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  1. Thomas, A lot of times, a senior Army Aviator will be willing to interview you and write you a LOR based on how the interview goes. Do you have an aviation (Active Duty, National Guard or Reserve) unit near you? If so, get in contact with them and ask to speak with a senior aviator, tell him/her your situation and see if he/she would be willing to interview you. You may need to be willing to drive a few hours to the closest unit, but hey, what's your dream worth? If there's not a unit within a reasonable distance, PM me and I can give you a couple other suggestions. The more LORs you have (up to the max), the better. Generally speaking, I think LORs have more credibility coming from someone who knows you well--you college instructor, current and former bosses, business owners, etc.--than ones from, say, a Senator that knows a friend of a friend of a friend of your dog's brother's uncle. Get ones from the "highest ranking" people who know you at least fairly well. As for the age waiver--if you really scramble, you should be able to get the packet done before you turn 33. Otherwise, yes, you'll need one. I'm not sure what the age waiver approval rate is, though it's pretty small. If you were to go National Guard, generally your chances are going to be better, but you do have to join the Guard in order to put in a packet. Hope that helps. Good luck, and let us know how things are progressing. z
  2. Because everybody knows that Warrant Officers ROCK! Like FLHooker said, it should be pretty easy to find the nearest unit, and they should have a Warrant Officer Strength Manager. Contact him/her and he/she will be able to help you immensely. z
  3. Olemiss, Welcome to the boards. I've heard that the "street-to-seat" program is getting quite competitive lately. Finishing your degree would certainly help. While it's hard to give a good answer just looking at plain stats, it sounds like you have a good start. At the heart, the "what are my chances" questions really boil down to, "am I wasting my time, or is it worth trying?" If you really want to fly helicopters for the Army, it's worth trying. Because of a few things--my age being the main one--looking strictly at my stats, a lot of people would say to forget it--I almost told that to myself. But I figured if I had any chance greater than 0%, it was worth trying. So I joined the National Guard and am running with full force. If it doesn't work out, at least I gave it my all. And if it does, then I'll fulfill a lifelong dream. I had to try. Again, if this is what you really want to do, then it's worth trying. As for recruiters, most of them couldn't effectively put together a WOFT packet if their life depended on it. Well, not that they couldn't, most just won't take the time to figure out how to do it right. A WOFT packet takes a LOT of time and effort compared to just enlisting someone. Most are going to spend their time where they get the biggest bang for their buck. They'll probably tell you that you should enlist, get some Army experience under your belt and apply for WOFT after a year or two. While there's nothing wrong with this--it's actually an admirable thing to do--it's not necessary. They're just going for the low-hanging fruit. The best thing to do is arm yourself with knowledge and keep on the recruiter. BTW, the LOR from your dad and/or his friends certainly wouldn't hurt. You should also try to get one from a senior Army Aviator. Good luck, and keep us posted. The old pickle suit is still in use, but there's a new flight suit--the AACU or A2CU. z
  4. As CharyouTree stated, Flight Operations Specialist (15P) is a good MOS to go with--that's what I did. And yes, it does have the shortest school (4 weeks). When I was preparing to join, an officer put it this way--if you go with a mechanic MOS (15R, 15T, 15U, etc.), you'll be around the pilots...if you go 15P, you'll be around the decision-makers. Good advice. And I'm constantly around all the pilots as well, because when they're not flying, they hang out at flight ops. And when a bird comes in, they always appreciate when I head down to the flight line and help them tie down. z
  5. fly, If you want to take a look at my resume as an example, PM me. z
  6. Eddie96, Welcome to the board. Having a PPL could certainly give you an edge, but it wouldn't be THE deciding factor. The selection boards generally use the "whole person" concept. If you have a PPL, and you're otherwise a tool, they'll probably pass you by. If you have no flight experience, but are otherwise a strong candidate, your chances could be good. I went through this discussion a few months ago. some say a PPL will make a big difference, others say it won't make much. Personally, I took civilian instruction to the point of soloing. That's enough to show that I at least have the aptitude to keep a helicopter in the air, and it shows that I'm taking my application very seriously. Some people thought I was nuts, others thought it was a good idea. I'm glad I did it, and am hitting my NG unit's board in December. NG pilots have the same regs/flight requirements as active duty, and they go through the same school that Active Duty pilots go through. Honestly, the NG is a GREAT way to go. Without any prior service, you'll probably have to join, get through basic and AIT and be at your unit for a while--probably a year or so, could be shorter, could be longer--to prove yourself to the unit. I'd get in touch with your closest aviation unit's Warrant Officer Strength Manager, tell him/her your desires and see what he/she advises. Good luck and keep us posted. z
  7. fb.rider, From the info I get on the Military.com aviation forum, most street-to-seat candidates aren't picked up the first time they board. I've heard of some that got picked up somewhere after 5-9 boards. If this is what you want, keep at it, you'll make it. z
  8. That was him Sir. If there's anything that the family needs, let me know, I'll help out any way I can. z
  9. I just saw the one in N. California, Sir. Damn it. I'm so sorry. I think I met Dennis when we were at your shop that day. Wasn't he the one that came in after we arrived? I can only image how devastating it must be. My condolences to you, your outfit and his family. Stay safe up there and keep it spinny side up. z
  10. Silver State Crash Haven't heard the extent of the injuries, but from the sounds of things, I think both student and instructor will pull through. FredR, the initial report I heard was that it was from your outfit, glad it wasn't. Keep that bambi bucket full, Sir. z
  11. Hope all goes well for you Mymm. Sounds like you're off to a good start. Keep us posted. z
  12. red_jonny, Not sure how things have gone for you, as this thread is a couple months old, but I thought I'd throw in my $0.02. I had a conversation with my state's Aviation Officer (a full-bird), and he told stories of people coming into the board with the most stellar packets, scores and references one could possibly hope for. They weren't selected because they went in with an "Of course you're going to select me" attitude. The packet gets you in the door; it's what they see when you walk through it that gets you selected. FWIW, z
  13. Ahh, the good ol' days. Nice, Joker! The 64 was THE stuff in its day. You definitely qualify for an honorary geek diploma, albiet with notations (no D&D). I actually did used to play D&D. (emphasis on used to). Fortunately, I gave it up somwwhere around the age of 16, unlike many of my current Klingon-speaking compatriots. OK, enuff of the hijack. Back to the regularly scheduled program. z
  14. Exactly right FauxZ. I have a dreaded computer job, and the blanks fill in quite accurately. In my line of work, there are the true geeks--the ones that had the Commodore 64 growing up, always wanted to work with computers, the whole bit. Then there are the ones who thought it would be a good practical move to get in the industry, couldn't decide on anything else, etc. A large number of the ones in the latter group (myself included), end up a few years down the road rather unsatisfied with the situation. Many are e-Frys. The true geeks almost never get tired of doing what they do. Sure, they have bad days, would rather be fishing playing Dungeons and Dragon some days, etc., but in the end, on balance it's not just a job. I imagine it's the same in the helicopter industry. Bottom line, if you're doing what you've always wanted to do, the good days will outnumber and outweigh the bad. And some people will always be able to give you 47,000 reasons why they think that will never be the case. z
  15. Interesting Han Solo facts: Owns a Bell 407 Has been a part of the Jackson Hole, WY Civil Air Patrol Has used his helicopter in at least two mountain rescues Had a hard-landing in '99 while practicing autos with power recovery--didn't recover quickly enough, skid caught a log and ended up with a vertical rotor disk. z
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