I have been stalking this forum for a long time and have absorbed a lot of great information. What I have noticed is a critical shortage of information on Army Reserve Aviation. All the discussions have revolved around Active Duty and National Guard. I just wanted to put some info out there for anybody who might be interested in the process for the Army Reserves.
I was an active duty EOD officer and then went IRR. I was IRR for about a month before joining the Reserves so that I could drop a flight warrant packet. Honestly, this was an amazing decision because Active Duty everyone just said it was impossible and couldn't be done.
Reserve side there is a career counselor(79V) whose actual job is to specifically make this happen. Granted, they mainly deal with enlisted Soldiers but I was added to the pipeline without a great deal of extra effort.
I was boarded on the January Board (technically February because of the shutdown) and, as far as I know, was the only officer in all of the reserves to even apply. I was selected and am currently standing by for my warrant scroll/HRC orders. That has been by far the longest and most tedious part of this whole process. I have gotten some amazing help from several CW5s and there is a Reserve Liaison at Rucker to help with those questions as well.
I have been assigned at Fort Knox for the last few months and have gotten to learn quite a bit about the community.
I can tell you the Reserves right now NEEDS pilots. You also have the advantage of knowing exactly what airframe you will be flying and where your unit will be going into flight school. From what I hear everybody is short and there are some AWESOME reserve duty locations.
I know that whole post came off as a recruiting pitch and I apologize but it is an amazing opportunity that seems to be forgotten about by most people! If you have questions I will be happy to help any way I can.