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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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. It’s still a new program (only went live army wide on 1 January) so people may not know about it. But the flight school I used increased their business 70% because of it. It’s great for both the school and the student, as they get mor business but the student pays a fraction of the cost out of pocket. All said and done I was only out of pocket $1,400 including the DPE checkride fee and aircraft rental. If you want to be a pilot this is a great way to get it done without the 10 year ADSO of IERW
  4. 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.
  5. Sweet! Have fun with the grade determination. They made me an E5 until I scrolled and could legally wear WO1. And then another packet needed to be submitted for a second grade determination for me to be able to wear CW2
  6. The finance people are pretty good about getting you in the system quick. I had a slight delay because I arrived the day after the cutoff to get sorted for the mid month pay cycle so I had a 2 week delay but got everything owed to me. It was about the only thing that went right when I got to Fort Rucker.
  7. Your first step is making sure you get Blackhawks. This shouldn’t be too hard to do as they usually have the most slots available, unless you get unlucky and have a really weird selection. Your second step will be once you find out your duty station, send the Chief Warrant Officer of the Brigade (CWOB) an introduction letter giving a brief background of you and where you would like to be placed. From what I have seen with friends doing this, 98% of the time they get placed where they want.
  8. I had someone in my common core class that was 37 and turned 38 during training. It’s doable
  9. While it is a mandatory pass school, it is not a weed out school. As was said before the instructors really care about the training, also the purpose is to train you not to try to make you quit. They want to give you tools to use if necessary not to see how many they can make wash out. It is really good training and really isn’t that bad of a time now that I can look back on it
  10. Sorry I had a typo, I’ve been in the 60 course for a bit now
  11. From today. Numbers aren’t exact as I wasn’t there but they are ballpark from someone who selected today. 0- CH47 5- AH64 4- C12 25- UH60
  12. I’m gonna echo the relax stuff. I came to Fort Rucker with ZERO flight knowledge or experience and so did many in my class. We all did just fine and had plenty of time to learn what we needed to learn. They really do make it easy to get through (with plenty of hard work and studying). Everything here is crawl walk run, you will know what you need to for the phase you are in.
  13. Unfortunately the answer isn’t exactly simple. I’m going to give you the standard answer. It depends on what you want. If you want to fly helicopters, you’re all but guaranteed to do that in the army. If you want to fly jets look elsewhere. looking at the Marines vs Army, you need to have a degree to fly in the Marines as you must be a commissioned officer. In the army you can go warrant and not need that expensive piece of paper. I honestly can’t speak to the life of a warrant at a flight company because I haven’t gotten there yet but as a Marine pilot, expect to not fly much. The Marine Corps has a bad problem of not having what they need to keep aircraft up whether it be money or parts, or the money to actually fly. I know many pilots who have to get hours waivers because they fly less than 20 hours in a 6 month period. Plus as an officer you are expected to be that officer first then your ground job and then a pilot third. The training pipeline is much longer in the Marines as well but you do get to fly some pretty awesome aircraft so it’s really not that bad
  14. This is still the case today. Graduation day (after you are done with both advanced airframe and WOBC b) is when you get your wings. Essentially when you PCS away from Rucker
  15. Understood, ultimately it doesn’t affect me because I have a 6 year contract, and of course not having served in an Army Aviation unit I did not know about lack of flight time. I was interested to see the reasoning behind all the hullabaloo over the new stuff as my viewpoint didn’t change that much. Let’s see what the next 6 years bring and I can make my decision then
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