What should I be doing right now and if this even possible for me?
Quick Background on me:
Served 4 years in the Marine Corps as a JFO; couple years with ANGLICO and the last one with the infantry. After getting out I worked at a fintech startup for a while and then went back to school. Currently attending Columbia University, class of 2027 (getting my BA). Last summer, I did a private equity internship and this summer I’ll be interning at a multi billion dollar hedge fund which I’ll most likely be at for the duration of my time at Columbia. I’ll be 29 by the time I graduate.
I’m really interested in becoming a fighter pilot in the air national guard, it’s kind of been a dream of mine ever since I was at ANGLICO.
Here are some medical obstacles I’m gonna have to overcome.
– misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder after I got out by the va; was prescribed medication; never took it (I can get doctors notes saying that I don’t have it)
– diagnosed with adhd by the va; prescribed medication; took it for about a month, never refilled, haven’t used it since 2020.
-diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea during C&P exam (no CPAP machine; 0% rating but service connected)
– overall I’m at a 60% va disability rating (aches and pains mostly)
My question is, am I able to even pursue this? And, if so, what are the steps I need to take to get everything in order so that I can start applying once I’m at 90 credits.
I realize that I’m gonna be “older” by the time I’m done with school so whatever guidance you guys have on what I can do beforehand to make this a smooth-ish process would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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