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  1. Well I'll chime in with some MI fixed wing perspective. 1. Flight time. You live to deploy. You fly while deployed. The bulk of your hours usually come when you are deployed. When you're back home, you'll probably fly between 100% and 150% of your minimums. That equates to somewhere around 150 hours a year. Or like The Dude said, about 3 hours of flying a week. This need to deploy/high op tempo can stress a family out bad. Between all the TDY's, training exercises, gunnery, field work, and actual deployments, a lot of time is spent away from home. This obviously has a direct statistical corr
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  2. I called a recruiter & they said possibly Wednesday or Friday. I’ll still be refreshing every 10 minutes until then.
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  3. When the f*** is the Milper dropping
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  4. It will vary wildly depending on your unit. Yes you will have additional duties. When you get them is what changes. At my unit, we dont give them over until you are RL1 and kinda found your feet. Ill trade PBO/Supply to be the fridge b*tch any day. Heres the thing though. Whatever additional duties you get, own it and make it better. Additional duties are what will write your OER until you are tracked. Stay positive, crush your additional duties and you will probably be looking at PC well before your peers who dont. For the flying portion as a reference, in the past 12 months in garri
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  5. I was selected to attend WOFT this past March and I was so incredibly happy to be able to pursue this as a career. It's an opportunity that I probably wouldn't be able to take advantage of anywhere else but the US Army. Being in aviation currently, I've spoken with quite a few WO's about what to expect in the future. About 80% of them always have something incredibly negative to say about their experience. "All we do is additional duties", "LOL you think you're gonna get actual flight time", "LOL fridge fund nerd", "LOL 8 year ADSO", "LOL OPTEMPO". Is it really that bad guys? I have plenty
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  6. Selected S2S as a civilian for this board. I'll be shipping to basic in April. AGE : 23 SERVICE : Non-prior service GT : 137 SIFT: 62 Flight: None APFT: 298 OPAT: Heavy EDUCATION : B.S. Environmental Engineering (3.28 GPA) PHYSICAL : Stamped, no waivers LOR : CW4, college professor, 2 of my hs football coaches
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  7. That will make you eligible for a restricted ATP after doing your fixed wing training and time building. Will it make you competitive enough to get hired? Who knows? I can tell you for the near future RTPs are gone, and competitive minimums will be up. Focus on the mission and job you want to do in the Army.
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  9. A few of us use one from Red Rock. You can look at it on Amazon under the search string “Red Rock Duffle Bag.” It is the one with three internal sections that can be worn like a backpack. It fits my alternate visor, helmet, and ALSE vest. There’s another company that makes the same exact bag but is two or three times the cost. my first one lasted about five years and two aviation deployments to AFG. Finally ordered a replacement when some of the plastic buckles broke. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085P716I/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_HlHUFbVJETZW8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
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  10. A lot of people here are over-thinkers. Plenty of stuff in actual flight school to overthink. WOCS, just show up, don’t violate any honor codes, and listen to instructions and you’ll be fine.
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  11. LOL, I suspect our Preston might be a young dreamer. But let's not discourage him! Lots of us started our careers by dreaming of helicopters. Speaking of which... Can I add a little anecdotal story? Back in the late 1970's, when I was just a wee student pilot, I was working at an operator as a charter dispatcher. One Sunday evening when it was real slow, a friend dropped by in his Army Guard UH-1H. He came in and offered to take me for a ride. Of course, I accepted! I hopped in the back. In the air, my friend (who was flying in the left-front seat) had the guy in the right-fr
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  12. Been looking at these for 3 years. Finally time to post mine: Breakdown for AD Warrants AH-64 - 2 CH-47 - 1 C-12 - 0 UH-60 - everyone else Top guy picked a 60, 47 went next, then all 60s with the two Apaches going later down the OML.
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  13. Here’s a tip for the road ahead: Stop overthinking it. You’re going to have to do it, so is everyone else. Stressing about it will just make you miserable. Just take things one step at a time and don’t try to get ahead. Instead just focus on doing the best you can in the phase you’re in. Sometimes you can be thinking too far ahead of the airplane, and when you realize it you will be behind.
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  14. Hey Guys - quick update. I passed my helicopter add-on check ride yesterday! Between COVID and weather it took longer than expected but was an incredible experience. Looking forward to continuing building my skills on both fixed and rotor. Of note, @edspilot was completely correct on all of his comments. It was not helpful for the fixed wing, was at points incredibly frustrating, and it was expensive. It was very rewarding and worth it though for me personally (but likely a bad idea if my goal was only the fixed wing commercial rating).
