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Air Force Career Progression – Pilot

Welcome back to Part 2 of our series about career progression for Air Force pilots, from the pilot perspective. If you haven’t already read Part 1 about career progression as an officer, I recommend you click here and read it first. For better or for worse, it’s necessary to look at your Air Force career […]

Ideal Military Pilot Career Path – Spelling it Out – Part 1

BogiDope readers, I continue to believe that a pilot can achieve the Ultimate Military Pilot Career Path by skipping Active Duty altogether and just joining the Guard or Reserves. However, for the thousands of military aviators who will join Active Duty every year anyway, the path I outline in this TPN Guest Post is their […]

Air Force Career Progression – Officer

We’re going to discuss career progression today. As a former Active Duty pilot, I’ll admit I don’t love this topic. You have to understand: I’m a pilot. I didn’t join the Air Force to sit at a desk pushing paper or sending emails. When I graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2004 and got […]

A Day/Trip in the Life…of an Airline Pilot

Greetings TPN! This post was started a while ago, before I wrote my Second Year in Review. I’d been trying to come up with something impactful or profound to write for you…and had failed miserably for quite a while. I’ve started work on a large-scale, exciting project, but it won’t be ready very soon. In […]

Seniority is Everything

I was scheduled to work a grueling 13 days last month. I got paid for all 13 days, but only worked for 8 of them. I can’t even make this stuff up…working for a major airline is just great living. Why bother telling you? Bragging? Image crafting? Sorry, but I’m a pilot…I don’t really care […]

Dear Helicopter Pilots

A few months ago, a TPN Hangar Fly in Tampa included an awesome discussion with a pair of Army aviators. Both are reservists, and both have enough fixed-wing turbine time to be competitive for a major airline job. They’re working on their applications, but mentioned something about many of their coworkers that shocked me. Apparently, […]

The Military Pilot’s GA Translation Guide

by Jason Depew, TPN Staff Writer As a person who writes about how to get hired by the airlines, I get a lot of requests to look at resumes, applications, etc. I’m not shy to say that I’ve lost count of how many superstars I’ve helped leave active duty military service for a better life. […]

Confessions of a Reserve T-38C IP

I have a treat for you today! I just interviewed a reserve T-38C UPT IP, whom we’ll call Star-Lord for the sake of anonymity. The results of our conversation will explain how to get that job as a reservist along with the good and bad of that path. If you’re looking to leave Active Duty […]

MASS – The UPT Scoring System Explained

We almost don’t go a day without a future UPT student asking us how to get the assignment he or she wants. BogiDope exists to help you make that happen! The easiest way to do this is to sign up with a Guard or Reserve unit in the first place. However, for those of you […]

Best Airline Application and Interview Prep Services for 2020

Whether you’re a young aviator on the Ultimate Military Pilot Career Path, or you’re an experienced military pilot finally making that transition from Active Duty, learning how to apply for an airline job is a critical skill for most BogiDope fans. I’ve written here about the amazing pay at the major airlines. The Quality of […]

Air Force Terminology

Joining the Air Force requires a lot of adaptation. One fun and frustrating example of this is learning to “speak Air Force.” When serving in any military unit, you’ll encounter ideas that just have no equivalent expression in regular civilian discourse. Today we’re going to look at several different types of Air Force terminology. The […]