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  • Questions about the unsponsored, Reserves UFT Route

    Posted by charles-grogan on March 1, 2024 at 9:42 pm

    Hello BogiDopers,

    I received a unsponsored reserves UFT pilot slot and have been receiving conflicting info depending on who I am talking to. In my interview the guys told me this would be for “heavies” only. My mentor who is in the reserves and told me about the UFT program is telling me I can get sponsored by a fighter unit. HOW? I have an Active Duty pilot slot as well and need to make a decision on which route to go. Like the majority of pilots here, I want fighters.

    Khaleesa replied 1 month, 2 weeks ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • A_Foster

    March 2, 2024 at 2:35 am
    440 BogiPoints

    First off, congrats on the slot! That’s huge!

    I was also recently selected by reserves for an unsponsored UFT pilot slot (through the board for AFROTC cadets). I am not sure who is saying “heavies only” but my guess is they may be saying this because the number of reserve fighter squadrons is super limited and it can be hard to get hired by the limited ones that are there. I have friends in the AFROTC program who are dead set on flying fighters and are wanting to prove themselves at pilot training and don’t/didn’t want to go through the interview process that’s needed for reserves. Speaking from limited knowledge it appears their thinking behind this is they also don’t want to risk NOT getting a fighter by going the reserve route because getting sponsored by a unit is not only competitive but requires some luck/timing. i.e. Are the limited number of reserve fighter squadrons even hiring? Do you fit the “well rounded” person they are looking for?

    I suggest researching which reserve units are out there and if there are any hiring (hint: moody just closed their board and Fort Worth just opened theirs)

    For me, going reserves is more than just the fighter slot. It is also the control that comes with it compared to going active, etc. So anyone else reading this, keep in mind that this line of thinking is purely “what path will give me the best chance at a fighter?”, without thinking about other factors. The answer really depends, but I hope my info gives some situational awareness to the factors you could be thinking about.

    Feel free to DM and again, congrats on the slot!

    • Khaleesa

      March 3, 2024 at 12:32 am
      400 BogiPoints

      Love the depth of this answer. Thank you for sharing!

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