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  1. Certainly doesn't hurt. If you really want to enlist first pick any job you would enjoy -- and then excel at that job. There were probably more combat arms guys than aviation guys in my WOCS class.
  2. Instead of sitting at home rotting work and/or volunteer somewhere. Get the number for a local flight facility and see if any pilots would be willing to meet with you to write you a letter.
  3. Oh, reddit and 1st Sergeants, the final say in military policy. But don't listen to anyone here though. You know, aviators and those in the pipeline.
  4. Just keep in mind what you are told in the military is worth its weight in sh*t much of the time.
  5. A job like 15T will allow you to be an aircrew member. Again man -- why wouldn't you listen to everyone here and wait at least until the next board? If selected while in basic you might be able to divert into the WOFT program, or you might not.
  6. I had a handful of 18-19 year olds in my wocs class last spring. I would say objectively they were "less mature" than those who had been around the block, but they were still mature for their age. I wouldn't say it's fruitless, but it's an uphill battle. I don't know how indicative of your attitude your demeanor on this board is -- afterall, it's just a message board -- but it doesn't appear you are showing a level of maturity consistent with the 18-19 year olds that get selected for WOFT right from high school. Even your current thinking and ignoring all advice here is indicative of that. I wonder if any of that came through in your application for WOFT. I'm not knocking you, 18 year old me probably should not have been selected either. I'd wait around until the next board, and if that fails, go to college, gain some enlisted experience, gain some guard experience, etc, and go from there. FWIW I would find a Guard unit in a state that has the guard subsidize college and do that. I work in R&R for my state and many if not most of our pilots came in as enlisted at 18, knocked out some college or progressed in their civilian career, and subsequently applied for our WO program and were selected.
  7. On the guard side you don’t need any time left on your contract to apply. At a certain point, ie for WOCS you do, but ultimately the State board is free to decide who they want regardless of how they do it so long as the applicant meets a handful of administrative minimums. It is winter in New England up here. So 68 today, the teens a couple days ago. MA and CT are both looking for qualified applicants for what it’s worth. Pendleton still having perfect weather everyday?
  8. We have a seemingly increasing number of pilots in my state doing it. Some say it is totally manageable, others say it is not. I think like most things in life, your mileage may vary and a lot will be your attitude and flexibility. From what I understand, there are also some creative ways to utilize the GI bill for add-on fixed wing ratings (and hours) after getting your ratings from IERW. Almost everyone does say that being a pilot in the Guard with most traditional jobs is difficult.
  9. If Guard, I'd say get on the radar for that state now to gauge what they are looking for. They will probably want to start working with you 6-9 months out from your EAS.
  10. I currently work for the WOSM in my State and we absolutely will work with members of another service before they have a 368, though at a point it does come up. Reserve to Guard 368s aren't impossible to get, getting released from Active Duty, especially to go Guard, is typically expected to be harder unless you are nearing the end of your contract or you have an unusually supportive command. As far as the process for Guard, every state handles it in house, and often there are slight differences. You would just need to reach out to the WOSM of whatever state you are interested in applying to in order to build a packet.
  11. That's bullshit. I'd ask to speak to the recruiters team leader or 1st Sergeant. I'd also get your entire packet from him. First of all, he is wrong. Second of all, it's not his call to make (other than him being lazy). The only thing I could think of is if you come off incredibly strange in person -- but even then, that's for the board to decide. And I've met some weird dudes who are going aviation. I would get some different letters of recommendation. You really should have an army warrant officer aviator as one of your letters. Drop the JAG, who cares, and maybe the congressman. Get a solid letter from a CW3 or higher in aviation.
  12. Yes. A civilian may conduct the required elements of the eye exam and fill out the appropriate paperwork/include testing results (i.e. corneal topography). This paperwork will be brought in for your flight phys and accompany the rest of your stuff to Rucker. Get a list of all of what is needed from whatever unit is conducting the phys.
  13. Figured. 1/25 on my end. One of my closest friends deployed with you -- I'll shoot you a PM. Sorry of ya'll hate eachother, he is a yankee after-all.
  14. Absolutely, feel free to reach out. And yes, sounds like we followed similar paths. Were/are you 3/23? The way we do it (and not sure how GA does), is we have an NCO who is our liaison to MEDCOM who works in the state aviation office. Basically the NCO who handles scheduling flight physicals for the rated aviators in GA should also be able to schedule you for a flight physical. I would utilize the recruiting chain of command insofar as I would suggest this to the WOSM. Again, given the leeway states have in their recruiting procedures for aviation, the WOSM should be able to make some stuff happen.
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