Assignment Night.... We had no idea what fate and the Air Force Personnel Center might have in store for us. What aircraft? What mission? What continent? What base? Mountains or beach? Fighter or tanker?
Or would we even get out of Columbus, at all, and have to repeat UPT over and over again, class after class after class, as FAIPs, First Assignment Instructor Pilots?
T-37 or T-38?
UPT was a pretty efficient system. For an Academy class, the combination of Academy grad plus FAR rating (Fighter-Attack-Reconnaissance) usually resulted in becoming a FAIP. History had proven this. About half of our class had been rated FAR.
History had also proven that one out of every three UPT students who started the program would wash out; however, for our class, the washout rate was only about one student in five. As a student pilots, we couldn’t change the system. But as a class, could we change the norm?