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