Air Traffic Control Specialist - Trainee Here is the new ALL Source Bid. Somethings to note: "Prior failure of FAA Academy training or prior declination of permanent facility placement offer after completing Academy training may constitute a basis for non-selection and/or veterans' preference pass over." It says may constitute a basis for non-selection, so still apply if you fall in that category. "The FAA expects to issue an announcement within the next 60 days for applicants with 52 consecutive weeks of air traffic control involving the full-time active separation of air traffic after receipt of an air traffic certification or air traffic control (ATC) facility rating within 5 years of application for those who served at a FAA air traffic control facility, OR a civilian or military ATC facility, OR a tower operating under contract with the FAA under section 47124. The maximum entry age for applicants under this experience announcement will be age 35." So prior experience bid expected within 2 months. Also, still apply to ALL Source Bid even if you are prior experience. You can always give up the All Source offer. Other item: "If eligible for Pool 1; may elect consideration for Pool 2, but not both." WARNING: This hypothetical scenario may not be accurate, it's just one of the things I was thinking about. So, CTI/vets may want to consider about going Pool 2. Let's say the FAA hires 2000 people (easy number to work with) on this bid, the two Pools can only vary by 10%. So, between 900-1100 people would be Pool 1. Since there is no BQ for Pool 1, the only way to not be selected to take the ATSA is by failing to provide all required information in your application. So, the vast majority of Pool 1 will move onto the ATSA, which means you will be primarily competing against other Pool 1 individuals on the ATSA. Supposedly 3000 CTI have been waiting for a chance to get in (I can't verify that number), so they are all competing for those 900 guaranteed spots. Then, the last 200 spots will be going up against everyone that takes the ATSA. I think the 2015 bid had around 25,000 applicants, with about 10% passing the BQ. Say 3000 of those are Pool 1 this bid. 3000 people would be trying to get the 900-1100 spots. With Pool 2, 22,000 would take the BQ, with the 10% passing, 2200 would take the ATSA. So, 2200 people going against each other for the 900-1100 spots. Still, getting passed the BQ has lower odds than the 3000 Pool 1 applicants trying to get 900 spots. So, probably still better to go with Pool 1. That was just my hypothetical, and nothing in this should be construed as fact or guaranteed.