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 […]

BogiDope, a A-10 Thunderbolt taxis on the ramp with the canopy up.

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 […]

BogiDope, an A-10 Warthog breaks left while deploying a flare.

3 Tips for Determining When to Make the Jump From Active Duty to the Guard/Reserves

Here at BogiDope we are routinely asked, “When should I make the transition from Active Duty to the Guard or Reserves?”  The answer to that question is “it depends;” every pilot’s experience and situation is different.  There are a multitude of different factors that play into the question of timing and you are the person […]

BogiDope, F-16 executing air refueling.

Time to Show Your Cards

Keep your cards close.  Don’t show your hand.  Keep your friends close and your enemies even closer.  These are a few colloquialisms that we have all heard, and they reflect a bit of the reality of Active Duty (AD) service.  For those of us considering leaving AD for the Guard or Reserves, those words take […]

BogiDope, a C-17 comes into land in Hawaii.

5 Tips to Help You Find Your Perfect Guard/Reserve Squadron

Once you have made the decision to exit active duty (AD), the next big decision to make is where and in what capacity you want to continue to serve. For most of us it’s easy: we pick a Guard or Reserve unit close to home or we choose a unit that executes the same mission […]

BogiDope, a F-16 prepares to taxi prior to a mission.

Active Duty to Guard/Reserve Transition

Leaving the active duty (AD) and transferring to the Guard or Reserves can be a scary time in your life.  There is not a lot of information available to pilots preparing for this transition, which makes it easy to find frustrating pitfalls and speed bumps along the way.  Just like flying a mission, intelligence and […]