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Posted 05 September 2017 - 10:25

Didn't improve a ton on my run, but managed another 11 points overall today as I got my sit-ups up to 71. 254, still lower than I was hoping for, but 11 points is better than none.  The packet is being hand delivered by my recruiter today, and hopefully I'll hear back on an interview time for the 20th pretty soon. 

 

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Posted 05 September 2017 - 23:33

Didn't improve a ton on my run, but managed another 11 points overall today as I got my sit-ups up to 71. 254, still lower than I was hoping for, but 11 points is better than none.  The packet is being hand delivered by my recruiter today, and hopefully I'll hear back on an interview time for the 20th pretty soon. 

 

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Get a personal trainer keep working and goodluck rooting for you bro



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 09:23

My wife's a trainer - she says its my own stubbornness in my workout to blame for my slow run time( I'd rather do long slow distance than sprints and fartleks). I'm in objectively very good shape and work-out daily. I definitely focus more on strength than "APFT" stuff, and I guess I'll own that and have to change if this wasn't good enough.  

Thanks for the well wishes, going to be a stressful few weeks. 

 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 19:38

My wife's a trainer - she says its my own stubbornness in my workout to blame for my slow run time( I'd rather do long slow distance than sprints and fartleks). I'm in objectively very good shape and work-out daily. I definitely focus more on strength than "APFT" stuff, and I guess I'll own that and have to change if this wasn't good enough.  

Thanks for the well wishes, going to be a stressful few weeks. 

 

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Get out of your own way and do whatever it takes I'm a pretty big athletic dude myself former college football player at Colorado graduated in 2013 neither here nor there but I weigh between 215-220 depends on water intake etc. And I run low 14s and max everything else because push ups and sit ups are childs play. I recommend the stair master at a gym to strengthen your abducters and adducters muscles. hike and just continue to build your leg lower back and core strength you should be good. I'm almost sure you weigh much less than me so no excuses you want this bad enough do whatever it takes (morally of course). B)


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Posted 06 September 2017 - 19:56

I ruck 5 miles a day (2*2.5 with the dogs) with a 60lb pack, run 4+ miles a couple times a week, can do 25 pullups in a set, etc. I have no excuse on the situps, I went from 62-71 in a little over 2 weeks for this latest APFT, but plan to be doing the 82 whenever the next APFT I have to run is. 77 pushups was easy in 90 seconds. I'm 5'10 about 200 right now. Down from close to 240 from when I got a bit fat after getting out (still doing 20+ pullups at that weight though). I just find that whenever I go out for a run with the intention of going to the track and doing sprints, I just say screw it I'd rather just jog the next 30 minutes or so and not make myself puke... and so that's what I do. Obviously, it's not doing a ton to cut my time down, and its a "me" issue. I was doing a lot more cardio over the winter, so when I started running after rowing and cycling every day, I was actually going a bit faster than I am now which is why I just assumed since I've kept running, I'd be faster. Also, I may be overdoing the rucking for someone training to run, but I am planning on doing the 26.2 mile tough ruck in the spring, so I'm trying to stay in shape for that. In the end, there is no excuse -- I didn't train the right way for an APFT and was stuck in my ways with my gym regimen. 

 

I'll be kicking myself hard if the APFT is what does me in, and of course I'll change everything to get my run time down if that's the case. If the 254 does it, then I'm cool doing 100/100 and running kind of slow, but enjoying my nice long slow runs and daily hikes. I guess I'll know in a few weeks. I'd be comfortable with my packet for an active duty board, not sure who I'm up against and for how many slots with the guard. For all I know we're all getting picked or almost nobody is getting picked. I am pretty confident in my academic resume, military resume (and letters), and SIFT score. 

