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Everything posted by mike0331

  1. So you guys "PCS" down there via MEPS? Like the boot camp "shipping" process? Or MEPS just cuts your orders? Just curious.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Just keep in mind what you are told in the military is worth its weight in sh*t much of the time.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. I would press them to see if they really can't get you a flight physical. Often you get a "no" because the right person wasn't asked or someone somewhere made an assumption. I am on ADOS with the WOSM in my state while I wait to start flight school and I primarily handle our aviation applicants. In my state if we are interested in boarding someone (and they have met certain benchmarks in assembling their packet, meeting with certain people, passing the SIFT, etc) we will schedule them for a flight physical with the MEDCOM unit on one of the MEDCOM drill weekends. We do require them to get some testing and paperwork (we have an eye exam sheet we have a civilian provider fill out, and then we reimburse as we don't have the in house capability to administer all the tests) ahead of time. We have done this for those no longer in the military as well as current Marines and Airmen looking to come over to fly. If your state is strapped for cash and someone doing budget stuff is the hold-up, and this absolutely could be true, you should be able to get in touch with the flight surgeon and get a list of labs, eye paperwork, EKG, etc, that is needed. You bring all that stuff in to the flight surgeon, he does the anthro measurements and submits it to Rucker. Shouldn't cost the state a penny. That said, given they are getting you board ready they should just schedule you for a flight phys. They clearly are interested in boarding you, so why they can't figure out the phys doesn't make sense on my end. I'm sure they THINK they can't get you a flight physical, but I would try to ascertain exactly where the hold-up is. Broadly, the ARNG is authorized to run "street to seat" programs at states' individual discretion. Therefore, they can get you a flight physical if you need it. We do it. Other states do it. GA is clearly planning on boarding you so the WOSM should be able to work with MEDCOM to figure out how to get it done. Keep pushing before you run all over the world trying to get a flight physical Rucker won't accept. I'm sure they were genuinely told no by somebody, but somebody is probably wrong.
  17. I would tactfully ask the WOSM to put you in touch with the aviation unit or reach out to ask if they would entertain it. If the WOSM absolutely doesn't want to play ball and is only interested in talking about what they "know" to be the case rather than checking on your individual circumstance, I would have a recruiter put you in touch with a contact at the aviation unit. Go down, meet some people, talk to some people, etc. If they like you they should be able to get you in touch with someone in the aviation chain of command who can reach back out to the WOSM and provide guidance on moving you along. If aviation wants you, the WOSM only stands to gain a number for their mission by bringing you in. One word of caution. Alternatively, aviation may be more interested in bringing you on as an O-grade. If you are really interested in the Warrant path, just be able to articulate why that is on the spot.
  18. If the state wants to push it through it shouldn’t be an issue. Each state runs their aviation program independently. They have a lot of leeway in deciding how they want to hire, board, allow waivers, etc. Administratively speaking if you board at 32 and Fedrec to W1 by 33 you don’t need a waiver, but getting board ready takes time. Also, administratively, an uncomplicated age waiver (no other crazy issues) up to 35-36 would almost certainly be approved. The WOSM for your state is the gatekeeper, but if you are able to get the aviation unit on up to the state aviation office onboard, and they tell the WOSM they want you, the WOSM would handle it. But I’ll reiterate each state can do things and hire as they please. I am on active duty for the WOSM in my New England state waiting to start flight school. I can tell you that assuming you are qualified and have solid OERs we would board you and not think twice about the age waiver, which you would almost certainly be granted if selected. I will say the age waiver is significantly more paperwork than even the initial packet, but they are routinely granted, especially at your age.
  19. There are a lot of similar requirements but each state has a lot of control over their respective processes. Your first step is to reach out to the WOSM, or warrant officer strength manager, of whatever state you are interested in. A recruiter for that state should be able to get you the contact info if it’s not readily available. I have been on ADOS working for my state’s wosm for the past 6 months while waiting for flight school (I start in March). I am happy to answer any questions.
  20. I'm on ADOS with my Guard unit working for the WOSM/OSM (warrant/officer recruiters for the regular army folk). Didn't think about the restaurant angle. My wife and I cook so at least we have that going for us. The plan was to get a pellet grill when we get down there. With my free time my hobbies down there will probably be guns and wheeling. It will be nice to finally take my Rubicon off the pavement. I'll need a lead on a good gun shop (stocking up while I live in a free state), range, and legal off-roading spots.
  21. All the fun events hosted by WOCS classes lol. Weekly carwash will be nice. What's the huge life adjustment? What am I missing? I've been on orders since I got back from WOCS, so almost continuously since the spring so I am used to armying right now, granted my hours are amazing and I'm on a small team right now so I am shielded from most of the "stupid."
  22. Good to know. Didn't know if there was some secret boogeyman to life on base. We have a 1 month old who will be a 4 month old when we PCS. We live in a nice house in the burbs outside Boston currently, so Rucker will be a change of pace for sure. I figured having an infant my wife will find a better network on base and there should be less to worry about. I'll also be more accessible.
  23. Why is living off post in Dothan preferable to on post with kids? We were originally going to buy a fixer-upper for rental or flipping off post, but given the Army dragged their feet on getting my school dates to the state (by 2 years) we now have a baby and are on the wait list for Bowden. We decided living on post given the dogs and infant, and my wife in school/doing clinical hours, would probably be easier. I can swing by the house for lunch (so I'm told), the dogs will have a fenced in yard, no lease, landlords, utilities, maintenance, etc to worry about. We also aren't trying to spend extra money since we have a mortgage to manage for our primary residence back in Massholia. We are only subletting a room while we are gone, so will still be on the hook for most of it. How bad is living on a military base for a year really? I'm a career Reserves/Guard guy and have only ever lived on military bases on a training/work-up status. Rucker actually seemed pretty nice whenI was down there for WOCS compared to what I've seen elsewhere.
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