USAFA Pilot Slots Question

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  1. AC11

    AC11 Member

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    Hello All,

    I was wondering if anyone here knew if it is possible for a USAFA or AFROTC Cadet to earn a pilot slot if he or she is under the minimum sitting height requirement for pilots of 34"? I ask because I am currently a candidate who is above the minimum standing height, but slightly below the minimum sitting height.

    Perhaps I am putting the cart before the horse and thinking too far in advance, however, any insight anyone can provide is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks again!
     
  2. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator Moderator Founding Member

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    There were several in my son's class who got waivers for sitting height. One I know was below both the standing and sitting height and she got a waiver. The waiver will limit you to what airframe you can fly. No fighters (ejection seats) if you're below sitting height. The girl who was below both standing and sitting height knew she was going to fly C-17s before she started UPT because that was the only airframe that she could qualify in. USAFA actually flew her to several bases over Spring Break to fit her to an airframe.

    As always, things can change over time.

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  3. stvblm

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    I don't know how this person was assured a C17 before UPT. What if there were no C17's for her drop or someone with better performance got the only one available. To many variables.
     
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    I don't think anyone said she was assured one. I think they said she knew she could only qualify for C17 and already knew that. When its the only option its the only option.
     
  5. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator Moderator Founding Member

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    It's no different than a Guard or Reserve pilot going into UPT knowing that if they complete UPT they will fly the airframe that their unit flies.

    While I don't know the exact details of the agreement, I know that she didn't have to fill out a dream sheet before their drop. She is now at Charleston AFB flying a C-17.

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