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mike0331 last won the day on August 12

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  1. You have bad info. Warrant aviators do not require a bachelors. Every state does things differently, but they absolutely can do street to seat if there is a want or need. Pulling from mechanics is pretty typical, but unless it is a state requirement there is no reason it has to happen that way. Before you proceed you should ask to speak to the WOSM for your state. Even if you proceed along the enlisted route, there are potentially things they can do to facilitate you getting before an aviation board sooner rather than later on that path. At 33 you will require an age waiver to fly, and it only gets harder the older you get. 33 is pretty routine though. I’ve been on ADOS the last 6 months waiting to start IERW working for the WOSM in a New England state, and I primarily handle our aviation applicants. So at least as of now my info is pretty current.
  2. Bumping this as the V-280 continues to be awesome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5a9Djp9gsg&t=259s Also had it's first public display at an airshow this weekend.
  3. With white-coat I've hovered close to that limit. I've met soldiers given a waiver relatively easily, even as an initial applicant, for hypertension controlled with blood pressure medication. OP, in your research what have you found about waivers for colorblindness that does not meet the FALANT/Rabin, etc standard?
  4. 1. USMC to Guard here. Was USMCR and I am still in the pipeline for Guard aviation, so not flying yet. I have been drilling with a Guard Aviation unit the last 18 months and I am currently on ADOS doing R&R for officers and warrants. Guard aviation is the farthest thing in the world from the Marine Corps, both good and bad, so just be prepared for that. There was a USMC to Guard culture shock. 2. Answered 3. There is currently lobbying going on to get Guard full-time flight pay. That is not yet/currently the deal. The logic is Guard aviators fly the same minimums and maintain the same standards as the active component. 4. It's a point system. I don't fully understand it, but to get a sat year you need 50 points. One day of active duty is one point, a drill day is two days, an AFTP is one, etc. If you are on orders, its back to the one to one ratio. While you are in the reserves/guard, you are eligible for tricare reserve select. It's like tricare light... but it's wicked cheap compared to any civilian health insurance. You still are eligible for SGLI. 5. No as stated (though as your state unless they do something weird). if you take an enlisted job that pays a signing bonus, after the cash is paid out to you, that paid cash cannot be recouped if you go WOCS/OCS. Verify that your state has the policy, but I believe that is universal. So for example, we have had guys re-enlist for 20K and access into aviation shortly after, they keep their bonus. The bonus contract usually states there is an exception for WOCS/OCS. 6. Active duty schools are available. How hard/easy they are to get probably depends on a lot (a lot more than I understand certainly). As to 160th, it is not impossible to try out for them. To my knowledge we have had a few in my state go to 160th the past decade or so, one has recently come back Guard side. From what I understand your state will need to be willing to play ball. Some states are more or less willing to entertain it. We have also had guys do stints as instructors at Rucker, etc. Not sure how much of this had to do with needs of the state at the time, the pilots' standing with the state, etc. I would say the answer here is more of a maybe than a hard no. It likely won't be an option right out the gate. As stated, states hope for a long term commitment from you, but not being a douchebag goes a long way. A lot of the guys I have seen who got "screwed over" probably earned that to some degree.
  5. Yes, but from what I understand they are generally a given. Your recruiter should (presumably) be pretty used to dealing with this.
  6. If your state Guard/Reserves has an aviation unit it might be worth joining. Worst case if you make yourself known around the unit and you aren't competitive for active WOFT, you may have a shot within that state. Keep in mind the Guard/Reserves side isn't a terrible place to be. You'll fly the same minimums (or more) and have a lot less tertiary stuff to do... but you'll need a real job unless/until you find a full time position in the Guard.
  7. Unfortunately it is impossible to project how competitive it will be 4 years from now. If it is like it is now, you should have no issue with or without the reserves/guard as long as you are a decent applicant. Its also possible demand for pilots will drop and you'll need to be a superstar to be competitive.
  8. Some states run their own WOCS course. It is 5 drill weekends at a regional training institute (RTI) and then an AT (2 weeks) with a bunch of other RTI WOCS classes at a central location. I'm not sure it's an option in all states. In my state it is only an option for aviation candidates in circumstances where the state is confident flight school seats won't be available until after said candidate would graduate (The course runs annually April - September, so depending on selection date, for example June, it would be almost 18 months until the next state WOCS class graduates, but if you were selected in March you could be done by that September).
  9. White coat is super common. Also if you workout a little make sure they use the bigger cuff. If the machine keeps showing high, have a tech do it manually. I get whitecoat all the time for whatever reason. I've been in the same boat with almost the same numbers.
  10. This. It's a better overall measure of physical capability, but it's an unneccesarily huge pain in the ass to organize. The USMC has a CFT... and all you need is some engineers tape, some cones, and ammo cans full of sand. The Army requires all sorts of special crap that costs god knows how much and takes forever to set-up. I'm also positive people will start hurting themselves as they are encouraged to max a deadlift with no warm-up and no real coaching. Time will tell, I suppose.
  11. Eh... I'm not a pilot, but I've flown around in the back of my future aircraft a bit. It's not nearly the beating you take as a grunt. I'm sure it isn't the best thing in the world for your body, but infantry ravages you pretty intensely.
  12. I was 19-11 and we took the normal APFT at the end of the course. They said they collected the data the needed, and until further notice it would be the APFT with the ACFT done for training/inventory purposes. Things change from class to class though...
  13. We have 3 dogs, I'm pretty sure Corvias told us that would be fine
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