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Everything posted by VelosiT

  1. I think that generally, the board looks slightly more favorably on flight hours (at least, seemed that way to me). That being said, given your financial situation, I would advise that you finish your degree. Assuming you come out with a decent GPA, you're going to look just fine to the board, and finishing your degree makes more sense on the off-chance you don't get selected for the program.
  2. Agreed on going 15-series. Most of the prior-enlisted WOs here at Rucker were either 15-series, or were combat arms (seems to be very little of anything else). I would recommend 15-series simply for the fact that getting letters of recommendation is going to be stupid easy when you work around warrant officers every day.
  3. Anyone got any knowledge of recent selections? I heard from a friend that they're not giving out any 64Es currently cause they're all going to the Saudis, but I also heard there's a shitload of 64Ds going out cause of the shortage.
  4. I never thought I'd have to heard those words again
  5. 64D course is now on the AQC CMP, which is 16 weeks. They cut like 8 weeks out of the course, not sure on the number of flight hours. Transition phase (which I just finished) lost about 13 hours, and that's just the first phase. It's brutal. The Echoes aren't having an easier time of it either. At this point I'm convinced they're just kinda allowing us to pass, cause there's no way we're up to the standard from the previous CMP.
  6. That's a solid point you've made, I hadn't considered it like that before
  7. Helps also that the CH-47 is a completely wacky aircraft (IMO) and also does (basically) everything the UH-60 does, but more. Not everyone in the 64 course is here by choice. There's one dude in my class who was forced into the Apache cause he was last on the OML at selection. That being said: That one dude has done a complete 180 since class started, and he wouldn't trade the 64 for anything now that he's flown it. Speaking of selections: What's the deal with them recently? The class leader notes today said something about BN restructuring the OML cause of recent f*ckery.
  8. Can confirm, SIFT score played a significant role in my selection as OIC. Also I'm slightly late to the thread, yeah there was a selection Friday. 47s went 1 and 2, 64s scattered throughout.
  9. I should probably post the numbers from last Thursday. 3 CH-47F 5 (I think?) AH-64D 2 (I think?) UH-60M Not sure if it was TH-67 or Lakota, but probably Lakota judging by the numbers. I know the Chinooks went 1-2-3, can't remember the exact numbers for the other airframes. Interesting class, too; every warrant was active duty, every lieutenant was Guard/Reserve. Weird.
  10. "Chiniowas" Don't even care if he's fake, that's hysterical.
  11. Can't speak to 2 and 4, but I'll answer what I can. 1. Fort Carson in Colorado Springs is likely where they'll send you for the flight physical (assuming you're in Colorado). 3. That's a pretty fantastic set of LoR's you got there. I don't know how the rules differ for prior enlisted, but going through street-to-seat as a civilian, I wasn't required to have a letter from a WO. I had an Air Force O-6, two O-3s, and a retired O-4. You might as well make your packet as shiny as possible, though, meaning that if you can't/don't need a WO letter, you might as well get a letter from a boss or professor. 6 letters looks better than 5. Hope that helped.
  12. Selection today: 2 AH-64D 3 CH-47F and a f*ckton of UH-60M. Pretty sure a 47 went first, not sure if 67 or 72 class.
  13. Here's my advice as someone who came in with a fixed-wing PPL. It does help your packet. How much depends entirely on how many hours you have. The board apparently liked my 120 hours quite a bit, because it managed to cancel out a 2.9 GPA. I would recommend getting the fixed wing over the rotary wing for the following reasons: 1. It's a hell of a lot cheaper, which is good considering that you'll get paid to get trained by the Army. 2. You'll come out of WOFT with a commercial and instrument rotary-wing rating (if you take the Military Equivalency course), so you're just adding to your skillset if you go fixed-wing prior to being selected. 3. The actual mechanical skills of flying a helicopter will come to you easily no matter which rating you get. 4. The knowledge that is really going to help once you get to primary (how to read a sectional, airspace, some aerodynamics, comfort with talking on the radio, etc.) will be taught to you in either fixed or rotary on the civilian side. What I'm trying to say with all that is that there are a couple minor advantages to going fixed (namely, cost and widening your skill set). You might as well go fixed wing, because the skills that will actually help you while you're in flight school will be taught for both fixed and rotary on the civilian side. (All that being said, helicopters are way more fun and I never want to go back to flying starch-wings again)
  14. Related question: what's the official policy on using iPads as kneeboards while flying?
  15. Selection today: 2 AH-64D 2 CH-47F 3 UH-60M Apaches went first and last, a Chinook went second-to-last, the rest were somewhere in the middle. TH-67 class.
