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Everything posted by brackac

  1. 64/C12 Driver. The grass is not always greener.
  2. You have an interesting outlook on what makes for a great Army flying "gig".
  3. Look passed the initial statement of purpose. This opens the door to bring back the Army pilots as well. With the shortage of Apache drivers, and the mass exodus of late from all airframes, this could easily become the answer short term for the Army. We anticipate that the Secretary of Defense will delegate the authority to the Secretary of the Air Force to recall up to 1,000 retired pilots for up to three years," Navy Cdr. Gary Ross, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement. But the executive order itself is not specific to the Air Force, and could conceivably be used in the future to call up more officers and in other branches.
  4. I am an ATP holding military FW pilot who is in the process of retiring and looking at all of my opportunities, both flying and non flying, post military. What you are saying sounds all warm and fuzzy, but its not reality.
  5. The 55k first year pay you state isnt inline with reality. I can call 5 people right now who are in their 1st year with the airlines and they will verify it. You cant include the signing bonus being thrown at new hires because that goes directly to your training.
  6. Hell yeah, I liked my own post!!! Thats how awesome it was. Fact. Reality. I must have tapped the like button while scrolling.
  7. The number of pilots who have signed on for the bonus so far is laughably low.
  8. The Air Force is struggling even more than the Army with pilot retention due to poor quality of life, burn out due to deployment requirements, budget constraints limiting the number of new pilots coming through the pipeline, which places an even greater strain on the current mission pilots, and the perception that pushing school buses as a commercial pilot is more lucrative. Trump did just sign an EO to drag 1k retired pilots back on active duty. Im sure they are going to be a joy to work with. WASHINGTON President Trump signed an executive order Friday allowing the Air Force to recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to active duty to address a shortage in combat fliers, the White House and Pentagon announced.
  9. From someone who has been in both the Army and Air Force, there isnt a difference between the two. Ive slept in mud and relaxed in a Ritz Carlton in both services. It ultimately comes down to the job you pick and your chain of command, those two things dictate quality of life more than the service youre in.
  10. The 5 minute commute to catch the bus or get to class made living on base worth it.
  11. Arrived to WOCS 2 days prior to my 33rd Bday and graduated, due to the huge bubbles at the time, 2 months after my 35th.
  12. I fly both the 64 and the C12. You will always have Army BS to deal with, they just change the flavor. A previous post of mine about Army FW 80% of the flying is done on autopilot at FL250. So much for fun flying, but it does allow you to catch up on your Netflix. - Active Army is moving to a MI heavy FW setup. Even more so than it already is. Most of the VIP slots are going away. This means the duty station choices will primarily be Fort Bliss, Korea, Fort Hood, etc etc. So much for awesome duty stations. - Your 1st 6+ years as a civilian pilot will be at a pay scale between 27K and 55K annually. Then, as you progress to the position of Captain, you will be stuck on the horrible routes and making not much more until you are senior and flying with one of the big carriers. - The exotic locations are being dramatically reduced due to the transition of Army FW to almost all MI slots. Hope you consider combat zones as exotic. - I know multiple FW pilots who would like to talk to you about these 3 month deployments. - Excellent promotion rates for FW? Now that's funny. Maybe 10 years from now once all of the current W3s and W4s are retired or attrited. - The FW job is primarily supporting the ground guys seeing that you are an aerial intel asset. - I averaged fewer flight hours annually in FW than I did in RW - Super chill community? Nah. It's still an Army aviation unit. You still have the additional duties, annual requirements. BS meetings, and typical Army frustrations. - Yes, you wil be afforded the opportunity to pick up different airframes. C-12/RC-12/Dash 7. Get the picture? Yes, there are sweet jobs in FW, just as there are in RW. Yes, there are cushy exotic locations in FW, just as there are in RW, but it's true that FW does have more currently. Reality is the majority of future FW jobs are going to be MI, in direct support of the ground guys, which means you deploy. If you pick an airframe off future possibilities, you might be thoroughly disappointed with the present reality.
  13. There I was, halfway through an RTT, air medals banging off my visor, rockets was'd with my old friend 30 Mike Mike waiting in the batters box, and 20 insurgents holding RPGs and PKMs while hiding in culvert. Just as I rolled out and declared myself inbound hot my mom got scared and said "you're moving with your Auntie and Uncle in Bel-Air".
  14. My father and grandfather both flew dustoff in Vietnam, and both were shot down numerous times. My grandfather received the DFC after being shot down repeatedly in a 24 hour period trying to extract wounded from an extremely hot zone. Now, when I was selected for WOFT, my father gave me some of the simplest advice he ever gave. He looked at me and said "Fly the one that shoots back". So, I picked the one that does just that.
  15. What do you mean by "I've supported the infantry on the ground"?
  16. Why would the Apache being slow bum you out? That's just weird.
  17. I had two surgeries on the same shoulder prior to selection, 1 of the surgeries 2 months prior to submitting my packet, and didn't require a waiver. I've since had 3 more surgeries on the same shoulder, 1 of the surgeries occurred between the 67 and 64 course, and the latest was a replacement in March, and just now will require a waver
  18. "To be one, ask one". I stole that from the Masons, but it holds true for anything. We all have our opinions on the 160th, some good some bad, but unless you are a member of that unit, it's just your uneducated opinion. Now, for the TS. Setting and achieving short term goals will make long term goals become reality.
  19. 6 people at selection? No wonder the manning numbers at W2 are so bad. My class had 28 active warrants alone.
  20. Rumor is at least one candidate dies each class. Second toughest course next to PJ indoc.
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