USERRA for Pilots

In many ways, Guard and Reserve military service seem like a dream come true. I consider them to offer the Ideal (or even the Ultimate) Military Pilot Career Path. However, there’s one problem with this type of service: by definition, the Guard and Reserves are part-time jobs. This means that a Guard or Reserve pilot […]

BogiDope, a KC-10 about to receive gas from a tanker.

Understanding the Reserve Retirement System

The potential of receiving a pension is one of the many benefits of a career in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Understanding the reserve retirement system and figuring out your final retirement pay can be a challenge. BogiDope is here to help with a quick 30,000 ft over-view of reserve retirement and […]

BogiDope, a C-130 gets worked on while on the ramp.

An Inside Look Into a Rated Hiring Board

Interviews suck.  There’s no other way to describe them.  Sitting in front of a panel of judgmental pilots and getting grilled for an hour while trying to convince them that you’re the right fit for the next decade can be an intimidating task.  It can be even more intimidating if it’s in a squadron with […]

BogiDope, an F-22 executing air-to-air refueling.

Who do I Call?

One of the best things you can do in order to obtain that coveted Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) or Guard/Reserve position off active duty is to pick up the phone and call the unit you’re interested in.  Many people don't like to call units directly; they are fearful of saying something wrong.  For some, their […]

BogiDope, a C-130 executes a takeoff on a dirt strip.

6 Important Questions That Determine Your Chances on a Rated Hiring Board

When you’re applying for a rated hiring board, we’re going to ask for a lot of paperwork: your resume, Officer Performance Reports (OPRs), SURF (personnel report), Form 8s (checkrides), etc.  Some of it may seem like overkill, but there’s a method to the madness.  This is our due diligence phase; we’re ultimately trying to use […]

BogiDope, an F-22 rejoins on the tanker prior to refueling.

5 Tips to Help You Succeed in the Rated Pilot Interview

Most active duty pilots have never sat through a formal interview in their life—they went straight from the Academy or ROTC to pilot training. Now, at the age of 35, they are trying to figure out something that most professionals learned when they left college in their mid-20’s: the importance of interview prep.  As is […]

BogiDope, an A-10 Warthog breaks left while deploying a flare.

3 Tips for Determining When to Make the Jump From Active Duty to the Guard/Reserves

Here at BogiDope we are routinely asked, “When should I make the transition from Active Duty to the Guard or Reserves?”  The answer to that question is “it depends;” every pilot’s experience and situation is different.  There are a multitude of different factors that play into the question of timing and you are the person […]

BogiDope, F-16 executing air refueling.

Time to Show Your Cards

Keep your cards close.  Don’t show your hand.  Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.  These are a few colloquialisms that we have all heard, and they reflect a bit of the reality of Active Duty (AD) service.  For those of us considering leaving AD for the Guard or Reserves, those words take […]