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  1. Keep up with your logbook and triple check your CAFRS closeouts. I got lazy one year and lost a couple hundred hours of flight time because of it. Make sure you are clear with your HRC manager what your intentions are and what assignments you would like. You may or may not get it, but they don't know what you don't tell them. Keep an eye on their web page as well, often time there are oddball assignments posted there that you might be interested in. Take your EPs and IIMC training seriously. You will be faced with emergencies, and there's no telling which ones or when they will happen. Know them well, because the heat of the moment is the wrong time to be trying to recall EPs or floundering through an IIMC recovery. The most routine flights can end up being killers. Start working on your ARMS stuff as soon as you inherit an additional duty that needs it. Square that sh*t away and you wont have to work long hours in the weeks leading up to an inspection trying to catch everything up. Just about everything you will do has an applicable regulation or FM. Don't wait to "be trained" on something, just go start finding answers and asking questions. In line with the above, if you're giving someone an answer make sure to show them the source. If you can't recall where it came from, sit down and find it with them. It will sharpen you as well as give you credibility. That's the whole game as a Warrant Officer, and if you're an O-grade it will help build trust with the WOs you are leading. Lastly, enjoy where you're at. You worked hard to get there and you're doing something few people get to do. You wont be doing it forever and it's easy to lose sight of that when morale is low. A few years down the road you're going to forget most of the small stuff so try and focus on the big picture. Edit: As far as gear goes, best way to feel warm on a cold night is to keep the back of your neck covered.
    4 points
  2. Yeaaaaa I don’t buy that “cw2 is supposed to be an expert” stuff. A non tracked non PC CW2 is a liability because the rank has high expectations, but a 1LT fresh out of flight school isn’t? And if anyone tries explaining to me that 2 short years is what it takes for you to become a subject matter expert as a pilot…I must just be an idiot then because this job must not be hard at all. Again other branches seem to pull off the small gap between winging and promotion just fine. Any fighter pilot you’ve ever seen was close to o-3 by the time they got to their unit. Not to mention if O grades aren’t effected by this and neither are reserve and guard warrants…….if you don’t see where I’m going, those 3 groups make up maybe half of our flight community. So only half our aviators need to be seasoned before receiving a promotion? and let’s take this further then. Special forces Q course is also pretty long. The enlisted guys come in off the streets and 1.5 years later they are SGTs without any non Tradoc experience. Should those guys get similar treatment?
    4 points
  3. Youre lucky its not worse…..classic blanket statement argument that can literally never, not be said no matter how much worse it gets. When the ten year ADSO was briefed to my class it was pitched that it was an attempt to make us equal with other branch’s flight programs. Admittedly im not effected by either the longer adso or rank reset but claiming thats the goal while paying your pilots so much less for so much cheaper training ends that argument right there. Added to which there is only one other branch with this long of an adso, no other branches that delay promotions….. also flight pay wasnt increased. While yea the numbers went up, an inflation rate vs flight pay increase will show it went down overall. i cannot comprehend people being upset over other people being upset about losing money, especially when there is no real tactical cause for this delay of promotion. Is it the end of the world? No but i think its more than fair to be upset that youre in a way basically getting an unexpected pay decrease
    3 points
  4. Only one way to find out.
    2 points
  5. You definitely want to have someone who knows you well. Aviators are great but if you just met them the LOR won’t be filled with years of personality and character. Someone who knows you will show a more complete picture of you, and is arguably a more reliable “witness” to your maturity, character, and abilities.
    2 points
  6. A lot to unpack in this question besides the kneeboard i posted earlier. My must haves: Finger Light Pen holder that velcros to the arm. Super handy, especially with the combat shirt Foreflight, with a badelf gps receiver or stratus. Yea i know they have built it GPS but that sh*t cuts out pretty often. Try flying with foreflight on your phone, good luck. Have Alse put a hear through on your helmet when you can Oregon aero hush kit. Whatever big bag you get to travel with, make sure it has wheels, waterproof helps. Gerber…youd be surprised how often you will use it Must knows: Show up with at least baseline knowledge. If you explain to me that airspace goes from A-G from the ground up based only on altitude, we’re off to a bad start. I expect you to know at least who you should be trying to talk to when flying, not being able to draw a diagram of the entire fuel system. If an IP asks you the “im a drop of oil” question. They most likely arent well liked by anyone. You will get additional duties, excel at them, they write your OER Be an asset not a liability. Dont be the guy we have to worry about getting drunk and doing dumb sh*t You’re reputation will follow you. Everyone knows everyone in aviation.
