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  1. Getting back on topic here.... 72 selection today: CO: 60M: 10 64D: 2 64E: 1 47F: 1 C-12: 1 WO: 60M: 2 64E: 8 47F: 1 C-12: 3 Not sure of the overall order but I heard the bottom 7 WOs all got 64E.
  2. I had a guy in my SERE class that was claustrophobic and he made it through just fine. There were times where he was more uncomfortable than the rest of us but the only thing that matters is that you dont say the words I quit. As others have said, it is just a short part of flight school and just accept that you will be miserable there, claustrophobia or not, haha.
  3. Thanks everyone for all the advice so far. I do realize that the aircraft available at selection are completely out of my control and that I may not even have a choice. However, Im just trying to prepare for the event that its my turn to select and both of these aircraft are available. When I started my packet, I had no idea what I wanted to fly. I thought maybe when I got to Rucker and talked to a lot of the pilots here that Id make up my mind. It still left me undecided. Then I thought maybe once I actually start flying that Ill make up my mind. Im through both basic rotary wing skills and i
  4. Word going around about the reason for this class not having any is that they just dont have the 64 IPs available at Rucker to keep up with the recent rise in 64s at selection. I cant say whether or not thats true, but it does make sense.
  5. Selection from yesterday. CO: UH-60M: 13 CH-47F: 3 WO: UH-60M: 7 CH-47F: 4
  6. So I know this question has been addressed before, and I've read those topics and still am undecided so I'm hoping I can get some more input from a slightly different angle. Here's my deal: I'm really torn between 60s and 64s and I really can't decide one way or the other. I know the general advice is to choose the mission and not the airframe, but both missions genuinely interest me so that line of thinking still leaves me undecided. My airframe selection isn't until August, so I still have some time but I'm worried that I'm going to get up there on selection day and have no idea what to choo
  7. Before getting selected for aviation, I was an LLVI team leader and we linked in with and directly supported the infantry on the ground with a very unique and powerful capability, but our rucks were always so heavy with extra gear that we had to work hard just to keep up on patrols. This is pretty much exactly what I was wondering about. Answered my question perfectly! Thanks again everyone for all the responses!
  8. For me, it wasn't the actual speed that bummed me out a little. It was the speed relative to other airframes that the Apache might be supporting. I've supported the infantry on the ground being heavier and moving slower than them. I just didn't like the idea of not being able to keep up in the air.
  9. Thanks for the replies, everyone! I love everything about the Apache, but when I started hearing it was slow I started to get bummed. Good to hear that it's not really an issue!
  10. I was looking around here a few weeks ago and I remember reading someone comparing the capabilities of Blackhawks and Apaches, saying that often Blackhawks are providing their own escort as the Apaches can't keep up (although I can't seem to find that post anymore). I also talked to my buddy at my unit here who remembers riding in the back of a Blackhawk on deployment and hearing the pilots constantly saying they have to slow down so that the Apaches can catch up. I know I can read the specs for each airframe but I wanted to get info from pilots that have actually flown these aircraft. Basi
  11. On the AD side of the house for those of us that got selected in May, most of us got our class dates early to mid July, and mostly ended up being slotted for classes around the October time frame. I would guess that AD applicants selected in July will get their class dates sometime around early September and will attend WOCS in December or January.
  12. Seems to me you already have a solution: go to MacDill with that checklist. I'm sure the Warrant Officer Recruiter isn't making it hard on you intentionally. As a prospective Warrant Officer, it's really up to you to figure out how to make it happen, which you seem to have done. Best of luck to you!
  13. My interpretation of this was to compile your packet in the order of the checklist, and then send it all in a PDF document, splitting it into multiple documents if it's larger than 5 MB. For mine, the only attachments on my packet submission were 1.pdf and DAPhoto.jpg. My packet status came back with no errors later the same day and was board ready in 48-72 hours. I was also selected at the active duty selection board. I'm still not entirely sure which way is correct as it could be interpreted both ways, but this way worked for me.
  14. A bacterial infection in the past will not cause any issues with your flight physical, so no need to worry. When I had mine done, I had an infection on my military medical record and the doc looked at it, didn't even ask about it and moved on. My physical came back stamped approved from Fort Rucker in only 2 or 3 weeks. With the flight physical, they're really only concerned about medical issues that might become dangerous when you're in the control of an aircraft. Rest assured, having an infection once in the past does not make you high risk. Still though, as a general rule of thumb with your
  15. Wanted to post this here for everyone else's benefit as well. I called HHC to ask about the PCS/TDY situation for active duty candidates and their S1 confirmed that it's a PCS to WOCS for aviation candidates to include moving dependents, contrary to what the orientation packet says. Everyone should get 10 days permissive TDY upon signing in to handle all the matters of getting settled, but I'm planning on taking a few weeks of additional leave to make sure the wife and kids are settled before I start WOCS. Looking forward to seeing the rest of you guys from 18-501 once we all get down there!
  16. Interesting, there seems to be a disconnect somewhere then. I believe someone who's actually there over the course documentation, which could be outdated. Still though, the orientation packet clearly says: 18. MOVING DEPENDENTS. You will be in a TDY and return status while at WOCS regardless of MOS (Aviators are IAW ALARACT Message 044/2014 dated 21 Feb 14) and movement of your dependents will not be authorized. Moving your family at your own expense may create undue hardship and is not reimbursable If that's no longer correct, then either there's a newer, updated orientation packet somewh
  17. Correct me if I'm wrong, but according to ALARACT 044/2014 it sounds like it's a TDY for us for WOCS, and THEN we go back and clear our losing unit and PCS for the rest of the training. Unless I'm missing something? From the ALARACT: 2.B. ALL ACTIVE AND RESERVE COMPONENT SOLDIERS ATTENDING THE WARRANT OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL (WOCS) AND SELECTED FOR AVIATION WILL ATTEND WOCS IN A TEMPORARY DUTY OR ACTIVE DUTY TRAINING STATUS. ALL SUBSEQUENT IMT REQUIREMENTS WILL BE EXECUTED IN A PERMANENT CHANGE OF (PCS) STATUS AND INCLUDES WARRANT OFFICERS TRANSFERRING TO AVIATION. THIS INCLUDES 153A, R
  18. Just wanted to throw this in here for the Army Active Duty types following this thread. I was selected at the May 2017 Board and just got my dates for WOCS today: Phase 1 (DL) for FY2017 Phase 2 (Resident) with a report date of 3 October 2017, Class 18-501 Hope this helps anyone who's taking the 5 week course!
  19. Great list, CharyouTree. I'll definitely check some of those out. And also thanks CGMech, I'm really interested in reading something from the current generation of aircraft and I'll check out that book for sure.
  20. Hell yeah! Congrats! Once you get your dates, let me know. If we end up in the same class, it'd be nice to know someone else before we even get there! Also, thanks Rotornut. This is exactly what I was looking for!
  21. Thanks for the post, CharyouTree, but those recommendations are all exactly what I'm not looking for, which are TMs, manuals or other documentation or study material. I'm interested in just entertainment value to help pass the time, preferably something autobiographical in nature. In The Company of Heroes is a good example of what I'm looking for.
  22. Hey all, long time lurker first time poster here. I'm Army active duty enlisted, and just got my Q-S for 153A at the May 2017 board! I'm beyond excited, but still have one last hurdle before I can start the whole training timeline: my unit's JRTC rotation in June. What I'd like to know is if anyone has any recommendations for military helicopter pilot books that they've really enjoyed. I'm not really looking for anything strictly educational (TMs, manuals, etc), I'm more looking for interesting stories of real military helicopter pilots and what their careers were like. Just something to help
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