Undergraduate Engineering Student – UPT Inquiry
I just recently discovered this app and community and it seems to be the perfect destination for all things piloting regarding the military! I figured it would be best to direct my inquiries to this forum instead of searching aimlessly for information:
I’m currently an undergraduate student about to graduate this May (2024) with two bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science as a Magna Cum Laude with Presidential Honors.
I recently served an internship collaborating with the Air Force Research Lab, Space Force and NASA on nano-satellite research and design near Kirtland AFB in New Mexico. This internship reintroduced to me the idea of serving in the Air Force. During my time at university, I also served on the Texas A&M Chancellor’s Advisory Council, started multiple organizations for aerospace (AIAA, Satellite Lab) and served as Student Body Vice President.
I’ve always desired to become a pilot and serve my country but wanted to explore my opportunities as a civilian engineer alongside. I realize now that joining the AF Reserve or Air National Guard could allow me to pursue both paths and to serve in both capacities; hopefully becoming a productive civilian and military personnel.
Given my educational and extracurricular background, but lack of any piloting experience, would it still be possible to become a pilot and pursue the UPT program through the reserves or guard? To apply, would I already need to be commissioned into the reserves or guard? Are their suggestion you may have?
I am more than willing to meet online if this would be best! I frankly just do not want to waste anyone’s time if applying at this time with my current credentials is unsatisfactory or not feasible.
Thank you for your time and consideration!
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