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  1. This x 10. The VA revised the wording in the bill so that Private Pilot's licenses are no longer covered if the degree program contracts out for the Private Pilot training. If the Private Pilot training is part of the degree track and is not contracted out then it's still covered. Recommend you go through a different school that handles its Private Pilot training as part of the degree.
  2. I actually reread the verbiage after you and Iheart posted and it's tricky wording. Basically if the school contracts out for the PPL then it's not covered but if they cover PPL as part of the degree track then it is still covered. That's good to know.
  3. Slide 11 covers the portion on the weight discrepancy "Where the FAA requires that an individual student to use a more expensive aircraft for whatever reason, the difference between the cost of that aircraft and the less expensive aircraft utilized by other students must be paid by the student." So, is the R44 track considered a different track/degree from the R22?
  4. I would say that, from what I have been able to read, moving around a lot for the first few years is pretty much unavoidable. You may have some luck if you can find a school in or near Louisiana that accepts VA benefits and hires their CFIIs as instructors. I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum as you. I have 7 years in and am looking at funding my PPL out of pocket while I'm still in the Army while I ride out the last year required for my GI bill benefits. Once that's done, moving somewhere that has a great flight program with a high possibility of being hired as an instructor after going through and meeting all the requirements for my CFII and then grinding out the next several years probably moving between NV, AK, and HI doing tour pilot work building up turbine hours. The G/I bill changed so you can no longer use it as part of a degree program unless your PPL is complete so any school in the U.S. will have this requirement regardless of the state that you go to. I don't know if any of the more seasoned veterans can make any recommendations for good flight schools in conjunction w/degree programs and those which you should avoid at all costs (Guidance Aviation).
  5. Easy fix to that would be to have the student pay out of pocket up front for the cost of the training and reimburse them only if they pass their exams/check rides; maybe a 50-50 disbursement. It is reasonable for sure but you have to be very careful how you use those 36 months of benefits. Especially now that schools can't group students going for air traffic control degrees but aren't flying into those going for their actual flight certifications. Much harder for schools to maintain 85-15. Either way I saw the writing on the wall about a year ago when all the stuff about Guidance Aviation came to light. Way too high profile to be ignored even if that wasn't even the most extreme examples. Speaking of which is Guidance Aviation still kicking? I saw their website was still up. Do you think those students are going to have a hard time finding work if they manage to make it to the magic number of hours? There has to be a major stigma associated with those schools (read blacklist).
  6. I agree. I think the old system had way too many loopholes that allowed a few students to ruin the experience for all future students. I think that there needs to be a lot more education done on the military side of the house while the soldiers are still in so they can make a plan of action. I don't know many soldiers with $15-$20000 laying around to put into a PPL but they'd be a lot less likely to go out and blow their bonuses on sports cars, big trucks and BS in general if they knew they'd have to put that money towards their private pilots license. The information on the VA website is also still outdated... go figure.
  7. Someone mentioned earlier that the Lieutenant who reported the incident originally is married (I believe the Lieutenant also said this in her video) so if that's accurate that's where the whole inappropriate relationship thing came in. I agree that GOMORs are dangerous. I've only ever seen 1 filed locally. In fact, there are so many different ways the Army can get one over on you administratively that a formal court martial is rarely needed. The Army is quickly becoming a zero defect culture. Previously your Lieutenant files would have been masked so she would have been able to recover from a GOMOR, but now that they aren't, even one bad OER can do you in.
  8. Assuming what LT#2 stated was true; in this case I think it's more likely she was fooling around with someone in the CoC or, like you said, has connections. So many things appear wrong with this whole situation. Like the fact that just because legal was busy, she was denied legal representation. In addition the I/O should never be the commander, or anyone in the CoC, because of the conflicts of interest. The commander should never speak directly to the soldier under investigation because of conflict of interest when it comes time to recommend punishment. In fact NO commander should even speak to the I/O prior to the conclusion of the investigation because of undue command influence issues. I avoid my I/Os like the plague, can't tell you how many of them have tried asking me questions and I have to plug me ears like "lalalala I can't hear you please leave and don't come back until the investigation is done." Any of those alone would be enough to start congressional inquiries. But, that being said, there are always 3 sides to the story.
  9. Watched the video, a few of the guys named are my former classmates from the academy. After having done a whole lot of 15-6 investigations as a Commander all I have to say is if even half of this is accurate someone is about to have a lot of "splainin" to do. I see this being like the Oprah Winfrey show but instead of cars everyone in the CoC gets a GOMOR. Probably the legal office too. Interested to see what comes out of this.
