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Bobsyouruncle last won the day on September 4 2012

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  1. I know what the processes are because they are publicly available. The processes are straight forward and thats why the forum is not buzzing with conversation about them. He started a thread about Navy/Marine brothers so I assume he either is, or was enlisted. Yes, I exaggerated by saying you had to be in college by 20, when you could be 23 and maybe even get a waiver. But I'll stay out of it now so you can expound your advice to him on what he can do to become an aviator in the Navy or Marines.
  2. You're right, I was too focused on realistic possibilities and not theoretical ones. I would add that you can be an astronaut and also the President of the United States. So if you are currently, or we're at one time enlisted in the Armed Forces of the United States of America and presumably don't have a degree (if you enlisted), than I would personally go to the service that has 90% of it's aviators as formerly enlisted and not the services where 90% of its aviators we're never enlisted. But there does exist a set of circumstances that could take place where you could be an aviator in those services after being enlisted.
  3. He got a four year degree in two years while having a full time job. I call BS.
  4. All the other services require a commission through a service academy or ROTC or OCS if you have a degree. These things basically require that you left high school and went directly to college with the intent of being an officer in the military of your choosing. If you didn't do that then WOCS is the only option for flying in the military. If you did do that than there's probably not much reason to look for advice on a forum. It's also open to everyone in every service, so if you are say a Marine and you put a packet in than you will change services to fly for the Army. Where as if you are a Marine and would like to fly for the Marines than you can work online and get a degree and then try to go to OCS, except by the time you get your degree you will be too old for a commission so you're basically screwed if weren't in college by the time you were 20.
  5. Another little technique thing for sit-ups is to keep your hands as close to the top of you head as possible and to only interlace your fingertips. Basically your arms become a weight, but you want to use this weight to help yourself by using their momentum. The regulation says your fingers must be interlocked and behind your head but by keeping only the tips interlaced you move your arms a little more forward. Also you can thrust your elbows forward and back in a rhythm with your sit-ups making each a bit easier. You'll see what I mean when you do it. Just a technique to get the most out of what you have but there's still no replacement for working out.
  6. Sounds like a good thing. My 8 year old daughter went from not swimming at all to being able to swim in 6 weeks of classes. Frankly, if she can't pass that easy azz swim test after two months I can't imagine her being able to learn to fly in that amount of time.
  7. I'm not single pilot, just no autopilot. Sometimes during training the other pilot isn't that useful though.
  8. I sort of feel the opposite. I fly Blackhawks in the Army with no automation, they are more stable than most small helicopters though. No moving maps, or screens with course lines just a HSI with a needle pointing to the NAVAID. I'm not sure how many civilian helicopters have autopilot or what other things they normally have for IFR but I can tell you from what I've seen IFR is the hardest skill to master for all the pilots I've seen (including myself). I don't know if you've ever held the controls flying through cumulus but you will be working to stay on altitude and course through the up and down drafts, while talking on the radio, and navigating, etc. I find day VFR to be the easiest flying. Now certain circumstances like weather, or power margin can make things difficult for any type of flight but for the most part I don't see people challenged by much during typical day VFR flights.
  9. Hmmm, they say the bubbles are gone. This wait might be a good thing. May want to use this time on 5 and 9 so you can just review it after WOCS. Get the flash cards, memorize 3 a day.
  10. http://usmilitary.about.com/od/enlistedjobs/a/15.htm Click on each to find the requirements.
