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Sasquatch

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  1. electron_si, Joe_P148, UH60L-IP, Lindsey, goodfx, and stearmann4, Thank you to each one of you for your insights. I fully understand each of your points. Your words will not be lost on me as I continue in my endeavor. As many of you have stated, my timing is off during this ebb and flow of selection. I will continue regardless. For Joe, I have made the mistake of putting all my eggs in this basket, only to have them all broken at once; I have developed viable COAs as contingencies. For Mike, I value your thoughts the most because I view you as a patriarch of sorts for these forums. I hope to continue to read further insights from other members.
  2. Let’s cut the bullshit… shoot straight with me. Who’s been selected with waivers? Don't gloss over just yet. For those of you who have been selected, congratulations. For those of you who are waiting, good luck. I fully understand that waivers are the exception, not the norm; but if we run the numbers, what is the percentage of those selected with them? In the last few years, it’s about 10% or less, depending on the type of waiver. I also understand that these turbulent times wax and wane and will soon change yet again; this is more than a simple frisson. Presently, the selection body of the Corps of Warrant Officers disenfranchises me, and I honestly feel as though they are missing some of the best candidates because of juvenile mistakes made in the distant past by those who aspire for greatness. These candidates don't even make it to the board for consideration, regardless of the conclusion of the waiver decision. Here’s the brutal truth: I pulled my head out of my ass in 2006 and started being the best Soldier I knew how to be because I finally had a goal—a driving force in my life—to be a pilot in the Army. Everything I had done in the past was nondescript, and there was [literally] a new plan and purpose for everything to come in my future. My transgressions came long before my days serving our nation, and I have learned my lesson many times over. The worst part of it is that the Army’s stance is to “get the help you need,” but then holds it against you when you finally get help. This is what I get for being honest… I am looking for insight from the most veteran of you, from those who have served on selection boards, those who have served on advisory panels, etc. I’m not looking for answers. I am seeking guidance on how to become one of the best Soldiers, Warrant Officers, and Army Aviators. I am a firm believer in building a name for myself, and have rarely reached out for any form of help. I have posted threads that have garnered 0 results; that’s ok. I will continue my plight regardless of those unwilling to help me.
  3. (This is mainly for AD members) Has anyone needed an exception to policy for their physical? My physical has been delayed because of an issue, but it can be approved with the exception. This requires letters of recommendation from chain of command from Company, Battalion, Brigade, and first general officer. I can use (and have) the required LoRs from CO/BN commanders [from warrant packet], but I'm at a loss for what the higher two are supposed to look like. If anyone can provide insight, please respond. If you have gone through the process, please PM.
  4. Being turned down myself (twice), I have been where you are now. I have invested years of time and effort in my ultimate goal, doing things in the Army to counteract my past and not let someone reading my packet assume history will repeat itself. I want this more than the Army needs me for this. And yes, I've heard it many times before: "Why would they choose mine with waivers over someone's that doesn't?" It has been said by senior Warrant Officers on this forum that times are changing for the Army, and they will change again and again. The need to fill seats will wax and wane with these changing times. I truly believe that my pursuit will result in success through determination. The catalyst will be approved waivers, in sync with the need to fill seats. I will continue to submit my ever-improving application, and I encourage you to do the same.
  5. It seems like taboo to even mention moral waivers, but hiding in the shadows only gets us so far (dirty laundry ensues). I need moral waivers for a DUI and related charges that happened 10 years ago during my juvenile past. I submitted all required documents and then some for the Streamlined Moral Waiver Process a week ago, haven't heard anything yet (no news is good news). Now, all of a sudden, they announce that there is no longer a streamlined process and all moral waivers must be submitted as part of a complete warrant officer application (as of 10JUL2013). Me being me, I am thinking 1) this is because of me and I will never get approved, or 2) I will be the last waiver approved using streamlined process. Hoping for the later. Thoughts and opinions are welcomed, especially from senior warrants with knowledge of systems and processes. Keep in mind that this topic is for moral waivers only, not APFT, Physical, AFS, Prerequisite or any other type of waivers. I will try to answer any questions anyone has concerning the process to the best of my ability, but be advised I am applying just the same as you. I invite those of you who have received approved moral waivers in the past year to PM me to discuss the finer points of what went right for you. For context, I am a long time lurker who has followed the progress of many of you who are regulars on the forums, and have gained valuable information from those who have succeeded and hoped for the best for those who have not.
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