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  1. I was looking into the CA NG, and it looked like they do street to seat. Ultimately I wanted to serve closer to home though, so I reached out to the MT WOSM after moving back up north. The MT NG requires you to be a drilling member of the Guard before submitting a flight packet. Some food for thought.
  2. So if I understand correctly, by enlisting the poster can become eligible for a clearance. Can this route make a person eligible sooner than simply staying a civilian and waiting for enough time to pass since the DUI? I’m wondering as I am in a slightly similar situation.
  3. Looking for some community advice as I am in a slightly similar situation to the poster. My issues were a MIP and disorderly conduct from 2010 that were expunged after pleading no contest and doing community service, and some admitted experimental college drug use (no convictions or legal intervention). Since beginning the WOFT application process I have checked all of the boxes and filled out all of the forms along the way. I even met with an ASAP/SUDCC counselor and received a go from him on the drug use for an aviation waiver. After knocking out all of the testing and physicals I was denied a clearance by the regular army. A couple of the recruiters I've worked with have suggested enlisting to "prove myself" and drop a packet from inside the service. Unfortunately from my research the drug use appears to disqualify me from all of the other 15 series MOSs, except for 15W (which requires a clearance as well). I want to be a soldier and serve in the army, but I also want to be passionate about my position within the army. Does it seem to you all that enlisting in another MOS would actually better my chances of being approved for a clearance, or is it more advantageous to let more time pass since my indiscretion and try the WOFT packet again later, still as a civilian? For what it's worth I'm 28, so I have a few more years before I would need an age waiver. Without a security clearance the only MOSs I could qualify for that remotely fit my interests would be 19K or 68 series. These are both significant departures from aviation. If it would help my chances though, I'd consider enlisting in the guard or reserves.
  4. Out of curiosity have any of you had your MEPS or flight physical expire while you were building your packet? If so were you easily able to schedule a second one?
  5. Looking for a little advice. I took my flight physical back in SEP 2017. It sounded like all was well as long as I met with a behavioral health counselor to get approval for a waiver, for previous drug use (as requested by Rucker). In OCT 2017 I met with the counselor and got his approval. I should have followed up immediately with the flight surgeon to ensure he received the documentation from the counselor, but I assumed all was well (incorrectly). Towards the end of putting my packet materials together I called Rucker to inquire about my physical, which they said had a status of "Denied/Incomplete". In order to rectify this the flight surgeon has to resubmit my physical with the behavioral consult results. From this point I worked to try and get into contact with the flight exam department at the base my physical was conducted. They would not return my calls or emails, so I finally took a guess at the flight surgeon's email and was able to reach him. Since I saw him last he had moved to a new post out of CONUS. Apparently he wasn't able to open the file from the counselor when he was still at his previous post. He gave me contact info for someone new in his old office to work with and wished me luck. I was able to establish communications through the new flight exam office contact and got back in touch with the counselor to make sure everything was accessible to the flight exam office. The counselor made his medical determination known to the new flight surgeon, but the new surgeon (I'm told) has DQ'ed my physical for the past drug use. I haven't been able to talk to him myself, I heard this through his office staff. I've emailed him but gotten no response. I had the evaluation done for a waiver to cover the very thing he has DQ'ed me for and he won't speak with me, even though I was essentially cleared by his predecessor. I am thinking my next course of action will be to go elsewhere for a second class 1 physical. By this point the last one was done 8-9 months ago anyways, and I'm told that AUG is the next board meeting for Guard in my state. That was the closest Regular Army installation to me, but from what I've read on here others have had success with going to an AF surgeon. I think this may be my best option, as there are a couple AF bases nearby. To applicants visiting an AF surgeon, did you bring a print off of the Army medical standards, or any other kind of document I should bring? There is also a Coast Guard air station near me, but I'm not sure if the Army would accept one from them. I figured I would keep it within DoD. Any community input/wisdom would be appreciated.
  6. Finally got approved for an interim clearance! Now I have some flight physical things to deal with. Rolling with the punches.
  7. Stick with it. My numbers varied wildly from civilian eye doctor, MEPS eye exam, and the flight physical eye exam. I passed the flight physical eye exam, which was much more in depth than the other exams I had.
