I completely concur but will the brass and AFPC?
That's my only hope. I actually sat down with my Group Commander last Thursday and laid my cards on the table. He was very receptive and supportive, which was encouraging. He outlined the several reasons why the answer from AFPC will probably be "no" but also why I may have a glimmer of hope. And he agreed to push my request up as high up the chain as he could get it. He's a fast burner-type...multiple BTZ promotions, etc. Don't know if having him in my corner will help or not, but at least it's one hurdle down. Good enough for me to press with the LSAT in October and keep working on applications. I figure the worst case scenario is I get invaluable experience with the LSAT and LS application process for 6 years from now when I'm out of the AF and starting to apply all over again.
You asked so here goes but it is long and circuitous and somewhat of a mix between a bad pilot cliche and a couple Dos Gringos songs.
Well, like any red-blooded American fighter pilot, I love Dos Gringos. No, seriously, I enjoyed reading your story. And I'll certainly find it encouraging if the AF tells me to crawl back into my cockpit and STFU to know someone who took such a roundabout journey to LS. I appreciate you taking the time out of what I'm sure is a busy schedule to tell your story.