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  1. I started flying back in 2005 and got my fixed wing private in 2007. Wayyyyy before I joined the Army to fly. I have always been an aviation junkie and honestly I would get that PPL as soon as you can. It will help you in many ways. For one, you will enjoy the fun that is general aviation( aka. real aviation)... aviation culture and heritage for what it truly is. The Army absolutely kills everything that makes aviation beautiful so you will be prepared to brave the storm. I am not telling you this to scare you, it's just mind numbingly different.
  2. Send it! I'm sure everyone here would love to know how green the grass is on that side.
  3. Honestly can we get back on topic with the wonderful stories that actually promote aviation and not the irrelevant bullshit about bleed valves from 40 years ago.
  4. Some more NTC fun! Now at least we have the legs to go places like Havasu and way down the valley...
  5. When I put my packet together almost 7 years ago, it included one retired E5 and the rest were civilians. Worked out just fine.
  6. I second that. I don't remember any sort of creed, apart from the stupid sh*t you have to sing at graduation.
  7. Potentially the best thread on this forum. Keep them coming! I don't have any deployments under me but I've had the opportunity to fly to some amazing places, see amazing things, fly amazing aircraft and be around some of the best people in the world (WOs) India:
  8. I would not sign a 6 year commitment again let a lone a 12yr one. I joined at 29.... Most of my prior AF buddies have told me that they would take their enlisted jobs back if they could. (we're talking tracked WOs) With that being said, the AFNG/RES are at least taking army pilots at the moment with age waivers.
  9. Look man it's very simple as far as the active side is concerned... You have overall an organization that does not treat well/doesn't care about its highly trained and specialized professionals. Proper Aviation heritage and culture left with the AF a long time ago. To quote one of our own again... " The Army will still be the Army without it's pilots" 6-8 years is bearable... 10-12 is a whole different ball game. AF NG/Res components are taking prior Army aviators now with age waivers to fill slots. Good news for those of us coming up on the end of the commitment.
  10. HA. Just wait till you go to a line company, the problems are much worse. The biggest of which is Aviation culture and heritage which there is ZERO of. To the Army (and what is worse *our own*) you're nothing more than an extra set of hands that can fly an aircraft. It's cancerous.
  11. Fail a pt test a bunch and you're all set. Anyhow, a 10 year ADSO is an ungodly amount for a branch without a proper Aviation culture. Really sucks for all the street2seat guys coming in or anyone that has prior Aviation experience on the outside. For all you upcoming applicants --- You need to really dig deep down and envision "giving up" potentially up to 12 years on a single contract and what that may or may not do to your life.
  12. Spike knock occurs when the round pin in the drag-pin fitting contacts the side of the square hole of the pylon stop, which is mounted to the roof
  13. I was street to seat and all I can say is put in the packet and see what happens. Can't get in if you don't try. Biggest hurdle is to put in the packet. I took me 1.5 years of paperwork. Now, if you really do want to join this aviation sh*t show I suggest you do it through the guard so you don't go insane.
  14. Guard pilot is a great choice. Everyone that I know in the guard/reserve is loving life right now and flying a sh*t ton. Everyone on active hates life.
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