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#1 Lobo25

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 12:16

Hello everyone, Im a 27 year old civilian with a wife and two kids that is extremely interested in and highly considering enlisting in the Armys street to seat WOFT program. My wife is supportive of my dream to become a Army helicopter pilot but is understandably skeptical of a few things/questions that I havent been able to provide her answers for yet. I would like to thank everybody on this forum first and foremost for any members for their past or current service to our country and secondly because Ive already learned so much from all the previous posts. I apologize for any stupid questions due to my lack of knowledge, but any help will be greatly appreciated.

1. If I do the WOFT enlistment and sign a contract for 6 years and then I am disqualified for any reason do I have to still serve the full 6 years?

2. If Im disqualified from the WOFT path do I just get stuck with whatever job they Army assigns me with for that 6 years or do I get a choice based off my ASVAB scores?

3. Is it possible to get your WOFT packet approved before you sign a contract?

4. Ive read through other posts and have seen that the vision requirement is 20/50 correctable to 20/20. If its worse than 20/50 but still correctable can you still qualify? Does the board/superiors frown upon LASIK enlistees?

5. If youre already enlisted and something in the process drags out, what do you do in the meantime?

Please note: I dont have any reason other than my vision that Ive researched so far that could possibly cause disqualification, Im just curious of what the repercussions are if your rejected or not qualified and have already signed a contract. Im going to get an eye exam next Monday and should know for sure what my vision is.

#2 Gideon

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 01:42

1. Based off my enlistment contract is looks like my initial contract was 3 years of Active Duty. Saw another number involving 5 years reserve for a total of 8 but I don't know the finer points of all that... But definitely see 3 years Active Duty in multiple spots. Then upon completion of flight school you also have the 6 years Duty Obligation. (Some debate in my circles on if that is from when you pin W1 or when we graduate flight school)

 

2. Most people who don't make it through flight school due to like DUIs or medical reasons end up just getting discharged from the Army from what I hear. But I do believe the Army retains the right to send you based off the "needs of the Army" to wherever they want. However most times they just don't want to deal with the extra paperwork I think.

 

3. You will finish your packet have it sent to the board and either accepted or denied before you sign any paperwork. 

 

4. According to what I could find on AR 40-501 (Standards of Medical Fitness), the standard for a class 1 flight physical involving vision is "Distant visual acuity. Uncorrected distant visual acuity worse than 20/50 in each eye. If the distant visual acuity is 20/50 or better in either eye, each eye must be correctable to 20/20 with no more than 1 error per 5 presentations of 20/20 letters, in any combination, on either the Armed Forces Vision Tester (AFVT) or any projected Snellen chart set at 20 feet. (See ATB, Distant Visual Acuity Testing and APL, Decreased Visual Acuity.)" (No idea what most of that actually means but its what it says on page 44) Personally I had 20/20 so someone else may be better qualified to answer that. Rumor has it their is a waiver for just about everything though. Also heard of folks paying upfront for LASIK or PRK to get to the eyesight they need.

 

5. The Street-to-Seat program allows you to stay civilian until you are selected. So short answer is don't enlist first unless you are fine being in the MOS you choose if you don't get selected but the application process is also slightly different for current military than for civilian.

 

Sorry if any of my answer cause more confusion, I just wanted to try and research answers rather than respond based solely on speculation I had seen or heard.



#3 Thedude

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 01:54

Gideon - six year ADSO starts on your graduation date from flight school. Your ORB might never change from your W1 appointment date but HRC wont approve a UQR if you try to submit it based off that. AR 350-100 2-6(e).

All initial enlistments are for eight years with the time split between active duty and inactive reserve time.

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Posted 10 February 2019 - 13:02

Gideon - six year ADSO starts on your graduation date from flight school. Your ORB might never change from your W1 appointment date but HRC wont approve a UQR if you try to submit it based off that. AR 350-100 2-6(e).

All initial enlistments are for eight years with the time split between active duty and inactive reserve time.

 

That's what I had always heard but some of my friends tried to say it was the other way around. Thanks for the info!



#5 peterserendenskyjr

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Posted 11 February 2019 - 17:47

Do not sign anything until you are notified you have been selected! Your MOS will be 09W for Warrant Officer Candidate! You shouldn't have a problem when you get here. As long as you try and have a good attitude WOCS will go smooth for you.



#6 Acatino199

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Posted 22 February 2019 - 19:55

Has anyone heard of getting tuition reimbursement in their contract for the civilian WOFT program? I've heard conflicting answers.

 

Thanks for any answers in advance. 



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Posted 22 February 2019 - 20:24

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