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Fighter13 last won the day on November 17 2011

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  1. Are you trying to go active duty or NG? I know NG, you can do the majority of the selection process as a civilian, so if you wanted to go the NG route, my guidance would be to take the AFAST and get the flight physical to see if you even qualify...then touch base with the aviation unit you'd be going to meet with the company commander to weigh options...
  2. For WOCS, you can find almost everything you need on the WOCC website (http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/WOCC/wocs.asp) under the "I'm selected, now what?" section at the very bottom of the page. If you want to be high-speed, you can have take a copy of the WOC SOP somewhere and have it shrunk down so it will fit in your cargo pocket - makes life easier and TACSs tend to be impressed by it. Also, if you haven't already gotten signed up on your class collaboration page, you might want to get a head start on that...
  3. Shouldn't be a problem - everyone takes road trips, just have to submit the paperwork.
  4. Depends on your experience (rotary or fixed wing?) and the individual, but generally no - they want you to fly the army way and execute the tasks using the methods that are outlined in the training program. If from the fixed wing community and you're instrument rated, then that might help you out during the instrument phase. Helicopters are way different than fixed wing. If you're a rotarywing insructor, you probably won't have a problem at all but they won't give you a harder time about it unless you're performing under the level they expect everyone else to be at. My first stick buddy had fixed wing training from the dutch Air Force, my second stick buddy was a corporate airline pilot and one of my other friends had 3500 hrs/was a fixed wing instructor before he came. The dutch guy did better than all of us, and the rest of us got about the same grades as everyone else.
  5. True to a certain extent. Active duty aviators are the only ones the OML (order of merit list) affects since NG/reserve aviators are already slotted in their airframe (though their also still ranked on the OML). The OML is a class ranking in which individual scores can move each aviator up or down, so everyone gets to "choose" their airframe. When it comes to airframe selection for active duty, you may or may not get the airframe you want but from my experiences, almost everyone walks away happy with what they get. OML is based on classroom academic scores, how well you do on the checkrides in each phase of IERW and the final PT test you take before advanced airframe selection. Checkrides and the advanced airframe PT test tend to be ranked more heavily towards OML.
  6. Try to get a hold of an actual Warrant Officer Strength/Career Manager in your state. If it's possible, and you're eligible, they will be your best resource for pursuing it. They would also tell you if you would be a good candidate/fit for WOFT. You can go through the majority of the process as a civilian, so my advice would be to see if you're even eligible first - take the AFAST (min score is 90) and ASVAB (min GT score is 110), get the flight physical, find out if you're eligible to receive a security clearance, tour the unit you would be going to and interview with various officers in the command, etc. Once you get as far as you can under civilian-status, you'd have a better understanding of your options and could make an informed decision from there...
  7. I don't believe the custom molds are ALSE approved. I think they were working on getting them approved but not sure it's happened yet. Could be wrong.
  8. He is National Guard, hasn't been to IERW and is down here at Rucker for a fixed wing slot.
  9. All my friends down here with Navy/Marine SERE certificates have had no problems and do not have to repeat the course. Just bring a copy of your certificate with you and you should be fine..
  10. I'm sure it's slim, but I believe you can get selected/slotted for fixed wing without any previous flight experience. One of my friends from WOCS is coming back for a fixed wing slot this September. He was an enlisted crew chief beforehand.
  11. I wouldn't agree with this. I would say only about an 1/8th of the people down here at Rucker max out their PT test and that less than 1/4th have a 270 or better with a 90 in each event. While it is true that PT test can help your packet out a lot, if you have a decent packet to begin with, slightly better than average PT scores will work. Obviously aim to excell, but for board purposes, just focus on getting above a 240. Most of my friends hover around 260's or so. WOCS you just have to get the good 'ol 180 with a 60 in each event...
  12. I was in the reserves for 9 years then transferred to the NG. In my opinion the guard is significantly better, not only as far as treatment but also when it comes to compensation. The NG usually have a lot better college benefits as well, in most states even paying up to 100% of tuition if you go to an in-state school. That said, if you want to change your reserve obligation and go active duty, speak to your recruiters (reserve/active) and try to see what you can do. Recruiters work by numbers though and there's not much incentive for the reserve/active recruiters to help you out since you already signed a contract - it would help you out with what you want to do but they won't get anything out of it. If you contact an NG recuiter, I'm pretty sure they will do whatever they can to get you what they want - they would get you as a number for them as well. Regardless if you stay reserve or go army or NG, if you want to fly, you should definitely go for an aviation unit/MOS.
  13. I believe that is the case - in the reserves we had a number of people drop out before they went to basic. Not sure how they did it or the consequences of doing so. The only thing you would need to be concerned with is possible ramifications it may cause if you want to submit a packet for the flight process. A way you may be able to get around it is to talk with a national guard recruiter and have them set the wheels in motion to get you into your state's NG - if they need you, they will most likely do everything possible to get you over and i'm pretty certain it can be done. You can then go to basic and become MOSQ in your NG aviation unit and have an advantage in the flight app process. Also, you can then finish your degree, get funding for school and build a military resume. Just a thought....
  14. Everything was fine with mine and I believe it took about 30 days or so to receive back....
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