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  1. Update: I ended up calling the WEED Community hospital at Ft Irwin. Got no static from them and got part 1 done on Nov 2nd. Part 2 is scheduled for this coming Monday. Recruiters still say their budgets are locked up but I know I get copies of everything from Ft Irwin and that all gets sent to Rucker automatically. So I should be able to submit for the January board once it's all stamped. Update 11/25/2019: Currently at Ft Irwin getting part II done. I got on base this morning without a recruiter by going to the visitor center at the gate with my orders from the hospital (from the first time around). I had a reservation at the Landmark Inn on base last night but I couldn't get on base because the appointment was for today. Basically you need to have reason to be on base to get the visitor pass.
  2. Does anybody have experience scheduling a flight physical on the west coast? I am a civilian out of Las Vegas, NV putting a packet together and I have everything except the flight physical. I completed MEPs in early September and my recruiters said they couldn't schedule until Sept 23rd due to the new year (budgets?). They also said theyre going to send me to Washington state once they're able to schedule. I have seen older post concerning this topic and I understand it's a long drawn out process. It's been almost a month and the only thing my recruiters are saying is that they're sending emails and calling. ASVAB 95 SIFT 62 PFT 298 College: BS Environmental Engineering, Cornell LoRs: 2 CW5s, Ret CW4 & CEO
  3. I took the SIFT test recently (4/15/2019) and I am happy to say I passed with a 62. I am paying it forward by sharing my experiences studying and all the tools used during the process. I hope that the previous posts on this topic as well as this post can serve you well on your journey to taking (and passing) the SIFT. Simple Drawings: There were questions before starting that asked if I played video games or flight simulators growing up and if I played a lot of video games now, even asked what systems. I said I didn’t play any and moved on. The test worked as advertised in the study guide. Emphasis on accuracy followed by speed. I timed myself in the study guide practice tests as well as the Trivium practice test to prepare. I got through 89 of the pictures and I know I missed around 4 due to double clicking. Find a rhythm to click once and pause. Hidden Figures: I didn’t have an understanding, until the test, that the shapes within the drawings do not rotate. The shape in the figure will always be as presented as it is in the answer column. Like the Simple Drawings, time yourself with the study guides and the do the Trivium test too. Flight Aptitude: This section I was the most worried about because I was starting from zero previous knowledge and it covers a lot of material. The study guides provided great overviews for this part, however, I think the best tool was the FAA Handbook - which the study guides pulled from. I made flashcard from the answers I got wrong in the practice tests and used some from the Quizlet site below. Some of the answers I knew not from the tests or cards but just from reading through the latter sections of the FAA Handbook. The youtube channel “Helicopter Lessons in 10 Minutes or Less” was a big help here too in grasping some of the concepts. Some specific question topics I remember from the test: -slip vs skid -safety questions “I’m ready” checklist -tandem rotor direction -Night Operations - myopia -Pedals, Cyclic, Collective, and Throttle functions -few army helicopter questions; Kiowa responsibilities, Blackhawk responsibilities Spacial Apperception: Pretty straightforward. The only differences from the study guides to the test were: -the plane used in the diagram: F-16 in the study guides and a T-6 on the test. -the roll angles in some of the diagrams were more exaggerated than in the study guide, the concepts were the same though There was plenty of time to work out each question and this section allowed you to bookmark questions and go back. Reading Comprehension: Pretty standard section here. The people outside my room were loud which made it hard to focus during this section. I took a pair of headphones in the room and wore them for a while, which helped a great deal. Math: A few of the other posts said this was the hardest section. I agree with that, this section seemed harder than the math on the ASVAB. The good thing here is that there are a lot more resources to practice beforehand. Many of the math topics you can google to get practice tests. You are provided the equations for the geometry questions; I didn’t get many geometry questions though. My math test had a majority of the questions dealing with probability, speed/work, and reducing algebraic equations. Specific math topics I remember: - a lot of questions with probability: if you roll a dice, the probability that numbers add up to 3? - Averages with test scores, the 4th score was 20 points more than the average of the first 3, what do they need to get on the 5th and 6th scores to average blah blah blah. -speed and time; two runners running at a different speed and distance from the finish. Difference between finishers times -draining and filling faucets Mechanical Comprehension: -gears and gears with straps -distance from fulcrum with weight on the opposite side -conceptual questions with kinetic and potential energy -weight on the moon vs earth Took about 3 months to study for this, started right after the ASVAB. I devoted about 6 hours during the week to it and around 8 hours on the weekends to it. I have a hard time studying in my home so I found a few spots I liked from coffee shops to the office at my job. A list of the study guides I used is posted below. I bought two study guides because I wanted to see if there was a difference in how the material was presented and taught. I think either can serve you well. I started the test pretty early in the morning at MEPS, right around 0630. I ate a lite breakfast cause I didn’t want to have to got the bathroom or anything during the test. Everybody is different, but give your nutrition and rest a thought before and during the test. It’s all part of the preparation. Take a deep breath before each section, stand up, stretch, do what you have to do to relax and or have your mind sharp. PURCHASED - SIFT Study Guide: https://www.amazon.com/SIFT-Study-Guide-Questions-Instrument/dp/1628454318/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=JN5V5WYPQ7PP0T31YWMG PURCHASED - SIFT Secrets: https://www.amazon.com/SIFT-Secrets-Study-Guide-Instrument/dp/1516700422/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=JN5V5WYPQ7PP0T31YWMG FREE (PRINTED) FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook: https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aviation/helicopter_flying_handbook/media/helicopter_flying_handbook.pdf FREE (PRINTED) Fundamentals of Flight: https://fas.org/irp/doddir/army/fm3-04-203.pdf Practice Tests: Trivium Test Prep https://www.triviumtestprep.com/sift-practice-test Flash Cards: https://quizlet.com/122199289/sift-army-aviation-information-practice-test-flash-cards/ Youtube: Helicopter Lessons In 10 Minutes or Less https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG13vqdYSapylJU53JD8yEQ SIFT Overview (Green Baggers) - Great resource for the whole process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmFHSqsTDvs ASVAB Study Guide - used to reference for the math and mechanical sections https://www.amazon.com/ASVAB-Prep-Plus-2018-2019-Strategies/dp/1506225934/ref=asc_df_1506225934/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312695266310&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13784688703994425894&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9030787&hvtargid=pla-551730162132&psc=1
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