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  1. Hey ya'll. I know its still pretty early but I was just wondering if anyone was able to submit a 153A packet for the upcoming September 2020 board. A lot of the people I've been talking to who are getting packets together are being held up by their flight physical due to COVID. Understandably, it seems flight physicals are pretty low on the TMC's priorities right now.
  2. Hello all, 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! Best, B
  3. Any current Warrant Officer Pilots that have successfully completed a full Interservice Transfer to become a Warrant Officer Aviator they have any advice for me as this has been a true dream of mine to accomplish and now I have the opportunity to do so.
  4. Figured I’d start the March 2020 stat board. It’ll creep up fast enough after the holidays. AGE: 32 ASVAB GT: 112 SIFT: 46 APFT: 296 ACFT: 565 EDUCATION: 49 Credits AA, Exercise Science, Private Pilots license (no live flight yet) FLIGHT: None, currently enrolled in local flight program will have flight hours to drop for last minute additions deadline LORS: O-3, 0-5 x 3, CW5 (154FF) OTHER INFO: Active Duty, E-7 (2 years TIG), 11B, 13 years TIS, 42 mos Iraq and Afghanistan PHYSICAL: At Rucker, no waivers WAIVERS: Age, AFS, Moral Interested in seeing if there are any older (military old) applicants who have made it recently or who are planning on applying.
  5. Hello all, I have a concerning issue I need help with. I am currently completing my WOFT packet. I have my admin portion of my packet complete except for LORs. I still have to take the SIFT and the Physical. I currently require an AFS Waiver and a Moral Waiver. Today I was speaking with a Chief who told me he had to submit a medical waiver for ASAP. I asked him the back story on it. Basically he was refereed and the counselors determined he didn't need to attend. His waiver was approved. No issues it seems. He told me any other way was automatic disqualification. I self referred to ASAP back in 2011 I placed into level 2 treatment which is considered abuse counseling. It has been 7 years since I have had alcohol. Has anyone needed or heard of needing a waiver for this? Do they get approved? Or is it like he said its an automatic disqualification? AR 40-501 does state that "documented abuse" is a DQ. I am just trying to get a grasp on this, I have searched everywhere and haven't found anything about it except for the regulation. I just don't want to take the SIFT and waste Army money on a physical when the flight surgeon is just going to deny me. I will still push for another MOS if I cant. But I wanted to fly. I've already invested many hours into my packet and resume. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  6. I am a civilian going through the WOFT packet for the first time. I have everything together and am shooting for the September Board next month. Who else will be joining? Curious as to how the process has been for yall.
  7. Anyone know if there is a way to check to see if your packet has "Board Ready" status as a civilian other than just waiting on your recruiter?
  8. If anybody has any insight or advice I'd greatly appreciate it but currently I'm a 15T in a guard unit and I'm about to finish my bachelors. My overall goal is to go active duty warrant for flight school but I'm not sure how or if it's possible to go from guard to active for WOCS. I already have my flight physical and SIFT done, I just have to finish the rest of my packet and get LOR'S. Thank you guys for your help!
  9. Hello, I am looking for help or advice on how I can receive a recommendation from a Warrant Officer in the Army that flies helicopters. I'm 26 year old and have a college degree, I currently work on an engine in Wildland Firefighting but have a strong interest in flying helicopters with the Army. I have good physical fitness and I'd love the chance to meet with a current pilot and talk. Do you think now is a good time to be applying to the army as a pilot? How is the balance between your work life and balancing that with your personal life? Do you feel you are satisfied with the jobs that are given to you? Do you know any good army recruiters who would be willing to help me with this process? What is a day in the life of a Warrant Flight Officer like? What qualities should I have to be a successful candidate? Thanks a bunch for your response!
  10. Hello everyone, I am a pretty new member and I am still learning to navigate the forums. I apologize if a similar post has been made elsewhere. I am currently a senior in high school going through the WOFT packet process. So far: Police records- clean recordHealth- Everything is good other than glasses, correctable past 20/20Asvab - 97GT - 133GPA - Weight: 4.0, Unweighted: around 3.5Education: High school diploma (graduating tomorrow)Flight experience- noneCollege credits- noneEssay - Second draft completedLORs - None so far, but I got in contact with one of my senators. I have heard mixed answers about this. Some warrants including a few high school to flight schoolers told me that it is very possible for me to get selected. Some tell me that I should drop a packet but be ready to get denied because of my age and lack of experience. My first recruiter told me straight up I won't get in and he wanted me to enlist. My second recruiter is helping me through the entire process. I would like to know how you guys feel about my stats, and if there is anything I could improve on. Some questions I have are: If I am selected, what is the time between selection and shipping out to basic? Any tips on studying for the SIFT? How should I approach service members for letters of recommendation, given the fact that I know very few. Any additional advice will be greatly appreciated.
