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  1. Yep, I can’t speak from experience for any other branch than the Marines, but they have Air, Ground, and Law contracts. An officer candidate signs one of those contracts upon joining. An air contract Marine won’t know what airframe they will fly until part way through flight school but they go through all initial training knowing they are going to be a pilot. I assume the other branches do it similarly.
  2. The Navy does have Warrant Officers, however if you want to fly for the Navy you must be a commissioned officer to do so. Warrants fill technical roles in the Navy.
  3. Unless you are PCSing OCONUS, which this is not, a vehicle is not authorized to be shipped at the governments expense. Also since you are going to flight school make sure MEPS writes you PCS orders, otherwise you won’t get a household goods move at all. Fort Rucker will not, I say again WILL NOT write you orders to PCS to Fort Rucker. And learning from friends who have gone through the headache of trying to get MEPS to amend orders, Fort Rucker won’t help you in the process either.
  4. I believe they started the last 67 class in the septemberish time frame. If that is the case then it will be probably late February or early March for selection.
  5. There are definitely more than 4 exams. In fact if you count check rides as a test, there are a couple weeks where you have 3 in one week. Most of the time the tests are every week, to week and a half. Then there are 3 composite exams where everything up to that date is fair game on the test. And as was stated they aren’t difficult but they aren’t easy either. If you put in a little effort to studying you should be fine.
  6. Also the CEP’s are mandatory to wear as aviation is a known hearing damage job. You can opt to not wear them but it’s harder to hear and if you sustain hearing damage through your career the army won’t let that be part of your VA claim as they provided you with the means to mitigate the damage
  7. You still do autos in the Lakota you just terminate with power, and when I left they were trying to figure where to put solos back in the POI and C-12 is really up to how many get slotted for your class. Mine only had 2 and one was for a LT
  8. I had plenty of time since I didn’t end up going through WOCS (prior commissioned) but all of my friends who did go through WOCS had no problem either. This. I did a bit of online searching for what I wanted, narrowed it down to 3 places went and looked at them all in one morning and then did the application that afternoon. Got approved the next day. The longest part was waiting for the current tenant to move out over the following couple days
  9. I was technically street to seat since I came out of the IRR. I flew down to rucker with 2 bags. BUT my orders were PCS orders and as soon as I got to rucker and checked in, I initiated my move with transportation. I went through with a couple people whose MEPS were too lazy/ignorant of the process to cut PCS orders and it was a 5 month affair trying to get MEPS to amend the orders meanwhile you are stuck at rucker with 2 duffle bags without your family if you have one
  10. Make sure your orders from MEPS are PCS orders with movement of household goods authorized. If not, then you will pay for your own stuff to be moved with no reimbursement possible, and Fort Rucker will not cut you new orders nor will they amend the current ones.
  11. Right now if you are active duty you will go through the M course. If the unit you ultimately go to has A/L they will do the regression training OJT. The NG pilots are the only ones who go through the A/L course at Rucker for IERW
  12. Supposedly there are two different types of flight physicals. The “long form” which is essentially what you get as an applicant and at Rucker, then the “short form” which is what you get at your units. From what I have been told once you leave Rucker the short form is the standard one and the long one happens once every 5 years or so
  13. For those at Fort Rucker, the PPL can be done at any time, but I did it as an add on to the commercial helicopter so I had to wait until after graduation to take the checkride. Trident Aircraft out of Ozark Blackwell Field is the school and they have some really good CFI’s
  14. I actually just took my PPL Add on checkride yesterday using CA. It works exactly like TA where you incur a 2 year ADSO for using it but that runs concurrently with anything you currently have. The application is easy and your post education center can help walk you through it. Once I got approved they paid my flight school directly within 24 hours and I was able to start immediately. Also even if your school isn’t part of the program yet, you can apply for funding and put them down and CA will send them the paperwork to get approved, or you can work with the school yourself to get them set up
  15. Hell no! But it’s ok because I’m now a CW2 flying helicopters. The ooooh shiny hasn’t worn off yet haha I’m still excited to go to work.
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