    2 points
  7. I edited my initial response after I decided I didn’t want to go down that road on this forum. There are plenty of other more appropriate places to talk about COVID opinions.
    2 points
  8. And write your member of Congress. Just a reminder our beloved new PT test was suspended by congress so let your people know.
    2 points
  9. I’m projected to take my sift test next Thursday 10/28/21 and am really nervous. I feel pretty confident in Reading comprehension, mechanical comprehension, army aviation, special apperception and simple drawings but am really uneasy about math and hidden figures. My question is how’d you guys go about prepping from A-Z all steps taken and if you’ve already taken, what’d you get and were you selected. I feel like I’m going to go in and get a 60-70 but still uneasy. Extra info I have 40 flight hrs on fixed wing and wondering if that matters at all.
    1 point
  10. For the math portion you should focus your studying on college level algebra but also make sure you know simple things like long division as you do not have a calculator. You more than likely won't answer too many hidden figures questions before the time runs out (for reference I'm pretty sure I answered less than 10). I had zero aviation experience and still scored a 59 and was subsequently selected. I wouldn't stress, especially with the timeline you have to work with - I'd focus a bit on the stuff you feel uncomfortable with but I would spend more time reviewing your aviation knowledge. One really great resource that helped me along was the youtube channel "Helicopter Lessons in 10 Minutes or Less". Good luck with your SIFT and the board to follow!
    1 point
  11. Like everyone else said, only way to know is to try. With your dual bachelors degrees and solid LORs I'd guess you have a decent shot. I was street to seat as well and the acceptance rate on the board I was selected on was about 66%. Good luck brother!
    1 point
  12. In this thread you can find guys, whom get selected with the SIFT score 40. Drop your pocket and cross fingers.
    1 point
  13. With how many people have withdrawn / gave up on their packets due to the ADSO, Rank Reset, etc. you'll probably have a higher chance.
    1 point
  14. Thanks brother! you too!
    1 point
  15. The new website is https://areo.health.mil You need to be on a government computer and have cac access for it to work
    1 point
  16. This is not true. While the US is the most difficult place (among any G7 countries) to find helicopters to hire, it is still possible for PPLs to rent helicopters for pleasure flying with friends/family. Unfortunately, websites or Facebook groups such as this one for career or (wannabe career) pilots are of no use for private flying information.
    1 point
  17. I talked to a Chief and he said since it’s an ADSO you are owned by the regular army until after your 10 years; unless you get a conditional release into another component but that depends on if active needs the pilots or not.
    1 point
  18. Fingers crossed the trend continues! Congratulations on getting selected!
    1 point
  19. Get the pivot kneeboard case and legstrap if you wanna fly digital products. Then run a battery pack in your leg pocket to keep it going for those 8 hour flights.
    1 point
  20. I appreciate that! It’s been 3 years of just thinking about this board as I tried to add some experience and boost my resume a bit. It’s safe to say I’m just a little anxious!
    1 point
  21. I was a young infantryman salty about recruiting the first 2(not a real excuse, just the truth), the 3rd I was a top recruiter but didn’t get along with the toxic guy in charge. Got my NCOER today and it’s MQ. #1 as well. Thank you for the advice, I will definitely try to turn that negative evaluation in to a constructive experience.
    1 point
  22. Likewise, looking forward to training too! I’m GA National Guard, I was selected in January and got a short fall slot to WOCS in February so I had to wait around for a date since everything for the FY was taken. Just got notice last week, I’m going in January.
    1 point
  23. https://flyboys.com/collections/kneeboards/products/fly-boys-classic-kneeboard I've been using that for a few years and it's pretty decent. Unit ordered them so the price (free) was worth it.
    1 point
  24. The app good reader it's basically what everyone uses here to organize files and easily manage them. Look into a quality kneeboard. There's some niche shops on etsy or Instagram that make an expensive, but for me far superior to what you can find at the hangar.
