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  1. Just saw this. Single engine configuration is just engineer speak for only one engine available and conditions allowed to operate it that way best case (oil temp high/oil press low/chipped the engine/high speed shaft failure/etc or for EP training). Never flew a dual Bell, but it would be same as a Hawk. Torque available most likely goes up, airspeed envelope gets much smaller, etc. Thats your configuration (configured for SE flight...if the aircraft has the power to maintain it...some dont).
  2. The ARs are all over on this (ie, they allude to it, etc, but are clear as mud). Buuut, DA Pam 600-3 (he should be aware of this as it applies to him too for career timeline and PME progression...): Para 1-4: "For this publication, the term "officers" encompasses warrant officers (warrant officers are appointed by commission at the grade of chief warrant officer two (CW2)), company grade officers, and field grade officers. All officers are direct representatives of the President of the United States."And the coup de grace (unless he thinks the guys that write DA Pams are full of it...).
  3. What Creep said. It is called SAVE pay and it is very SPECIFICALLY not for a commissioned guy / gal that either goes enlisted or warrant, but for the example Creep gave (enlisted to warrant / enlisted or warrant to commissioned). When I say specifically, it is USC/Title 37/Chapter 17 / 907 If you ever see it, put a pay inquiry in and don't spend it (because DFAS will eventually figure it out).
  4. Yes to all. It was dual vortex ring / settling with power. Probably had that collective pulled to his arm pit, but there was no stopping it (prevention on final is key). Run out of power, run out of altitude, run out of skill, and find yourself on youtube. Edit--maybe it could have stopped with good ole Vuichard's technique...but no matter, prevention...
  5. Aerodynamics can be a real *&%#. Glad they made it--doubt that pilot's career at whatever company that is will though.
  6. Know one in it right now. Also served with another that went through (didn't make it).
  7. <<<<<------ For the vast majority--this. Edit: ONLY if the timeframe works. It won't last forever and the requisite experience to be competitive must still be built.
  8. On the AD special schools, assigned to Bragg (82d), relatively easy to get a jump school slot if you put in for it. (A lot don't ). Same thing (actually easier as the school is right there) for Campbell (101st) and air assault. Campbell also has more availability of Pathfinder (has one of the two Pathfinder schools) than other Divisions. Air Assault is generally easier to get across the Army than the others because of MTTs (Mobile Training Teams that come from the school houses to the post/division). Special note: Pathfinder (I did Benning's) was easily the hardest/just don't fail academic s
  9. TS/TS SCI is only required based on job (position) requirement. No grade/rank requirement, etc. I went through an entire career (recently) where it was not required at all (W01-CW3/2LT-MAJ). You may or may not have the opportunity to upgrade your clearance (I avoided it even though one or two positions could have finagled it with a distant requirement). So in ending, no, not required and pretty stringent requirements for the upgrade anyway.
  10. Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Correct on both.
  11. You've got me confused on this...adjusted BAH? You somehow receiving dual BAH (for family not PCSing to Rucker) or something? DOD BAH rate query for 36362 (Rucker) is $1149 w/dependent and $957 w/o dependent for W-1 is the reason I ask.
