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steve0

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  1. Serious question though, do they serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in a the mess hall? Or at least serve bread and peanut butter and jelly seperately so I can build my own?
  2. The real Shindig is in top secret training right now. They probably got him testing out the Mars lander or something.
  3. You are implying 30 is old. Haha. Not even in yet and you are already looking to get out as soon as possible
  4. Civilian deadline is 10 days before the board. However, your battalion interview board needs to be done before then, so you need everything in to them and have your interview scheduled by whatever date they have scheduled. I imagine it would be in early January or sometime in December, I'm not sure how the holidays effect their schedule. For the September board my interview was early August, so I needed everything in done by then.
  5. It's on the same week. Civilians they start with on the Monday, results out by Wednesday. Then the do the active duty, results out by the following week. http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/WOgeninfo_boardschedule.shtml Dates listed here say next board is January 23 If your recruiter says anything different, ask to talk to whoever is in charge of checking over and submitting packets downtown at wherever you did or will do your battalion board interview. And don't accept from your recruiter anything like, "yeah, I called our commander and he says blah blah blah." Confirm everything yourself
  6. ASVAB - just find study guides online. Practice the math sections the most. It helps if you can quickly work out percentages, I found a lot of the math section was just that, lots and lots of percentages. Quickest way for me was to break down numbers into units of 10. Don't think of it as finding 27% of some number. It's 10% + 10% + half of 10% plus 1% + 1%. Then you are just moving decimals and adding. And at least once it will ask you a question about reciprocals. First time I took asvab I forgot what that was. Sift is more of the same as far as math, but it was harder. Study especially the first 3 or 4 chapters of the helicopter flight manual. Lots of questions came from there. For apft, you should be doing hundreds of push-ups a day. I recommend at least 300 a day. Do sets of 10, work your way up to sets of 20 or more. I do push-ups while playing fps video games. Every time I die I get down and do a set of push-ups. Run every day. Distance runs, sprints, everything. Don't run just a mile, time it, and extrapolate out for your 2 mile time. I tried that thinking my 7:00 mile meant I could hit a 14:00 2 mile, and couldn't finish the 2 miles first time I tried. Recommendation letters, call up local bases and ask to speak to pilots. Try to set up interviews.
  7. Find the base's website and call up their information number. Someone at the front desk should be able to connect you to the pilots office. That should work, however when I tried the same thing, some Sgt on the phone told me he was certain they didn't have any helicopters stationed there. Yes, he was convinced he was working at a major army national guard airbase with no helicopters. I eventually had contact a pilot on Facebook and he put me in touch with the Apache pilot office
  8. Didn't that Russian spy in the FBI pass several polygraphs before they got close to ever catching him?
  9. The only correlation I have noticed has been the perceived difficulty in comparison to score. The more someone says "This section and that section were really easy", the more likely it was they score closer to a 40. Then everyone who scored over 70 says the math and reading were really tough.
  10. The good thing is you are young and have plenty of time to get this done. Even if you apply and don't get in, you can keep improving your application and reapply every year for more than a dozen years. When I was your age I applied to West Point, but didn't make it past the recommendation board primarily because i bombed the fitness test. I could barely do 25 push-ups. My father was the one pushing me the most through the application process. However, he is the personality type that he gets all excited about one thing, then when any hint of adversity comes up he panics and quits. So when I didn't get in, he pushed me heavily to give up on it because I was obviously a failure in this endeavor, and I made the mistake of listening to him. What he should have told me, or really what I should have told myself, was, "workout every day and apply again next year." I didn't consider the military again until many years later when I became interested in WOFT. Once again my father got all excited about it at first, but then when anything went wrong or got delayed, he was calling me telling me to give up. This time I did things my own way and only took advice from the people here, and I got in. Though I wouldn't recommend anyone doing what I did and wait until they are 30 before applying to WOFT. By that time you are getting close to the age deadline, you don't have years to improve your education, or your resume, or get flight hours or credentials. In your case, you could comfortably get a few years of college under your belt and keep applying without any stress.
  11. PT, get that up. Even though a decent score should be competitive for the national board, you should also consider the battalion board. Any weakness, you will get grilled on, don't give them anything to criticize! Next thing you know you are stumbling over your words explaining why you don't do more push-ups everyday and they mark you down for lack of confidence and being unprepared. Fitness is probably the thing you have the most direct control over. It was a lot easier for me to explain why I got an F in a college algebra class 12 years ago than it would have been for me to explain why I couldn't run a good 2 mile last week. Rest of the stats from you guys look solid!