    1 point
  25. The cellular versions have a real GPS chip so they can show your real time position on fire flight charts and approach plates which is nice. That works without having an active data plan for the device. I don't use a knee board with mine, it's more of a reference tool in the cockpit than an actual item I use frequently. A lift guy flying instruments might use it more often.
    1 point
  26. I'm sure we'll cross paths then, looking forward to meeting you! I just looked and seen that you graduated WOCS back in March, why the huge delay?
    1 point
  27. I’m looking forward to seeing what comes up, I’ll be headed to Rucker for WOBC/IERW in January.
    1 point
  28. This will be my first look as well. For anyone who’s on their 2nd+ look please do not get discouraged and always seek ways to improve your packet. I agree with Heloflyer21 we can only assume what board members are looking for in LORs etc. However, I personally would ensure the person you’re requesting LORs from is able to clearly articulate your achievements/competencies in a manner that tells why you may excel as a pilot or Warrant Officer. Good luck to everyone, I hope we are selected!!! AGE: 26 TIS: Active Duty, 7 years RANK: SSG DEPLOYMENTS: 2 EDUCATION: Earned Associates degree. Currently working towards BA. GT: 113 SIFT: 55 APFT: 289 NCOERs: HQ x 4 LOR: O-3 x 1, O-5 x 3, CW4 x 1, CW5 x 1 PHYSICAL: Stamped no waivers FLIGHT: None WAIVERS: None
    1 point
  29. Also forgot to mention that not being able to rent helicopters is a put off. There's even super strict rules for a PPL holding professional pilot career student to be able to take up a family member in their flight school's helicopter. You can't go that far for very long, etc etc. Whereas you can easily rent a plane anywhere and fly your family and friends all day long once you've got a license. I understand this is more to do with insurance than anything else.
    1 point
  30. Is it possible to make good money flying helicopters? I ask because my fellow student CFI pilots say they "know a guy who made well over $100k flying tours last year". To me this sounds more like luck and being in the right place at the right time...
    1 point
  31. This will be my third look, I applied back in 2018. Hopefully third time’s the charm. AGE : 24 SERVICE : AD, MOS 68W, SGT - 4 yrs TIS GT: 119 SIFT: 53 Flight: None APFT/ACFT: 270/553 EDUCATION : 76 Credits, 2.88 GPA PHYSICAL : Stamped no waivers LOR : O-3, O-5, CW4 AWARDS : ARCOM, AAM (6) WAIVERS : None Currently enrolled in ALC and just recently won BDE and DIV NCO of the quarter. good luck, everyone!
    1 point
  32. It isn't supposed to change the timeline of any other promotions, you will still get your first board look at five years and pin at six for each subsequent rank. You are correct in saying that you will be behind in promotion and pay compared to a guy graduating flight school in the next few days as flight school graduation is what matters, not WOCS. That said, other than pay it really won't have an effect on promotions or assignments. In two days every flight school student still at Rucker will be realigned on the same delayed promotion path and those are the people you will be competing with throughout your career. You'll also find that you will have W2s filling W3/W4 squadron/battalion slots with W3s/W4s in troop/company slots usually filled by a W2. No one really cares as long as you can do that job properly.
    1 point
  33. Flight pay was increased overall with a very slight reduction in your junior years. You will not make more money as an E6 than as a W1 at 8 years, look at the pay charts. Even with the extended time as a W1 you will always have a higher base pay than what you would've had as an enlisted soldier. Be glad you're not going through flight school as a WOC Candidate and getting paid as an E5 the whole time. Used to be you'd get your wings and W1 on the same day.
    1 point
  34. Contact your local congress rep quick fast and in a hurry.
    1 point
  35. I went up, with Al , several times on film jobs. Once, we were about 300’ or more above the WTC. I was shooting from an open door , looking straight down to the street below . Al did several 360’s over the Towers and then we moved on . ‘It was a ‘movie moment ‘ that I will remember forever . But Al made it safe and comfortable for my camera and I . ‘At one point , Al radioed in for food for us all . It was his favorite - ZITI . Each is us received about a 5 pound container . It was a heavy lunch but very tasty ! Al was a man , in my life , that left a life long memory of an outstanding Pilot and Person . AD ASTRA , CAPTAIN AL !
    1 point
  36. Write your congressman ladies and gents.
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