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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-
  14. Grammar and punctuation don't play as large a role in your waiver request as your essays and LORs, but they get read by HRC, so it matters. Refrain from using passive sentences structures and telling a drawn out story. 2-3 clear, concise paragraphs. Why you are applying for a waiver, compelling considerations for the waiver, what benefits you offer the Army if your waiver is approved. Done. Here's the deal, regardless of the cause of your delayed application to WOFT, the Army is less concerned with the gravity of your reason and more with how much useful, operational time are they going to get out of you in relation to their resource investment. Your 6 (or 8 now) years don't really allow the Army to recoup it's expenses, a 20-year career warrant officer aviator is what we want. Your goal is to clearly articulate in very specific terms your potential value for a career. Whether that's your plan or not is irrelevant. Write your requests with the thought process that the Amy is a business, and HRC is the Board of Directors. The board makes decisions based on what will provide the most profit potential for the company. There's no compassion in their selections, it's all numerical. Mike-
  15. mark, You're on the right thought process, keep it concise and simple. Clarity of thought and purpose. There's a ton of guidance on here pertaining to essays. Mike-
  16. Anyone know a place where a student can buy/order molded CEPs around the Wiregrass besides the hospital? Mike-
  17. That's all we do, and have been since 2006. SUPT up through SECDEF, and even former POTUS. You need to check yourself..and your breadth of information. Not everyone on here is in flight school or a junior WO.
  18. Well, as the commander of aviation at West Point, I approve every request to land here, and there hasn't been one from Belvoir for the last 18 months. But who cares, right?
  19. Belvoir flies 60s, doesn't have anything to do with West Point, and spends a lot of time in the D.C. SFRA/FRZ. Your customers vary from general pax of convenience to flag level. The SFRA isn't difficult to operate in, just particular. After 6 months you'll know it like Rucker. I kind of enjoy it, there's very few pilots who get to experience flying down the Potomac at 100' past the monuments, over Arlington and abeam the CIA HQ. it never gets old. The most difficult part will be your follow on assignment to a CAB somewhere. Mike-
  20. That's your summary? Summaries are traditionally a paragraph long, your entire essay should only be 3 paragraphs, 4 if it's concise and well written. Your writing also doesn't conform to any published standard or rules, lots of passive writing, poor punctuation and composition. You're not having a casual conversation with your buddies in the hallway, you're interviewing for a professional flying job. If I happen to sit on a board and you actually submitted that essay I'd be inclined to send a note as to why you weren't selected. The WO that signed off on your entire packet would also be suspect. It's that bad. In the two minutes I look at an application, I base my opinion (and your score) on your photo, resume, essay, and the strongest among your LORs. The essay and LOR are the top two criteria, for me anyway. Don't use the essay as a venue to show your wit or personality. You're putting on paper why you're the best candidate over all your peers. You accomplish that through quantitative elements, demonstrated leadership potential, and correct writing which is a potential indicator as to your overall aptitude. Expressing yourself via the written word is an increasingly important part of maturing as a Warrant Officer. It's also the most powerful first impression you can make, good or bad. Mike-
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