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Everything posted by zaurus

  1. Thedude is 100% correct. You are learning a very valuable military lesson even before leaving for basic training. The military can always throw you a curve ball at anytime. It was just a misunderstanding on Your part of your obligation. Get ready. There was a USNA graduate a few weeks ago who thought he had a possible NFL contract. He was told he could try out but the Navy changed its mind, no appeal. No problem for the Air Force or Army academy graduate players this year but who knows next year. Don't be too much concerned about the 12yr obligation, that's 12 years in a pilot seat.
  2. As a civilian, you are not obligated if not selected. But if he quits or gets kicked out of IERW, he owes ten years from that date if the Army chooses.
  3. Max active duty time in service (TIS) is 8yrs without a waiver.
  4. How much flight time can you get in a Cessna 152 for $1k? 6 maybe 7 hrs. The Army is really going out of their way in protecting their aviation assets, their soldiers from commercial airline harm.
  5. 06Butters What is your reasoning in not going AF Res or AF ANG for fixed wing? Fixed wing time is most preferred in airline hiring.
  6. And you were worried. Congrats Dad and for your son. Obviously he came from good Stock. When is your son's B'day? I think he must turn 18 before attending WOCS. Don't want them too young. Still young enough in flying for the AF after his 10yr ADSO if he so chooses.
  7. I guess getting fixed wing in WOFT is like getting a F-22 out of flight school in the AF. Being an RLO, from time to time, they are given fixed wing transition in taking command of a unit. Be thankful you do not have the 10 yr ADSO in being somewhat disappointed in your Army aviation career. Keep your kidney, you only have 2.
  8. When you do solo, don't get lost in the traffic patternšŸ˜„
  9. Make sure you report the skids are down and welded on final. Do you solo outside the traffic pattern with your stick buddy?
  10. Hearing rumors you can now solo in the UH-72A. Is that a recent change in IERW?
  11. Do you have a 4yr degree? If so, try the AF Res or AF Air National Guard. They even have helos in their fleet as well as their own Street to Seat program. From AF Officer Training School (OTS) in Montgomery Al to AF pilot training (SUPT). No basic training required. The AF is conducting a new trial helo only program pipeline. Possibly no longer getting fixed wing training in the T-6A at SUPT for helo students. AF ANG has HH-60Gs in Westhampton Beach NY, Sunnyvale Cal, and Anchorage/Fairbanks Ak. AF Res has HH-60Gs in Tucson Az and Coco Beach Fl. Regarding the Navy and Marines, you mu
  12. You answered your own questions regarding Army aviation and its pit falls. In the pecking order of military aviation, Army aviation comes in last. At one time, the Army aviation commitment was 4yrs less, not any more. The Army has the longest commitment now. All services have a guaranteed Street to Seat program before enlisting but the Army only requires highly qualified HS/GEDs graduates vs a college degree. Even though Army aviation comes in last, you are STILL in the Pilot Seat. And that's what counts. Max age for AF/Navy pilot training is 32. You don't have much time. Not much t
  13. Dad, here is my very old 2 cent recommendation for your son. I always think outside the box, it makes life more interesting. Your son has a burning desire in being a military pilot and the Army is the quickest way of all the services. Well, let the Army make it happen a different way. Army aviation is the low hanging fruit in being a military aviator, don't be tempted. In reaching higher, the reward is sweeter in the AF. Just ask many Army aviators if that is the case in having a 4yr degree before serving. As a young man, we don't think about the future in having a family and c
  14. Depending how well he does in flight school and his desires, he can select flying fixed wing aircraft for life. Dad, which branch did you serve in the Army?
  15. MxCrewChief4Life623 As of today, seeing your son is younger than 21, he can finish his military pilot career in another military service (32yrs old) if he desires and chosen. That's 12 years down the road obviously. And he must have a 4 yr college degree in being selected. The AF had a former flight Warrant flying the slot position in the AF Thunderbirds a few years ago.
  16. GHawk In the back of my mind, I was hoping the AF would be able in taking former Flight Warrants (FW) with the new 10yr ADSO if they wish to Jump over. Obviously, that's not the case unless enlisting for WOFT at the age of 20 or less. For those that qualify and are chosen, they must serve at least 23 years before retirement and have their 4yr degree. Looks like the 10yr ADSO will work wonders for the Army since most (FW) are prior enlisted. 1) Less bonus money offered for prior enlisted FW. 2) Retention should increase for the prior enlisted FW regarding retirement. 3
  17. I never considered myself as a refugee but I will wear that badge proudly. I assume you had over 10 years in the Army service before switching. That being the case, that will allow future Amy aviators with the new Army 10yr ADSO in crossing over to the Air Force as well. Was that an issue in being selected by the AF in having more than 10 years of Army service? AF SUPT is a little over 11 years including training. The two takes you over 20 years for retirement. When it comes to military aviation, I consider Army aviation as the low hanging fruit. In reaching higher, the reward is sw
  18. I have a few questions for you but first, congratulation in crossing over to the Air Force side. What took you so long? Why Army aviation in the first place? Did you initially feel Army aviation was a better fit in your career goals? Are you dual rated in the Army. Which aircraft(s)? Which AF aircraft will you be flying? My guess is either the C-130, or KC-135. Will the AF 10yr ADSO take you over 20yr when including your Army time for retirement purposes. There was a former Army Reserve UH-60 flight Warrant that flew as the Thunderbird slot pilot a few years ago.
  19. The Marines and Navy also have Reserve units as well. But you must be a rated pilot when applying. National Guard units in the Navy or Marines do NOT exist. Whereas in the USAF Reserves and National Guard, you can compete for a pilot training slot before being obligated in serving. Army Reserves and National Guard are somewhat different. Some units want you to serve first before being selected.
  20. SBuzzkill It so Interesting that the Army feels they have the only guaranteed street to seat program. The Air Force, Navy and the Marines has had the S2S program forever. All perspective pilot applicants know they have been selected for pilot training before enlisting for the OTS/OCS requirement. Not obligated if not selected. Of course you MUST have a 4yr degree. No NON college grads in their pilot seats. By attending the military academies or ROTC you are not guaranteed a pilot slot, you must compete. If not selected, you must serve your military commitment upon graduation. Th
  21. Being in the Army Guard, once completing your degree, you may have the option in switching to the USAF Air National Guard or Reserves in flying for them. It's done quite often. Is there an F-22A in Hawaii in your future in the Air National Guard?
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