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Old 11-02-2022, 07:24 PM
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Seems like you’re getting a solid response by PMs. Shoot me one when you have room for more to provide a phone option.

As for corrected vision, things have changed from decades ago. Correctable to 20/20 is key, with some reasonable limit (not in front of me right now) to the prescription required to reach that. BL, can’t have borderline useless vision without corrective lenses. True depth perception or steropsis is required and lacking by approx 5-10% of the population.
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Old 11-02-2022, 07:53 PM
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Being an Air Force pilot is the best job in the world! Sure there’s the periodic move, long hours, even longer TDYs but every job (that offers the benefits of an Air Force career) has its detractions, frustrations and challenging assignments.

Frankly, the opportunities far outweigh the negatives. Is it for everyone? No! You have to have a commitment far greater than the average civilian job requires to make this your career. You need to “have integrity and believe” in service above self. As an Air Force officer and pilot you will enjoy opportunities few citizens will ever experience but at the same time you will be called upon to sacrifice more of yourself than the average citizen will ever be called upon to do. Your bonds of friendship will be greater than any civilian family will ever experience and those friendships of shared service can last a lifetime.

Guard and reserve pilots do, in some ways, have it easier but from what I’ve seen it’s hard to maintain two careers and a family life at the same time. Your being pulled in multiple directions too often.

A retired colonel told me when I was trying to decide between two great opportunities (becoming an USAF pilot or an accountant for a major oil company) said: “you have this one opportunity to become a military pilot, you can always be an accountant - frankly I’d choose flying - the office window is so much better!” He was right!

I’ve had both careers and believe me, the military was definitely the best!
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Old 11-02-2022, 11:25 PM
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Larry, as others have mentioned, I would have your son investigate the guard and reserve. A big advantage to being sponsored in pilot training by a guard or reserve unit is knowing what aircraft you are going to fly ahead of time, what the mission is, and where you'll be based. Be aware though, that if the unit has tactical aircraft, he will have to be in the top tier of his class to get qualified to go into training for those aircraft. In my class only about half got fighter, attack, recon qualified, and that was after half the class had washed out. That was in the 80's, so it may be completely different now, but I'm sure it's still competitive. Bottom line is that only 25 percent of the students who started class were qualified to go into fighter training. A couple guys in my class had to scramble for new guard units because they didn't qualify to train in the aircraft of the unit that sponsored them. A very good insurance policy against that is to have some flying experience before hand. I went in after getting my CFII, and while I wouldn't say it was easy, it was certainly a huge advantage to have those ratings ahead of time. If he could get as far as an instrument rating, he would be way ahead of most of his class and I think would go a long way to ensuring a successful outcome. If you don't get through pilot training, you're still in the military for whatever time period you committed to, so you need to be ok with another career path in the military if you can't complete pilot training. Something to really consider, especially if it's an active duty commitment.
All that being said, joining the USAFR was the best decision of my life and I would highly recommend it.
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Old 11-03-2022, 06:34 AM
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Larry,
Retired not too long ago out of the AF/ANG but still connected with todays pilots. I also have two sons pursuing aviation careers. One is going strictly civilian, the other is in the middle of the military process. Completely their decision. Any of us would be happy to talk to your son. I’ll give him the good, the bad, and the ugly. PM if he’d like to talk.
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Old 11-03-2022, 08:56 AM
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Thanks so much for all of the great information here, very helpful and much appreciated. I have sent my son a link to this thread and I apologize for the full PM box. It is cleared out now and would be great if you could try sending the PM again, if you tried yesterday.

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Old 11-03-2022, 09:40 AM
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Hey, what about Naval Aviation?!?! In all seriousness, if he wants to get into military aviation and isn't dead set on the Air Force, there are other options. Some folks default to the Air Force thinking it's their best chance to get a pilot slot. If he goes the Navy OCS route he can secure a pilot slot pre-commissioning. The Navy doesn't have the flying Guard/Reserve slots that the Air Force has but then again the AF doesn't get to land on the boat.

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Old 11-03-2022, 11:51 AM
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Hey, what about Naval Aviation?!?! In all seriousness, if he wants to get into military aviation and isn't dead set on the Air Force, there are other options. Some folks default to the Air Force thinking it's their best chance to get a pilot slot. If he goes the Navy OCS route he can secure a pilot slot pre-commissioning. The Navy doesn't have the flying Guard/Reserve slots that the Air Force has but then again the AF doesn't get to land on the boat.

Happy to help if I can.
I am sure he has nothing against the navy and honestly I have no idea where this idea came from. Appreciate the input and rest assured that he and I have just as much respect those who serve our great contry in the Navy as those in other branches. Landing on an aircraft carrier certainly seems like an exciting prospect. As if 30 knot cross winds are not challenging enough, I can't quite imagine the runway moving around as well.

Sounds like it is worth investigating as well and thanks for the tip.

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Old 11-03-2022, 12:12 PM
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IF the NAVY, I think their SELRES sees more individual activations AND they have more rotor than fixed wing overall.
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8.5 years active duty. 20 years ANG and airline. If I had to do it all over again I would have started with the ANG.
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Old 11-03-2022, 04:31 PM
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8.5 years active duty. 20 years ANG and airline. If I had to do it all over again I would have started with the ANG.
The Guard and Reserve are a great way to go.

I was able to get to the airlines way faster than most of my peers. In fact, I gave my T-38 instructor his FE checkride at the airline.
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