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Social Media – Blessing and Curse

Thanks to Social Media our world is connected like never before. It helps friends and family stay in touch more easily, holds businesses and governments more accountable than ever, produces an endless stream of cat memes to make us laugh, and has even helped overthrow tyrants. For all the good it does, though, Social Media […]

Networking – The Pilot Superpower

When I got sent to Hurlburt Field, FL, in late 2007, I bought a house. Then the housing bubble popped and our house was worth far less than we owed on it. That house spent many years as a rental property after we moved away because we couldn’t afford to sell it. A couple years […]

The Ultimate Guide to Earning a Pilot Slot in Air Force ROTC, Part 2

In part one of this article series, we discussed what Air Force ROTC is and what it is like. This article will detail how you can earn a pilot slot through the program and attend Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) upon your commission. As discussed in the previous article, the majority of AFROTC Cadets will commission […]

The Ultimate Guide to Earning a Pilot Slot in Air Force ROTC, Part 1

Part 1: Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) Table of Contents What is AFROTC? How to Join and Requirements Scholarship Opportunities Cadet Life – Year 1 Cadet Life – Year 2 Cadet Life – Year 3 Cadet Life – Year 4 Cadet Ranking What are your Chances? AFSC Selection Decision Time My AFROTC Experience […]

10 Year ADSC – End of the World?

I don’t hold back when people ask me the best way to become a military pilot. The Ultimate Military Pilot Career Path is to get hired directly by a Guard or Reserve unit and let them send you to UPT. Ideally, you should enlist with one of those units as soon as you’re old enough […]

Mentoring For BogiDope Pilots (Part 2)

Last week we looked at mentoring from the perspective of the protege…the person receiving mentoring from someone more experienced. We identified some of the reasons that these relationships form, and we noted both good and bad ways to treat these relationships. Most importantly, a successful mentoring relationship needs to have some sort of purpose, an […]

Mentoring for BogiDope Pilots (Part 1)

As a pilot, you probably know everything. You’re probably the best at everything you’ve ever tried. You’re probably even excruciatingly humble about it. Except, you and I both know better, don’t we? No matter how smart you are or how hard you work, there will always be more for you to learn. As a professional […]

VA Disability – Part 4

Welcome back, dear BogiDope readers, for the final installment in our series about VA Disability. Here’s a quick review of what we’ve covered so far: In Part 1, we noted that VA Disability is a standard part of the military service contract each of us signs. We didn’t write that contract or decide on the […]

VA Disability – Part 3

Thus far in our series on VA Disability, we’ve looked at two main points. First, a VA Disability rating is something the US Government expects to pay you because they plan to put a lot of wear and tear on your body during your service. Knowing this, we looked at the requirements for getting an […]

VA Disability – Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 of our series about VA Disability benefits. If you haven’t seen it already, go back and read Part 1 for important context before you dig in here! In Part 1, we looked at why each and every pilot in the military is expendable. The government acknowledges this and planned to […]

VA Disability – Part 1

This may be the most important series of articles you read all year. If you’re like me you may have put some thought toward what job you’ll do after you leave full-time military service, but you probably don’t have all the information or perspective you need on really important things like health care. This is […]

Surviving Wright Patterson and Your FC1 Physical

First of all, congratulations, you did it! Whether it was through ROTC, Active Duty, or the Guard/Reserves to fly fighters, heavies, or helos, you won the lottery and got selected during your board to attend Air Force Pilot Training. Inevitably, at some point after your well-earned celebration, you have the same thought that all of […]