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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.
I'm currently an MS-2 enrolled as a contracted cadet rolling towards the end of my sophomore year. Only months ago not only did I find out that Warrant Officers fly in the Army, but that flying is their primary duty as an aviation specialist. Initially I had supreme interest in becoming an aviation officer, however I understand that accessions don't always serve every cadet's wants whether they truly deserve a specific branch or not. Aside from that point, even if I were to branch aviation, I'm more invested in learning everything there is about the fleet of aircraft the Army employs, and focusing my career around becoming a great pilot all while serving at a higher capacity. That all being said, how can I make myself as marketable as possible in preparation to send off a packet for WOFT? What's a great fitness plan to max out the APFT and possibly the ACFT? What can I do to prepare myself for interviews for LORs? What might be the best study guide for the SIFT? At this point I am open to all suggestions and recommendations as I am willing to pour everything I've got into this.
As I started my journey to become a Warrant Officer Aviator back in 2009 when I first started raising my GT score, Passing the AFAST and Passing the Flight Physical, building a strong packet and going to board on 2010 and not being selected, I never gave up, built my packet again in 2012 and passed my Flight Physical again going to the board again while Deployed in Afghanistan, and once again I was not selected, While in Afghanistan in 2012 (pretty much by the same week the board convene) I was hit with an IED , but nothing serious happened and continued the mission for the rest of the deployment (about 7 more months), when I returned Stateside at Ft Bliss for DEMOB (I'm a Reservist) the care providers asked me if everything was wrong with me and I told them that I was hit with an IED and felt a little back pain every now and them ( very minimal) , and they suggested me to stay as MEDICAL hold until I recover (which I accept it just to be safe) and they did an MRI and found something on my lower back, (i can't even spell it) and they told my all I need it a few physical therapy sessions and I should be good to go, ( to me make the long story short , I spent a year in the WTU program and went true 3 sessions of physical therapy and then released me back to Reserve status, while my time was ending in the WTU I took the opportunity to go ahead and retake my flight physical so I can apply again this time on the Reserve side since they didn't have Reserve aviation in Puerto Rico,.. Today I get the noticed that because of what they found on the MRI I was disqualified and my Flight physical got rejected including an exception to policy, which I didn't knew that I need it one but I guess my flight surgeon requested one, I rapidly went to the nearest flight surgeon (Ft Belvoir) and told me to find another MOS... I have the most mix feelings I could ever imagine, I feel that I was betrayed by the own Army that I have been serving for the past 12 1/2 years... and pretty much I feel lost and even considered not reenlisting before I ETS in January 2015... Is this really the end for me to pursue the life long dream of becoming a Military Aviator?? is there anything else that I can do to by pass this??? any thoughts and advice will be really appreciated Thanks and sorry for the long story , just wanted you to see it from my point of view --Manutech