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#21 Brian101193

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 11:03

I don't feel as bad now with my security clearance.

 

So what ended up happening? Did they not start it or did they not finish it before you graduated?


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 13:58

 
So what ended up happening? Did they not start it or did they not finish it before you graduated?


It was started, it says it's completed with a date, but I've been told it needs to be ajudicated. I'm pretty sure they are just waiting for it to show up.

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 14:09

It was started, it says it's completed with a date, but I've been told it needs to be ajudicated. I'm pretty sure they are just waiting for it to show up.

 

That's not too bad, I remember reading about some guy who had like a 6 month hold cause it wasn't started until he got to Rucker.


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Posted 10 February 2016 - 16:16

 
That's not too bad, I remember reading about some guy who had like a 6 month hold cause it wasn't started until he got to Rucker.


There are guys here that have been here since September/October. Hopefully I make it to the class in March, I hate sitting around like this.

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 16:28

Sooo...*cough* how's Yakima looking for flight time?

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 16:43

I hear they actually never fly out there. 



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 17:52

I hear they actually never fly out there. 


I just heard the exact opposite from an LT in my class who is best buds with the PL.

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 18:10

I just heard the exact opposite from an LT in my class who is best buds with the PL.

all lies.



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 20:03

http://www.yakimaher...fb6100434d.html

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 20:24

http://www.yakimaher...fb6100434d.html


"One sergeant at the post found a place to live on Craigslist and was robbed her first week there, and witnessed a drug raid in the neighborhood the second week, Command Sgt. Maj. Jonathan White said."

Well sh*t. Guess I'm buying an AR finally.
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Posted 17 February 2016 - 20:40

Glock 19 too.

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 20:53

Glock 19 too.


Already have that.

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 21:02

Lindsey, is Yakima on your wish list or is that where you've been assigned?

 

I have a lot of family that live in Yakima, there are nice areas and some you just want to stay clear of, the line are pretty clear. Not a lot there but at least it has more then Enterprise, more in line with Dothan. Better climate then the west side of the Cascades, hot in the summer, cold in the winter, it has very distinct seasons.

 

Oh Yeah, a nice Mossburg with an 18 inch barrel would work nicely.



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 21:42

It wasn't on my wish list and in fact we were told they were full. Myself and my A/L stick buddy are going. I'm from Seattle so very familiar with the other side of the cascades. Can you expand on the good vs bad areas? I was looking on Craigslist and Zillow earlier and the outlook is pretty bleak.

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 22:05

Been a while since I've been over there other then visiting family, I'll check with my horde of cousins that live there and see what I can find.



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 22:12

in fact we were told they were full.


I feel like this is a reoccurring thing. The wish list and even the supposed "needs of the army" don't really have a barring on where you're sent.

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 23:09

Sooo...*cough* how's Yakima looking for flight time?

 

Sad truth I've always heard is that Medevac doesn't fly a lot in general.

 

Actually what I heard from a bunch of guys in my IPC was "Medevac is a really shitty thing to get for a first duty assignment as an aviator".


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Posted 17 February 2016 - 23:57

I think the dream sheet is just a way too make people feel good in the off chance that you randomly get selected for a duty station and it happens to be one that was on your list. They obviously don't even look at them. It also makes people feel like they have a choice in the matter, when in all actuality they don't.

As far as Rucker as a duty station, it's actually great from what I hear. I have 3 friends that got stationed there out of flight school. They're flying their asses off. Not to mention, it's at Cairns do you're not even on post. Does Enterprise suck? Kind of, but that's the majority of Army bases. Sh*tty little towns that only thrive because of the military.

Other than Flatiron, I've also heard Med sucks as a first assignment. Especially the TDA ones. Thera a whole group of aviators that came to my unit as a second duty station from a med unit and they didn't even fly minimums.

But then again, I'm starting to realize that that's just Army Aviation if you're not deployed (or 160th). There's just no money. It sucks if you ever flew commercially in the private sector, especially as a CFI like Lindsey, where you are used to flying every day or almost every day. Makes me miss flight school!
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Posted 18 February 2016 - 06:25

I think the dream sheet is just a way too make people feel good in the off chance that you randomly get selected for a duty station and it happens to be one that was on your list. They obviously don't even look at them. It also makes people feel like they have a choice in the matter, when in all actuality they don't.

As far as Rucker as a duty station, it's actually great from what I hear. I have 3 friends that got stationed there out of flight school. They're flying their asses off. Not to mention, it's at Cairns do you're not even on post. Does Enterprise suck? Kind of, but that's the majority of Army bases. Sh*tty little towns that only thrive because of the military.

Other than Flatiron, I've also heard Med sucks as a first assignment. Especially the TDA ones. Thera a whole group of aviators that came to my unit as a second duty station from a med unit and they didn't even fly minimums.

But then again, I'm starting to realize that that's just Army Aviation if you're not deployed (or 160th). There's just no money. It sucks if you ever flew commercially in the private sector, especially as a CFI like Lindsey, where you are used to flying every day or almost every day. Makes me miss flight school!


I think there is a false sense that 160th flies more. Minimums are higher but, the mission doesn't call for a lot of hours.

Med is not the greatest place for flight time but it could be great. I have seen on rare occasions, med pilots get more time then assault pilots.

I think people are not getting what they want duty station wise because there is a lot of restructuring going on. We are seeing the devastating effects of a hooribly executed ARI and the Army is full up and terribly mismanaged at HRC meaning units are bloated or they need people there is no in between.

Case in point, I am going to be a platoon IP in an assault unit. The company I'm going to has 5 IPs I'll be the 6th. Meanwhile, the sister company has 1 IP, why they do this? Have no idea,that's how the Army is run sometimes.

I have a good friend going to Yakima, he's expecting a lot of time off or on med standby. Lindsey I'd pick up some hobbies if I were you. 😉

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Posted 18 February 2016 - 08:18

Yeah Joe, I've already been offered a couple of CFI gigs including my old job on my off days, since it's only two hours away. If I don't fly a lot at the unit I'll still be able to get some good flight time in on the side. I suppose it would also be a good time to finish my Masters.

I don't really know what to think, to be honest. Lots of pros and cons. Obviously a tight knit, small unit far away from the flagpole is going to be pretty amazing for a WOJG and I should be able to get some quality WOPD for the next three years. It's two hours from home and some decent side flying gigs so at the very least I'll be flying in some capacity.

The flip side, of course, is I'll have been in the army for five years without ever having been in a FORSCOM unit. 2+ in TRADOC, and 3 in TDA. I want to deploy, I always have, that's why I joined the Army. Though I suppose as deployments go away, this might be a good time to go to a TDA unit.

The housing situation looks pretty depressing from a quick gander through Zillow and craigslist too. Hopefully I can get a sponsor or in touch with someone else to learn more about all that.

They are also flying A/Ls, and now that I've been completely spoiled rotten by the Mike...sad Lindsey is sad. I won't touch a Mike for 3+ years.

Either way I'll of course make the best of it and show up to my unit motivated and ready to progress.




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