Value of Military Experience
I’ve been in the Guard for 12 years and I’m currently serving as an Avionics Section Chief and QA inspector for the F-22 (was an aircraft weapons troop for 11 years). I’m at a pivotal point in my career where I could stay where I’m at and eventually retire as a Chief or pursue the aviation path I started years ago before starting a family. Now that I’m done having kids, I’m putting all my energy into taking a shot at landing a slot. I’m currently AGR with 16 ½ years left before I’m eligible to retire (low TAFMS due to years of civil service prior to AGR conversion). Bachelor’s degree done. Awesome letters of recommendation from Wing and Group leadership received. Before sending out applications, I am flying up until solo to demonstrate competency and taking the AFOQT and TBAS within the next month.
I’m certain I will do well with testing and flying; however, I just turned 32 years old. For family stability reasons, I promised the wife that I will only seek Guard/Reserve slots for a guarantee to stay in one location while the kids go through school over the next ~12 years. How much is prior Guard experience taken into consideration for candidates? Specifically exceptional service. I’ve gotten straight 5’s on all EPRs since the Guard had to start doing them, except the very first. I’m hoping my current reputation of dedication, competency, and flexibility will hold a bit of weight for consideration in lieu of extensive flight experience. Regardless of my odds, I will shoot my shot. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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