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  • Looking for a new start…

    Posted by RN_Jack on January 7, 2024 at 9:56 pm

    Hi all!

    I’m a 27 year old RN who is looking to transition to a new career and I have a lot of interest in joining the Air National Guard in New Jersey for the 119th fighter squadron as a pilot!

    I was hoping to get some insight on where to start with the application process- I know I am a bit late to the game, but I’ve spent the last few months doing a bit of research on what I’d need to do to have a chance of being selected for a seat, and making sure that I am physically in shape to pass qualifications (IE I’ve been doing some training and gotten my 1.5 mile run down to 15:30 as a start).

    Medically I should be able to get waivers without much issue as I used to be an asthmatic as a child and have some spleen/liver enlargement from beta thalassemia (which according to the AF waiver spreadsheet shouldn’t be a disqualifying factor). Physically I do some combat sports/self defense classes, shoot, and have a few other hobbies.

    I am also starting to take some flight lessons and so far really enjoy it, although I don’t know if fully getting my pilots license is going to be financially worth it just to join the Air Force.

    I have my bachelor’s in nursing and even have some grad school classes under my belt, so my next steps are to start figuring out how to apply/who to reach out to and what tests I need to take and how.

    I’d love to hear some insight and advice as I really start to dig into this- I’m really hoping to make some big changes in my life and I think that the Air Force is going to offer me those opportunities if I can apply competitively!

    Thanks in advance!m

    150Driver replied 3 months, 4 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Riley

    January 15, 2024 at 5:46 pm
    677 BogiPoints

    Hey @RN_Jack,

    I’d recommend checking out some of our e-courses to include the Air Force section on Different Paths to Wings (open to public) and the Roadmap to UPT e-course (Members Only). These both should supply a plethora of info on the process.


  • 150Driver

    February 21, 2024 at 12:04 am
    610 BogiPoints

    I’d love to be in your shoes at 28. I’m 39, PA-C and have my own 150, and comm Multi CFI. Was selected at 27 as CSO for AD but did not pursue wanting a UPT slot, fear of not being able to switch mid-career past 30. That was before the age cut too. Would still like to put an app through somewhere.

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