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  1. Whatever you do don't go in the military as a helicopter pilot. I've sat in the cockpit for 12+ hours and pissed in gatorade bottles many times.
  2. You don't have to come out at all apparently, just take the computer in there for class.
  3. West Point grads are all Lieutenants. Their selections are just as varied as the rest of the students.
  4. Have you seen anything about changing time in grade for promotions for aviation warrants or are we all still getting screwed compared to the techs?
  5. I know a significant number of soldiers who are no longer interested in trying to be a warrant officer as a result of the 12 year commitment right off the bat. This will hurt the whole aviation community by losing a lot of good candidates and potentially relying on a larger percentage of street to seat civilians to fill the ranks which is much less desirable. It's like having a bunch of privates flying helicopters when compared to prior service soldiers who actually know how to be in the military. Bonuses are up in the air, the Army will still need to retain pilots but I think the incentive to
  6. Keep in mind that once you are on active duty getting LASIK/PRK requires permission from your commander. I've seen commanders deny the procedure for junior pilots because it will down you for months afterwards when you should be learning how to fly and do your job. I'd still recommend getting your packet in as soon as you can and worrying about that later though. Good luck and remember, 60s are for boring kids who don't like to have fun.
  7. The section covering PRK/LASIK requirements: (6) Corneal refractive surgery is generally acceptable for aviation duties, but cases must be reviewed for final approval. PRK, LASIK, and LASEK are approved corneal refractive surgery procedures. Implantable collamer lens (ICL) is disqualifying and not waived for Class 1 or Class 2 (pilots). ICLs will be considered on a case by case basis for Class 2F, 2P, 3, and 4, and all cases will require a waiver. Corneal refractive surgery is disqualifying if any of the following conditions are met: (a) Pre-surgical refractive error in either eye excee
  8. I would ask for a source in writing for that. The most current regulation I am aware of covering this is AR 40-501 published 27 June 2019. 4–5. Vision Conditions that do not meet the standards of medical fitness for flying duty Classes 1, 2, 2F, 2P, 3, and 4 are the following: a. Class 1. Any disqualifying condition must be referred to optometry or ophthalmology for verification. (1) Uncorrected distant visual acuity worse than 20/50 in either eye. Each eye must be correctable to 20/20 with no more than one error per five presentations of 20/20 letters, in any combination, o
  9. Worst part of PRK is smelling your own eyeball burning when they do it. For a couple weeks it felt like there was sand in my eyes and they were itchy, uncomfortable without eye drops and very sensitive to bright light. Sixteen years later and my vision is still 20/15 with no problems.
  10. I have never seen an ETP for vision below the required standard. For other vision defects, yes, below 20/50, no. I was in the same boat as you back in the day and failed my first physical for 20/70 vision and was disqualified until after I had PRK (LASIK wasn't an option then). Like you I could drive and see well enough to get by in daily life without my glasses on.
  11. There are no options. The standard is 20/50 or better corrected to 20/20. If you don't meet that you are disqualified. From the Army's perspective there was no reason to continue on with your physical at that point because you would not qualify regardless of everything else being perfect.
  12. Inventories, piss tests, don't rape people classes, don't kill yourself classes, yard work, inventories, busy work, pilot academics, ranges and other regular army stuff, filling the fridge fund, ordering supplies, doing paperwork, etc. About 25% of your time will be anything related to Aviation.
  13. It's possible to do that in the rotary wing courses as well with retired DAC instructors for advanced airframes. It really doesn't make a difference anyway, getting your wings is just the beginning and you really aren't a safe or competent pilot when you leave flight school.
  14. Yep, scoring high or low for me made no difference at all. You need to do widearm pushups, that's the key for us guys with longer arms, although I'm not sure if that's allowed with the new ACFT crap.
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