Active Duty Transition


As a current military pilot, are you:

  • Tired of living overseas and/or moving every 3-4 years?
  • Uncertain of your next flying assignment?
  • Exhausted from the active duty ops tempo?
  • Ready for something different?

Transitioning to the Guard or Reserve may be a great option if you desire:

  • Flexibility to live where you want — for as long as you want.
  • Flexibility to fly what you want.
  • Flexibility to be full-time or part-time.
  • Flexibility to control your career progression tailored to your desires.
  • Flexibility to pursue civilian opportunities (e.g. airlines, school, business, etc) while continuing to serve your country.

BogiDope Can Help!


We tailored the Active Duty to Guard/Reserve content specifically for current military pilots from all branches interested in making this transition.  Lack of information can make separating from the relative comfort of the active duty stressful and intimidating.  We know because we went through it ourselves!

The BogiDope team is dedicated to filling that information gap.  We offer a variety of features to help you achieve your goals.  Learn about the entire process with our library of articles.  Make informed career decisions by first knowing what opportunities exist with our Interactive Map and Job Listing page.  With specific data on over 175 Guard/Reserve flying squadrons, we’re confident you’ll find something that interests you.  Finally, significantly increase your odds of landing that dream job by speaking with one of our pilots in a 1-on-1 consultation prior to any application or interview.

Your sacrifices on active duty are well understood.  Let BogiDope help you transition to the next phase of your military career under your terms!  As always, thank you for your service.  It is an honor to serve with you.

Active Duty Transition Frequently Asked Questions

When should I start applying to Guard/Reserve squadrons?

We recommend submitting your application approximately two years prior to your active duty separation. Most squadrons conduct hiring boards once a year, so this strategy allows for two opportunities (if needed) to get hired at each squadron of interest prior to leaving active duty.

What is the PALACE CHASE program?

PALACE CHASE is an Air Force program that allows an active duty member to convert part of their remaining active duty service commitment into a commitment in the Guard or Reserve.

According to AFI 36-3205, eligibility for the PALACE CHASE program starts when they have completed two-thirds of their initial service commitment. However, the needs of the Air Force (e.g. the current Air Force pilot shortage) will determine how early a transfer to the Guard/Reserve will be permitted.

It is recommended to start the PALACE CHASE process at least 120 days prior to your desired active duty separation.

What is the PALACE FRONT program?

PALACE FRONT is a program that allows an active duty member who serves all of their active duty service commitment (i.e. non-PALACE CHASE) to transition to the Guard or Reserve the day after separation from active duty. PALACE FRONT ensures there is no break in service during the Guard/Reserve transition.

The process can start up to 180 days prior to separation. Notably, there are often bonuses available for those who PALACE FRONT.

What is the difference in pay between an active duty pilot and Air National Guard pilot?

If you are on 30 days or more of continuous military orders, your pay and benefits will be exactly the same as they would be on active duty.

If you are a part-time ANG pilot, you will be paid for each individual day you show up to work. There are several different types of orders with unique benefits, but as a basic formula to determine how much each day is worth, add your base pay and fly pay together and divide that number by 30 (days in the month). That amount is considered one period (1/2 day of work). Unless you’re intentionally only working a half day, you will be paid for two periods each time you work at the squadron.

For example, using the 2019 pay charts, a Major with over 12 years of military service and over six years of aviation service has a base pay of $7,596 and $650 of flight pay per month. $7,596 + $650 = $8,246/30 days = $275 per period. Typically, you’ll work a full day (i.e. two periods), so $275 x 2 = $550 per day. If you average 3-6 days in the squadron per month, your annual salary will be between $20,000 and $40,000 without including any TDYs or deployments.