Jumping Ship – A USAF Pilot Joins the Navy Reserve

BogiDope was founded by Air Force pilots and much of our work is Air Force-centric. We’re here to help pilots from all branches though, and this article is for anyone who’s ever considered becoming a pilot in the Navy Reserve. This article is based on an interview with former-USAF Major and now Navy Commander-select Albert […]

Active Duty How-To: U-2 Pilot

Part of the fun of aviation is that there are many different types of aircraft that can be amazing to fly. In the 116 years of powered human flight, a few unique aircraft receive immediate recognition and inspire deep envy. The Concorde, the X-1, the SR-71. Most of these aircraft are retired, and we’ll never […]

Military Pilot Retirement – Guard and Reserve

Welcome back to our series on Military Pilot Retirement pay. In Part 1 we discussed retirement for Active Duty pilots. In this part we’ll discuss retirement pay for Guard and Reserve pilots. Table of Contents Background Let’s Run The Numbers Marginal Utility What is an Hour of Your Life Worth? It’s Not All About the […]

Military Pilot Retirement – Active Duty

Dear Fellow Pilots, Don’t ever take a job based entirely on pay. From tradition, to tax advantages, to social consciousness, most employers offer an overall “compensation package” that is far more valuable overall than just the hourly wage or salary they offer. One of the most important parts of any compensation package is funding for […]

Fighters or Tankers? Ask a Guy Who’s Flown Both!

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with “Flint,” a KC-135 pilot from the 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix, AZ. Flint has flown both the F-16 and the KC-135 in the Air National Guard. What follows here is a unique comparison of those two communities, along with an unprecedented look at what life is […]

Guard and Reserve Pay and Benefits

The National Guard and Reserve components of the military offer outstanding opportunities for pilots like you and me to serve our country. While they provide many opportunities for a pilot to do full-time work, most Guard/Reserve pilots serve on a part-time basis. I have long argued that the Guard and Reserve offer the ideal career […]

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 […]