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Everything posted by Gideon

  1. That was great advice I got for check rides. Answer the question and shut up. If the IP wants too know more they will ask.
  2. Can't say I know everything but hit me up and I'll try to answer your question.
  3. Also with the cellular you have the option to then get a data plan as well. When I switch up my Verizon plan I am going to add it for like 15$s. Just allows updates on the fly, checking weather and notams a little easier, and the plotting of where you are at can be helpful for SA. The other option is to get wifi and tether to your phone but thats just some extra hoops and may be frowned on by an IP depending how strict they are. But like the guys said it all depends on who you get.
  4. Haven't check the AWRs recently but considering my Company just got 10 from our Battalion I think it should be fine.
  5. I'm a little late to the party but I was curious as to why you don't drop a packet now?
  6. Fort Drum or Belvoir would be your best bet. I know some aviators at both PM me if you are interested.
  7. I agree with all stated in the previous comment. Just a reminder, all my advice is based off my interpretation of what the essay is about. It's worth what ya pay for it. Also would like to reiterate to focus on the meat and potatoes, why you want to be an Army Aviator. The fluff and the heart throb of lost friends is touching, but you have to think of this as an interview. Why should I hire you to be a pilot? What do you bring to the table that Joe/Jane Shmoe doesn't? Not all of the members of the board are pilots either, so you need to be able to quantify what reasons you should be chosen to them as well. But always remember your entire packet has about 3-5 minutes in front of the board. Make it count. If you would like I can PM you my essay and break down how I divided it up. So been a little making breakfast and typing this up but what I took away from your essay is, 1. You never really thought about being a pilot. 2. You liked Army Aviation when deployed. 3. You ended up being a flight medic and had friends pass. 4. You met a retired Apache guy who made you think of being a Warrant. Those are the current main points I saw in your essay.
  8. Hmmm, any delays may be due to the fact that the closest Army instillation is Fort Rucker 9 hours away. So he may be trying to get you slotted into a Naval or Air Force flight surgeon or whatever the National Guard uses. The problem as a civilian is that you dont really have any way to schedule your own appointment with the doctors since you are not currently in. The only thing you can really do is keep on your recruiter to get the appointment scheduled, or if you think he is giving you the run around find a new recruiter. Other than that you may also need to get used to the fact that you are now on Army time and things may not always move at the pace you want. Even when the ball is rolling. Hurry up and wait is sometimes the name of the game.
  9. No one can predict the needs of the Army but overall selection rates have shown a higher rate for Street-To-Seat than regular Army right now. May just be a numbers game for less Street-To-Seat applying but like everyone else has said you don't have to worry about your commander not releasing you from your contract going that route either. Or getting hurt in the SF pipeline and losing elgibility for both programs. Or just life getting in the way and you keep telling yourself "I'll drop that packet eventually." But if you want to fly, go WOFT now. If you want to go infantry or SF go that route.
  10. I also noticed after I moved in there wasn't a lot of information on apartments that was easily accessible. But it is all around Jackson Crossing, Lincoln Square, Madison Park, and Wakefield Townhomes. I personally know folks in both Jackson Crossing and Wakefield. Both of em seemed to be in fairly decent condition as far as I can tell. Then you'll also find the odds and ends online for random smaller listings but those are all the main complexes. I generally go home in between PT in class and just occasionally hit the gym and Dfac for breakfast. Some guys I know do that everyday though. Uhhh, I haven't looked into furniture much... I'm sure there are but I havent heard of any post sponsored ones.
  11. You will also get called out in every single class at the beginning by new instructors. "Where are my former cew chiefs at? Don't be shy!" Followed up by "Am I right (crew chief)?" When telling Army tales. On the topic of goofing off there is plenty of downtime between courses to relax. Also take Friday and Saturday off so you dont burn out then hit the books Sunday again when you are in your flight line courses.
