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About Vaelor

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  1. Hundreds of variables ultimately decide how much a WOJG flies. Many of them are completely out of your control. As a general rule, the more professional you are in your interactions with members of your new unit, the more you'll fly. An AH-64 Aviator must be capable of flying from either seat at any time. New pilots spend quite a bit (but not all) of their stick time in the front seat learning how to become an effective Copilot-Gunner at their line unit. They also fly the aircraft from that seat on a regular basis. If you prove to be substandard in either role, expect to fly less and progr
  2. FWIW, this is probably true. 159 guys currently deployed in Afghanistan are being to told expect dissolution shortly after returning from their tour. Carson is often thrown around as a possible victim, although nothing is in writing yet. No idea where the third casualty might come from.
  3. Some primary Flight Commanders (DAC Gibbons of Raven Flight, DAC Faust of Stingray Flight) will insist you have all of the oral knowledge memorized verbatim and test the entire class daily. Others (Ranger Flight, Viking Flight) are alleged to care little for the daily question rodeo. If you grab Mr. C's cards and memorize everything he prompts, you'll most likely not have a problem regardless of which Flight Commander you draw. "But what if his phrasing is slightly different from my IP's pet callouts?" ...ah yes, that old excuse for not putting the time in. If someone takes umbrage to th
  4. This thread is fascinating. I'd love to assess for the 160'th, but there's so many rumors and completely contradictory stories that fly around Bravo Company that sorting signal from noise is difficult. I've heard everything from "anyone can apply at any time" to "a WO1 dropping an application will be laughed out of the room" (and that from a senior Warrant at Bco). Although I'm gathering that Stearmann has personal experience with the unit, so I'm inclined to believe him over random Cadre at the company. I'd just hate to present myself as a fatheaded example of hubris to a unit as storied an
  5. All I can do is echo everyone else. The Warrant Officer community is fantastic, and people you've never even met will go out of their way to have your back at any time of the day or night. Yes, B co is the exception, but Bravo is literally TRADOC rendered in physical form and distilled down to its purest essence. Normal laws of Physics do not apply within 5km of the building. Beyond those hallowed walls, the W.O. Corps is one of the Army's best success stories.
  6. For shin splint avoidance, throw some 400-800 meter backwards segments. Just run backwards. Preferably uphill. To stave off the burning-lung late run time dropoff, start swimming. Do not focus on speed... focus on increasing the number of strokes you can take with your head down and your face in the water before you need to turn for a breath. Try three, then five, then seven, then nine, etc. Train your body to use the O2 it's getting in the most efficient manner possible and you'll find that it doesn't take long to run faster and farther. I shaved a full minute off my run in the first four w
  7. I second Av8r's suggestion. The knowledge and commitment levels of your recruiter are going to make a massive difference. I lucked out - the recruiter who picked up the phone the day I called just happened to be an incredibly squared-away Soldier who knew what had to be done and believed wholeheartedly in my chances. His dedication to my cause and his willingness to work much harder than required for an Enlisted-grade package made all the difference. I literally owe the man my career. Make sure you choose your recruiter wisely, is what I'm saying. ~V
  8. Just had to say - that was a phenominal post. Great head-game guide for people heading to Ruckastan.
  9. Ah! A fellow Ghidorah. It ain't hard, Candidates. Ain't nothin' in the Army hard. Army ain't got no Ranger tab. Why you want lip blalm for anyways?
  10. Whichever choice you make, I highly recommend sticking it out for the four-year degree either way. Although WO's are not formally required to have college (YET), getting promoted to CW3 is becoming increasingly difficult without school, 4 will be tough without a Bachelor's, and every 5 I've spoken to at Rucker has earned a graduate degree of some kind. There is talk of college (the four-year kind) being mandatory for Warrants in the future. And every TAC and instructor you have will hammer the need for civilian education to death. If you've got the opportunity to get it out of the way now, d
  11. Five academic tests, two PT tests (initial and final) and the FLX exercises if you're street to seat. Land nav distance varies based on which lane you're given (random assignment) but averages 3.5 kilometers between four points in the forest. The ruck is six miles. If you step it out on the ruck, you'll do fine. I did an Airborne shuffle run and came in around 58:50, so dialing it back to a powerwalk should still hit the 1:20 mark. Our fastest candidate hit it in around 50 minutes and the slowest was crawling along with little baby steps and managed 1:56. Our class was the last to go through
  12. Academic test format is no longer multiple choice - fill in the blank only. FLX land nav time limit is 2:30 instead of 3:00. FLX ruck march is 1:30 instead of 2:00. TACs get to wear the old-school "Black Hat" and throw out more motivational PT. Nothing too dreadful. Course should still be too easy for anyone who has the aptitude to be a combat pilot in the first place. ~V
  13. Although optional, the Resume is highly recommended. At the very minimum, it displays your willingness to put in that little bit of extra work to reach your goals. As Buzzkill noted, make sure it's perfect - presentation matters when you have five days to select ten applicants from a pool of hundreds. Your stats look good, though. Best of luck in the process! ~V
  14. Try to kill me again and I will have legal standing to beat your ass until you stop moving. Oh look, a shithawk flying a Blackhawk. Remember when I said you can't scare me? I'm man enough to admit that I was completely f*cking wrong. You need to stop beating yourself up, you're only half as retarded as your peers. Yo, jackoff... you are lucky that I am a peace-loving monk. You fly like old people f*ucking. If I wanted to watch abortions all day, I'd have gone med school.
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