  12. As someone who had no contacts within the military, I got two letters from CW5s and another from a Colonel just from calling and emailing nonstop until I had interviews scheduled. First I asked my recruiter if he knew any pilots. He gave me an email address for a guy he knew at his previous duty station. That guy knew a guy who knew a guy who put me in touch with a retired Colonel who lived about an hour from me. Next I called up an airfield near my house with a national guard unit stationed there. I called several times at all their listed contact numbers, but the guys who answered the phone were always some receptionist who had no clue there was a fleet of about a dozen apaches sitting right out in the open if he ever bothered to look out the window. But one of them did call up an active duty base a couple hours away and put me in touch with a CW5. Last one, I knew there were helicopters at the nearby airfield since I see them flying around, so I searched local news articles for any recent articles involving pilots. The articles usually named pilots who won an award or some special honor, or if they had a picture of a helicopter, the photo caption listed the pilots flying it. I found those guys online and emailed them and eventually they brought me on the base and sat me down for an interview.
  13. I say this thread should have its title changed to, "Do most Blackhawks want altitude limits?" On an unrelated note, my wife (who is Korean) was telling me about what I can only assume to be second hand accounts of hazing rituals her brother told her about, taking place in the South Korean military involving wasting time beat boxing and performing dance moves for the amusement of their commanding officers, and those whose hip hop routines are not up to standard are punished with additional push-ups and undesirable duties. I explained to her that the US Army is serious business and American soldiers have more important things to do than sing and dance during work hours. Though since I have not yet entered the US military, I can not be certain.
  14. I used to bullseye womp rats in my T-16 back home. They're not much bigger than two meters.
  15. I was a damn fool in college. Didn't know what I wanted to do, or why I was there. Regularly skipped class, bombed my first 2 years. High school was only slightly better. I can't imagine what kind of spectacular failure I would have been if they had let me in flight school when I was 18.
  16. When I was swearing in last week, I witnessed the following exchange Kid enlisting: "if it doesn't start till 12, why do I gotta be here at 11?" Officer swearing us in: "Young man, you're gonna have a rough time in the army! You're joining an institution that's gonna tell you where to be, when to be, and how to be. They're gonna have you up at 4, suited up and ready to go at 5, at your destination at 6, and then you're gonna stand there for 5 hours because the building doesn't even open until 11."
  17. If you are ready to put in your packet, I would always say follow your gut. There is no risk, and no obligation. If you are not selected, you might consider your options from there. College could be something you think about. Get your degree, then try again. You are young, you have plenty of time.
  18. I used to live right next to NASA. I'm also hoping to someday get a Ph.D. or at least a masters and work at NASA or Boeing. I have friends who are engineers at both. When I was coaching martial arts, a couple of the kids dad's were astronauts. I just wish I didn't waste the first half of my 20s on an economics degree I did nothing with, then the second half living in South Korea making no progress in my life. My first step will be to get a B.S. in physics or engineering done while I'm active duty. I figure the progress will be slow, but I'm sure if I make the time and don't spend every weekend drinking like so many soldiers I knew in Korea, I can do it within a reasonable timeframe.
  19. Call up the nearest base with helicopters, and any others in your state or within reasonable distance, and ask to talk to a pilot. Also military units usually have Facebook pages. Find one nearby and shoot them a message. There are bound to be pilots in your area. You just gotta find them. Even if one you get in touch with isn't willing to do it themselves, or isn't of sufficient rank, they might be able to put you in touch with someone higher up. I know when I got my letters, it took tons of phone calls, emails, Facebooking. It might take some work to track them down, so it would help if you have any experience serving divorce papers or work part time as a bounty hunter
  20. Anyone have any experience studying engineering while active duty? I already have an economics degree, but now I hope to switch over to engineering. In my brief research of educational opportunities, schools on base seem to offer stuff like accounting and psychology and all the typical degrees, but not much in terms of engineering. With my Econ degree, I figure I already have the core classes and a couple of the math and science prerequisite out of the way, so that should save at least some time. If I start as soon as I can, would it be possible to accomplish this in 5 years? 10 years? And how would duty station impact educational opportunities?
  21. i was kind of nervous about the flight physical, having done my lasik in Korea, I was sure they would say , "nope, we only accept surgery from good ol' American doctors".
  22. Yeah, Jackson. I wish I could have gotten an earlier shipping date. Im ready to go!
  23. Call your recruiter and tell him to call and find out. I already swore in today. On top of things. Ship off to basic December 27
  24. I'm curious to see how many applied this month. Based on forum activity alone, the July thread had like almost 30 pages. This month we are barely on page 4.
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