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Everything posted by Thedude

  1. A LT fresh out of flight school is just ignored when it comes to just about anything other than paperwork. Pretty much stays that way for their career even as company/troop commanders. Their primary job is administrative not being a pilot. The directive needs clarification. At one point it says it applies to active, guard and reserve but immediately beneath that it only mentions active getting screwed.
  2. When I went through flight school there were long bubbles in training. I spent 23 months at Rucker with no class recycles or anything, just weeks to months of delays between every class along the way. I pinned W2 about two months after getting to my first unit. There is some justification to the Army's reasoning even though it sucks to lose the money. Even though a lot of us were NCOs we know next to nothing about how to do our jobs leaving flight school. A CW2 is supposedly a subject matter expert and the tech warrants have a huge advantage over us in that aspect since they are continuing in mostly the same career fields they previously served as NCOs in. An aviator CW2 a few months out of flight school has none of that expertise and performs the job at the level of a brand new W1. I'm not saying it doesn't suck or that I wouldn't be butthurt if it affected me.
  3. The Army will come up with all kinds of fancy sounding justifications but it all boils down to saving some money. They don't care about us at all which is evident by the way they've been treating pilots for the last 20+ years. That said, I'm still getting paid more for doing way less work and dealing with way less bullshit than when I was a NCO. Just wait until you guys are tracked and actually working hard and get to watch the mouth breathing oxygen thief retard get promoted to W3 like everyone else and get the same paycheck as you while contributing nothing other than keeping CG in limits.
  4. Flight pay was increased overall with a very slight reduction in your junior years. You will not make more money as an E6 than as a W1 at 8 years, look at the pay charts. Even with the extended time as a W1 you will always have a higher base pay than what you would've had as an enlisted soldier. Be glad you're not going through flight school as a WOC Candidate and getting paid as an E5 the whole time. Used to be you'd get your wings and W1 on the same day.
  5. I don't think it would work on a Black Hawk since the horizontal stabilator pivots as airspeed changes.
  6. You're honestly getting paid more than you're worth as a W1 anyway, it isn't exactly hard to keep the fridge stocked and the coffee fresh. This has been a rumor for close to ten years now and it's always "I heard it's happening this next year" every year.
  7. Do you want to fly or do you want to turn wrenches? The answer to that question should make it fairly obvious which path to take. If you're set on the Army then do a WOFT packet and enlist if you aren't selected after the two boards your packet will go in front of.
  8. Seems to be 2-3 per selection roughly. Being the best at everything will give you the best chance at getting one since the selection order is entirely based on performance.
  9. Probably in the range of 25-50% less flight time in the 64 community.
  10. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the Army makes you stay there until you hit the 12 months on station requirement. Perfect way to crush morale and they love doing that.
  11. The medical requirements after surgery are the same whether it is done by civilians or army.
  12. You posted this exact same thing nine months ago... What's your point? Promotions shouldn't be automatic anyway so a delayed promotion that is still automatic and given to everyone really changes nothing.
  13. With a ten year ADSO future warrants won't be able to take a transition to the Coast Guard without a waiver due to their limit on active federal service time. This year's CG DCA board wouldn't even consider waivers for being over the AFS.
  14. Your friends don't have any idea what they're talking about because they've likely never flown close to the ground except for takeoff and landing. Once they're at 35000' they simply fly in a straight line and then descend to land. Super simple, boring sh*t. We fly under 50' while maneuvering over and around obstacles and using the terrain to help us or hinder the enemy. We fly constantly changing headings, airspeeds and altitudes from takeoff to landing. Our flight profile is a whole lot more demanding and deadly and the consequences for missing a specific time at a specific location can be the difference between life and death, not just a customer who is angry. Use winds as a simple, single example they should understand. When flying at a constant 180* heading and 350kts at 35000' they might have relatively constant wind of 60kts/180*. That's easy to calculate for and your ground speed essentially remains the same 290kts for the duration. If a helicopter is flying a heading of 180* at 120kts at 50' with a 20kt headwind we are only doing 100kts ground. When we make a turn to 090* to continue flying along the terrain we want we now have a roughly 118kt ground speed. The heading changes a minute later to 125*, we now have a 107* ground speed, etc etc all the way to the destination.
  15. Since the Comanche was never used for any recon missions that's a pretty funny story. It's a piece of additional test equipment on an experimental aircraft that never entered service.
  16. One of the biggest hurdles is the lack of time and as a 64 guy the lack of instruments and weather time. Unless we start another war pilots starting their careers within the last couple of years are looking at flying minimums and not much more for the entirety of their career. Look at job postings and see what they require/desire for experience and go from there. You can figure that a newer pilot without deployments and after a six year ADSO will have about 1000 hours total time, 400ish PIC, 300ish night/NVG/NVS and very little instrument/weather time.
  17. A 10 year ADSO for a guy with 10 years in means the guy is most likely retiring immediately at the end of the ADSO. A 10 10 year ADSO for a guy with 4 years in means the Army is more likely to get 16 years for the same price as 10.
  18. Don't get too excited...you have a standard 8 year enlistment contract because that's what everyone who joins the military gets. The 10 year ADSO is not a contract you'll sign, it's just something that you incur by regulation for graduating flight school and doesn't start until your graduation date. You're still owned by the Army for the next 12 years or so.
  19. No offense meant, but what makes you think you'd be a safe and competent single pilot to carry passengers with only 40-50 hours in a helicopter? I know guys who have switched over with your number of hours and they didn't fly any better than the guys who started with no hours. Their advantage was in already having knowledge of radios, airspace and a general air sense but that quickly goes away when they still have just as little understanding of how to fly the machine.
  20. Yes, as well as promotions and some assignments and PCS moves. They will run concurrent though with your flight school ADSO, so if you PCS to Hawaii (3 year ADSO) out of flight school and then in year four go to IPC or MTPC (one year ADSO) you still won't owe anything additional on top of the original flight school ADSO.
  21. It is almost unheard of and extremely rare and unlikely to ever happen, but not entirely impossible. There is also no "re-up" as an officer, there's just simply not putting in your retirement or resignation paperwork. The end of your ADSO is not an ETS date like when you were a joe it's just the date you are allowed to ask for permission to get out if you want to.
  22. The board is every two months and has been for the last 10+ years. The full schedule listing requires a CAC to access on HRC's website but the warrant officer recruiting site has a shorter term breakdown as well. https://recruiting.army.mil/ISO/AWOR/BOARD_SCHEDULE/
  23. If you willingly quit you owe the Army the full 10 year obligation as stated in AR 350-100. If you don't finish for disciplinary reasons or medical reasons the obligation varies depending on the outcome of the disciplinary proceedings or med board.
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