 

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Posted 06 September 2017 - 22:12

Then you're on the right path just keep going for it is all I can say. As far as boards I have no clue I'm in the guard I don't like being hooah 24/7 personal choice lol. Plus I like where I live I couldn't imagine being in Alaska, or Ft Polk for years on end hard pass. Turn it in let us know I heard the results to this board comes out in two weeks. Goodluck



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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:26

Packet is in. Interviews are the 20th, and I'll find out sometime after that. I was told the guard board is pretty informal. I'm planning on only speaking at attention (I'll be in a suit as I'm not currently in) unless corrected. If anyone has any pointers that would be great

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Posted 14 December 2017 - 14:38

Unfortunately was a non-select for this board. Not entirely surprised as slots were limited and the one kid who was picked had been a crew chief with that unit for a while. Better luck next quarter I guess!

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Posted 06 January 2018 - 10:01

Unfortunately was a non-select for this board. Not entirely surprised as slots were limited and the one kid who was picked had been a crew chief with that unit for a while. Better luck next quarter I guess!

Mike


Great attitude. Keep at it.
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Posted 06 January 2018 - 12:36

I'll get there. I take the bar in July, not sure when they would have had me go but I was told to reapply so I'm hoping that despite my flexibility they considered it a timing issue. Just anxious to get the process started.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 17:14

Another update to this saga. I received some feedback today -- essentially the only critique I was able to get was the board was concerned about the distance I live from the unit, that being one hour and twenty minutes. It was recommended that if I go before that state's board again I either A. move closer first or B. do a better job articulating a plan as to how I will make them commute. I did try to emphasize my intent to move within the next few years during the interview, but I perhaps I didn't do a good enough job. Most of my time in the Marine Corps reserves I lived the same distance from my reserve unit I would have been from this Guard unit, granted we weren't typically expected to come in more than once a month. I also have commuted a similar time in and out of Boston daily for work. Two things I think I'll try emphasizing further if I attend the next board (I have been told my packet is good for 2 years). 

Given where I currently live, the 4 closest guard aviation units including this one are within 10 minutes of travel time of each other. 

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Posted 12 January 2018 - 14:18

Hmm that's interesting. I was planning on likely eventually applying to a different state and having a multi hour commute. Like you said, its common in the Navy reserves to be hours away from the drill site. I've made 7-10 hour drives down to Norfolk for drill month after month just to be in a unit that I wanted to. 



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Posted 12 January 2018 - 14:32

Yeah. I was a bit a skeptical this was the reason, but perhaps it was the tie-breaker. I would hope if there was somewhere else I could or should improve it would be communicated to me. I can deal with criticism well, god knows I've had my share of ass-chewings in the USMC. I was told another member of the unit has a similar commute and it hasn't been ideal for him or them in terms of having them participate as much as they would like. 

I wouldn't assume this would be a deal breaker for you. Pilots I know all say they have guys who make this commute or longer. That said, I wouldn't want to live 7-10 hours away. From what I understand, you more or less are going in once a week or more. I was told the first year they would expect me in a couple times a week. 1:20 is not a bad commute IMO, especially if its short term until I move closer, but I guess it gave them pause. I have been encouraged to come back when they hold their next board, but I am thinking at this point I am going to broaden where I will be applying. 

 

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:41

In the latest it looks like my home state will be making an exception to their normal membership requirement and boarding me next month. Hoping 2nd time is the charm! On the plus side I'm a bit more relaxed since I have now had some practice haha.

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Posted 18 January 2018 - 17:00

Hell yeah, brother! Congratulations!! You deserve it.
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Posted 18 January 2018 - 19:30

Certainly not counting my chickens before they hatch... I've already been NS once. I am encouraged that they are willing to board me. I also have a handful of contacts in this State who are willing to put in a good word for me which is helpful. Benefits of being involved in the veteran community where you live!

 

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 13:44

Update: Got some great news today, looks like I'm joining the Army! This website has been a great resource, and I'll continue to post updates. 

 

Looks like I'll be "enlisting" now so they can get started on my clearance, and hopefully I'll have a school slot by the fall.

 

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Posted 26 March 2018 - 13:30

Congrats! Hope you get that school slot soon! I'm still hoping you write that guide for going the guard route hahaha



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Posted 26 March 2018 - 14:41

I take the bar in July so I'm cool with a fall slot. Enjoy one last summer for a little while (when I'm not considering hanging myself while doing bar prep). 

 

Will do on the Guard write-up. 

 

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