Whats Your Status?

BogiDope, a KC-135 refuels two F-16s.

Anyone who is new to the Air National Guard (ANG) can attest to this simple fact, understanding who you work for on any given day is extremely confusing.  Heck, it can be confusing for those that have been in the Guard for several years.  In order to clear up some of that confusion, let's take a look at how different laws affect a Guard member’s duty status, pay and who they ultimately work for while performing their military duty.

Understanding the Reserve Retirement System

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

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 how to calculate your reserve retirement pay. 

How Do I Qualify? 20 “Good Years”

An Inside Look Into a Rated Hiring Board

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

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 a different airframe or you don’t have any good “inside” connections.  

Who do I Call?

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

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 apprehension might be caused by not knowing who to ask for when they make the call.  We here at BogiDope think that if you don’t call your desired unit directly, you are potentially making a big mistake—one that yo

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

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

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 this stack of papers to answer six important questions before we invite you for an interview.  A negative response to any of these questions can greatly lower your chances of being hired.  On th

5 Tips to Help You Succeed in the Rated Pilot Interview

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

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. 

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

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

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 who is best equipped to make that call.  However, BogiDope recommends that you consider at least these three main areas when determining when to make the leap. 

Time to Show Your Cards

BogiDope, F-16 executing air refueling.

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 on a whole new practical meaning:  how do we know when the right time is to spill the beans about our future career plans?  How much information about our hopes for our career beyond AD do we really have to share?  Tho

5 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Guard/Reserve Squadron

BogiDope, a C-17 comes into land in Hawaii.

Once you have made the decision to exit active duty (AD), the next big decision to make is where and in what capacity you want to continue to serve. For most of us it’s easy: we pick a Guard or Reserve unit close to home or we choose a unit that executes the same mission we did on AD.  Herein lies one of the greatest pitfalls those leaving AD fall into—many officers fail to realize how valuable their skills are.  Lacking this realization, they don’t shop around among the plethora of options that are available. 

Active Duty to Guard/Reserve Transition

BogiDope, a F-16 prepares to taxi prior to a mission.

Leaving the active duty (AD) and transferring to the Guard or Reserves can be a scary time in your life.  There is not a lot of information available to pilots preparing for this transition, which makes it easy to find frustrating pitfalls and speed bumps along the way.  Just like flying a mission, intelligence and preparation are the keys to success.  In order to help you navigate this transition, we’ve compiled a short list of steps you should take to ensure that you are successful.