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  1. You hit the nail on the head with regards to what I was thinking. These are the thoughts and questions that will be on everyone's mind. I'm not going to babble about my life story on here, but the point is that no matter what reasoning or justification I give, there are people who will never find it sufficient, people who will have those doubts. Considering the enormous responsibility of a military pilot (not to mention the $), those doubts and reservations about my FFL past might be enough for an automatic NO from any board. I think I need to find a CWO or someone who has sat on one of these boards to get the scoop on how it would go down. That's another reason why I wanted a PPL going in, as any positives on my dossier just go to help counter balance those perceptions. But going to flight school and becoming a pilot on the civillian side is my plan B anyways, so the PPL wouldn't be a waste in my case.
  2. Thanks for the insight. Long story short, before anything else I'm an American. If I still can, I want to set things right and come play for the home team.
  3. I wasn't aware before that the Airforce and Navy had raised their age limits for pilots, so on paper I could still apply. However, my bachelor's degree isn't in a math or science related field, plus I didn't have a 4.0 grade average, so my resumé would be a lot less competitive for OCS and OTS. WOFT is probably my best shot at becoming a military aviator, which is fine since it's the program that interests me the most anyways. +1 for the warm beers 🍺
  4. Thanks for the response. I could get a good LOR from a capitain here, as I haven't been a troublemaker, although it would be in French 🤷‍♂️. My plan for the other 2 would be to get one from an instructor during flight school in the US, then find and beg a CWO to interview me for one. You can begin applying for French nationality with 3.5 years of service(the initial contract is 5 years), but the reality is that you will be made to resign at least a couple of years for them to get it done for you. If you decide to go civil after 5 years, it's actually very easy to get it done on your own, granted that you're willing to stay and work in France another 1-2 years as a civillian. That was my initial plan, but if I decide to try for WOFT I will probably be forced to renounce the French citizenship for the security clearance (this i the case with officers I believe?).
  5. In a nutshell, I am an American who spent 5 years in the French Foreign Legion, with no prior service in the US military. For those of you who aren't familiar, it's a branch of the French Army open only to foreigners. I have a college degree, can score a 99 on the Asvab and am physically fit. However, there is the BOARD. In my mind, there is no way a board would accept me based on my foreign military service. Am I correct in this assumption? I imagine that all it takes for my application to be rejected is one hardliner who considers me to be some sort of a traitor. Undertaking this would require a lot of time and effort on my part; moving back to the states, getting a PPL-H to make my packet more competitive, scraping together LORs, etc. It would be foolish in my situation for me to go through all of that if the answer was always a flat out NO from day 1. Anyone with any insight on this? Thanks for reading and I appreciate any info you might have.
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