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  1. Can someone with access to the AD list check a name for me?
  2. Was this latest class to select the same guys who painted the rock with the RTAG logo? I forget what the timelines are.
  3. What does that mean? There is actually a reserve only WOFT program but the application is different?
  4. That's definitely not the case, other than the previously mentioned technicality that all W1's are appointed in the reserves but actually serve on active duty. That's more of an administrative trivia fact though. If your goal was to go to flight school then only work weekends that's not going to happen. 3 years active isn't happening either. That's only if you sign your enlistment contract but fail to make it through WOCS for whatever reason. 6 years from the end of WOCS is another barely relevant number because it only comes into play if you finish WOCS but fail to make it through flight school. Once you complete flight school you get a fresh 6 year active duty commitment. That means realistically you're committing to 7 1/2 to 8+ years of active duty. Sorry if that's not what you expected especially after going through the time and effort of putting in a successful application. You can still back out if you haven't signed a contract yet (and probably even after, up through the day you ship). But if you sign up, expect about 8 years of active service.
  5. This is the most valuable thing you can do in Army aviation. I was sad to hear about your med issues but I'm super proud of everything you've accomplished since I first read your intro thread all those years ago. Your true American badassery reflects great credit upon yourself, the DUSTOFF family, and USA#1. Make sure you log that flight as PIC time IAW FAR Part 61, it was well earned.
  6. d10

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    I came to this thread after reading the main rotor balancing thread and started thinking it was an app that let you stick your iphone on a blade or something to do a track and balance.
  7. Maybe not but there's a huge difference between E-4 and E-5. You make E-4 by simply existing in the Army for 2 years without any major screwups. You earn E-5. Your packet will be much more competitive if you update it.
  8. This sentence kind of sums it up: "You will clearly see this as you review his long list of awards and accolades accumulated over his Air Force career." If your recommender is admitting she's not saying anything that you couldn't "clearly see" by looking at your personnel file, what value does the LoR add? A good LoR provides information that goes beyond restating your job titles. The flowery language is mostly ignored unless it's backed up with specific examples showing why you're more trusted/more competent/more whatever than your peers. You can help by submitting a specific list of your accomplishments that you think illustrate those things if you want to ask for a rewrite. You could also just submit it as is. It doesn't add anything to your packet but it's unlikely to detract from it, and given current selection rates you may feel it's more important to submit any qualified application ASAP. Or if your commander is the type that doesn't handle criticism well it may not be worth damaging your relationship with her to get a better LoR.
  9. Not sure if I agree with this exactly. It's something but it's not about zero defects. The system has always been exploitable to those who play politics well. Sometimes the soldiers with the least defects think they can get by simply by being a good soldier but when situations like this come up, that has little to do with whether they continue in the Army. It was like that when I was in, I heard plenty of stories of it being similar before my time, not surprised it's still the same way.
  10. I'm not sure what you're talking about because my post was entirely consistent. Maybe you could be more specific if I made a point you disagree with. Here's an example: I disagree with your general recommendation to dismiss advice from those who have followed different career paths. Especially when you don't know what their perspective is. It leads to culture inbreeding.
  11. From what I've seen the people who actually want to be in the 160th have a good shot at making it to the 160th. They're the people who put in the time to be as competent as they can be. They develop reputations for being reliable; the guys who will put their best effort into any task assigned. There's a minimum level of skill required of course, but that's not what holds most people back. By the time you're in a position to apply you'll realize it's not as glamorous as the YouTube videos make it appear. And I don't mean that in the sense that it's mostly hard work but that glamorous part is still there and that kind of makes it better in a way. I mean you'll realize their mission is not necessarily better, just different, and their pilots are not necessarily "the best", however you define that (although their average is better due to their ability to reject the worst and some correlation between pilots who want to do the 160th mission with certain quality attributes). You'll only still have a desire to go there if it fits your personality, and if that's the case your career up to that point will reflect it. No need to focus on that target until then.
  12. I know a guy who went boat warrant to aviation, but never the other way around. He regretted making the switch.
  13. I don't even think taking it to B Co is necessary. The promotion orders come from HRC, pay is managed by DFAS, both well above the B Co level. Unless the orders don't get published or DFAS somehow isn't updated there's no need to do anything locally.