  11. Hello all, I am currently a SPC in the NG as a 15p. I have a 69 SIFT and a 350 APFT, and I'm a Private Pilot working on my next fixed wing ratings. I am on the last step for NG applicants in which I undergo a final interview with the CCWO and a SAO. My 350 APFT was not taken for record, and before I took another one for the board, I sustained a foot injury in marathon training in which I have been unable to run for 5 months. Does anyone know, is an alternate event (such as the 6.2 mi bike), authorized for submitting a WOFT app? Or, any thoughts on WOFT or college first? (I am a college sophomore). Any input is greatly appreciated.
  12. Would anyone be willing to read, review and offer constructive criticism of my current Resume for the July board? I was FQ-NS and would like some opinions. Please PM me, and I will send it to you directly. Thank you very much!
  13. Hey All, I'm currently a Junior in high school getting a head start on learning what is required to become an army aviator, particularly following the warrant officer route. I am motivated to do whatever it takes to accomplish this lifelong dream of mine. Recently I have been talking to a VT Army Guard recruiter about enlisting into an aviation-related MOS when I turn 17 in April, in order to build time in grade, build relationships within the relatively small unit, and allow me to go to college at the same time, after high school. I've been told all this would look great to the board and help with LORs when I eventually apply for WOFT. Last month I took the ASVAB through my recruiter, getting an AFQT of 97. On the other hand, I've searched and read-up on the whole process for WOFT straight out of high school, and that option looks particularly attractive as it would mean flying active duty with a shorter route to get there. In your experience, which option seems the better choice as far as getting selected for training, and how feasible would "street to seat" WOFT be without a degree? Also, if I were to join the Guard, is switching to active duty after getting my wings a possibility? Any information on this or even the process would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much, --Mike
  14. Hi, I'm currently a Junior in High School looking to get a head start on figuring out what I need to do to fly for the Army. I've been doing a bunch of research, and talking to my local national guard recruiter--she is encouraging me to enlist in the National Guard into an aviation unit and build time until I can submit a packet and become a warrant officer and pilot, etc. I've heard a lot of good things about going active duty through WOFT , "street to seat", as well. My main question is: What, from experience, seems to be the best overall route, and which one leads to more flight time? Thanks, I look forward to reading your responses! --Mike
  15. Hi all, Recently heard about this website and I am immediately hooked. I am hoping to get some feedback on my unsubmitted WO packet for the December board. I am currently in school but will be finished before the board. I am also not contracted in ROTC. No previous military experience. 3.5 years undergrad credit towards Geology Major. 3.2 GPA GT: 130 SIFT: 70 Physicals: G2G Flight time: only a few hours (5 by the board submission) LOR: 06, 03, WO3, Current Employer Age: 20/F Any suggestions on what to put in my letter to improve my opportunities? Thanks!
  16. Hopefully some of the current US Army warrants can shed light on this. Besides individual mission of your assigned unit (attack/Recon). How much actual hands-on flying do NEW warrants get straight out of flight school with the Apache? Is it mostly front seat/gunner-focused for new guys? I understand the front seat has a collapsible cyclic, but is it ever really utilized if you occupy the forward cockpit? If not gunner focused for new guys, do most guys switch back and forth? And finally, How often are you guys doing XC flights to regional airports for a bite to eat? lol - I used to see 12th AvB's 60s at my regional AP's FBO/Diner during civilian flight school all the time before I got into WOFT. Thanks
  17. I am currently applying for the Army WOFT. I have been scouring the web and my own networking connections for an active duty Army, Senior WO Aviator (W-3 to W-5) that would be willing to potentially sponsor my package. As some info about myself, I am currently serving in the US Navy as a Petty Officer Second Class (E-5) and have been in the naval aviation field for roughly four and a half years specializing in egress and environmental control systems / safety equipment. I started my package back in June, and have been pushing hard to make the January and March 2018 board deadlines. The one thing I have been having trouble finding is a senior WO aviator that might be willing to sponsor my package. I have had zero luck so far, and thought now the time to reach out online. I would be willing to converse and correspond as much as needed, as well as give contact info of Naval aviators I have worked with who have already given written recommendations on my behalf. ANY help at all with this would be greatly appreciated. I hope that this post will connect me with the right people. V/R, AME2 (AW) Flaminio S, USN.
  18. I'd like to know if after one's military service as an Army Aviator if they get access to the GI Bill or if that is only for enlisted guys? Is this one of those instances where you need to fill out some kind of application ahead of time in order to have access to it come retirement time? I ask because a friend and I were discussing today going to flight school for fixed-wing aircraft after his military service and becoming a dual rated pilot. Thanks in advance!
  19. Hello! I am a relatively new member to this forum (you can probably see I just created my account today), but I've been reading religiously through the forums for almost 3 weeks now. As the question states, I am currently a contracted MS3 cadet in ROTC, but I've been thinking more and more about trying to go the WOFT route to aviation. I want to fly, no matter what, and with ROTC I don't like the idea of ending up in another branch. I've spoken with my ROTC cadre and they seem to be on board with the idea. I know I'd most likely have to pay back my scholarship, but if it means being an Army Aviator I'd do it in a heartbeat. Now, my primary question comes from my appointment I had with my recruiter today. He didn't seem very knowledgeable about the process to begin with, which started throwing up some red flags. And it seemed to me, as I've been reading through the forums, that there shouldn't any reason why I couldn't submit a packet to the civilian WOFT board while still enrolled in ROTC. There's not contractual obligation if I don't get selected, correct? My recruiter insisted that I must first dis-enroll from ROTC in order to submit a packet for the board, but my ROTC program cadre seem to think otherwise. I was just hoping someone had dealt with the situation before, because I cannot find anything in the forums. Many thanks in advance!
