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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 progress more slowly than your peers. Our job is to find, fix, and destroy the enemy, with a major focus on doing everything within our power to ensure that our brothers and sisters on the ground survive to redeploy and hug their families. Cross-country flights certainly happen from time to time, but being interested in the particulars of aviation meal-hopping before you're an Aviator that your unit can rely on without question to successfully execute a combat mission on a moonless night in mountainous terrain with a high threat density won't serve your career interests very well. ~V
  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 the wording, just remember it's better to be arguing semantics than to be explaining why you don't know it at all. Also keep in mind that if you're lucky enough to pull an Army Standards Warrant Officer or Civilian (DAC Griffith "The Destroyer", as an example...) out of the name pool for your final checkride, that dude will blow you the f*ck up if you stumble on any of it regardless of which flight you were in. Probably pays dividends to Soldier up and know it all (like the syllabus states) no matter what sort of flight you're in.
  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 and professional as the SOAR. I think a fair number of students feel the same, which leads to an instiutional reluctance to consider the possibility; no one wants to be "that WOJG who thought too highly of himself" since That Guy is presented as the king of all shitbags from day one of WOCS.
  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 weeks of regular swimming.
  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, do so before you're also facing the demands of Army duty on your time. ~V
  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 WOCS under the old standard. Everyone in the class who truly wanted to be there would have passed under the new rules. It's not going to harm hard workers, just weed out the lazy dirtbags and those who simply cannot meet the physical standard required of Soldiers. ~V
  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.
  15. Although the CAP is an Air Force auxiliary, it is a volunteer organization with military ties that looks good to all branches of service. If you have the opportunity, go for it. Other programs that the military has historically been quite positive about are the Boy Scouts / Sea Scouts / Explorer Scouts, Children's charities, Wounded Warrior foundations, and ROTC. Although there are no helicopter specific charities, anything is better than nothing! ~V
  16. To the best of my knowledge, Fighter is 100% correct. You can take the AFAST and physicals while civilian to get a better idea of your competitiveness, but you cannot go straight to WOFT as a guard applicant. You would need to enlist in the Guard first, complete Basic and the AIT for your MOS, and then drop a WOFT packet through your unit. This is obviously all made significantly easier if your Guard job is with an Aviation unit to begin with, since they will understand (and be much more likely to support) your choice than one of the other branches will. ~V
  17. Chrisshould, I am by no means an expert, but I do know that any dream you allow yourself to be distracted from was not in fact a "life dream". If it were, you would go regardless of the cost. Spare no expense. It really does sound like you have made up your mind and are simply seeking encouragement for your chosen path. If that's the case, then there's nothing wrong with that, but you need to frame your question differently. For what it's worth, I strongly encourage you to retain your $$ job, your title of level 7 jet mechaninc, and your gig with the air guard. I am being totally honest when I say that it just doesn't seem like you're at a place in your life where you can be the pilot the Army is asking you to be. If your life changes, feel free to make any other decision that suits you. ~V
  18. Welcome aboard, Cpl. DK! Your test scores are great. Keep on trucking and feel free to ask around here if you have any questions - there are several members who have been selected for WOFT lurking around these parts at the moment. Motivated hard-chargers are always welcome. ~V
  19. How'd it go? Hoping for good news, friend.
  20. I second the ARCO recommendation. Barron's is literally stuffed full of errors *in every section* of their AFAST chapters. I was finding junk in their "Helicopter Knowledge" section that was wrong in subtle, insidious ways, or wrong without any attempt at explanation. Things I would not have even thought to question if I wasn't already flight instructing myself. So so ARCO / Peterson's if you value your score and your sanity. If you really feel like stomping on the knowledge based AFAST sections, pick up one of ASA's Certified Flight Instructor written exam guides and study every section that the appendix lists as being applicable to Rotorcraft CFI tests. If you can score 90% or more on practice FAA written tests without cheating, you are going to dominate that part of the AFAST. But it's a lot of work for one section, so keep that in mind if you're on the fence about it. Hint: I recommend you do.
  21. Go get 'em, friend. Remember: Never Quit.
  22. Best of luck, Nav - keep us informed. I'm sure that current WOFT selectees would be happy to answer any questions that crop up during the process. Your test scores are looking great, though. Well done.
  23. I've done a fair amount of fixed-wing CFI work around Hawai'i, and my fling wing buddies have mentioned on more than one occasion that getting permission into HI53 is a bit like the mythical unicorn of air ops. Unless you're government or a film crew willing to pay thousands for the privilege, the odds of picking up an okay to land there are upwards of zero. I believe the Navy may have used the site for this rescue, however. None of the news sites are really reporting either way, however... it's a trivial detail that only pilots would care about, and we all know how well the media does with aviation to begin with.
  24. 'Ya lucky dog - I got saddled with a five-month DEP until basic after an unfortunate paperwork snafu on Thursday. You'll definitely be an upperclassman-type by the time I step foot through the doors. Looking forward to it regardless, though. Hope you knock 'em dead!
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