Lost UPT slot for eye issue, looking for answers
Hello all, I recently commissioned from the Academy this past June. I was originally slated to go to UPT at Vance, but in April I was disqualified due to being diagnosed with Keratoconus. Now, I am currently a MX Officer, but my dreams of flying have not ended. I had Collagen Cross Linking done, and I should be able to get a waiver here in a year or two that will bring me back up to the flight med standards. However, now that I am in this position I have learned about many new opportunities for flying in the Guard and Reserve that I did not know about before. And to be frank, both are slightly more appealing than AD due to my new family situation. This situation has led me to a multitude of questions as now I wish to join the Guard more than anything, but any kind of flying would be great. First, is it possible/likely that I can palace chase into a Guard or Reserve unit after I have completed 3 years and 4 months AD? Second, should I try to update my PCSM score? It currently sits at a 76 with an 89 pilot score and 56 flight hours. This is based off the old scoring system. I suspect that under the new scoring system it might be higher? Additionally, if it is not, can I retake the TBAS now that I am a 2d Lt? Can I make the Guard or Reserves a reality? Or should I just keep trying in AD? If Guard or Reserves is truly on the table for me, how can I become more competitive to join one of their squadrons? Thanks anyone who may be able to assist me!
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