  14. You don't need to involve B Co at all. Your orders should show up in your OMPF. Arrange your own ceremony over $.25 wings at Oscar's. Or just start wearing W2 rank on 4/2.
  15. Is this true? I've been insistent on going to school full time because I know your BAH payments are prorated if you do less. But I thought your benefits are used up at the same rate whether you're taking 3 credits or 9 credits or 18 credits. So essentially giving up money if you go less than full time. So if a semester is 4 months long, the school considers 12 credits full time, and I take 9 credits... I know the BAH payments will be 9/12 = 75% rounded up to 80%. Are you saying my benefits used will only be 4 months * 80% = 3.2 months? Or maybe even 4 months * 75% = 3 months even (cause I know the benefits used can be prorated down to the day)? Let's say I only care about maximizing my lifetime BAH payments and I don't care how long it takes to use up my 36 months, have I been doing it wrong? If that's true that opens up way more options for me. I've been specifically avoiding transferring to a 4 year school because the local community college has way more night and online options, making it the only place I can put together a full time schedule that doesn't interfere with my full time job. If I could take 7-9 credits at a local university without "wasting" benefits I might need to make some big changes to my plans.
  16. The only thing deployments are good for is building hours so you can track. Promotion boards don't care about your deployments or even if your OER's say PC vs PI. But deployments aren't hour builders like they used to be, and if you include the time units sit around after redeployment waiting on aircraft resets you're not going to be that far behind someone who goes to a CAB, if at all. Whoever told you Yakima would be a career killer is thinking of 10 years ago maybe. Keep your commanders happy, get good OER's, and you'll be fine.
  17. Don't worry, I do. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/higher_learning.asp "The GI Bill can pay you for more than one degree. For example, it will pay you for a degree in Business and then for a second degree in Computer Science, or for an associates, bachelors, or masters degree in the same field. Once you have a degree, you could pursue another one, provided you have remaining entitlement on your GI Bill."
  18. What? I don't think that's true. Maybe not a duplicate degree in the same subject, but unless your BA is in "Helicopter Piloting" or whatever cheesy subject the flight school uses to justify GI Bill payments, that shouldn't be an issue. The GI Bill will pay for a second degree as long as you have benefits remaining. I would encourage you to think about how much you're actually giving up though. The housing allowance payments can easily make up the majority of the value in the GI Bill, which you won't get if you don't go through a degree program, and I don't think you'll get anyway if you're on active duty with your housing covered (either provided or paid BAH). I'm going to end up working my GI Bill for over $100k tax free, on top of a degree or two. That's probably near the upper range of what you can get out of it, but it's worth a lot.
  19. I hate this so much. Calculus always gets picked on for being useless. It's not. I mean if you just learn the steps involved without understanding why you're doing what you're doing, yeah you'll probably never use it and you won't feel like you're missing out on anything in life. But if you really understand it, you'll find ways to use it to make your life better. Have you ever been flying around in really cold weather and running a bit light on fuel so you turn off your heater and fly max range to the next fuel spot? If you had paid better attention in Calculus you could calculate your own max range value and you'd realize it's not the value published in the charts. And the difference costs you more than you'll save by shutting off the heater. So I'll stay warm and still land with more fuel. Also, your job is to move a vehicle around in 3 dimensions. Having a more intuitive understanding of the relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration will make you a better pilot. Rant over/back on topic, if you want a degree to be more competitive in the Army's promotion system, just get your ERAU degree in Aviation Management like every other pilot who wants the quickest route to a BS. If you want to learn something that will be more applicable to life or a second career, understand that there are degrees like that out there as well.
  20. Yes you can. The regulation reads, "During IFR flight with equipment that permits the use of precise positioning service, the GPS will be operated in the precise positioning service mode." Without Y-codes, your equipment does not permit the use of PPS. Use SPS like every other airplane on an IFR flight plan. It's 2016.
  21. It's not only the records system that loses data, if you allow your crew chiefs to log the -12's after your flights you're going to end up missing some, and you're definitely going to have a lot of hours logged in the wrong categories (mixing up PC/PI/CP or D/N/NG/Wx). Some crew chiefs feel that the entire logbook is their domain and they won't want you touching your own -12's, but according to DA Pam 738-751 it's the pilot's responsibility to fill them out.
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