kid just trying to achieve dreams
Hey bogidope members and aviators. I created this discussion because I was looking for any advice/information that could possibly help me improve my chance of attaining a coveted fighter slot.
i’m a freshman at WCC majoring in psychology, and ive wanted to fly for my home f-22 unit in Hawaii since I was a junior in high school. I am in the enlistment process (had to get a waiver at MEPS and waiting for it to be approved so I can be sent to basic) hoping to work as an AFE or crew chief to get closer to the pilots. In regards to school, i’m putting a lot of focus on my grades, and wanted to wait until graduation to finish the AFOQT, TBAS and PPL. (hopefully after working in the guard for four years, I will be able to afford a PPL and maybe the will help pay?)
some extracurriculars: since I will have free time in the summers, aside from working in the unit, I want to participate in whatever community service my unit is engaged in – join some type of mental toughness and leadership program – and I have been working out for a couple years and don’t plan to stop (never skip leg day😉).
in regards to the LOR’s im hoping that will be arranged once my unit gets to know me. I also have some family mutual connections with some high ranked personnel and pilots.
some unimportant additional things: I stay very active on forums like flyingsquadron.com, and I enjoy reading books written by fighter pilots ( I want to absorb as much information as possible).
Another reason I posted this was because of my doubts. I pretty much commit my life to this goal, not hanging with friends too often, not drinking or smoking, keeping a clean record, and my days can be slightly arduous. Although, somedays i do get free time because I have no homework and have already worked out and read, and it almost feels as though im not working to my full potential. I have all these goals that I cannot work on just quite yet and it makes me feel like I could always be doing more. Is there anything else I can do, or am I being too self-critical?
sorry for the long rant. I hope I don’t seem pretentious or boastful; I just want to do the best I can do. it would be my dream for the hiring board to say “it would be stupid not to hire this kid” lol.
I would appreciate any feedback. hope you guys are having a good weekend! 🙂
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