I’m new to the forum (obviously), but I’ve been lurking for a while.
I’m an active duty Marine (E-4) with an FY22 EAS. I originally intended to join the military to become an Officer and fly helicopters, but at 17 years old I decided that it was imperative that I gain experience as an enlisted man first before pursuing a commission. I don’t regret my decision to enlist, but now’s the time to start thinking about the next chapter of my life.
After much thought and discussion with my wife, I decided that pursuing a greater leadership role and an aviation career is more important to me than staying in the Marines, so I began researching opportunities to lead and fly in the other services and I came across the Army WOFT program. The prospect of being a Warrant Officer AND a pilot was very appealing to me, as many of the most admirable and inspiring leaders I’ve had in my career have been WOs. This is the path I want to take.
I got in touch with a recruiter a while back and he said that I sounded like I’d make a good fit, but I would have to wait until I am 6 months out from my EAS in order to be released from the Marine Corps and begin processing into the Army. What should I be doing for the next 18 months to best prepare myself for the selection board, become competitive and get my package in order? I’d like to put my best foot forward and get a head start, so all of my ducks are in a row when it’s time for me to submit.
A little about my background:
I’m in my third year of my Bachelor’s program in Aeronautics, but I have no experience flying as of yet. I took a SIFT practice test and it predicted an 80-90% on the actual exam. My GT score is a 135, and my USMC PFT is a 255 pretty consistently.
The only thing really wrong with me is that my vision is pretty bad, – 4.75 diopters in one eye and – 4.50 in the other. However it is corrected to 20/20 with lenses and I’ve been screened as a good candidate for PRK by a civilian doc. Should I get the ball rolling on that now?
All of that being said, would I be competitive for selection and make a good WO?
I appreciate any wisdom y’all can pass down!