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  1. Unless things have changed in the year since I’ve been there, When you get to Rucker you will check into WOCS HHC where you will be given a barracks room. This is where you will live until you actually go to WOCS. Once you go to WOCS you will move into the WOCS barracks for the duration of the POI. When you graduate you will then check into B/1-145 and they will give you 10 days of “house hunting leave.” It’s not hard to find a place to rent off post, and if you already have orders you can get on the list for on post housing now so any wait time is minimal at worst. If you decide to live on post and your house isn’t quite ready you can absolutely do what GM1 said and still have a roof over your head until you move in on post.
  2. Yes they are correct that the aircraft systems will tell you how long it will take to get there, but they are assuming that you have the luxury of telling someone when you’ll be there. On an air assault the ground force commander will tell you when you need to be at the LZ with boots hitting the ground, then you need to back plan from that time to the exact second you need to take off from the airfield taking into account and planning for everything that was said by thedude. Not to mention you have 5+ aircraft all flying 1 rotor disk apart from each other and all of you need to hit the LZ at the same time. Also don’t forget to plan the route so you land with favorable winds and in the correct direction for the guys in the back to get out on the correct side for their mission.
  3. Damnit, just when I think I understand what’s going on I miss the change haha
  4. A conditional release is only “automatically” denied during your first contract. Beyond that they have no basis to deny it, but beware it can take MONTHS to get approved with lots of phone calls to people you normally won’t talk to. There are a bunch of Marines who have made the jump don’t let the word no stop you.
  5. Sorry to say but it applies to everyone.
  6. Just saw that today. It says “for this fiscal year” so hopefully it will go back to $4000 next year
  7. Also you can use the Army Credentialing Program and get $4K per year toward your ratings and you won’t ever touch your GI bill using that funding.
  8. This is the first essay I have read and reviewed so take what I have to say with a grain of salt. You have a very strong resume, you have a lot of really good experience. But that’s just it, your essay reads like a resume. To me it seemed like there were only two sentences in the whole thing that talks about your future with the Army. You’ve done a great job highlighting the intelligence side of things; after reading that I am 100% convinced you posses the intellect (and then some) to get through flight school, but there isn’t anything on the motivation to go through flight school. At the end you say you posses the motivation but I don’t see it reflected in the essay. Since this is a WHY I want to be an army aviator essay, I would try to talk about the why a little more, and how that can benefit the Army and Warrant Officers.
  9. When I was creating my packet, I was in the USMC and just called up the nearest Army flight clinic to where I was stationed and just made an appointment. They didn’t seem to care too much that I wasn’t assigned to the unit on that base, just that I had all of the paperwork squared away for the physical. Best bet is to just call the flight clinic at whatever post you want to get it done at and ask.
  10. Read the Aeromedical Policy Letter on heart conditions to see if a waiver will be granted. A lot of the APL’s will state waiver considered on case by case basis for rated aviators with no waivers granted for flight school students. So make sure it doesn’t say that before you do anything you don’t want to do. Also as I understand it there are not classes for flight physicals in the Army, you either have one or you don’t. But an Army flight physical does equal an FAA class 3
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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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