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Marty86 last won the day on March 30 2017

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  1. My recruiter is putting together the paperwork to submit up line but we are waiting for an out of state record to come back. I got a DUI in '05 before I joined the Navy, clean record after that. He said a Marine's packet he just submitted for a moral waiver got denied for the DUI, and that is pretty much a wrap for the WOFT process. My question is, if the moral waiver get denied, is there anything at all I can do to resubmit or prior to submission maybe help sway them in my favor(based on other achievements)? Thanks in advance
  2. I agree 100% on the PT. Interval sprints to get your cardio up and run time down, along with Long Slow Distance(LSD) runs and sit-up/push-ups very regularly. If any one cares to, look up Pavel Tsatsouline's "Grease the Groove" technique and apply it to push-ups. The Naval Special Warfare training approach has helped my run tremendously. I started the 2 mile run at 16:12 and I'm down to 13:31. Check it out here: http://navyseals.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/naval-special-warfare-physical-training-guide.pdf Mike, For what its worth, my local DVS office advised me to use the VA form 21-4138. Essentially it is a memo to the VA to waive or suspend Disability payments. The reason my recruiter requested to old MEPS paperwork is to make sure everything on that, makes it to the current one and doesn't throw any red flags. I applaud his thoroughness but it is slow going.
  3. I thought I would share my WOFT packet experience thus far. My situation isn't necessarily unique, but less common than Civilian to WOFT or Active Duty to WOFT. Hopefully this will help anyone with similar circumstances. I started my Essay, gathering LoR's and my resume in January '17. I personally think it a quite a tedious process unless you just throw something together, in which case, good luck with that. I spent a lot of time on my Essay and resume. I must have rewritten/heavily edited the Essay at least 10 times and I started the resume over from scratch twice. LoR's took time as well but basically, it's just reaching out to people. Here is where it bottlenecks. Around late February, with the Essay, etc. nearing completion, I thought it was a good time to visit the recruiter to have him send my paperwork up-line and get the ball rolling. In retrospect, this should have been the FIRST STEP, especially being prior service. They need to submit a request to receive the sister branch's MEPS records(I can't speak on Army Prior service, I was Navy)This took at least 3-4 weeks. They will need to copy everything related to your service, plus any baggage you originally joined with e.g. tattoos, medical conditions, driving records, DD-214, official or unofficial passports, and my current dilemma, moral waivers. That's on top of the regular paperwork they have you fill out for 10 yrs jobs, residences and references. It doesn't seem like a lot but it's time consuming. If you are motivated this will take a few days max, just like the Essay, LoR's and resume take a month or two if you work at them and use the references on this forum and elsewhere. Also don't forget about the SF-86 or any preliminary security clearance paperwork, fortunately I have clearance through my current job. I have yet to take the SIFT, go to MEPS, or get a flight physical... bottleneck. My recommendation for separated prior service guys and gals: 1. Start at the recruiter 2. Once you have their paperwork done, start on your LoR's, Essay, and resume Somewhere early in there I would start working on PT. I consider myself in excellent health and pretty fit. Then I tested myself on the APFT. The 242 was humbling. I thought I would have done better. It's a bit more difficult than the Navy PT test. Just my two cents, it may vary from recruiter to recruiter. Let me know if your experience has been vastly different, always trying to keep the recruiters honest, even though I found a good one(I think).
  4. The shortage is real. https://www.armytimes.com/articles/2-star-army-considers-offering-retention-bonuses-to-fix-aviation-warrant-officer-shortage
  5. Full disclosure, I am about 50% complete with my packet so take this as you will. Mike has a great point. I was enlisted in the Navy as a maintainer(AM). Having the aviation related job has made the learning curve less steep. Most of my time was fixed wing, but I spend about a year on MH-60S. Helicopters are completely different animals. There is a lot to them and I'm glad I have a basic understanding of them, albeit limited. I finished my enlistment, went to college on the GI Bill, now going for WOFT. I took the loooooong route. A lot of it was my own fault, but if flying is what you want to do, there are some great programs. Army has WOFT, USCG has CSPI and WiFi, USN/USMC has STA-21. USAF is weird, they are short on pilots but don't want to let anyone in(I'm sure there are reasons I am unaware of, they didn't like me, but I'm "old"). Being young you have a variety of options. Enlistment isn't a bad move, but be careful and keep your eye on the prize. Anyway, that's my two cents. There is a breadth of experience on this forum and I have learned a ton in my short time here so stick around, and read a lot. Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
  6. For anyone interested, Pearson's 7th Edition and 8th edition are identical for the AFAST. As of the 8th ed. they had not changed over to the SIFT yet.
  7. Zack is right. This forum is a gold mine. It will take you some time to read through the threads, but if you're into it time will fly! Check the warrant officer recruiting website too. http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/index.shtml Good luck
  8. Yeah, I had some questions about that too. I'm going to have him clarify everything before I submit the waiver.
  9. Have not sent it yet, still gathering records. I am suppose to get the letter from the VA to waive benefits on my own, yes. Technically not a waiver, at least not to a recruiter. Basically, I need to show him a letter so , when/if I go back to active duty, he can route that up with the packet so the benefits are stopped when active duty resumes. I assume it is similar to NG/reserve paperwork halting disability payments while drilling.
  10. You've done your homework. That's good information. My recruiter told me to get the waiver started, he needs to see it before he schedules me a MEPs visit. Currently trying to hunt down the paperwork for it. I'll pass on all the useful info I find.
  11. Mike, I'm fighting the same battle. I'm 20% for lumbar strain and tinnitus. With healthy lifestyle, stretching and staying fit, I have been able to treat myself; better than the VA throwing a 90ct Oxycodone at me and telling me to kick rocks. I was told by my recruiter to find the VA waiver for disability benefits to return to active duty and let the MEPS doc's assess you. He was concerned about the fact that I have back "issues". I know this is only marginally helpful, if at all, but I'll let you know as soon as I do about what comes of it. Honestly, I feel like if you have the range of motion and the strength/flexibility, they should give the green light, but...MEPS. Also, if you get any more information, share the wealth. Good luck man.
  12. Walkerman, Thanks for the feedback. I have started the packet and hope to board in July. At this point, I think it's more about when/how long to expect to be gone, than if(granted I get accepted). I was used to a scheduled rotation and was really just wondering if that translated to the Army...Apparently not. At least I know that now.
  13. My first recruiter made me believe he was really going to help. He did not. So, I called around town and asked if anyone had experience with WOFT packets and was WLLING to see me through the process. Got through about 3 stations before someone was willing to help. You will be able to tell right away whether they want to work with you. I got some BS excuse about needing an appointment and the person putting together my packet would be different each time. The current recruiter I am working with answered my question right away, asked me to come in later that day, and gave me "homework". Hope that helps.
  14. Thank you, Gentlemen. As the time draws closer, I will probe for details.
  15. PM sent (for those who are following the post) Mike, Your posts have been very informative. I have read through your comments. When I get my SIFT, APFT and Physical done, I would be willing to fly to your location, given the invitation is still open for interviews with individuals meeting those requirements. Thanks, Marty
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