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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Review of AFOQT Test Prep Resources

If you want to get to UPT and become an Air Force pilot, you need to score well on the Air Force Officer’s Qualifying Test (AFOQT). You may be best friends with all the people in your hometown Guard or Reserve unit. You may have a fantastic visit when you rush that unit. However, the […]

Winning UPT Financially

If you’re headed to pilot training, you absolutely must read our 3-part series on Winning UPT. It explains how to perform well in your training program. However, that’s just part of your life at that point. Today we’re going to discuss how being smart with your finances will help you do better at UPT, and […]

Civilian Ratings That Military Pilots Should Care About, Part 2

Welcome back to BogiDope! Last week we looked at the civilian pilot ratings that a military pilot may need to know about. This week we’re going to discuss some things to consider when choosing a flight school, look at a few specific flight school options, and talk about ways to get your ratings without breaking […]

Civilian Ratings That Military Pilots Should Care About, Part 1

If you aspire to a lifetime career as a professional pilot, you almost can’t beat getting your start in the military. Whether you fly tankers because size matters, you decide to fight both wars and forest fires in the C-130, or you give in to your inner Maverick and fly fighters, you can’t beat the […]

Should I Track Helicopters at UPT?

At Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) there are some things that don’t change much over the years. After flying the T-6A in Phase II, student pilots “track select” to either the T-38 for fighters & bombers, the UH-1 for helicopters and CV-22s, or the T-1 for everything else. I’ve recently noticed student pilots […]