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  1. They’ll probably just be executed to prevent classified data spillage. 🤫
  2. Hey I know that guy too!! He’s back here at Rucker now.
  3. I believe it is a mandatory pass, used to be anyways. But don’t sweat it man. It’s a great course with excellent instructors that seriously care about your training. Make the most of it.
  4. “Just as a Warrant Officer...” “even if it’s...” go fly somewhere else. If this is how you think of the Warrant Officer corps you’re intending to join and what you think of the job you’re applying for, then we don’t want you, and it sounds like you don’t want it either.
  5. Push your kid to score better and get that 15T/U slot. As a prior enlisted infantryman and current aviator I can promise he’ll enjoy it more. I find the back of a chinook far more comfortable and to be honest I think Chinook crew chiefs have more expected of them so I’d shoot for 15U, although I’m a Blackhawk guy myself. 15X means literally anything in Aviation. Do your due diligence and make damn sure you know what MOS he’s signing up for. Avoid any Apache related jobs as they DO NOT fly. Let me say that again, if your son gets a job as a 15R or 15Y (to include 15X bc you don’t know where he’ll end up) HE WILL NOT FLY. same thing for 15P and 15Q. Let me be clear, the only jobs that can ALMOST guarantee that he’ll fly are 15T and 15U, but even then there’s no guarantee. He might get stuck in a maintenance company and not get to fly. Also avoid all backshops jobs (15B,H, etc. look them up cause I can’t remember them off the top of my head), they do not fly unless they’re lucky. Push your son to study and don’t take sh*t from the recruiter. He works for you not the other way around. Finally there’s a waiver for everything, if he says you can’t get the job you want, find another recruiter and ask them bc there’s a solid chance they just don’t want to do the waiver paperwork. That being said often times the current policy is that they won’t accept waivers for certain circumstances, so if you get a “no” from multiple recruiters, ask to see the policy letter prohibiting that specific waiver. If you can’t get into aviation, there’s always good old fashioned 11B baby! Good luck!
  6. It’s an annual MILPER. Last year’s was 19-396 I believe.
  7. (Disclaimer: I’m not a warrant, I’m an O-grade) You’re asking the wrong questions dude. If you have a masters I’m sure you’ll have no trouble getting through flight school (excluding some unfortunate event or medical condition). The question you should be asking is “Do I want to live the life of a Warrant Officer?” It’s hard and it’s frustrating. Look into that. You’ll be taking orders from some pock-marked kid fresh out of a bachelors degree, working long hours, probably not flying as much as you’d like, and dealing with big-army bullshit. If that’s worth it to you then by all means join us. To me the flying and the mission are worth it. Not so for everyone.
  8. Theres another really nice little town my uncle lives in called Mexico, NY. I dont remember if it is within reasonable driving distance though...
  9. Theyll probably just stick you as a platoon leader in a 60 company or some BS. Welcome to Army Aviation, sucks to suck nerd. PS: JK, Im not at drum but that same rumor was swirling around rucker when I was there like 2.5 years ago. Last I was at Drum, circa 2012, there were some good places to live off post if you didnt mind driving. Sackets Harbor was nice, and Alexandria Bay. Probably avoid anything within a 25 minute drive though.
  10. Hey man, Im an active duty Aviator. I always encourage people to try. You really never know what they may or may not accept waivers for. Literally every board is different. With that said youre going to have a really hard time with your history of anti-depressants. Also any surgery that is expressly mentioned in a reg is going to be hard to get past but if its been reversed that may be a different story. Finally, I dont know you man and Im not judging, my history isnt perfect either but an arrest history like that leads me to believe you may have some problems with authority or aggression. I encourage you to look deep into yourself because if either of those statements are true than the Army may not be for you. Best of luck brother. -Walk
  11. They should just do what the Marines do with their Osprey's... classify them as flying Class A accidents waiting to happen! Tilt-rotors blow! Why are we investing in this?
  12. I've heard American patriot tactical sells them. One of my crew chiefs has a set from them. Never tried them myself.
  13. I fly 60's. didn't want them bc I'm an officer and there is a huge overpopulation of 60 LT's. All I can say is thank god for unanswered prayers. I love me some Blackhawk. Sure the chinook can carry more pacs but the Blackhawks mission being AASLT or medevac is just a blast. They're fast, can stop on a dime, and have a turning radious like a freaking motorcycle. Can fit into relatively small spaces. Did I mention fast? Awesome machine. Wouldn't have t any other way. PS. If you fly Apaches your just gonna burn circles in the sky overseas. Lift is where the real action is
  14. Unless I'm mistaken, "Correctable" refers to corrective lenses, not surgery. If you get surgery and come out with 20/20 I'm pretty sure you're solid. Be aware though that surgery patients often regress after 10 years or so which if you wanted to stay flight status you may need a second surgery.