  11. I can tell you what I do, but I'm not sure it's the best program. The tricky thing about situps is that I almost never test myself in the same way as the PT test because I just don't have someone to hold my feet. Because of that, it's harder for me to track what is really the most helpful training for sit-ups, unlike push- ups or the run which I can simulate a test often. But, for many years I got 55-65 sit-ups and now I max (about 80) every time. Theoretically the best training would be to do the PT test, if you find that monotonous or not helpful - Here is what I do. 3 sets, Incline sit- ups with a 25 or 35 pound weight. This is just based on my theory that since extremely low weight high reps are not considered the best way to work out any other muscle group (80 squats in a row?) than why work abs that way? Put enough weight on your chest that you can't do more than 30 reps before muscle failure. Then I'll do 3 sets of crunches, each set to muscle failure. And I do a workout with a barbell with 70lbs swinging it from my hip, over my head to my other hip (hard to explain). Occasionally I do leg raises, or 90 level sit-ups in a row. I don't think the specific exercise is as important as just making sure you are working abs 3-4 times per week, and working them hard. I usually do 2 days, 1 off, two more days mixed in with other workouts since it only takes about twenty minutes or less to smoke your abs. Just make it part of another workout. I can't say this is the best way but it works for me. I realize most of this involves a gym, and until you're in the Army a gym is quite expensive and probably inconvenient. Find a workout that's convenient, if you have to drive across town, you'll do it less than if you can do it in your garage. Leg raises, crunches and sit-ups can be done easily at home. Incline sit-ups, not so much, but improvise whenever possible.
  12. 230 would be seen as a bad score. If I had to make categories they would probably look like this. 180-240 - poor, 240-270- OK, 270-300- good. If you're hoping to get picked up as a WO you want to be in the good category. They might be slightly more forgiving considering you're a civilian and never had to do the Army test but you are still going to get compared to others. Your pushup and sit-up program sounds pretty good but I'm concerned about the run program. First, if you just bested your time by 1:15 it means you either - have measured your track wrong that you practice on Or - you haven't figured out how to pace yourself correctly. Or - you weren't giving maximum effort on your last tests My guess would be the pacing. Once you figure out your pace you should never be able to make gains greater than about 20 or 30 seconds. There is a saying, "long slow runs, make long slow runners". If you consistently train to run (for example) a 9 minute mile pace for four miles than when it comes time to run two miles your body will keep wanting to run a 9 minute mile pace. My advice would be to run 2 miles at least twice a week for time. Try to run the first mile at 7 minutes at least, then if you need to slow to a jog or walk for 30 seconds do it, then run again. Eventually you eliminate the jogging and maintain the pace throughout.. This teaches your body the pace you want to run. You're doing a ton of cardio but how good of quality is that cardio. I've never been a big fan of elipticals or bike machines, particularly the ones where you sit back like a recliner and pedal. Rule of thumb- if you can read, or knit, or do anything really while your doing it, than it is not good cardio. I know those silly heart cardio zone charts will say different but those charts are bul#*!t. If your trying to lose weight they're fine, if you're trying to improve your run than you need to run as fast and as hard as you can, if that means a 200 HR than so be it. Second thing- sit- ups. Many will disagree, but don't pace yourself on sit-ups. You need something like 82 to max. That's about one every 1.5 seconds. You are more likely to run out of time than reach muscle failure. Pace yourself and you will never get more than about 60. Push-ups- push-ups can be done quicker than sit-ups. You will likely hit muscle failure prior to two minutes. You want to aim for about 50 straight, or 50 in the first minute, then 25 in the second at about 3 at a time. There is also a trick to these that I'll send you later. That's my advice, good luck.
  13. What a ridiculous overreaction by CW2 West. The only people I saw got passed over were basically incompetent. These are the negative Nancy's of the Army, there are plenty of them, and you would be wise to avoid them like the plague they are.
  14. At this point unmanned helicopters are like gas powered butter knives. They have created a product to fill a need that nobody actually needs. The military is quite proud of its unmanned drone that can air drop pallets of water and will tell you how safe it is. Thing is, that job was never dangerous to begin with. And a pilot still has to start it Make a helicopter that can do a dust landing at night to a hot LZ marked by a chemlight and they can save pilots lives. But they can't do that. The only job I can see this helicopter being useful for is doing something like flying tours on predetermined routes and known landing areas. So I guess if a tour company decides to buy a helicopter that costs 50 million dollars we'll all be in trouble. Maybe one day this technology will become useful, but I'm pretty sure it's a ways off.
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