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  1. BOARD : Civilian/S2S (Reserve) AGE : 29 RANK : Civilian (non-prior service) GT : 124 SIFT : 58 APFT : Passed the OPAT EDUCATION : BS Computer Science in Dec 2020, 3.0 GPA FLIGHT : 10 Hours Fixed-wing (solo complete) LOR : CW4 Aviator, Retired E-7/former civilian boss, CEO of large professional Org WAIVERS : None REMARKS: Received letter of acceptance with a line and paragraph # from reserve unit
  2. Hard to say without knowing what the actual diagnoses is. What is the actual medical term diagnoses of your eye misalignment and how many prism diopeters (the unit they use to measure these things) is the misalignment? It sounds like what you're describing is some sort of strabismus such as esotropia (phoria) or exophoria (tropia), hyperphoria...there's a few of them. Look through your doctor's notes or ask for them and see what the actual medical diagnosis is (misalignment of eyes is not the medical term). Side note, there are pre-surgery PRK vision requirements for MEPS and a flight physical. Even if post-surgery your vision is perfect, you could be outside of the required pre-surgery refractive error limits, which could disqualify you or require a waiver. I mention this because you said your vision is pretty bad.
  3. Revision: Why I want to be an Army WOFT Aviator With over 10,000 volunteer hours, I aspire to continue serving others as a Soldier, leader and aviator for my country. My mother and step-father, who were Army officers, and my grandfather, who was a Soldier during WWII, taught me the importance of selfless service. They also showed me the loyalty, personal courage, and the ability for Soldiers to push themselves beyond perceived limits. As a division I college athlete, I also learned to push myself. I played rugby on a team with a high work-ethic and elite tactics and teamwork. As a result, we won our conference and national championships. I am ready to join the most elite flying force and serve this nation as an Army Aviator. My leadership skills, ability to adapt under pressure, and technical acumen demonstrate that I am an excellent candidate. Over the last 5 years, I have worked as an unmanned aerial systems operator, flying technically-complex aircraft worth up to $300,000. I also lead flight crews, with up to 20 people, who inspect America’s critical infrastructure. These assets include cell towers, transmission lines, and wind turbines. They are worth millions of dollars and are critical to our day-to-day function. Because of this, tight deadlines, and austere environments, my flight crew is under a lot of pressure. My decisions and attention to detail directly impact mission outcomes and the ability for the infrastructure to remain in working order. To date, I have maintained a 100% zero-incidence safety and mission completion record. Additionally, I have become an expert in this field through self-study and determination. I was invited to the White House to consult the President’s advisors and have spoken at 6 professional conferences including the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aviation Symposium. I am ready to take on the challenge of becoming a Soldier, leader and aviator, without reservation. If selected for this opportunity, I will build upon my leadership skills, continue to refine my adaptability, and turn into an excellent asset for the Army. I will serve alongside my fellow Soldier with integrity, respect, and honor. I will lead by example and bring my work-ethic and dedication. My passion for aviation and service will continue to motivate me to push myself. Lastly, the sacrifices I will make will be worth protecting the freedoms that I, and others in this country enjoy.
  4. Be as brutal as possible. Why I want to be an Army WOFT Aviator Serving my country as a Soldier, leader and aviator will be one of the greatest honors of my life. My mother and step-father were Army officers until retirement and my grandfather was a Soldier during WWII. Growing up in this environment instilled in me the Army’s values and the desire to serve. I admire the duty, loyalty and personal courage it takes to be a Soldier and know that I will be successful in this role. My leadership skills, ability to adapt under pressure, and technical acumen demonstrate that I am an excellent warrant officer and aviator candidate. Over the last 5 years. I have worked as an unmanned aerial systems operator and have become an award-winning industry expert through self-study and drive. I fly technically-complex, heavy-lift unmanned aircraft, in order to inspect critical infrastructure, while also leading teams on jobsites. My decisions and attention to detail directly impact the safety and success of the flight missions. Oftentimes, there is a high amount of pressure and visibility put on these missions due to weather, scheduling, budget, personnel issues, politics etc. Despite this, I remain confident, complete my tasks, perform proper preflight and safety checks, and get the job done. It will be an honor to take on the responsibility of being a Soldier, leader, and aviator in selfless service to my country. Becoming a part of the most lethal flying force in the world will be a big challenge, but I firmly believe that I will be a great asset to the US Army. I will use my determination to succeed, desire to serve, and passion for aviation to stay motivated. If given this opportunity, I will continue to build upon my leadership skills, become an excellent solider, and an effective aviator.
  5. If he's not ready, he shouldn't take it. If he passes the test, even with the minimum score (40), that score is his forever. No retakes. If he fails, he's waiting a minimum of 6 months to take it again. There are no consequences when it comes to the selection board with rescheduling the SIFT. His recruiter might be annoyed but there are other recruiters in the world. A SIFT score is forever and is used to weed out non-competitive packets at the board. The selection board only has a few minutes to review each packet. Don't let the SIFT score be a reason they put your son in the "ehh" pile.
  6. This guy was able to get an alternative test for his colorblindness and was able to get qualified for woft.
  7. Civilian here, working on my WOFT packet for the reserves. I got a meeting with the company commander of a local unit that I'd like to fly for. I'm not sure if it's an interview or an informational meeting, but I'm guessing by how this came about that it might be a little bit of both. Originally, I got in touch with the unit administrator asking what I needed to do in order to be considered for a slot with the unit. She asked me some basic questions and then followed-up later asking for my resume, saying she'd pass it along to the company commander to see if he's interested. After that, the unit operations officer got in touch asked if I could come meet with himself and the company commander next week. Any advice on what I should or should not do/say, etiquette, attire, etc? I've done corporate interviews, but never military and want to make sure I present myself in the appropriate way.
  8. Trust but verify is the biggest lesson I've learned through this process of putting my packet together. While I trust my recruiter, I want to verify that what he told me this week is correct, since I have not been able to verify any of it. 1- The next board deadline is June 5th for the July board. Everything I've read on the USAREC site says May 15th is the deadline for the July board and June 5th is nowhere to be found. 2- Flight physicals are no longer required for a WOFT packet due to COVID-19 3- An APFT score is not required for packets since the APFT has been suspended due to Covid-19 Are any of the above true?
  9. Great idea! Will definitely try this once the pandemic is over. Thank you.
  10. I'll definitely reach out to more stations in my area to see if they can offer any additional guidance on this.
  11. What is the process of picking or getting accepted by a reserve unit for WOFT, outside of putting together a packet? Would it be wise to start contacting units near me once I've completed my packet? I asked my recruiter this question and he was honest with me saying he wasn't sure since he's only done active-duty packets, but that doing woft reserves is 100% possible. I've read a lot on here about going guard, but there's not a lot of info on the reserves. My state (FL) does not allow civilians to do the woft program (I asked the wosm) so that's not a possibility since I'm not enlisted in the NG. I don't wish to do active-duty since my job, that I very much enjoy, is flexible enough to accommodate the time needed to get the required flight hours during the week.
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