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  1. COVID has on the whole made flight school a little better in the sense that a lot of classes are online and you have a little more autonomy. We didn’t have to deal with busses, which were apparently miserable. It has made it worse in the sense that you aren’t going to be traveling to far from Rucker, going to restaurants, etc. They seem to have more or less gotten it figured out in terms of getting people through training.
  2. Not sure on waiver status but there was a girl in my WOCS class that flies apaches now and was definitely shorter than 5’ 3”
  3. Yea I had the short form between my first long form and coming here (Guard). It’s a bit quicker.
  4. The initial physical at Rucker is pretty thorough. Full eye work-up, blood work, anthro, etc
  5. Covid has made everything a challenge as far as childcare goes. My wife is also a nurse and is working on her NP/Midwifery masters. She has had to forego a semester of clinicals given our baby. As of now we pay a babysitter for about 10 hours a week so she can get her school work done. Other than that she’s staying at home (and going a little crazy). For flightline in primary it flip flops. AMs definitely mean you’ll have more time at home, but less sleep.
  6. As stated, you’re mileage may vary. Good study habits improve studying efficiency as well. That said, at least at the outset there is a ton of information and, while I didn’t find any of the concepts individually that difficult to learn, there simply is a lot of it. As a crammer the only time I really study intensely is the day before an exam, and I have yet to score below the 90s on one. The rest of the week it’s probably an hour or two total a day going over information beyond the time spent at the flightline or in class. Keep in mind the workday can be long at 10+ hours between flying and class. Overall I’d say this is a similar time investment day to day of any respectable grad program. There are a spectrum of people here who range in the effort they put in from the bare minimum to full burnout mode, and the material is such that performance ranges wildly on either end of the effort spectrum. Some people do very well with little effort, some get brutalized despite pouring in their heart and soul, and everything in between. If you were a good student in the civilian side you shouldn’t have too hard of a time here, though expect an initial information shock due to the range and quantity.
  7. For the majority of army WOFT it is like any other time intensive job. His weekends will be his and his time not in class or flying will be his, albeit he’ll have to study. For what it’s worth, this is totally manageable with a family. Is it demanding? Yes. But I’d say at least half the students here are here with their wives and kids, have time for family, hobbies, etc. It would honestly probably be worse for his wife who likely won’t have a ton to do down here, but that could be anywhere he winds up stationed.
  8. Unless you really genuinely just can’t fly/obviously don’t care to try hard, I wouldn’t stress about washing out. The army is more than willing to work with students who put forth the effort who need a little extra help. I dunno how that impacts the final product — I’d like to think 300, 500, 1000 hours down the road the kids who needed an extra 5-10 hours here are doing just fine. Laziness is less likely to be tolerated. Living in base wins on the convenience front. With a baby, I’m glad we went that route. That said, the way to do it is find a place with a pool off post (plenty within minutes of the gate) and split it with some other students. Despite generally being happy we live on post, and being very happy I have lots of friends with pools, my wife does sometimes regret we didn’t get a place off post with our own pool. I wouldn’t bother staying in some shithole to save a few bucks. Splitting a nice newer house with a pool at 1400 bucks a month 3-4 ways, as many do, is worth it over splitting some dump.
  9. I actually think on the whole the good old ‘Rona has made flight school better. We can drive to the flightline instead of eating up an extra couple hours a day waiting on busses, most academics are online which means more time at home with the wife and baby, and at least until recently PT was all on your own during holds and wobc.
  10. Do you mean IERW? Cause it’s still OML based unless you are guard. That said, aircraft availability still varies wildly (see the selection thread).
  11. Off topic — when do you graduate? My brother in law is at Sill until the end of September for BCT
  12. This was over a year ago — but I recall some kids in my WOCS class had a huge headache because the army somehow incorrectly setup their PCS as if they were moving from their BCT location to Rucker, rather than their home of record. Rucker for IERW is a PCS move. You are supposed to “PCS” here prior to WOCS. I would reach out to HHC for WOCS and see if they can help you straighten it out. Some relevant info here, including contact info for HHC. https://usacac.army.mil/sites/default/files/documents/cace/wocc/WOCS_Orientation_Packet_20190801.pdf
  13. I know of at least two navy/Marine SERE bypasses, and I am sure there are way more. I would definitely try for it. That said, the course wasn’t bad. I’d do that again before I’d do WOCS again.
  14. Oh, I’m tracking (as a Jew myself) that all sorts of religions have all sorts of various laws and rules as applied to food. I would just hope that one that does not permit you to kill an animal for food also would require you to be a vegetarian.
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