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Topic: Going From Active To Reserve
Username: mrifly2hi
Posted 2010-04-07 17:26:23 and read 3473 times.

Ok, here is the deal; I am currently scheduled for pilot training. I am currently at a base that is really… really far behind on getting people through due to weather. This is why I have time to think about this. I have completed all prerequisite training in order to start UPT i.e (IFS). I am basically sitting around waiting to start sometime around June. My question is: how do I see about trying to go into the AF reserves from this point (active duty 2LT)? I am currently active duty and understand that I must complete 3/4ths of my commitment in order to think about a palace chase…got it, I’m not trying to get out of the military. I also understand that the air force can do anything it wants to do and that we are currently going through a “RIF.” The “RIF” does not affect the pilot world. However; they are looking for people to get off active duty and this is why I am raising the question. I have a unit in mind that would probably take me due to OPs TEMPO at the current time. I am very hesitant to ask the other officers on base and the times that I have asked, they didn’t have a clue as to the answers to my questions. Long story short; I want to go reserve and I feel confident about the unit I would ask to pick me up. Who do I contact at the Personnel Command to at least talk to about this issue? I would rather find out whether it is possible at all before I start talking to a unit. Can anybody give me some guidance on this issue? Like I said, I am willing to ask anyone, except who is on this base due to the political nature of this issue. Thankyou for any help or advice that can be given. God Bless

Topic: RE: Going From Active To Reserve
Username: dtw9
Posted 2010-04-07 18:04:10 and read 3456 times.

First off ,how long have you been active. Did you join after college , were you ROTC or Air Force Academy?

Topic: RE: Going From Active To Reserve
Username: mrifly2hi
Posted 2010-04-07 18:45:57 and read 3421 times.

Thank you very much for your interest. I have graduated from ROTC and have been active for not quite a year. The reason I am investigating this possibility is because I am in good standing with “some” members of the tanker/cargo unit I am looking at. Again, I realize the Air Force’s policy on this, but I also realize that they can do anything they want to. At this early point in my career the Air Force has not totally invested in my training yet, which makes this a little more possible… slightly. The officers I have spoken to also mentioned that this is a “better” time to look at this due to the personnel reduction. I asked, “has this ever happened before?” Their reply was the “yes” it had, but on a case-by-case basis. Thank you for any advice.

Topic: RE: Going From Active To Reserve
Username: dtw9
Posted 2010-04-07 19:36:59 and read 3403 times.

Your biggest problem is going to be that you were ROTC, However, never say never. I would start with my CO and move up the COC. I had a situation when I was Regular Army towards the end of Vietnam. My enlistment MOS was to be for Warrant Officer. However ,by the time that I was Ready for Flight training(Helicopter}the Army was also in the middle of a RIF. Vietnam was winding down and they had more Officers than they needed, OCS and Warrant were closed. After a talk with my CO I was given time to decide if I wanted to take my chances on Flight school reopening or going home. I chose the latter, and it was the smartest thing I ever did as nothing opened up for three years. Now in your case, in the middle of a RIF, by you not taking Flight training you my very well save the career of an Officer who would like to continue his service. You have nothing to loose by discussing your options with your CO. If he can't give you an honest answer ,then request that you be allowed to take it up the Chain of Command. From what I remember about ROTC your chances are probably slim, but you will never know unless you state your case, Besides, Officers can't be bashful. I come from a family that had many of it's members serve in different branches of the military, My Father was USAAF B-29's in WW2,(Air Medal,Flying Cross,Bronze Star) my oldest brother was a Captain in the USA, Special Advisor to the South Vietnamese(Silver Star,6 Bronze Stars) My sister was Navy and of myself, Army. If this is truly what you want, then use your leadership skills and get it done. Good luck to you Sir.


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