10 Year ADSC – End of the World?

I don’t hold back when people ask me the best way to become a military pilot. The Ultimate Military Pilot Career Path is to get hired directly by a Guard or Reserve unit and let them send you to UPT. Ideally, you should enlist with one of those units as soon as you’re old enough […]

Ultimate OTS/TFOT Guide (Part 2)

Welcome back BogiDope readers! This is Part 2 of our in-depth report on what OTS is like right now. We covered sections 1-3 last week, and will finish with sections 4-6 today. Enjoy! Table of Contents What is OTS/TFOT? Preparing for OTS Pre-course Material PT Test Dorm Manual What to bring to OTS Packing List […]

Ultimate OTS/TFOT Guide (Part 1)

Dear BogiDope Readers, We have a treat for you today! A recently-commissioned Second Lieutenant wrote a fantastic report about what to expect at Total Force Officer Training (TFOT, formerly known as OTS). Many of our customers find their Guard or Reserve units, or find their way to Active Duty, as new-hired directly “off the street” […]

BogiDope, KC-10 refueling a F-18.

How to Get an OTS Rated Slot – Part 3

Part-3 is the final part of this series entitled "How to Get an OTS Rated Slot."  We hope this article series has helped you understand another path to achieving your aviation career goals.  Remember there is no right way or easy solution to finding your path to the cockpit.  If that is your dream, make […]

BogiDope, F-16 from the South Carolina ANG in-flight.

How to Get an OTS Rated Slot – Part 1

If you want to be an Active Duty Pilot or other rated position in the US Air Force, this article is for you. We’ll be going over the process of applying to Officer Training School (OTS) and obtaining a rated slot. This is the most direct method of becoming an Active Duty flyer since ROTC […]

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 […]

BogiDope, T-38's taxi for an early morning takeoff at Sheppard AFB, TX Euro-Nato Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) syllabus.

Air Force vs Air National Guard: UPT Application Process (Part 2: Air National Guard)

  There are over 100 flying squadrons within the Air National Guard (ANG).  Currently, the hiring process is handled independently by each individual squadron.   In contrast to seeking a UPT slot with the active duty, which requires applying to just the one selection board associated with your commissioning source, seeking a slot with the […]