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  1. Is this the norm for the Apache community then? Is it because Apaches are so expensive to operate that they are the first to get their hours cut?
  2. Was talking to a friend who is a CW2 Apache pilot, he told me that pilots in his unit are averaging 5.2 flight hours per month because of sequestration and he emphasized that this is now the norm across all Army aviation units regardless of airframe with the only exception being units who are deployed or are in the process of predeployment training. Is this totally accurate? Is it really like this for the other airframes as well? Obviously units that are deploying or deployed, or the 160th, are not subject to these very low number of hours. I am seeking first hand information from active WO pilots only.
  3. I talked to the USAREC WO recruiting team this afternoon and the 500 seats to be cut will have NO EFFECT on the May 2013 board for civilians or active duty, at least as of today. Also, all of the open seats from the March 2013 board for 153A are being rolled over into the May 2013 board, therefore the May 2013 board will not be twice as competitive as people on here originally thought, this is for active and civilian. There are 178 total active duty applicants being boarded for 153A on the May board with 76 total available seats (these numbers INCLUDE the rollovers from the March board). This puts the acceptance rate for active duty applicants on the March 2013 board at 42%. Not as dire as everyone on here first thought. All of this is current as of today, obviously things can change a lot over the next two weeks before the board goes. I don't know the specific number of applicants or seats for the civilian board because I didn't ask.
  4. What awful timing. My DD368 conditional release from the Marine Corps expires in November and the chance of it getting extended is nill. There are three active duty boards between now and when my conditional release expires.
  5. Good mix. I'm an 0211, formerly an 0351, I know of at least one other 0211 who was accepted last year.
  6. Not true. If you are in any active duty component of any military branch, then you will be on an active duty board and apply no differently than an active duty enlisted Army soldier. You just include a DD368 in your package.
  7. Read my post above. What you have been told is incorrect and I am proof of it. FOR ALL MARINES OR SAILORS THAT ARE TRYING TO GET A FLIGHT PHYSICAL DONE FOR WOFT- If you go to the MCAS New River Naval Aeromedical Clinic, they have successfully completed Army flight physicals for TWO Marines who have applied to WOFT and they know the drill and what is going on. PM me and I will give you the POC at the clinic who is in direct contact with Rucker and knows everything that needs to be done.
  8. I am an active duty U.S. Marine who just completed the application process and will be on the May board. For the flight physical, you can get it done at any Navy aeromedical clinic, HOWEVER!!! you MUST contact Fort Rucker and have Fort Rucker send your Navy aeromedical clinic all of the additional requirements that the Army requires for your flight physical. The Army required a few additional eye tests, different measurements, etc. You need to be in contact with both Rucker and your clinic, otherwise it will never get done and certainly never get approved. Furthermore, once your flight physical is completed by your Navy aeromedical clinic, there are two ways to get the physical to Rucker, either fax it yourself or have the Navy aeromedical clinic send an Arrow message (they will know what this is). The Arrow message will have the flight physical approved within 72 hours as long as there are no issues- faxing it can take up to three weeks. Rucker will send back a copy of page 1 with their stamp on it and this is what you include in your package. My physical was sent via an Arrow message by my flight doc on a Monday and I had my stamp back within 24 hours. Second, why on earth are you going through a recruiter? You are active duty, recruiters have nothing to do with you and subsequently cannot help you with the process, they do not submit your package, you do not get boarded by anyone in any recruiting battalion, you have NOTHING to do with a recruiter, and they are not even permitted to submit your package. You get everything done yourself and then you e-mail it all to the e-mail address on the USAREC website! That is it my friend. You need to get the original versions of ALL paperwork that your recruiter has done for you and start completing the process the correct way- all the information is on the USAREC website and if you have any questions then call USAREC directly, stop messing around with a recruiter. You should have gotten a letter from the place where you took the SIFT, if you did not then you need to call them directly and demand one. No other way.
  9. What were their prior MOS' in the Marine Corps?
  10. Check this out: http://helicopterflight.net/Add%20on.htm
  11. The Osprey didn't earn the nickname "The Marine Killer" for no reason. They always make me nervous when I ride on them. I've been inserted by CH-53s and MV-22s on multiple combat operations, from my perspective as the GIB (guy in back), the CH-53 is a much more enjoyable flight to the LZ.
  12. I think you should work on your ability to convey your written thoughts in a more professional manner. How can you expect to be taken seriously as a candidate for a military officer program if you cannot even form a decent sentence? Also, this is the active duty thread, there is another one for the civilians board.
  13. Great. I will have my FAA commercial pilots license in a few weeks, it will be great to add that to amplify my package.
