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nightmare515 last won the day on November 16 2014

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  1. I fly 64's. I came from Tanks and was a ground pounder while enlisted. I couldn't see myself flying anything but the Apache. I'm thoroughly pleased that I got what I wanted. My mentality was that if I am going to be on the ground I want to be in the meanest and baddest thing in the arsenal, so I enlisted for Tanks. If Im going to be in the air I want to be in the meanest and baddest thing in the arsenal, so I opted for Apaches. In my mind I have now held the two coolest jobs in the entire military. And no I'm not "compensating" for anything as my friends like to say lol.
  2. Yeah I understand, I honestly meant no disrespect in my original post. I actually contemplated even writing it due to the controversial nature of it but literally as I was typing it a buddy of mine called me complaining about his unit, then he said "Well at least it's not WOCS, NOTHING is as bad as WOCS lol". That triggered me start reflecting on it and post what I did. It was mainly just me complaining outloud which I shouldn't have done. A lot of us veterans have still hold on to the same ol cliche of "back in MY day it was....". Many of us feel that since we got dragged through the dirt
  3. I'll be honest, I believe much of the resentment towards WOCS by prior NCO's, myself included, stems from a bit of an "entitlement" attitude that we gained by having leadership roles in the military. As an NCO you tend to get exempt from much of the "Army" stuff like mass punishments and private treatment and whatnot. It's almost like a slap in the face. You mean to tell me I am a prior E-6 and you are making me dress up in goofy bright colored PT outfits and sing songs and earn my right to drink coffee? Are you serious? I have to arrange my silverware a certain way and stand at parade rest in
  4. Lets keep the name calling and personal attacks out of the discussion, there is no place for such things here. We are all here to share our experiences and help each other along our route to Army Aviation. After seeing multiple members complaining about a particular course it is only rational that a newer member of the military may wonder why they should have to go through such a course while veterans believe they should be exempt. A simple explanation of your opinion would suffice. The same point could have been made without the personal attacks on members here.
  5. This is a BIG one. Depending on what type of unit you go to as a WO1 you will experience different things. Some units are great and don't play the whole "new guy gets treated like trash" thing. Other units are rough on the new guys and that can be a tough pill to swallow especially for prior enlisted. Fortunately for me I have a GREAT unit. I'm still technically the new guy but my unit was nothing but supportive when I first arrived. I immediately felt part of the unit and various people took me under their wing and were just overall very approachable. I'll never forget the first day I arri
  6. WOCS can actually teach newcomers something. Many street to seat folks don't know how to write memo's or manage time in such a manner. It can also further reinforce the discipline required in the military. BCT teaches the bare minimum skills required to survive in the Army. Leadership and other such skills are acquired by actually being in the Army for awhile. As you said, the few people who struggled in your class were prior service folks who had discipline issues. As a new Soldier you don't really yet know what's "stupid" and what is "stupid but necessary". A lot of things in the militar
  7. I believe there is some confusion of what a gentlemans course is. A gentleman's course is one where you are treated like a normal person without the basic training style regiment of a place like BCT or WOCS. Like a college course so to speak. There are plenty of courses like that in the Army. IERW itself could be considered a gentleman's course. Show up to class at this time, show up to the flight line at this time, and go home. That's the difference. WOCS is nothing at all like a gentleman's course. I believe WOCS is purely a right of passage for NCO's who are taught to "humble" themsel
  8. Im going to go ahead and be brutally honest here but WOCS is a course designed for new members of the Army and lower enlisted. There shouldn't be a 5 week WOCS course in its current form for prior NCOs. It should be a gentleman's course for the 5 week people and the 7 week course should stay the same. I'm pretty sure every prior NCO who went through WOCS writes that on the critique. Even when speaking to the TAC officers after graduating they mostly said the same thing. Military schools are supposed to teach you something. WOCS doesn't teach a prior NCO anything they don't already know abou
  9. When I was in basic we had a few prior Navy guys that got inserted into our class. They didn't do anything with us they lived downstairs in their own rooms with their ipads and cell phones and stuff. They had pretty much free roam of the base and could change into civilian clothes and leave the barracks after 1700 everyday and on the weekends. They didnt do any of the training exercises they just followed us around and watched us do everything. That was years ago though Im not sure if anything has changed or not since then.
  10. I felt bad for the people in SERE during last years winter. It actually snowed at Rucker last year and they shut the base down lol. In SERE you have to do a water crossing thing with your ruck sack. And you do it whether its June or January. I spoke to a few guys who did it in January. Ouch....Miserable. Sounds like Marine4WOFT will be in SERE around the spring time which is perfect. Don't have to worry about the killer heat index of the American deep south in the summer and won't be freezing to death in the dead of winter.
  11. Screw you all. I'm at Ft Drum, you know...that lovely base 30 miles from the freakin Canadian border. Talking about its gonna be "cold" at Rucker soon... Go take a cold shower then go stand by a fan on high. Thats how it feels to live here lol
  12. I got PDQ'd at MEPS and sent home without even being able to put up an argument. Went to the Navy and AF recruiters and talked to them and was told "If the Army failed you then you definitely won't pass our medical tests, we are more strict then the Army". Few days later while sitting in my college History class I got a call from my recruiter telling me to come see him ASAP. Somehow he got the PDQ lifted and the rest is history. I believe a lot of this waiver stuff is based on timing, who you know, and what sort of mood the medical personnel are in that day. I watched guys take the blood
  13. I see so many people who try to get ahead of the game when it comes to flight school in general. I get it, everyone wants a leg up or to get a head start. But plenty of members have said this before and I will say it again. Here is the best way to get ready for WOCS: Head to Rucker early, go to Panama City Beach or Destin. Rent a hotel, and relax. It's winter time now so no beach for you, so go grab a hotel for cheap (its offseason) grab a few beers and watch TV with your feet up. BCT, WOCS, Flight school etc are all designed for you to arrive there knowing absolutely nothing at all an
  14. Nailed it! Spot on with the Apache girl. Not beautiful in the traditional sense of what society views as pretty, exotic and looks "different" but still hot in her own way. Kinda has the "I'm sexy AND I will hurt you" look. Perfect!
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