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  • Do I have a chance?

    Posted by Marco on October 4, 2023 at 9:45 am

    I’m 31 and I know my age is a deterrent. I have years of deploying experience as a civilian sensor operator, BS, MS and MBA. I’m an instrument rated private pilot with 270hrs.

    Is it worth a shot to take all the tests? I’m mostly willing to go to 50% or the units, I just want honest opinion. I’ll be 32 next spring, am I too late to the game? If there is a shot I’ll hit the books and study for the tests. I just feel very conflicted as it’s something I want and have thought about for years but was always too involved with my day job to give it the attention it needed. Now I’m in a good position and am finally ready to give the applications and studying the time it needs.

    J.J. replied 7 months, 1 week ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • JonCastillo

    October 9, 2023 at 12:53 pm

    My flying partner in T1s at UPT was a 36 year old Major.. former C130 navigator. On an age waiver for a C130 guard unit. Apparently the unit that hired him had converted from F16s to c130s and so lost a lot of pilots and was giving out age waivers to fill some of the spots. This was pre-Covid so I’m not sure how the hiring environment has changed but I’m showing the current max age to start UPT as 33 years. So in your case its definitely possible, and I’d say go for it!

    • Marco

      October 9, 2023 at 1:43 pm

      Appreciate the info and encouragement!!

  • JustinB

    October 12, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    What I would say is “you can’t win if you don’t play”. Do you think you would regret it later if you didn’t give max effort now? You mention being in a good spot now, what do you have to lose?

    • Marco

      October 12, 2023 at 8:03 pm

      Mostly career progression and financial goals would be slowed down significantly.

      • Snip

        October 13, 2023 at 10:30 am
        175 BogiPoints


        Ask yourself this, “Can I forgive myself in 15 yrs if I never gave myself the chance to become a military aviator?”. If your answer is, “Yes, for several reasons, the risk, at that time, wasn’t worth the reward”, then stay your current course and kick-ass in whatever it is that you do! If you wouldn’t be able to forgive yourself, then chop-chop, time’s a wastin’!!

  • J.J.

    November 5, 2023 at 10:14 pm
    405 BogiPoints

    I’m a Sensor Operator in the ANG and also 31 turning 32 next fall. I’ve been rushing units and applying selectively to places I see myself at. Now I believe the goal is to get hired in general, because the question should ultimately be “ Do I want to be an officer who flies in the military”. Time to step on the gas and full send. Best of luck!

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