I am extremely confused about the difference between Active Duty and Reserves. I have read that USAFA grads are commissioned as reserve officers rather than regular officers-- does this mean they are in the Air Force Reserves and not the Active Duty Air Force? Also, can an Active Duty Air Force officer who is not a pilot switch into the ANG or Reserves after the 5 year commitment and become a pilot? Can an Active Duty Air Force pilot switch into the ANG or Reserves and continue to be a pilot? I have heard that the ANG only hires pilots from a civilian or ANG enlisted applicant pool, but why would they not take pilots who have already been trained in the Active Duty Air Force? As one larger, overarching question, is the Air Force Academy still the very best way to become a fighter pilot, or can the the ANG or Reserves give a better chance? Thanks.