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  1. T/W is my bread and butter now flying a P-51 and B-24.. Mike-
  2. Nope, Ive been on my last board. Youre on your own😉
  3. Guys/Gals, After 30 years I'm finally hanging it up, turned down W5 to retire May 31st. I'm not sure how I avoided it, but I'm not the fat, gray, grouchy SWO yet, and retiring on a crest hopefully will keep that intact. My wife said to retire as Brett Favre with the Packers, not Brett Favre with the Jets.." I've been frequenting VR and all variations of it since I was a W2, written about 17 LORs, all of which have been selected to WOFT. I've also been on several selection boards. Unbeknownst to many of you on here, I've voted on your applications and often shook my head while doing so. My one point of guidance would be to keep that in mind when you post. I couldn't indicate outright what I looked for as aboard member, but I've subtly posted multiple pages of guidance on essays, interviews, resumes, the standards and what works as a no-fail technique for your applications, and that hasn't changed. My oldest son is out there as an AH-64 Company Commander in AK(CPT Nik Steele) so say hi if you get the chance. I've also got another one who will hopefully be hitting WOC school in a year or so. Of my 30 years, 12 as a SEAL and the rest as an aviator, I've had the most fun flying. Its what you make of it, if you think it sucks, it's temporary, you're your own change agent. Rock On, Mike-
  4. I'm looking for your desire to fulfill a career as an Army officer, demonstrated leadership, potential, and proof you're aeronautically adaptable. (able to handle complex machinery). Flowery, unsubstantiated words, and passive sentences get you an straight line to FQ-NS pile.
  5. Gideon, I'm retiring in May after 30 years...it's up to someone else to spread the gospel.. Mike-
  6. You should have in your application 3 LORs, one of which is preferably from a Field Grade warrant officer. The other two should be your best references originating from different courses. Academic faculty, and civic leaders/law enforcement officials are usually credible and highly regarded. Otherwise, someone who can speak to your potential as a career Army officer and technical aviator. Maturity, demonstrated leadership potential, career minded and honorable. I know a guy who's been on a few selection boards. More is not better, if you have more than 3 LORs, we're just going to randomly pick one or two to read, and you hope we pick the best ones. Add to that, the entire packet review process takes place over about 2 minutes. We skim all the documents for critical information we're looking for. Don't let your best selling points get lost in a 5 paragraph LOR with nothing but flowery language. 3 concise, clear paragraphs on point will do more for you. Mike-
  7. WOs are regular graduates from the XP course. Though upon graduation you will spend the rest of your career in acquisitions and R&D. Mike-
  8. You can query HRC, but they get about 50 calls and emails a week with the same requests. Bottom line, you will not get a FW transition unless there's a medical or compelling reason to do so. Army Aviation across the board is undermanned and under assessed, creating one shortfall to fill another isn't a sound policy. Also, the branch is no longer providing FW transitions as a retention carrot, with very few exceptions, it's now exclusively a direct accession program. If you really want to fly FW your other option is to man up and assess for one of the special mission units that flies FW exclusively, and even that is a long road. A comparable timeline would be to serve out your remaining ADSO while acquiring your FAA FW ratings and make the jump to the airlines like everyone else. You'll probably come out ahead if you amortize your 5 and 10 year plan. Mike-
  9. Micah, Make the drive up to West Point. I'll interview you for a LOR, but I'm not proof reading essays or holding any hands for the process. There's plenty of resources available for that. Happy to answer any questions you have though. I'm currently 17-0 for candidates I've written LORs for. Mike- Michael.rutledge@usma.edu
  10. We look at the entire application for 2-3 minutes max. If you have more than 3 concise paragraphs I read the first and last sentences to start. If they're subpar I move on. I scan the entire document quickly to look for key points of information that intrigue me to read further. If its flowery or there are none I disregard your essay. You use a lot of passive sentences, I suggest downloading :The Army Writing Style". The USAEC WO Recruiting page may even have a link to it. Mike-
  11. jcj, PM me, I'll get on a call with you. I'll also be in San Diego DEC 19-22. Mike-
  12. If you put out as a road guard, like sprint ahead to every crossing and sprint back, you needn't worry about any PFT. Its great interval training, just saying. Mike-
  13. Guys, I'm helping out an Air Guard Airman with his WOC application. He's going through a local recruiter, and after reviewing all his documents they reflect he's applying as an in-service applicant. However, MEPS is making his take an entrance physical even though he's already an E-5 and completed his flight physical. It almost sounds like the recruiter is half way making him complete some potions of a civilian application process. Any comparable experiences out there before I call the recruiter tomorrow? Mike-
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