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Everything posted by Drew

  1. As far as Im tracking, the UQR has nothing to do with the date when you will show up to rucker. There were several of us on the same board, submitted our UQRs around the same time, yet we all showed up over a span of around 4 months. I believe I got my class date before I submitted my UQR. So, you should know your timeline before you submit that UQR. Definitely look at that guidance worksheet from Joe. A buddy of mine and myself redid that and sent it back to HRC back in 2015. Hopefully they are still using the one we edited. Super helpful.
  2. Actual regs, Ill ask around. But, as far as Im tracking high 3 is high 3 in terms of retirement. You would retire at whatever warrant rank you are at the time, but your retirement pay would be whatever your high 3 years of pay is (would probably be O4).
  3. I just tore out the red pieces out of the crappy CEPs and super glued them into my molded ones. The black CEP cord then screws into them and plugs into your helmet. Works perfectly.
  4. You do not have to by back your leave after you revert. Whatever route you decide to take, make sure you are extremely explicit in what you want. This gets jacked up for most people.
  5. Your class get duty stations yet? Dying for people out at JBLM.
  6. Have you contacted your Branch Manager? Ive heard both cases. Most common its with a couple years left on the ADSO as an O3
  7. Seriously though. My troop only has 2 untracked junior warrants, myself included. Im the only PI. We finally just got a second MTP but our TACOPS guy just left. Im not even sure out Troop is at 50% strength lol.
  8. This is definitely possible and there are a couple routes you can go. I dont understand everything on how the guard does there aviation spots, but that route was my backup plan if I couldnt get the active duty Conditional Release stuff to work. The way it was going to work for me, I had met a COL in the Delaware Guard (was stationed in Maryland at the time) who was in command somewhere with their aviation unit. He gave me the opportunity to come and interview with them, and come check out how they do operations there. The way I understood it, when my contract was up, I would join the Delaware guard as a warrant and they would send me to flight school. Lol. It sounded a bit too good to be true, but the way they do assessions is totally different then the active side. It appears its based on slots available in that specific unit, and its up to them to send who they want. If I were you, I would figure out which guard unit closest to where you want to end up, has aviation units. Contact them and talk to whoever is in charge about their aviation program and fill them in on what you want to do. I was in flight school with someone who started at their guard unit as an LT, but came to rucker as a WO1 because they only had a warrant officer aviation slot available. So I know it happens.
  9. Put your packet in. Worst case, you dont make it. Then you would have a year to go through your leadership courses, add more to your resume, and get better LORs.
  10. You can get letters from whomever you want. Are you active duty? If so, one letter must be a CW3 or higher aviator, one from your company commander and one from your battalion commander. Then you can get whatever other letters you want from any branch or rank you want. There is a down period after corrective surgery, I believe its 6 months. The actual answer is somewhere else on this forum.
  11. They have one of the original apaches in one of the hangars behind the museum. The curator will take you back there if you ask him.
  12. Good thing we got what we wanted... cause that would have been embarrassing. Looking back we probably jumped the gun a bit on that one.
  13. Checkrides are weighted heavy, WOBC counts more than you think, and do well on your selection APFT. It's pointless trying to calculate it exactly, but you will know about what your overall OML will be. If you average 93s on all your checkrides and 98s on your academic tests, your average will be in the high 94s low 95s (which will be at the top of the class), assuming you did well in WOBC and your APFT. There is no excuse to not do well on your academic tests, they spoon feed it to you. If you study the handouts, you'll ace every test. You can get unlucky with certain graders on checkrides, but if you prove yourself to your IP, your put up score by them can outweigh the check pilot score, so push hard every day and it will pay off.
  14. I don't know this as fact but I would be shocked if they let you apply as an AD applicant in any other board. You should be in the same boat as all other Comissioned Officers.
  15. A side note no one thinks about, if you have a shy kidney/bladder you can take a leak in a Gatorade bottle in the privacy of your own cockpit.
  16. As much as it may seem like you want to tell your story, this section of your packet is your last chance to sell yourself to the board. Think about what a warrant officer is all about, and convey to the reader how you would fit well in that community and will accel in that leadership role. Think about what an ARMY aviator is all about, and convey to the board how that fits you perfectly and what you bring to that table. If a board member is on the fence about the rest of your packet and is trying to decide which pile to put yours in, this "essay" is your last chance to get it in the yes pile.
  17. There definitely may be someone lurking on here at JBLM...
  18. JBLM is close to you and is filled with them, even with all of 16CAB deployed. You have Washington National Guard GSAB, Army Reserves GSAB, 160th SOAR 4th reg (60s and 47s), and when they get back 16th CAB (60s, and 2 64 battalions).
  19. Can't speak to combat, but on one of my last flights we were clocking 140 knots and were only pulling about 85% torque if I remember correctly. So I knew it had a lot more in it. But the 64E was smooth as glass, granted we were only at around 16000 lbs, so not even close to a combat load.
  20. I really don't think you can go wrong with any Army aircraft. I haven't talked to anyone yet that after several months of flying their aircraft wished they picked or were given a different airframe. But, like Jeff said, having the HDU with all that symbology in your eye is absolutely amazing. I love that. And, the first time I did combat maneuvering flight (CMF) absolutely sealed the deal for me. I have never had so much fun in my life, my jaw hurt from smiling to big and too much.
  21. If you want his number shoot me a PM. Or you may have my number so send me a text. I'm sure he would tell you all you would want to know. But last I checked he was loving it, doing some solid training. Half the unit was just here at JBLM doing some training.
  22. I can't speak from experience, but there were several AV COs on my board. I reached out to them at the time with questions regarding the REFRAD process. If I am remembering correctly, they were doing the same thing. The only difference was, they received an RFO to a new duty station, instead of to Rucker. The process should be the same. The only thing I could see being a little different is the conditional release since you aren't actually leaving the aviation branch. I would still assume you need one though, since the army tracks its warrants and COs differently. Again, this is not from experience as I came from the medical side.
  23. I have a good buddy that just got there a month or so ago.
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