  16. So I'm assuming that you (like me) will graduate basic on a Thursday morning from (presumably) Fort Jackson. You'll take whatever transportation you chose down to Fort Rucker and sign in to WOCS probably on Friday. What happened for me was this: You sign in Friday. They tell you that the weekend is completely yours. This is true. Spend some time exploring Fort Rucker. Get a cab and go into Enterprise. Go to Mellow Mushroom and eat pizza and drink beer like a free American, because you just got out of basic. Send me a message and I'll come pick you up and take you there and you can ask me all your questions. On Monday morning you'll start the actual process of starting WOCS. You'll be doing paperwork for most of the day for the next three days, and then class will actually start. It's super fun, especially when they give you the rubber rifles for PT. You won't be with just aviation people. My class was very aviation-biased, but there were a dozen or so tech warrants in there. You'll have your phone with you until about the day before class starts. You won't get it back until approximately week 2, or the end of "junior phase". You'll get it two or three times a week once you get it back for about half an hour each. It's much easier to keep in contact with people than it was in basic. Physical training is, for the most part, limited to an hour of PT in the morning. You'll have an FTX during week 5 (?) which is, like, 30% physical. It's good PT. You'll be in better shape when you leave than you are now. Most of WOCS, however, is mental. The hardest part for me, coming straight from Basic, was turning my brain back on. You need to do this quickly. You go from "just wait for the DS to give me an order" to "What does the TAC want me to do? I better do that". The classroom stuff is not hard, it is tedious. Much of it is rote memorization. You have a test at the end of each week. It is very hard to stay awake during class until you get coffee privileges, then you turn into a rampaging caffeine addict. Some advice - when they ask for volunteers for additional duties while you're at HHC, you have two options. One is to slip by with minimal effort, and the other is not. Minimal effort duties include HAZMAT officer, fire marshal, car wash officer, and (I'm told) assistant t-shirt officer. Get one of those and you will do almost no extra work. If, however, you feel like stressing yourself out more, take S1, S4, or morale officer. You'll get good at writing memos.
  17. I was gonna mention him too, I went through WOCS with him. Great guy. It's absolutely possible to be successful through WOFT even with the age difference, but as Dmurray said, it takes thick skin. You're going to be in an environment where you're surrounded by type-A personalities, many of whom have several years of experience in the Army already. That said, it's not inexperience that will make you have a bad time here - it's a lack of willingness to learn and to accept criticism. The ability to recognize what you don't know and then seek out help is your most important asset going through WOFT.
  18. Plus I'm told that the fixed wing guys barely get to shoot anyone in the face.
  19. For WO, the 64E went first, both C-12s went before the first 47F (which went 6th), and the 64Ds lasted until something like 9th. Ridiculous selection.
  20. lol Guy, I came in with a PPL and 140 hours, all of which helped me gain approximately 0 knowledge of Army aviation. I'll tell you what. When you graduate basic, we can meet up for 'za before you start WOCS. And then you can dazzle me with all your knowledge and I can show you exactly how much you don't know. >inb4 don't feed the trolls
  21. That explains that. Clearly the only answer is to become a warrant officer, then. we have cookies
  22. I think there's a medevac course open to guys waiting on a UH-60 class. Can LTs do the ALSE course? Cause I've got a few friends who are doing that while they're on hold.
  23. Depends on what you're on hold for. Advanced aircraft hold has a couple opportunities, but there's nothing that I know of for people on hold for phases before that.
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