  20. Hello all, I am putting together my packet and being straight out of college, I am lacking in experience to put on my resume. I only have two jobs to list (currently still employed) that I've worked for almost a year now, one for FedEx and the other for a union in Washington D.C. I also started an e-commerce business last year but am hesitant to list it as the company doesnt make any money and am not sure if it would come off as me trying to be a big shot. Apart of me thinks that I should include anything I can while another part of me thinks its not a good idea. Any thoughts are welcomed. Thanks, Mezz
  21. All input is welcome here but the way I was explained this when asking this question to a former Army aviator was "due to other leadership roles, a regular commissioned officer in the Army who is a pilot fly's less (on average) than a warrant officer pilot in the Army. Commissioned officers who are pilots are leaders first, pilots second and while warrant officers are leaders they are more so considered to be technical experts in their field." I mention this because one of the questions that I envision coming up at my boards interview is " Why do you want to be a Warrant Officer as opposed to a regular commissioned officer?" I don't want to give anyone a bad impression by simply responding with "oh I heard warrant officers get to fly more" but as someone who is passionate about aviation, this is partial true. I completely understand this question merits an individually based response, I just wanted to prepare for it as much as possible. Any thoughts are appreciated. Thank you, Mezz
  22. So this is my second recruiter I've went through trying to get my WOFT application process going (first one claimed I wasn't eligible due to not have prior flight experience and/or military service) and refused to believe that civilians could apply. I spoke with the new recruiter on the phone for the first time today (came recommended) and he basically said that I need to commit to him that I will go enlisted if I don't get accepted to the WOFT program. Then he gave me some long spiel about how the army is all about commitment and that I will have a better chance coming from the inside. Am I wrong for thinking he is out of line by forcing me to go enlisted if I get rejected by the board? Also correct me if I am wrong but didn't more civilians get selected by the board in 2016 then people from inside of the army for the WOFT program? It just doesn't seem like the logical thing to do to go enlisted if my goal is to become a warrant officer. I just graduated from college this past December and I really want to find a recruiter that will help me put my packet together and allow me to put my best foot forward. I am located in the Washington D.C. area. Thanks.
  23. Long time lurker here It seems based off these forums (and now unfortunately through my own experience) local recruiters are notoriously unable to process WOFT applicants. From what I've read it's "more work for the recruiter and they don't get paid anymore to do it". Her response when I said I was interested in the Warrant Officer Program and that I'd like to put together a packet was.. "Well the WOFT program works like this: you have to be a current helicopter pilot OR you come in a regular job (mos) and we will try to put you in the aviation unit and then you go from there." Since civilians ARE eligible for the Warrant Officer Program and don't need prior flight or military experience I deciphered her response as "I don't want to help you". I was wondering if anyone knew of any Army recruiters in the northern Virginia area that able and willing to help put together WOFT packets? Thanks!
  24. I recently graduated from college and would like to fly rotary wing in the Army. I have been working with a recruiter to put together my WOFT packet. I am needing help getting a LOR from a CW3 or higher in the aviation field. I am willing to do a phone interview, skype or travel to an Army base to assist in the process. I am a civilian and I do not know any warrant officers. Looking for help any way possible. Thank you. I scored a 78 on my ASVAB with a 114 GT. I have not taken the SIFT yet. I am waiting to hear back from Medical about my Lasik. I have been studying for the SIFT from three different guides and I am currently enrolled in Gold Seal Ground School. I am hoping to get a few flight lessons in before my packet is due to make my packet look better.
  25. Hello all, This is my first posting to this website and I am happy to be here! I am currently working on my package for WOFT in the Army and I thought this would be a good place for information and to make contacts that could help me in the process as well as establish a place where I can help people in my same situation in the future. I am an E-7 in the Air Force as an Assistant Fire Chief. I have always wanted to fly helicopters and have finally decided to go through with it! Stats: Age- 30 SIFT- 61 AFPT-No Army PT score but I have a 100\100 on my last Air Force PT test 2 months ago ASVAB GT- 124 Service- 4 years active, 8 years Active Reserve I am working on ways to make my package stand out when it comes time to be reviewed. My goal is to be reviewed at the July 2017 board. I would welcome any suggestions from anyone with some knowledge in this! Also, I would like to make contact with some Senior Warrant Officers for letters of recommendation for my package. Now, I know that wording sounds really sketchy but I have been reading that forums such as this are a good place to meet people who would be willing to interview me and write a letter of recommendation is they feel comfortable with the interview. I assure you, I have bee doing my research and I am not just looking for a hand-holder! Being in the Air Force, I do not have much contact with Warrant Officers so I don't personally know many, let alone SWO. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this and thank you for your advice\replies\assistance! Dan
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