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  15. Meh. Soldiers and sailors have been complaining forever. It's what we do. We like to one-up each other to see whose job sucks the most. It's a military ritual. 200 years ago some private was complaining about his commander. "@#%^!% Washington. That m$%^4 F%^&% made us row across the river in the middle of the freezing winter!" Just don't get caught up with it everyday, all day. That is bad for your own mental health as well as the unit. You are going to have additional duties. Do well at them and you'll get recognized. RL progress, fly, know the aircraft and mission. Become a PC. Track
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  16. Traveling around Alabama, Florida and Georgia doing military funerals for vets.
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  17. I didn't make it either...I'm not entirely sure what I did wrong though
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  18. Maybe they just forgot lmao
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  19. Even with only an apartment worth of stuff there's something really nice about drinking beer while mother people move all your crap for you. If you decide to let the Army do the move make sure you do a partial dity. It works the same as a regular dity but the army still moves all your stuff and lays you for the weight of anything you carry in your vehicle. The couple hundred pounds of clothes, essentials, nice things your wife doesn't want to risk being broken, etc adds up to a few hundred extra dollars in your pocket.
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  20. I don’t know the COVID policies. With just an apartment to worry about I wouldn’t hesitate to DITY as long as you can arrange some help. That way you’ll be on your own timeline and will be able to have control of your belongings. The little bit of extra money will come in handy to help you get established in your new home too. If you had a bigger load it would be a different story. This is assuming you have some place to move in to. If you’re going to need storage I think it would be less hassle to use movers. We used movers on our 3rd PCS and it was nice to not worry about load
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  21. I don't know, but I keep refreshing the MILPER page on the HRC website.
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  22. Spike knock was common and different than mast bump, and refers to a design feature of the Bell 206... I think you're confusing terms.
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  23. Winnebago flying motor-home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJRlQrN8RAY&feature=youtu.be
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  24. 1.) For most jobs, it won’t be a huge leg up. Meeting all of the experience requirements, and knowing someone at the company is what will get you the job. That being said, test pilot positions occasionally come up at the various helicopter manufacturers, and they do require an engineering degree. I have never done it myself, but it seems like a pretty cool job. 2.) Yes and no. Flying helicopters is my greatest passion in life so far, but doing it professionally can definitely be a grind. Jobs like tours can be fun for the first year, but then quickly become monotonous. Most pilo
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  25. Definitely, you’ll need the lav especially if you’re eating food you brought with you into the wilderness. You may also want to consider a TV or some other sort of entertainment center, since the bigfoot hunt could end up being rather unproductive. You don’t need surround sound either you can just pump it to your Bluetooth helmet. Speaking of Bigfoot, I happen to know a few facts about them if you’re interested.
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  26. I used to dream like this all the time! Sounds like you want an aerial RV. Some sort of extended range tanks will be important to get enough range to effectively tour the country. Stopping for fuel every couple hours severely limits how far you can get in a day. I wouldn’t worry TOO much about the seat locks. Helicopters don’t experience nearly the same horizontal thrust that an airplane does. By nature most of your thrust will be on the vertical plane. External baggage pods will certainly increase your interior space for passenger comfort. Tents, sleeping bags, etc can all
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  27. This was the exact path I did. 67 > 60M > 60A/L You're really going to benefit from being in a 67 first going back home to the A/L. Guys that did the 72>M>A/L struggled pretty hard for a while in transition.
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  28. That sucks, the 67 is a way better trainer.
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  29. Good luck brother, seems like we are in the same boat
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  30. I was a FQ-NS for the September board, so fingers crossed for this one! Age: 29 Service: 6 years SSG 68W AD GT: 115 Sift: 47 APFT: 252 GPA: 2.0 AAS LOR’s: MAJ, LTC, CW4,CW4, BG This board I added an additional CW4 and BG LOR. Good luck everyone
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  31. Preston, your comfy seat can't be too comfy or you would doze off, that's why Bell instal such awful seats - you are so uncomfortable, you cannot sleep. And develop lumbar spondylosis. Your comfy seat might not provide the required vertical g crashworthiness either. Electric seats? I can imagine the emergency drill for a runaway seat rearwards...have had a couple of these in Aerocommander planes, when the fuselage flexes on rotation.
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  32. Sniff sniff.... Is there a bull in here somewhere?
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  33. Like I said earlier I enjoy posting these. I’ll try to keep them coming somewhat regularly. Maybe I’ll do a flight school one next...
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  34. No it's not. A pilot will not/cannot leave their seat to go about the rear of the helicopter.
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  35. Nope. To everything you said.