  12. 1. I save about 200-300$ in BAH each month and I am single in a 2 bedroom apartment in Enterprise. 2. Same as previous. We got lucky and it missed Rucker with the worst part. 3. Overall from what I have seen Daleville is just older and the rentals seem less maintained with a similar cost to Enterprise. (But I didnt look to hard for a place there) I did have 1 buddy who stayed there and when we was moving he decided in his own words that he didnt want to slum it anymore. He also only saved about 100-200$ more living in Daleville for a 1 bedroom. 4. Yeah Dothan is a ways off. 5. I havent heard of it apart from maybe some W2 buddies who come back for follow on courses. But thats a difference of weeks compared to 1-2 years. 6. They do. The beginning courses generally give you 2 hours after PT till your next time you need to be anywhere. So its right in the weird spot of enough time to go home but also gotta have some hustle in your step. Then during flightline you will PT on your own and thats generally after. I have used the gym a few times though and it works out. 7. Army doesnt care. For the longest time I'm pretty sure there was a guy on Rucker living out of his extended Sprinter van.
  13. I made a folder with some of the basic stuff you can look over if you would like me to send it to you. Problem is you don't know if you'll get 67s or 72s so you can only focus on nonaircraft specific stuff. Also the time between now and when you'll actually start using and understanding it is quite awhile. A lot of the academic stuff didn't make sense to me till I started running over it with my IP.
  14. For me the first month of Common Core and Advanced kinda felt like drowning to some extent. Because you are trying to learn everything up front. But after the first phase life kinda calms down some as you begin to focus more on review and the fire hose of information is pulled back a little bit. (Or maybe it was just burn out for me idk)
  15. I feel that this edit may have lost its conciseness and in doing so some of its clarity. I see you are trying to provide more examples for the points you want to make. But I'm not 100% certain what those points are. From what I read its you are goal driven, loved flying, goal driven, leader, volunteer, technical, manager, trainer, leader, then kinda feel good Army slang stuff at the end. It's honestly just a lot and for someone who is time crunched they may just start reading, glance at it, then skim through. I've had to read it a couple times to dig into what you want to show from it. But, the board may not have that kind of time. Gotta treat it like the door-to-door salesman who only has 30 seconds for his pitch. Edit: Found some advice from Mike in another thread that I feel like may help you as well if you do want to focus your essay a little more. "I'm looking for your desire to fulfill a career as an Army officer, demonstrated leadership, potential, and proof you're aeronautically adaptable. (able to handle complex machinery). Flowery, unsubstantiated words, and passive sentences get you an straight line to FQ-NS pile."
  16. Overall, I think you are on the right track. You start out with a good hard hitting sentence but then kinda digress into more of a get to know you section. It may be better served focusing on your leadership experience a little more. Kinda think of it as a 30 second sales pitch. Then it picks up again with the 3rd and closing paragraph coming back on track. Just so you are kinda aware of what I took away from it: I should be an Army Aviator because I have 8 hours in a Cessna, enjoy hiking, have some leadership experience, know how to handle myself in stessful situations, I want to serve, and desire to make it a long term career.
  17. Best of luck Sir! Thank you for the knowledge you have spread to many aspiring aviators over the years. Enjoy your retirement. I hope there will be many more of us who can continue to carry the torch.
  18. "which with proper training, in turn would most likely make me a great leader and pilot." Only note I have would be change the most likely to something more confident like "I believe would make me a great leader". Felt a little weird after such a strong paragraph kinda switching to maybe at the end. Overall I feel the essay flows quite well thats the only real minor note I could find. Covers the basis of why you want to join quite well. You are seeking new challenges that will push your current set of skills and want to find a spot that provides you with experiences you have yet to have. The general recommendation on LORs is often try to cold call nearby CABs either national guard or active bases and try to meet up with a senior warrant. However also know that just having quick meet and greet LORs may not be as beneficial as folks who have known and worked with you for quote sometime. I went for a healthy mix in mine and quality is more important than quantity.
  19. I went street-to-seat through Benning back in 2017. Got a buddy who just went through BCT and OCS at Benning as well recently so if you have any questions feel free to PM me. Currently halfway through the 60M course here at Rucker.
