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  1. I'm a NG RLO and Regional FO. If ATP flight school is associated with it, I can guarantee you it's not the most cost effective route. You may want to check the program you're looking at. It's probably a "zero to hero" program that gets you all your ratings up to CFII/MEI in 9 months, not to ATP mins and in a 121 cockpit. It will probably get you to the neighborhood of 250-350 hours then you'll have to flight instruct your way up to 1,500. Graduating from a military flight training program lessens that to 750 hours. If it were me, I'd get on with a unit and get through flight school.
  2. AR 40-501 is what you're looking for. Chapter 4 has the 3 measurements they conduct during your physical: "1) Class 1. Failure to meet linear anthropometric standards. The following are qualifying: (a) Total arm reach equal to or greater than 164.0 centimeters. (b) Sitting height equal to or less than 102.0 centimeters. (c) Crotch height equal to or greater than 75.0 centimeters." I was on the opposite end of the height spectrum and mine was done about 8 years ago, so my information may be a bit dated. Generally if you do not meet one of those standards you can apply f
  3. This is the correct answer. I was in the same boat but on the opposite side. If you don't meet one of the anthropomorphic measurements on the flight physical you'll need to get a cockpit evaluation (generally done at Ft. Rucker) in order to get a exception to policy (waiver). You'll spend the morning traveling around to each of the main airfields and sitting in each airframe. You'll generally be with someone from DES and as long as you can safely manipulate the flight controls and see out of the cockpit you'll leave with a memo that recommends your exception to policy be approved. If you have
  4. While there are a couple of exceptions, this is not really true. Most won't talk to you until you have 500 hours. You need 250 PIC hours in airplanes, not just 250 hours of total time. There are also half a dozen or so other requirements that have to be met. Republic will let you train with them in their in house flight school and let you use your sign-on bonus there, but you'll still be paying a fair amount. It would be make more economical sense to do it yourself and not tie yourself to one airline. RTAG does have a lot of good information.
  5. Yes, and yes. You will be a traditional part time pilot in the National Guard unless you specifically pursue and apply for full time positions.
  6. Last I saw, you'll graduate from Rucker with ~130 or so flight hours. If the airlines are your end goal, pick the option that is going to get you there the quickest. Seniority is everything. A significant piece you missed is the R-ATP you will be eligible for by attending a military flight training program. Instead of the usual 1500 total hours (that you will have to have by going with option 2), you will only need 750. By the time you graduate flight school, go through progression, and get all of your add-on ratings, you will probably be over 500 hours. If you're really desperate for money, a
  7. 1. Guard the entire time, currently also a full-time tech likely heading to the airlines within the next 6 months. I've flown about 170 hours so far this year, which is more than I would have if on active duty. The Guard is a great route depending on what you're looking to get out of being in the military and if you can make it work with your civilian life. If you have any specific questions, I'd be happy to give them a shot. 2. You will typically be authorized 72 additional flight training periods (AFTPs) per fiscal year. These are the equivalent of one half day of drill pay and are yours t
  8. AD list is up on MILPERs for those waiting.
  9. That was a rumor when I was in flight school too. I was in one of the first Lakota common core classes and we got everything. If you call the PHPA office in Daleville they'll tell you right away whether anything has changed as they're the ones who administer the test.
  10. 60, 47, and 64 students get a Commercial Pilot certificate with Rotorcraft-Helicopter and Instrument-Helicopter ratings. 60 students will get a C/S-70 type rating and 47 students will get a B/V-234 type rating. When I graduated (not sure if the fixed-wing for life program has changed this), fixed wing students got a Commercial Pilot certificate with Airplane Multi-Engine land, Rotorcraft-Helicopter, and Instument-Helicopter and Airplane ratings. It should be said that these aren't automatically given to you either. You'll have to go to a Milcomp class on a Saturday at one point during flig
  11. 1. As others have said, could help but won't hurt. It shows you have an interest in aviation and an aptitude to fly. Have you ever been in/flown a helicopter? If not, I'd take a discovery flight in one at some point before signing on any dotted lines to ensure it's something you'd enjoy doing for the next 6 years. 2. Not required to become a Warrant Officer, but it will eventually be in order to progress in your career. Having it from the get-go will definitely give you a leg up. 3. Not familiar with the ANG application process and I went the ROTC route, but knowing people in the unit will
  12. Your minimums are aircraft dependent. Your unit will probably have a couple of different flight periods throughout whatever days they fly (likely a morning, afternoon, and night period). You work 4 hours for an AFTP and are expected to fly in the neighborhood of 1.5 hours per period.
  13. Does anyone know where you can purchase one of those short padded straps you can clip between a helmet bag and ALSE vest to throw over you shoulder? A couple of guys in my unit have them but got them when they were at Fort Rucker a while back. Curious if anyone has a link to purchase one online or knows who sells them.
  14. I thought you were talking about your flight physical, not MEPS. Sorry about that. Just did a quick search and it looks like it's 6 months.
  15. Not sure if you're talking about the mandatory recovery period after the procedure, but it's 3 months for LASIK. It's 6 for PRK.
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