Nov 6, 2023
Hello everyone,
I signed for 15C (MQ-1C operator) and will be shipping 2/5/24. I wanted to have the 160th option 1 added to my contract, but one of my waivers prevented my joining from initial enlistment (5150). My recruiter informed me that, given my medical waiver, I need to first complete boot camp and AIT to show that I'm worth a slot investment.

1. How competitive is selection at AIT?
2. Will the 160th still consider me given the nature of my waiver?
3. What will best set me apart from other applicants?
4. Financial stability?
- I saw that one of the requirements is that I be financially stable. However, I will be graduating college with ~120k in student loans. Will this be a disqualifying factor?

I'll have a bachelor's degree (3.0 - 3.2 GPA) by 12/14/23, my ASVAB is 99, and I'm certain that I will score no less that 570/600 on the ACFT.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
As my time in the 160th was over 15 years ago, anything I may know is dated. Just wanted to say good luck, and let us know if you make it in. With your MOS, that’s probably the best unit you can get into. Get there as soon as you can, and stay there as long as you can.