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#41 av8rnik

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 19:29

Okay, thanks.

Is it appropriate to ask something like, what do you think is a significant challenge facing the Army today? Or is that something that could be taken the wrong way?

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 19:39

When I first read it I immediately thought it was not a appropriate question. After I thought about it, I could see where you are coming from, however, I would still not ask the question. You want to keep it simple, while also showing them that you are interested in their opinion. Ask them a question you know they will have a simple and brief answer to.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 19:46

Got it thanks!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 16:08

How did it go?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 17:29

went pretty well. i feel like i could have been a little clearer on some responses but the board was very positive afterward. they didnt tell me how many points i got but i got their thumbs up. i was going to check with my recruiter to see if he can see the uploaded score sheets.

The board did one thing i did not expect. They asked how my wife feels about this and what she thinks. I told them and then the president of the board said, lets give her a call. He asked for her phone number and then dialed it right there and put her on speakerphone. thankfully she answered and told them the same thing i had pretty much.

now it is just a waiting game like the rest of you for 10 September and for my flight physical to get the green light from Rucker.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 20:31

Awesome, Good job! They did ask me how my parents felt about me joining the Army. I find it interesting that they called your wife, never heard of that. Just goes to show how different every board can be, it is very tailored to your packet specifics. How long did your board last?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 20:59

Thanks! I am glad to have it behind me.

I think it ended up being about 30 minutes. I never looked at my watch when i finished up.

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Posted 04 September 2012 - 08:40

Damn thats intense, i cant imagine a regular company doing that. Lol

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 14:53

My take on Battalion Boards:

I just had my battalion board yesterday and I wanted to share my experience and express my opinions on how it went while it is fresh on my mind.

Here is the setup. I wore a nice dark suit, white shirt, conservative tie and nicely polished shoes. Also, I showed up with a fresh high-n-tight. One board member (the board president) (I will call him Maj. O) was on site, the other two members were connected via video conference. Once they were setup, Maj. O asked me to enter and be seated. Nothing formal here, just walked in and sat in the chair he gestured to. As expected, they took turns introducing themselves and then asked I do the same. I kept my intro very brief, ~3min. I gave a brief overview of myself, much of which was in my packet. They informed me they were not there to set me up for failure, but rather to get to know me and consider if I was the type of person they would want flying overhead.

All three board members were combat vets. Maj. O, a combat engineer, the other members were a MP and artillery commander respectively. Being combat vets, they wasted no time jumping into deep probing situational combat type questions to see how I would react. Looking back, I feel they were judging whether I was capable of making tough decisions. There was probably not a right or wrong answer other than being able to make the decision.

Other areas covered were family life and how we feel about deployments, financial stability, my basic beliefs, how I handle stressful situations, how to handle personnel problems and ethics. I am intentionally not going to jot down a list of questions they asked me. The reason for this is because each board is going to be fluid, dynamic. Each question I was asked was based on a previous response, in other words, it was very conversational. I feel if I made a list future applicants would devote too much time preparing for the questions I was asked rather than having the opportunity to answer honestly and lose the conversational atmosphere by being too rehearsed.

My suggestions for future boardees: prepare a short bio (I’ll give you that one), most importantly though, know yourself. Spend time reflecting on who you are, what motivates you, what are your passions, why do you want to fly for the Army?

Remember, you are applying to fly for the ARMY. Not the Boy Scouts, not LE and not to be John Travolta’s love pilot. You will be in hard, stressful situations. You will be asked to do things that may make it hard to sleep at night. You will be in WAR. Think about those for a moment and consider how you will handle it. It’s easy to say you will kill the bad guys and save the good guys, but what about when you find out there is collateral damage, say you find out your hellfire killed 4 kids along with a high-value target. What would you do? Your life, your co-pilot’s life, the ground troops’ lives are in your hands. Can you handle it? These are the things I have been reflecting since my interview. I have been doing a lot of soul searching and mental preparation for the things I just described. I was anticipating a feeling of relief having completed my packet, but actually reality is setting in and it has been sobering.

And no, they did not call my wife.

Good Luck!

Edit: I forgot to mention. I was not given the opportunity to ask any questions. After the interview I was asked to leave the room. They discussed amongst themselves and I was asked to reenter along with my recruiter. Maj. O told me the board's feelings and said I scored 75/75 and they appreciated I did not waste their time. I thanked them and the board was concluded. Afterwards, he asked I go to his office and gave me an aviation article he had recently read.

Edited by WOFTApp, 21 September 2012 - 15:11.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 15:00

Nice recap WOFTApp!

I felt very similar afterwards, a small sense of relief but also a sobering realization of the potential to come. It is good to be mindful of that and to reflect on and think about it.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 15:36

thank you for sharing your experience, good luck in the upcoming board!
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 16:06

What was the article? Why do you feel he gave it to you? How does it apply to your situation?
"If one engine fails, how far can the other one take us?"
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 16:23

It was an article out of Army Times detailing the latest Kiowa crash. He wanted me to know exactly what I am asking for; to know the reality of the situation. How does it apply? It is my prayer it never does.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 16:25

Hellfire,

No problem. I hope you are on it as well. Break those log jams free bud.
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 18:49

Awesome posts, guys. Looking forward to reaching this step.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 20:39

It was an article out of Army Times detailing the latest Kiowa crash. He wanted me to know exactly what I am asking for; to know the reality of the situation. How does it apply? It is my prayer it never does.


Lmao... Of course it doesnt apply but i didnt know what the article was about.
"If one engine fails, how far can the other one take us?"
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Posted 21 September 2012 - 21:33

On the contrary, that is one of the most applicable articles he could have been given.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 21:39

Ok ok ok.... I get both sides...
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Posted 09 October 2012 - 13:43

But all in all, I got max points from each of the officers and they wrote good comments on my sheet. They really liked the way I presented my packet. It was my recruiter's idea - we prepared 3 identical portfolios of my packet, with color copies of everything (diplomas, LORs, etc) in a nice binder, with tabbed sections and a nice cover page. It was very professional looking and it impressed the officers - they said so.


I was actually thinking about doing something similar. I figured it's a professional interview, and I've done similar things for a civilian job interview, why not do it for the WOFT board? However, my recruiter doesn't think it's a good idea. He said, they already have a copy of everything and have already reviewed it, so it wouldn't be any help to take the time and effort to give them a "nicer" copy of what they already have.

What do you all think? I'm still on the fence.

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Posted 09 October 2012 - 14:03

I will just add one bit to help the decision.

It was apparent all three officers on my board had spent a significant amount of time reviewing my packet before I got there.

That said, I wouldn't worry about it. The only thing you are going to do is show you have some initiative. If your packet does say that about you already you may be in trouble.
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