Application Process

Military Leave on Probation

Feliz Cinco de Mayo, BogiDope readers! The following is reposted from the members-only TPN Community website with minor revisions. It addresses USERRA. If you have more questions about that law, be sure to read our original article on the subject. “Would it be a problem for me to take long-term military leave during my probationary …

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Inter-Service Transfer

by Eddie, future USAFR pilot and always Marine “This is Major Smith, I’m calling to inform you that we would like to have you in our squadron.”  It was one of the best days I’ve ever had in my life. However, receiving a pilot slot in the Air Force Reserve as an active duty Marine …

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Dear Helicopter Pilots

A few months ago, a TPN Hangar Fly in Tampa included an awesome discussion with a pair of Army aviators. Both are reservists, and both have enough fixed-wing turbine time to be competitive for a major airline job. They’re working on their applications, but mentioned something about many of their coworkers that shocked me. Apparently, …

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BogiDope, B-1 takeoff in afterburner

Skeletons in the Closet

One of the scariest parts about applying for an airline job are those probing questions that you would rather not answer because you’re afraid the response you provide will sink your chances of getting hired. Hopefully this article will alleviate your fears because the reality is that most of these concerns exist only in your …

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BogiDope, 4 T-38's rejoin prior to landing at Columbus AFB as part of the UPT syllabus.

Air Force vs Air National Guard: UPT Application Process (Part 1: Active Duty)

Although the prerequisites for attending Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) are virtually identical, the process of attaining a pilot training slot is one of the biggest differences between the active duty Air Force and Air National Guard (ANG). Disclaimer – This is intended to be a big picture comparison of the most common paths …

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