  10. This thread is intended to put out the most up to date information on the Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits as it pertains to flight training. A lot of big changes that will affect future student's decisions. The biggest one that I can see being the requirement to have your PPL prior to beginning a flight training program in conjunction with an Institution of Higher Learning. This was previously only a requirement for vocational flight training. In addition, the yearly amount for vocational flight training was reduced to $12,048.50 and certain verbiage was placed into the documentation that makes students pay out of pocket for training in anything other than the basic aircraft (read R22, 300C, etc.) So, if you exceed the weight requirements of the R22 the student will have to pay the difference out of pocket to train in the R44. Although because it states "aircraft utilized by other students" I could see schools dumping the R22s in favor of more expensive aircraft to try to exploit this loophole. Also doesn't clarify if that's other students at that school, statewide or nationwide. I've attached a PDF that highlights the changes. Flight_Webinar_12-14-2015.pdf
  11. Having done some research on this as I'm in my last year of service before I get the full 100% there's a few different routes that you can go and I'm actively watching the benefits disappear into thin air so who knows if there will be anything left in a year. Hoping the new administration revamps veterans benefits. If you choose to do the flight training without being tied to a degree program then you're limited to $12,554.54 per year to apply towards the training costs. You also need to have your Private Pilots license before you can use the funding towards higher certifications which means you pay probably $15-20,000 up front. You get no housing allowance and no book stipend. If you choose to do flight training in conjunction with a degree program they will pay you the housing allowance, a book stipend, and your costs are fully covered up to the public school in state cost of training. If you are attending a private school then $19,198.31 per year. I think that schools like Guidance Aviation, and students who bought into their propaganda due to lack of knowledge or selfishness/shortsightedness, have completely ruined the benefits for future students, at least for now.
  12. Just a few questions, hopefully someone is still monitoring this thread. Someone previously mentioned that the dunker was no longer a requirement. Is that true? or just standard rumor mill stuff. Is there a better time of the year to go through SERE-C. I.e. if you're spending all your time outside, the summer seems like a better time to do it than the winter but then again you probably have no choice in terms of when you go. How long is SERE-C? and do you ever have to retake SERE-C or the dunker or are those one-time requirements?
  13. I turned 29 in December. I'm currently deployed, saving every dime I can manage to save. I'm KD qualified and I've been to the advanced course.
  14. This question is more geared towards the "General advice on training" part of this post. The increasing influx of the Guimbal helicopter into the mix for trainer helicopters brings up some interesting questions. From reading through the forums on here it looks like the R22 is by far the most common trainer out there. However, I've seen that there's also a lot of schools dumping the R22 in favor of the Guimbal. In terms of longevity and looking down the road, would it be more beneficial to go for a school that offers one airframe over the other looking at operating cost, maintenance costs, reliability, and safety. I've seen many post and say "if you can fly an R22 you can fly anything." I know there are other aircraft to consider as well like the Schweizer. It also looks like the used market for R22s is much more robust if one is looking to purchase the aircraft to build hours although a quick look at the prices is pretty confusing. How is a 2006 R22 worth $200,000 but a 2017 worth $275,000? For someone looking to take the plunge into my PPL and onward which would you recommend? I'm a newbie here so apologies if any of my questions are misinformed. So much to learn.
  15. This is my first post on here but I've been following the posts on vertical reference for about a year now and am glad to have found this forum. I'm currently an AD Captain in the SC branch. My initial commitment was completed May of 2015 and all my time now is going towards finishing my 3 years of mandated IRR time. I chose to stay and complete mine active to get the G/I bill. My background, I commissioned out of USMA and I foolishly let everyone talk me out of branching AV out of practicality purposes. I missed one or two shots to VTIP. I was deployed for the first one and I was told by my BC that he would deny the request for my second VTIP opportunity. After being a Battalion S6 for 4 years and being in Command now about a year and a half I have hit the point where I am no longer having fun in the Army. Not sure when it happened, maybe one weekend call or one inventory/piece of lost property too many but every time I see a helicopter overhead, or fly in a helicopter I stop what I'm doing, my heart starts racing, and I usually have an uncontrollable grin from ear to ear. At any rate, the future of the SC is questionable with so many sub-branches popping up (17 series, FA53, FA26, FA27, FA24) and I don't want to be in a dying branch where all I have to look forward to is making PowerPoint slides and getting yelled at by senior officers. After my father passed away I realized that life is too short to not do exactly what you want to do and realizing that this may still be an opportunity for me is an extremely exciting prospect. As I have nearly 81 months of AD time, I'm not sure if I passed the point of no return. My initial plan was to get the G/I bill and then get out and use it in conjunction with a degree program to achieve my ratings up to commercial and then build my time as a CFI. In any case I have my IT certifications and experience in the communications realm to get a GS job or contractor job and that's great for my plan C, however, I want to fly. Anyone know if it's too late for me? Also, does the transition from O3 to WO1 or CW2 tack on the "E" pay or is that only for enlisted? Ultimately the pay cut isn't as important as doing something I love everyday. I do love the Army, and if I can continue serving in another capacity that allows me to serve but also do something I enjoy, then that is the route I want to go.
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