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  36. In Rolling Stone Magazine, famous musician David Crosby (do I need to list the band he was in?) has an advice column called "Ask Croz." In the latest issue, an 18 year-old kid asks him how to go about making a steady income from music? Crosby pulls no punches: "The only reason you should become a musician right now is because you cannot do any other thing." When I read that, I laughed and thought about how it was similar to the situation in aviation. You can run numbers...you can make pro/con lists...you can ask for advice from now until doomsday. None of that will likely matter - for
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  37. AGE: 21 SERVICE: 2 YEARS SPC, AD GT: 114 SIFT: 47 APFT: 241 EDUCATION: Pursuing AGS. 28 credits completed, 4.0 GPA Physical: Stamped/ No Waivers LOR: O-3 TRP CO, O-5 BN CO, CW4 Aviator AWARDS: ARCOM (1) AAM (1) Looking at some of these stats, I'm even more nervous about my low Sift and APFT now. Good luck to everyone on this board!
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  38. Jedi-master pilot taking a look at the apprentice ^^
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  39. The land nav course is easy as hell, and you get 2 tries (and worst case they just recycle you). Unless you don’t understand the very concept of land nav, you’ll be fine. If you can get practice, by all means do. “Rifle PT” was the only PT session that smoked me in WOCS. Just have fun with it.
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  40. Like I always tell everyone, getting selected was the hardest part of WOCS and flight school. Almost every single person who shows up to Rucker for WOCS graduates and then goes on to graduate flight school. It can be difficult mentally at times but if don't quit or go down medically you will get your wings and be a pilot.
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  41. I'm slow AF and it was fine. Just don't stop running. Shuffle if you have to. They'll give you sh*t but who cares.
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  42. If you weren't being facetious, I'm doing a 5 mile run day (9 min miles if possible), then another 60/120 sprint day, then a full APFT day/fast 2 miler. The other days I'm doing HIIT training and weights.
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  43. Join "Army Aviation Students" on Facebook. You can see who needs roommates from there. Additionally, Fort Rucker Corvias will put you on a waiting list for on-post housing with or without roommates if you give them a call. During WOCS, you'll have a little bit of downtime to research the local area and start setting things up. Additionally, you'll find some classmates doing the same thing and you can get a roommate that way to cut costs. Unless they've changed it, you get 10 days after WOCS to take house-hunting non-chargeable leave. You'll set that up with B Co once you have complet
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  44. In the context of an airline career those are better choices, but I wouldn’t pick where to spend over a decade of service based on an advantage for a follow on career. Unless that’s your only motivation for serving, which in that case I wouldn’t recommend any branch of service.
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  45. A couple decades ago I had a lot of loitering in an AS355 (whatever they're called these days) so I experimented a bit with cross controlling. That a/c had no force trim, only friction. A couple fundamentals I believe are true of helicopters: In forward flight, they have some yaw stability according to power, airspeed, the tail will try to stay behind the nose; Next they have some pitch stability, and will return to the same disc angle of attack, more or less; And almost no roll stability., Established at a cruise, friction the cyclic and collective, hold pedals. The 355 usually grad
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  46. Can confirm, SFC Hoefling also helped me after my board a year and a half ago.
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  47. 1.No 2.Yes 3.No 4.Yes You're engineering experience will be useful to you for helping you understand the systems and how the helicopter operates and good help you progress quicker than your peers. But any help iy gives you would be hard to quantify as no one will look at your resume see engineer and say "hire that one!" I love what I do and worked extremely hard to get where I'm at. It's still jard work though. Hanging out the window in bad visibility in a 200 foot hover with people hanging from your helicopter is stressful. I'm guessing if I don't advance to an easier
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  48. Is anyone here working on private or commercial certificates and would like online instruction. I’d like to offer my services if possible. One on one instruction via Skype or Zoom. I’m not sure if anyone already offers one on one services, so I’m looking to find if there is any interest in this sort of thing for starters.
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  49. I'm glad I wasn't the only selectee to notice the low morale. Every time I look at anything on reddit about Army aviation, all the warrants just seem to complain. All of the pilots I know in person are 160th, so I haven't really gotten much of a view into the regular Army. I might try for 160th, especially if Regular Army is as bad as they are all saying.
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  50. Hello, I'm currently close to coming off a deployment and am close to starting the application process for a number of jobs. EMS seems like a good fit for me due to the mission set (rewarding), stability (family man), and scheduling (flexibility). I'm currently in the National Guard and plan to continue that until I reach 20 years at least, which for me is about 10 more years. I'm a little shy of most companies minimums with ~1700 hours total time, close to 600hours NVG/Night time, and with less than 100 hours of WX time. I'm an Instructor (CFI/CFII rotary) and have a lot of recent exper
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