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#1 TPointer

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 10:25

How do I get letters of recommendation from an army aviator CW3 to CW5 or major if I don't have prior service? I'm a civilian trying to put a WOFT packet together with no military experience and I really don't have any substantial references. The only references I have are, my best friend, and my instructor in college which is a retired Colonel from the special forces in the army. Are these references good enough to get selected into WOFT? Also, how many references do I actually need for the WOFT packet? I know it states in the overview no more than six, but what is a good number for references? My other question is about the age waivers. I will probably have to submit an age waiver because I will be 33 in 7 1/2 months, is this common and what are my chances? I really want to fly helicopters for the army, so I'm going to give it everything I have. If I don't get selected, it won't be for not trying. Any help you guy's can give me I would greatly appreciate it, thanks.


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Posted 13 November 2007 - 18:44

How do I get letters of recommendation from an army aviator CW3 to CW5 or major if I don't have prior service? I'm a civilian trying to put a WOFT packet together with no military experience and I really don't have any substantial references. The only references I have are, my best friend, and my instructor in college which is a retired Colonel from the special forces in the army. Are these references good enough to get selected into WOFT? Also, how many references do I actually need for the WOFT packet? I know it states in the overview no more than six, but what is a good number for references? My other question is about the age waivers. I will probably have to submit an age waiver because I will be 33 in 7 1/2 months, is this common and what are my chances? I really want to fly helicopters for the army, so I'm going to give it everything I have. If I don't get selected, it won't be for not trying. Any help you guy's can give me I would greatly appreciate it, thanks.
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Thomas,
A lot of times, a senior Army Aviator will be willing to interview you and write you a LOR based on how the interview goes. Do you have an aviation (Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve) unit near you? If so, get in contact with them and ask to speak with a senior aviator, tell him/her your situation and see if he/she would be willing to interview you. You may need to be willing to drive a few hours to the closest unit, but hey, what's your dream worth? If there's not a unit within a reasonable distance, PM me and I can give you a couple other suggestions. The more LORs you have (up to the max), the better. Generally speaking, I think LORs have more credibility coming from someone who knows you well--you college instructor, current and former bosses, business owners, etc.--than ones from, say, a Senator that knows a friend of a friend of a friend of your dog's brother's uncle. Get ones from the "highest ranking" people who know you at least fairly well.

As for the age waiver--if you really scramble, you should be able to get the packet done before you turn 33. Otherwise, yes, you'll need one. I'm not sure what the age waiver approval rate is, though it's pretty small. If you were to go National Guard, generally your chances are going to be better, but you do have to join the Guard in order to put in a packet.

Hope that helps. Good luck, and let us know how things are progressing.

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