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Hey Vertical Reference,


I am an active duty UH-60A/L pilot with about 3 years left on my flight school ADSO. I am interested in transferring into the National Guard to explore some civilian opportunities. Is it possible to do this? Would I need a conditional release?


I know the Air Force has a program in place to do something similar to what I'm trying to do called "Palace Chase." I am not even sure where to begin with this since it's a bit taboo to talk about in an active unit.



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Before I finished at Rucker, I kept hearing rumors about guys graduating and going straight to the guard. They were AD A/L guys too. We have all heard that -60s are 130-50% overmanned, so I don't see what the issue is. I'm interested as well. I'm not sure this would be the best venue to find the answer.


It was my understanding that you would seek a guard unit out in need (there are several), state your intentions and they would assist you. If AD doesn't need you, and a guard unit does, it seems pretty simple.



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Just kind of curious but why would you join the guard instead of staying active duty. Unless you have some family circumstances you are basically giving up a full time position to possibly be an unemployed m day pilot with the national guard. Its usually the other way around, guard guys trying to go active to get a little more financial security

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