  12. Reading the above, it does look like it is saying promote to CW2 as long as they have the 2 years active service (commissioned counts) AND 18 months as a WO1. In actuality, the 18 months of WO1 does not apply and HRC will use the 2 years of AD commissioned to make your WO1 / CW2 ranks the same DOR (date of rank). HRC Promotions Branch is familiar with this (they are the ones that had me do the "Date of Rank Determination Request" memo that quoted the above Reg/paragraph and send it in--I pinned on WO1 and was promptly sent to Korea / The Land of the Not Quite Right and hence more arse pain t
  13. That is correct, the full paragraph makes more sense/has more connotation. But they are explicitly saying two years of AD commissioned service equates to DOR for CW2. Full paragraph below (Bold Italics is mine). AR 600-8-29 3–3. Rules for computing promotion eligibility date to CW2 a. The earlier of the following dates will be the PED to CW2: (1) The second anniversary of warrant officer service provided the officer has served a minimum of 18 months on the ADL as a WO1. Adjust the PED to ensure the officer meets the 18 months active duty requirement if necessary. (2) The second anniver
  14. I love how the regs don't change. I just looked up my HRC memo for my date of rank determination to CW2 from 2004 and the reference is still good. If you want the actual regulatory guidance (to throw in someone's bureaucratic face when hitting a wall) that all this is based on for active duty commissioned for two years to CW2, see paragraph 3-3a(2), AR 600-8-29. Just looked it up on armypubs.army.mil and it still applies. Particularly the third sentence of "Active duty service as a commissioned officer before appointment as a warrant officer will also count as active duty service.". If alr
  15. The rotational unit to the Korea/Europe. Sooo glad I escaped that one. #wrapsselfinDD214blanketandshakeshead
  16. NOT one and I don't know if any are on here, but I guess they'll speak up if they do. If hesitant, you shouldn't be any more so than you have already experienced. I've worked with two sets that have done this. Both sets were the same airframe, but that shouldn't even be a big deal (to not be) since the airframes are all "mostly" co-located at Army Posts (at least on the FORSCOM side). One set still going, should be about to retire. Other recently divorced (nothing new-one side creeped) and the female is now a CW5 busting the books at the Navy's XP school (WTH? Kids were had in both scenarios
  17. Just don't wear a driver's badge on your Class As and all is well.
  18. Quite honestly, doing stupid things in a gym or group PT (incorrect form in the early years) did much worse for my back than thousands of hours in a .mil helo. By far.
  19. I suspect that the remoteness of the locales and lack of areas to land has a good portion to do with no (or little) viable air tour industry in many of those locales. Denali has (or had) a couple helos outside the park entrance during the summer and it is remote. But it also has a VERY significant cruise line package presence in what we call "glitter gulch"/built up hotel area outside the park entrance. Yosemite has several significant towns on the west side, but none that would be labelled vacation destinations. Mammoth Lakes is vacation worthy on the east side, but not a significant $$$ lo
  20. OCS is there to fulfill the commissioning requirement (gap) that USMA and ROTC cannot fill. Hence why its commissioning numbers flux more than the other two (easier to expand and contract it as needed). Aviation branch requirements are easily filled by the other two for the vast, vast majority during the branch fill process (convoluted if you ever get briefed on it, but HR gurus definitely have a statistical process). The last three previous posters' responses have it.
  21. Really. Really? "So grateful you used your tremendous accumulation of 70 whole hours since arriving your unit to point that out, broseph." Your words. Go read mine. I did not attempt to state that he is a SME on 64s (key in on the part around the work "imagines" in my post). You sure you want to say I don't understand? Anyway... On 60s though, he is more than a "70 hour PI" as you labelled him.
  22. The 70hr post Rucker PI that was also a CE for a LONG time (those nonrated thingys that are not left on the ramp waving "bye bye" like they do in 64 land). Sorry, it had to be said even if you have valid counter arguments about what he imagines in gun world. As for the OP, what everyone else above said that is relevant to their respective mission. Whatever you get, OWN it.
  23. First world problems--you have choices, just not what you were expecting. The Army will pay to PCS (move) you to Fort Rucker and back home (wherever that is). "He is also aware that active duty (RA) is also an option, but has made it clear he is not interested". Okay. Then choose one of the other locales or none at all. Life is like a box of chocolates...
  24. Someone with the current might chime in, but you need to scrub any and all branch manager postings/docs on the Aviation Branch HRC page...the particular branch manager that DID have the info posted was the "Special Actions" officer. Might have changed over the last year. Whether they (HRC) will release early is quite a bit dependent on them (are they over or under strength one way or the other...). Edit: Drew posted while I was researching / typing this up...
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