Flying Opportunities in the Air Force Reserve

Whether you are currently active duty in the Air Force, a sister service, or you have never flown a plane before, there are flying opportunities for you in the Air Force Reserve (AFR). The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Undergraduate Flying Training (UFT) Guidebook contains a wealth of information about flying the AFR as well as how to apply. Below is a brief summary of the AFR and how to join.

Winning UPT - Part 3

BogiDope, a t-38 airborne.

Welcome to Part 3 of Winning UPT, the final part of this series. UPT is such a small part of your flying career but definitely one of the most memorable ones.  The knowledge you gain at UPT will propel you through a career in the Air Force and for many a life long career in the aviation industry.  Preparation starts now by acting on the advice you have found in this article series.  BogiDope is here to help, so contact us with any questions you might have and take advantage of the great consulting resources available to help land your dream job.

Winning UPT - Part 2

Welcome back to another article to help you succeed at UPT.  UPT is one of the greatest times in your aviation career, even though it does not feel like it at the time. In Part-1 we discussed how to prepare by emphasizing the importance of general knowledge and chairflying. Part -2 dicusess three new tips to help you out. Let's get started...

Winning UPT - Part 1

BogiDope, a T-6 taxis out and gets ready for takeoff.

I know what you're thinking. I thought the same thing before I started US Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT.) "Will someone please tell me the secret to winning at UPT?" Today is your lucky day. I'm going to tell you the secret to doing well in pilot training and getting the assignment you've been dreaming about since you were old enough to watch Top Gun. Are you ready? Here it is: You have to be good at everything.

How to Get an OTS Rated Slot - Part 3

BogiDope, KC-10 refueling a F-18.

Part-3 is the final part of this series entitled "How to Get an OTS Rated Slot."  We hope this article series has helped you understand another path to achieving your aviation career goals.  Remember there is no right way or easy solution to finding your path to the cockpit.  If that is your dream, make every attempt to achieve it and make sure you know every possible path in order to achieve your goal.   


How to Get an OTS Rated Slot - Part 2

BogiDope, C-17s lined up on a taxiway.

Welcome back for the second installment of How to get a Rated OTS Slot.  Part 2 is designed to give you a detailed explanation of the required documents you will need to navigate this process.  Dont let a small paperwork error ruin your chances at getting a rated OTS slot!

Application Requirements

How to Get an OTS Rated Slot - Part 1

BogiDope, F-16 from the South Carolina ANG in-flight.

If you want to be an Active Duty Pilot or other rated position in the US Air Force, this article is for you. We’ll be going over the process of applying to Officer Training School (OTS) and obtaining a rated slot. This is the most direct method of becoming an Active Duty flyer since ROTC and the Air Force Academy both require you to participate as a cadet during college and neither of those methods allow you to secure a slot for a specific position before committing to serve. This article is written for those who are applying as civilians (including those who have prior service).

UPT Requirements

BogiDope, T-38C Cockpit.

If you are considering being a pilot in the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve and you aren’t coming from within the active duty ranks, then you are probably trying to figure out how to get hired by a unit and into Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT).  Before you can even consider applying to a reserve unit, you’ll need to understand the requirements for UPT and the process that will get you from where you are now to actually earning your wings.  Knowing something about the process on the front end of your job search will make you an educated consumer, so to speak;

The Age Old Question

BogiDope, T-6 taxing at Sheppard AFB, TX.

If you are considering becoming a pilot and have chosen the military as your path, at some point you’ll have to ask: “How old can I be and still go through UPT?”  This is a common question we get at BogiDope and our staff wants to ensure that the facts are understood so you can make informed decisions.

The Requirements

The Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) Score Explained - Part 2

BogiDope, T-1 inflight.

In Part 1 of our two part series “The Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) Score Explained” BogiDope explained the background, importance and how to study for the PCSM.  In Part 2, BogiDope will educate you on the how to maximize your PCSM score which will significantly increase your chances of obtaining an Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) slot. 

Where Can I Take the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS)?