Pima speaking here, but I had to laugh
considering the fact that i want to be a pilot and studies show that glider pilots at USAFA do really well in UPT
When Bullet was FTU, they had too many pilots, so top WSO's were double crewed. Bullet was double crewed with a FAIP and the other an Acad grad. Bullet had to do check rides with both. EQ with the FAIP (1st time in 11 yrs that an EQ was given out). The acad grad who loved soaring at the academy busted the flight before they were to do the check ride. As Bullet was in the squadron, his class commander saw me in the parking lot and said "if you want that baby to have a Daddy when it's born, don't let him fly with XXX...I was only 2 mos. pregnant with DS1...needless to say that scared the crap out of me.
The Acad grad was never given the chance to fly with Bullet, they brought him up on an FEB. Asked what he wanted, he said to become a Soaring instructor...that wasn't an option, they took his wings.
So flyboy, there is a real life situation where a guy from the acad on the soaring team made it through, UPT, LIFT and still couldn't cut it at FTU
What we have done for our DS is to give private pilot's lessons. As a Mom I get nervous when my 17 yr olds, says "Mom, it was so cool today we did stalls" My reaction:
He has also pulled a couple of g's already, and is now starting to touch and go's. We've decided that even when he gets to come home for a few days, he'll go and fly for a couple of hours to keep up his skills. In the end, I am sure if DS goes he will do soaring, but flying even in a Cessna, doing stalls, loops and touch and go's will help you as much at UPT (My opinion as a spouse and Mom...don't put alot of credence in it)
One thing Bullet and I are admanant that DS will not do, is skiing...We know one person who broke their leg in 3 places, and guess what happened to his med. status. I know you are young, but when the folks here say get out the bubble wrap, it is something that many active duty flyers take seriously. Remember you will have to get medically qualified again before graduation. I maybe the pessimist, but after 20 yrs, where guys have lost their medical qual for things that they couldn't control, I would rather be erring on the safe side. Youth allows indiscretions, age allows you to know what can actually happen with those indiscretions. For every base we have been posted at, we know at least 1 guy that loses their flight status because of something. 1 was as simple as being injured in a squadron football game (he played for the acad in the 80's). In our case, that would mean we know at close to 10 flyers in 20 yrs.
When Bullet jumped with the 82nd, every ALO only did their min jumps required every 90 days to keep their pay. At one pt. he thought about increasing his jumps to go to jump master school, his Commander took him aside and strongly advised to him re-think it, "Bullet you have orders to AK to fly, 1 bad jump, and it's over!" Bullet doesn't have the toilet bowl, only the star. Bullet takes pride in that his jump wings are "real", but he took a lot of heat from his comrads for "JUMPING OUT OF A PERFECTLY GOOD PLANE"