Greetings Aviators and fellow hopefuls,
I've been reading through this forum for a little while now and wanted to break the ice...
I'm an Active Duty Public Affairs/Combat Documentation NCO, stationed at Ft Carson. I have been passionate about flying for many years, but never got off my butt and did anything about it... until now.
I completed my W1 Flight Physical at Carson and submitted to Rucker back in September. My Warrant accessions packet is 90% complete (awaiting the thumbs up on my physical). I check the vfso.rucker link Every Day (the waiting game is killing me), but still nothing. The Group Surgeon/Flight Doc called to Rucker directly and asked for it to be expedited on account of upcoming deployment(s), but still nothing.
I feel like I have a solid shot at becoming an Army Aviator, but my concern is my Age/AFS. I have exceptional LoRs (USASOC CCWO, 10th SFG(A) CCWO & O-6/Commander, O-4/supervisor, and a fixed-wing CW4 aviator), my resume is on point; its just getting my Age/AFS waivers approved that concerns me.
Every aviator I have spoken with have stressed the Army's severe lack of qualified pilots, and have told me that it would be crazy for the board to NS my packet. But, I still have my concerns. I'm 37 and just hit 12 years Active Duty. I'm in the best shape of my life, thanks to running around working and training with Green Berets every day. One aviator, who seemed a little salty, told me "there's a snowballs chance in hell that you'll get your waivers approved. we need young pilots, and pilots who will stay in past their initial ADSO." To which I told him that 18-year olds have just as bad of a track record of getting out after their first ADSO and chasing commercial $$, so I didn't see the point of that argument. Thoughts?
If you made it through my wall of text, thanks for reading. I'd appreciate any feedback you're willing to give. Personal experience is always welcome!!