The Ultimate Guide to Earning a Pilot Slot in Air Force ROTC, Part 2

In part one of this article series, we discussed what Air Force ROTC is and what it is like. This article will detail how you can earn a pilot slot through the program and attend Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) upon your commission. As discussed in the previous article, the majority of AFROTC Cadets will commission […]

USAF Initial Flight Training (IFT)

So you’re a freshly minted, steely-eyed 2nd Lieutenant that’s ready to dominate UPT with the highest MASS score ever recorded and eager start your new life as the second-coming of Robin Olds. Well…not so fast. For those of you without a civilian Private Pilot’s License (PPL) or higher, you’ll need to graduate from Initial Flight […]

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 […]

How Long Will it Take? Wrong Question!

Originally posted June 4, 2019 on The Pilot Network by Jason Depew, TPN Staff Writer Do you remember that person from high school who, after being in a relationship for only a few weeks, chose where to go to college based on the plans of his or her significant other? Maybe you knew the person in […]

BogiDope, a KC-10 about to receive gas from a tanker.

Understanding the Reserve Retirement System

The potential of receiving a pension is one of the many benefits of a career in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Understanding the reserve retirement system and figuring out your final retirement pay can be a challenge. BogiDope is here to help with a quick 30,000 ft over-view of reserve retirement and […]

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, T-38 inflight.

The Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) Explained-Part 1

At BogiDope our goal is to help you make educated and informed decisions about your aviation career.  The first step in your aviation journey is going to be completing the necessary requirements to compete for an elusive Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) slot. A large part of that process is going to be taking standardized tests […]

BogiDope, 737 sits on the ramp.

It’s Who You Know: Asking For—and Getting—A Quality Recommendation

The airline application process can seem endless.  The amount of paperwork is immense; there is the application itself, the resume, cover letter, a list of everyplace you’ve lived for ten years, every job you’ve had, copies of every identification document in existence, your logbooks—you’ll quickly begin to feel like you need to hire a personal […]