  15. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking this question and TBH I don't like the way bigfoot responded to it. I was infantry before I came to Rucker, been there done that, and in my opinion, if you're not asking questions to at least TRY to give your family some expectation-management or even to get an idea for what you are getting yourself into, then you're not trying hard enough. Now at the same time, bigfoot is right on point when he says deployments are what we do. THAT is our job, and to get on a combat deployment makes you almost unique these days and certainly fortunate. So yes, go out and look for some info, get as much as you can to make the best decision for you, but you better get your mind right in the mean time bc we live for deployments. If you don't, well maybe you should look for employment elsewhere.
  16. Crossfit FXT in enterprise. Great gym, great people, run the risk of working out with higher ranking individuals than maybe you planned on running into that day haha but still great gym.
  17. Wow Shindig has stepped up the crazy-game since I've been on here hahaha. My house in Enterprise will be available starting April-ish. 3Br, 2 ba. My wife and I's first house together, she's in real good shape.
  18. Hey sorry for the late response! Been cramming firehoses down my mouth for the last few months haha. There are plenty opportunities for SLP's, beware though, don't do what we did and casually input her info into any kind of recruiting database (recruiting in the sense of "headhunters" who look for professionals to place in jobs such as SLP's), my wife has been employed for over a year and still gets random calls from all over the country. If a company wants to hire an SLP, and they hire a headhunter service, beware, they probably have a high turn around of employees and probably not for good reasons. That being said my projected graduation date is March-ish. Seems like everything around here is up in the air in some way. Anyways, we have a house here that we are plan on renting out to flight students or any other service member who finds themselves at MotherRucker. Hit me up if you're interested. On a side-note... about the girlfriend. You're new to the military I assume? Which means she probably is too. My advice, do the long-distance thing for a while, if she can handle it great, if she can't it wasn't meant to be and you saved yourself A-LOT of heartache. Being a soldier and especially an officer is a transient life-style (ya see what I did there? transient? heh-heh little flight-school joke) and you don't want to invest your time/money/emotions into someone who can't handle a life where you move every two to three years and deploy as often as every six-months, for you secret-squirrel wannabes(no really though, put me in coach). Test it out. Feel the waters. If y'alls relationship is worth the wait for you both, then you've got something really special and put a ring on it a little ways down the road. If not, well at least you won't find your accounts emptied out and all your sh*t on ebay halfway into a deployment down range, know what I mean?
  19. BLUF: as an SLP, she won't have an issue. Great question, my wife is an SLP and had ZERO trouble finding a job here. As a matter of fact the clinic she works for is currently looking for one. When does your wife graduate and when will she finish her CFY? I can connect you with the clinic my wife works for if you like. To answer the more broad question; SLP's nationwide are in high demand so we don't expect too much difficulty in finding jobs for my wife when we move. However, last time I checked there are 0 open positions in the whole of DOD so (unlike our expectations) she probably won't be able to find a job working on post, although I'm sure it depends heavily on timing. Also, rural areas tend to need SLP's more badly then big cities since they are so hard to come by.
  20. Literally still laughing, like 2 hours later hahaha
  21. Everyone always says, "don't fall in love with one air-frame or another prior to selection because it's such a crap shoot..." I told myself I wouldn't do it. I did it. I really want Chinooks. I've been asking around for pointers for trying to max my OML score (starting common core next month), and have heard from just about everyone that getting first in your class almost has more to do with luck of the draw than actual merit. All that aside, I'm asking for advice/pointers in regards to what I can do to max everything from my checkrides to my written tests. I've heard horror stories from guys who got the shaft on check ride scores because their IP put them down for an 80, so despite flying a 95 on checkride day, they earned an 87. Any ways to avoid the pitfalls of our evaluation system? Any ideas out there? Other than 'forget about getting Chinooks cause it's not gonna happen' ?
  22. Cake? Shout out to the CDO desk driver at Delta the other day who brought brownies for whoever wanted them #bawlinstatusmax
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