  20. They were supposed to be but keep running into speed bumps.
  21. 1. The first piece of advice I always want to pass along when it comes to LORs is remember that the board only has a handful of minutes to look over your packet. Quality is better than quantity. If the board member only grabs 2 of the 6 LORs you put in and it happens to be a weak LOR that you tossed in just to push for the max. That would be less helpful than only sending in the minimum 3 but only allowing them to grab from the best three. For me personally I sent in a variety of LORs. As a civilian it is great to secure a senior aviator or officer for an LOR. But I also didn't want 3 generic LORs from folks who I met just for the packet. So I ended up with one from an active CW5, a retired CW3 whose family I am good friends with, my boss for the 5 previous years, and the President of the Christian College I had attended and worked for. Each of these LORs offered different perspectives for the board as to who I am. But that last portion was just my personal thoughts on selecting LORs. If you do request letters from people with no military experience, don't be afraid to coach them on what kinds of things the board is looking for so they can focus what they write. 2. The main thing I can think of is just compile a list of the places you have lived since you were 18 or the past 10 years and find someone who knew you while you lived there. Also someone for each school you attended and 3 character references. That was the most annoying part for me. Don't be too worried about if a recruiter will work with you though, because if they drag their feet just find someone else who will be more helpful. It is their job to help you join the Army after all even if it won't help their numbers. There are plenty of stories on here of folks who have had to go to multiple recruiting stations because a recruiter tries to get them to commit to enlisting if they are not selected. Granted the CW4 you know may be able to help you if you run into any issues. 3. Definitely talk with a recruiter before you attempt to take the tests at other locations. I tried to take the SIFT at the ROTC battalion but my recruiter said that testing facility was only authorized for ROTC so I had to go to MEPS for that. Also I wouldn't worry too much about the ASVAB. It is pretty straight forward for the GT score you only need to worry about these 3 sections: Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Arithmetic Reasoning. If you have already used some of the online materials and feel confident you should be alright. The best advice I can give is remember that your plans and the Army's plan may not always line up. So patience is a virtue and apply pressure if things seem to stall but most times it will be hurry up and wait.
  22. That's what I had always heard but some of my friends tried to say it was the other way around. Thanks for the info!
  23. Word on the street is it is no longer required. Edit: Also some talk over here confirming that.
  24. 1. Based off my enlistment contract is looks like my initial contract was 3 years of Active Duty. Saw another number involving 5 years reserve for a total of 8 but I don't know the finer points of all that... But definitely see 3 years Active Duty in multiple spots. Then upon completion of flight school you also have the 6 years Duty Obligation. (Some debate in my circles on if that is from when you pin W1 or when we graduate flight school) 2. Most people who don't make it through flight school due to like DUIs or medical reasons end up just getting discharged from the Army from what I hear. But I do believe the Army retains the right to send you based off the "needs of the Army" to wherever they want. However most times they just don't want to deal with the extra paperwork I think. 3. You will finish your packet have it sent to the board and either accepted or denied before you sign any paperwork. 4. According to what I could find on AR 40-501 (Standards of Medical Fitness), the standard for a class 1 flight physical involving vision is "Distant visual acuity. Uncorrected distant visual acuity worse than 20/50 in each eye. If the distant visual acuity is 20/50 or better in either eye, each eye must be correctable to 20/20 with no more than 1 error per 5 presentations of 20/20 letters, in any combination, on either the Armed Forces Vision Tester (AFVT) or any projected Snellen chart set at 20 feet. (See ATB, Distant Visual Acuity Testing and APL, Decreased Visual Acuity.)" (No idea what most of that actually means but its what it says on page 44) Personally I had 20/20 so someone else may be better qualified to answer that. Rumor has it their is a waiver for just about everything though. Also heard of folks paying upfront for LASIK or PRK to get to the eyesight they need. 5. The Street-to-Seat program allows you to stay civilian until you are selected. So short answer is don't enlist first unless you are fine being in the MOS you choose if you don't get selected but the application process is also slightly different for current military than for civilian. Sorry if any of my answer cause more confusion, I just wanted to try and research answers rather than respond based solely on speculation I had seen or heard.
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