  8. Yeah, that would be great if it is the case. After putting this much into it, Im not ready to quit now.
  9. I received some pretty disheartening news from my recruiter today. I haven't actually had a security interview yet, but a security interviewer DQ'ed my form to start the investigation. Back in July when I started working with my first recruiter I was up front and honest at our first meeting about having experimented with marijuana and a schedule II substance (4 times) during my college years. Throughout my whole packet building process, things have happened pretty smoothly. The MEPS doctor cleared me, and after looking at my ASVAB/SIFT scores made a joke along the lines that that the "experimentation obviously hadn't affected my test scores". Following this I made it through the flight physical and was cleared by the flight surgeon pending that I met with an ASAP (substance abuse) counselor. I met with said counselor, and he cleared me as well. After speaking with me he said that in his professional opinion these past indiscretions would not affect my performance or future Army career, and he recommended me for WOFT. Since September I have been working with a new recruiter (my second). I was told that I had to get a security interview before I could move on to the Battalion Board. Just before he tried to schedule the interview I spoke with his commander (a captain) and it sounded like I had the commander's green light to move forward. The recruiter was going to schedule me for a phone interview with the security interviewer from his MEPS in late October, but she denied the appointment because I had admitted to smoking marijuana in June, before I started the WOFT process, and she said it had to be a 1 year wait since the last use to get the interview. Recently my recruiter said that there was a new OPS Flash and that you can now call a number to do the security interview over the phone with USAREC. We called in last week to do the interview, but GCR was down on the interviewer's end so he couldn't look up my SF86 and other documents. At the end of the day my recruiter tried calling them back, GCR was still down on their end, but they took down my information. Fast forward to today. I came into my recruiter's office and he said he had some bad news. He pulled up my security clearance interview form, and a security interviewer had edited it. It stated that I was DQ'ed for using that schedule II substance more than 3 times, regardless of the amount of time that has passed since then. The last use was 4 years ago, and the comments made no mention of the last marijuana use from June. I made a couple of poor choices during my college years that I'm not proud of, and being honest did not pay off here. I have never had any drug related legal charges, so it is very likely that they ever would have enough found out about this had I decided to not be forthcoming. I don't regret being honest, but I am disappointed to see my prospects crash. I can see things from their perspective, but it is too bad to find this out at this stage of my packet, after doing all of the leg work to build a packet with pretty respectable stats in my opinion (GT: 139, SIFT: 58, 1st AFPT: 252, a bachelors in biology), after being cleared by all of the medical staff thus far, and without ever actually talking to a security interviewer myself. Short of enlisting and proving that those days are behind me and rebuilding a packet from inside the Army does anyone here see another option to move past this? I wonder if it would be possible to let things cool down a little bit and to try and get in touch with another interviewer later on. If you actually made it this far through this post, thank you for taking the time to read it, and I would appreciate your input.
  10. Im hoping the VR community can answer a question for me. I finished putting together my packet in October. The only remaining items are the security interview and the battalion board. My recruiter tried setting a phone interview with the security interviewer on the battalion board deadline day in October, but the interview didn't happen. Im hoping to make the December battalion board, but still need this security interview. Is this something I can schedule on my own if the recruiter doesn't make it happen? Also just to confirm, the security interview must be done before the battalion board, correct? Happy Holidays!
  11. I spent about 2 weeks studying for it. The best thing you can do for yourself is find a PDF copy of the FAA Rotarywing Flight Manual and read a chapter every day.
  12. I've been lurking here since June and started the packet process in July. I'm HOPING to have my street to seat packet completed by the November deadline, and will DEFINITELY have it ready by the January deadline for the March board if not. (Packet has been done since October, waiting on security interview so I can schedule Battalion board, finally so I can submit). Age: 27 GT: 139 SIFT: 58 APFT: 252, working out a lot in my free time to bump this up. Military: 0 Flight hours: 0 Physical: Passed Civ Ed: BA in Biology, 124 credits LORs: Civilian Employer (PhD), USAF 0-5 (Retired), and CW4 (AD). Battalion Board: Waiting on security interview so I can schedule this. Waivers: A moral waiver for MIP during college in 2010. Good luck to all!
  13. I actually completed the flight physical today, and passed vision within regulation. No waiver required. My acuity was better than the MEPS result. Maybe partially because I made sure not to wear contacts for 72 hours before the flight physical.
  14. Thanks for the link. My bad, I managed to miss the posting on that topic.
  15. While reading about aviation today (a pretty common occurrence since starting my WOFT packet) I came across some articles about the Future Vertical Lift (FVT) program. I was just curious to hear what current Aviators out there think about it as well as the proposed V-280 Valor and SB-1 Defiant airframes that are competing for a spot to supply the military. Any thoughts on how this would change the world of Army aviation? Pros/Cons and Likes/Dislikes? What this means for applicants just beginning to enter the WOFT pipeline?
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