  14. That is the issue for me personally though, is that I do not want to be a Marine officer first and a pilot second. My last deployment was with MARSOC, the one before that was with victor 2/4, i've operated with ANGLICO, I deployed with BLT 1/6 on the 24th MEU in 2008, and if I am denied by the Army for the WOFT program, I will be going on the DAO program as a Marine SSgt. I have had little exposure to Marine aviation actually within the air wing, however I have worked extensively with Marine pilots who were serving as FACs, Air-Os, etc. and most of them are disgruntled and want to get back to flying. Most of them spend their entire deployments as watch officers at a battalion or company COC. I have not had an incredible amount of exposure to Army aviation, however i've been on the receiving end of support by the 160th and it was enough to sell me. The regular Army is not enough for me, just like the regular Marine Corps is not enough to satisfy me as well. I am hungry, I want to operate, and the Army components of SOF have the best opportunities to do it. I understand fully what Marine aviation is capable of- if it were not for the ACE on the 24th MEU in '08 and the Cobra support, I wouldn't be here writing this post right now, but I do know that being a Marine aviator and my future role as a well rounded MAGTF officer would not bring me career satisfaction and is just not the path I want to go. I have had a unique career and have served with and supported almost every ground component of a MAGTF and I have little desire to return to any of those units in any capacity.
  15. I have approximately 50 days of leave saved up right now in the Marine Corps. Will all of it transfer to the Army if I'm accepted into WOFT or do I need to use it all before I transfer to the Army?
  16. Thanks for that information. What exactly was the MEPS process like, being that you are an interservice transfer?
  17. This question is specifically for active duty guys on here from outside of the Army who have applied and were accepted. Upon selection, how did you ultimately separate from your current branch and enter into the Army? I have been given two conflicting answers from two different WO recruiters. One WO recruiter told me that the Army will send my orders to the Marine Corps, i'll pick up my DD-214 and the orders, and then report into Rucker the next day. I asked for clarification if there was ANY involvement with a regular recruiter, MEPS, etc. and he confirmed that there was NO interaction with MEPS or a recruiter at all because I am active duty. Another WO recruiter gave me this conflicting information: he told me that upon selection by the board, I will go immediately to my local recruiter who will then schedule me to go to MEPS, I will swear in at MEPS, and go through the entire MEPS process, etc. and receive my orders from MEPS to report into Rucker. I made him clarify this to me and reminded him that I was an active duty Marine and he told me that if i'm active duty in any branch outside of the Army, then I will go to MEPS. So as you can see, two conflicting pieces of information and both of these gentlemen are from USAREC WO recruiting. For those of you who have been selected and are active duty from another branch, what was the process like for you from the time you found out you were selected until the time you reported to WOCS at Rucker? Which piece of information that I was given was correct?
  18. That is absolutely ridiculous. I can't believe that was allowed to happen and they didn't just automatically put you on the next AD board.
  19. I'm an active duty Marine Staff Sergeant (E-6), so straight to WOCS for me, no BCT.
  20. How could there be a lack of applicants though... there are at least 75 FQ-NS from the January board who were going to be looked at on the March board, plus i'm assuming at least as many new applicants for the March board. Will all of the FQ-NS guys from January who just slid into the board with the AFAST now have to take the SIFT in order to be looked at for their second time on the May board?
  21. Iamspecialized, I sincerely hope that you are right.
  22. I often get asked why I don't put in an ECP package with an aviation guarantee. There are an absurd amount of Marine aviators who spend years as FACs, JTACs, Air-Os, etc. and spend a large portion of their careers outside of the wing. By no means am I a Marine aviator, however I have had a unique experience during my career in the Marines and it is important to understand that when you join the Marine Corps to be an aviator, you are first and foremost a Marine officer and that can take you ANYWHERE. Go read the bios of a lot of these Marine O-5s and O-6s who began their careers as aviators. In fact, check this one out: http://www.iimef.mar...ric-steidl.aspx "In August 1999, he was reassigned to Headquarters Marine Corps (Installations and Logistics) where he served in the Land Use and Military Construction Branch." "In June 2008, he was reassigned to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) and served as the Senior USMC Readiness Analyst. During this tour, he worked on a variety of readiness projects and served as the briefer to the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) for the Secretary of Defense Deployment Operations Book." No thank you. I'll take the collateral duties you naturally have as an Army WO aviator any day over spending years in the "Land Use and Military Construction Branch." And this isn't even aviation specific, but rather commissioned officer specific. Regardless of whether you commission as an infantry officer, pilot, logistics officer, supply officer, intelligence officer, etc. you will eventually find yourself doing nothing remotely associated with the career you joined to do, and the longer you remain outside of your initial field, the more unlikely it will be to ever return. If I don't get accepted into WOFT, I will be putting in a Marine Corps WO package for my current job, but under no circumstances do I ever want to commission. So regardless of branch of service, you need to ask yourself if you want to commission or become a WO. I would be very unhappy and unsatisfied with my career if I was a commissioned officer, but everyone is different. If the Marine Corps had a pilot WO program, then I would be applying for it - but they don't. I am interested to hear comments from any of the Marine pilots on here.
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