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  1. There's a long story behind this, but I'll keep this short and get to the point. I'm 31 verging on 32 and have been considering a career-switch -- aspiring to be an EMS pilot. I work in tech currently, and have a hundred or so hours in fixed-wing, a class 1 flight physical, and some graduate degrees that probably won't be of too much use in this new career avenue. My research tells me that the EMS jobs are probably among the most competitive. I'd probably give it to a qualified military guy any day over a civilian than began is rotary career at 31. Am I too old for this switch?
  2. Hey butters, thanks for the feedback. I feel some of the same things when I go back and read it too, and I know there's a fine line between boasting and highlighting your strengths. I'm probably on the wrong side of this line. There's nothing wrong with ASU -- I did my undergrad there, and I got a great education at a in-state price.
  3. Looks like I have some work to do! Excellent feedback and resources stearmann, and I appreciate everyone else for taking a look, too. I'll be back with something much more polished, readable, and impactful .
  4. I've edited the post to show my current draft of the essay. Please do give me your worst.
  5. I think I found the posts you were referring to, and am going to make a few changes to reflect your advice.
  6. Would love it if a few people could glance over my WOFT essay. Respond and I'll PM you. In return, I'll be happy to look over yours when the time comes, if that applies to you. This hasn't seen any other set of eyes, and I'm frankly having trouble understanding whether this needs to be more like a cover letter, selling myself, or more literal "why I want to be an Army Aviator". Right now, it's geared toward the latter. EDIT: I'm going to post my draft here so that I can get more feedback. I expect to be ripped a new one, so please don't hold back. ---
  7. I don't know about pursuing the Marines for a pilot slot, but go to school if you can get a scholarship, and if not, find a way to pay tuition. It's an investment in yourself, and you'll thank yourself for it later. It's not going to change your prospects of flying Army (it will make you more competitive), and it will open many more military flying opportunities in other branches that maybe you haven't considered. The Air Force and Navy both have street to seat programs, and the Air National Guard basically interviews their pilots like a job application.
  8. Regarding the discussion of the hidden figures: People are saying that it's the same 5 choices for the entirety of the test -- that wasn't true for me. It was the same 5 figures for the first 20-25, but it changed after that. Either way, it's a lot better than having to change your pool of figures every 5 questions. You also don't need to ace hidden figures to ace the SIFT. I got an 80 and only finished ~30/50. So if it's an issue of anxiety, don't stress out too much about it, and focus on acing the sections you can really prepare for.
  9. I'm based in Portland, and will actually be at Fort Lewis on Nov. 2nd for my flight physical. Yakima is also not that far for me, and if the weather is good, I might be able to fly in. Mr. Rutledge?
  10. Any tips on contacting a unit in my area? I'm not sure exactly who to reach out to at the guard base in Salem. Also willing to do this on Skype if anyone here is able/willing.
  11. I see both sides of the argument, but seriously, if you have a scholarship or financial aid, go to college. Even if you don't, in-state tuition can be very affordable, and you don't need to accumulate buckets of debt. You'll want to be in college at the age of your peers. Going through WOCS and flight training at an age older than your peers (and I speak purely speculatively) probably doesn't matter, and if anything, helps. At this point you're a mature adult and understand yourself well enough to be successful.
  12. jaswhee, why are you doing WOFT over applying to ANG boards? If you're already in the ANG, I'd highly recommend applying to other ANG units for pilot slots -- or even your own, if you want to do -135s. If your reason for doing WOFT is because you want to fly rotary, then I'd look into one of the three ANG rescue wings first(106th - NY, 129th - CA, 176th - AK). They've got pretty sweet HH-60s that they get to fly on some pretty awesome missions.
  13. Go to college. You can still do WOFT afterward. It will make you infinitely more employable should your plans change or should something happen, and at the same time, it will make you more competitive for WOFT. Plus, the social experiences that come with college are invaluable, and I'm not quite sure you get that going in straight out.
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