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 […]

Surviving Wright Patterson and Your FC1 Physical

First of all, congratulations, you did it! Whether it was through ROTC, Active Duty, or the Guard/Reserves to fly fighters, heavies, or helos, you won the lottery and got selected during your board to attend Air Force Pilot Training. Inevitably, at some point after your well-earned celebration, you have the same thought that all of […]

Curing The Pilot Disease Worse Than COVID-19 – Part 1

Welcome back BogiDope readers. Last week we looked at the symptoms of Wingman (or Copilot) Syndrome…the pilot disease even worse than Coronavirus. I received a lot of great feedback from people who either have or have avoided the syndrome themselves. This week we’re going to look at some ways that a pilot can recover if […]

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 […]

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 […]

Coronavirus – How Pilots Can Make the Most of a Bad Situation

I’m not the sort of person to panic about the sky falling, but I will admit that I’m not sure what to make of the Coronavirus situation we’re all dealing with right now. Markets are down, airlines that reported the highest profits in history at the start of the year are now worried about furloughs […]

Air Reserve Technician (ART) Explained

The Guard and Reserve offer a myriad of job choices for the military aviator.  Of the full-time positions available, one of the options is the Air Reserve Technician, or ART.  The ARC (Air Reserve Component–an easy abbreviation for Guard/Reserve) created ART positions to capture technical expertise and operational experience within ARC units to ensure combat […]

Ideal Military Pilot Career Path – Making it Happen – Part 3

Welcome back TPN [and BogiDope readers.] If you’re just joining us, we’re talking about the ideal career path for military pilots. Go ahead and catch up by reading Part 1, and Part 2. The career path I’m recommending is leaving active duty as soon as possible, getting a job at a major airline, and then […]

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Should I Give Up Retirement to Join the Airlines Now?

One of the things that made it frustrating trying to figure out whether to stay in the Air Force or get out was the lack of concrete information about the airline industry. I think we worry about making someone angry by asking directly and we don’t necessarily even know whom to ask in the first […]