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  3. Cool cool will do guys. Just got some idle time on my hands here but I’ll make due (Do?) *cracks beer
  4. I’m gonna echo the relax stuff. I came to Fort Rucker with ZERO flight knowledge or experience and so did many in my class. We all did just fine and had plenty of time to learn what we needed to learn. They really do make it easy to get through (with plenty of hard work and studying). Everything here is crawl walk run, you will know what you need to for the phase you are in.
  5. Yea I’ve heard it a few times now. I know it’s right. I’m just a bit slower than the average bear so wanted to get a head start haha
  6. I second the relax and enjoy your time before you go. You'll have plenty of time to study and memorize them as you go through the course and during the rest of your aviation career.
  7. Relax for a bit. You will have plenty of time for 5’s and 9’s at Rucker. Enjoy the down time while you have it.
  8. I was wondering that. Saw on one of my searches it mention the th-72 5 and 9s and wondered what if I don’t get those. thanks man. Any other advice on how to spend my time before I ship off? Flight school academics wise. And any specific source I should use for the ones you mentioned?
  9. 5 and 9s are going to vary drastically between your initial airframe, so you'd have to be more specific. They're also very easy to memorize throughout the phases and no longer viable once you go to advanced. It would probably be more beneficial to study up on aerodynamics and army aeromedical.
  10. Sorry for my shitty researching abilities. Trying to get a head start on all these 5 and 9’s I keep hearing about but all I can find is just some quizlet stuff which I’m sure is great but I want to see the actual TM. Tried searching through here too. can anyone out there Hook me up?
  11. It’s either 6 years for the NFO And 8 for the pilot, or 8 years for the nfo and 10 for the pilot.........can’t remember for sh*t which is it. Just remember it’s +2 for the pilot.
  12. FYI the MD really did struggle. We were told someone failed our first aero test. Jokingly, we all looked at the marines, then busted out laughing when the 50 year old medical doctor O-4 stood up to take his pink sheet (record of failure pretty much).
  13. As a former naval officer who turned down the opportunity to redesignate in a job as an O, other than a pilot, I agree with walkerman. However, Idt you’d abandon your plan because of our opinion. So I’ll just offer some friendly advice. any branch’s flight school is going to take dedication and hard work to get through despite how smart you are. Going through navy flight school I had Harvard big shots who had to grind just as hard as me. Ironically, the flight surgeon in my class...an MD....had the lowest grades in the class. If you’re not motivated because this is a “step down” from where you almost were then you’ll struggle. Army aviation and the warrant officer Corp has a lot to proud of. I’d suggest either you re-evaluate If This is something you want, and if it is, dig deep to figure out why you’re motivated to do it. See the army’s aviation history if need be. Me personally, if I’m at a bar with a SWO naval officer and a Vietnam warrant pilot, all due respect to all uniforms, my credit card is going to the pilot and my ass is going to the seat next to him. Naval aviation loves treating their helo pilots like the red headed step child. So unfortunately I get why you think “even if it’s a helo.” You need to understand an army helo pilot and a navy one are different breeds. One drops off crates And submarine tracking equipment, the other drops off seal teams, 70 mm rockets and picks up the nearly dead. And furthermore, the navy is the only branch that feels this way. At AF UPT, helos are rare slots and amongst the first to go sometimes, and CG and marine helo pilots also see a sh*t ton of action. That last bit was just for your edification. edit: I hope I was clear when I said I understand why he thinks that. Understanding it doesn’t mean agreeing with it.
  14. Why are you deciding on the Guard route vs active duty? I assume your Navy SNA contract was for active duty. Which Navy aircraft was your preference? By the way, what is the commitment for SNA and SNFO since the Army's is a 10 yr ADSO after winging as of 1 Oct 20?
  15. “Just as a Warrant Officer...” “even if it’s...” go fly somewhere else. If this is how you think of the Warrant Officer corps you’re intending to join and what you think of the job you’re applying for, then we don’t want you, and it sounds like you don’t want it either.
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  17. Firefighter and Cop are also pretty good for the mix, from what I heard. I’m currently looking into the former on top of vying to become a Black Hawk pilot with my local Guard Helo battalion (through Street-To-Seat WOFT).
  18. Would a similar concept apply for those trying to get into the XTP program through the Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Pax River?
  19. Good Afternoon. I’m a recent candidate who was attrited from Navy OCS (contracted as Student Naval Aviator/SNA) due to reasons beyond my control. Months after my separation, I am now due to meet up with a recruiting sergeant (and, possibly, the Warrant Officer Strength Manager/WOSM) in my nearby National Guard recruiting office (same location where the local helicopter battalion is stationed). Despite getting the boot from Navy OCS (I’m also a prior service Aviation Electrician from a long time ago, hence my quest to try to come back to the Navy), I never gave up my ultimate goal of earning my commission (even if it’s just as a Warrant Officer now) as well as becoming a military aviator (even if it’s in the capacity of flying Helo’s as a “state reserves pilot” in the Army National Guard now). I am also currently 30 years old and due to turn 31 late this year. I know my time is running out because of age requirements. That being said, can anyone please chime in with essential tips on vying for ARNG given my current SITREP? I’ll be willing to provide more details as best as I could in this thread. Greatly appreciated in advance.
  20. AGE : 31 GT: 110 SIFT : 50 RANK: Prior service E-5, 7 years USMC APFT : 291 EDUCATION : 64 credits FLIGHT : 5 hours r22 LOR : O-4, CWO4, Congressman, Civilian Boss, Civ Piolot PHYSICAL : Stamped WAIVERS : None
  21. I changed the 1st sentence. Army aviators with the 6 year ADSO contract, may be eligible for the ACTIVE DUTY transfer if meeting the requirements. There should no problem with the Reserves or National Guard. They maintain Rigid Flexibility at all times.
  22. It’s a mixture of AD and guard guys. When transferring to the Air guard they seem to be a lot more lenient for waivers for high AFS or age. But applying for AD into another federal service changes constantly, you may get lucky and after twelve years in the Army and get a waiver for applying to another service. Is it something to put you below someone else on the totem pole? Yes... should it stop you? No... make them tell you no in everything.
  23. So... you're saying 6 year ADSO is still a thing? I only ask because the way you phrased the first sentence.
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