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  1. We've been hitting the whole 10 year ADSO should you join thing pretty hard lately, and while there's some value in that, it's not relevant to those of you who have already started down this path. I enjoy writing and talking about myself so I'll share some stories about the days when you do fly. Maybe that will help your motivation, or maybe not. If you have stories of your own feel free to add them in. I'll start off with one of my favorite missions during my career, which was the multi-purpose range complex in Korea. We spent 9 months on a rotation in Korea as our last hurrah before the unit was reflagged as an Apache unit. Most of our time was spent at "home" near the flag pole but every so often we'd head up for a couple weeks at the range to support whatever ground unit was also training there. I always had a blast. The week would start off with a reposition up there, which was about a forty minute flight if I recall correctly. We'd pack up the trucks who would convoy up with our equipment, then we'd head over to the flight line and get the birds ready to go. Simple cross country flight up with 6 or so birds in formation, and we'd refuel them up at the range and land them in the parking lot. Grab our gear and head to the command post designated for us to drop our stuff off. Sleeping in open bays, our duffel bags and stuff was usually dumped randomly on bunks so you'd have to go find your sh*t then try and finagle the bunk you really wanted. Anyways, the missions up there were live fire so we'd rehearse with the tank unit (or whoever we were supporting) and figure out timelines and all that. Build our paperwork and get ready for the next day's missions. That soaked up most of our initial days at the range. Lots of dead time in between so there was all sorts of tom foolery, throwing rocks, movies, dipping, walking around, working out, etc. Whatever shift you were on determined when you woke up, and we generally did stuff as a team. We'd meet up and head to get some food, then grab our stuff and go to the main command post to receive our briefing for the mission. Then it was preflight time, get our stuff situated in the aircraft, and we'd head back to our own little hut and sit down as a team and discuss our plan. After that we might wait around for a bit, or head to the birds. Get in, run them up, check our radios and equipment, and take off. A quick little circle back to the arming and refuel point to load up on bullets and rockets. Because weight and balance and performance planning was our own responsibility we had a lot of flexibility in how much fuel/ammo we wanted. It was quicker for one of us to get out and help load rockets so we usually did. Once we were loaded we'd take off and link up in the air. Climb up, circle in our holding area and try to get a hold of the ground unit. The left seat pilot in the lead aircraft always talked to the unit we were working for, and they drove the mission. Once we'd get in contact we'd wait for their signal for us to come in and shoot for them. Once we had the word we'd do a quick communication about our tactics and then bomb in on the target. We always had a simulated threat to contend against and that would shape how you flew. Generally it was low and fast, weaving and bobbing through the trees and valley, down the hill, and then a quick climb up to start shooting. The OH-58 did not have flexible weapons, so you had a grease mark on the windshield to aim and shooting was a WW2 style strafing run. You'd shoot, break turn out of the way as your trail aircraft started shooting. Then they'd break off and we'd bob and weave our way around for another attack. Repeat until we needed to get more fuel and ammo. Head back to the FARP, load up, and take back off. This went on for hours and sometimes we'd have lots of time waiting for the ground unit to get set/reset. Missions could be up to 8 hours of flying. By the time we were done and the birds were spinning down it was complete exhaustion. Grab some food, collapse into a camp chair, and watch a movie on the laptop. All the fun of a deployment without anyone shooting back. I really, really miss those days. Here's some random Korea pictures:
  2. I'm looking for some feedback on my WOFT essay that I wrote. Its only the first draft but I need brutal honesty. If its complete garbage or not what the board is looking for I need to know. I'm pretty new to the army and am a pfc in the infantry at the moment. I've completed a year training cycle with my unit and have been to JROTC. Ill be going to air assault soon to be more competitive with my woft packet. Most of my experience is outside the army. I'm 30 years old with a lot of experience with other jobs. Why I want to be a Warrant Officer Stagnation is my greatest fear. It is because of this fear that I have decided to join the Army and pursue my goal of being A Warrant Officer. The way that I stave off my fear of stagnation is though constantly bettering myself and those around me both professionally and personally. Earning my Eagle Scout and serving an honorable two-year service Mission for my church coincide with my professional goal of being an Army Aviator. I am confident that my strong work ethic, leadership skills, moral character, and determined spirit will motivate others around me to be the best version of themselves. In my career as an Aerospace Hydraulic Systems Tester, I was an expert on technically-complex machinery that left no room for error. On a normal day, we worked on millions of dollars worth of equipment. Because of this, tight deadlines and constant demand, we were under a lot of pressure. My decisions and attention to detail directly impacted mission outcomes. To date, I have maintained a 100% zero-incidence safety and completion record. Through my dedication and drive, I was consistently the top employee for four years who trained and managed over 20 others. I am ready to take on the challenge of becoming a 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 soldiers 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.
  3. New packet deadline was yesterday! I hope ya'll got yours submitted! AGE : 23 RANK : E-5, 4yrs AD 68W GT : 117 SIFT : 58 APFT : 281 EDUCATION : 65 credits PHYSICAL : Stamped LOR : O-3, O-5, CW5 DEPLOYMENT: 1 WAIVERS : None
  4. Hello all! I am currently putting together a WOFT packet. I have a few letters of recommendation from people who know me, however I've heard to be competitive I should have a letter from an aviator preferably a CW4. I was wondering how accurate this is. I don't know any aviators but would be willing meet with one for a conversation/interview to see about getting a letter of recommendation. I live in GA, within easy driving distance to Ft Benning, Ft Rucker, Hunter Army Airfield etc. Is there anyone on this form that would be willing to meet with me at your convenience for a possible LOR? Thanks in advance for any advice or help!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Good Afternoon. I’m a recent candidate who was attrited from Navy OCS (contracted as Student Naval Aviator/SNA) due to reasons beyond my control. Months after my separation, I am now due to meet up with a recruiting sergeant (and, possibly, the Warrant Officer Strength Manager/WOSM) in my nearby National Guard recruiting office (same location where the local helicopter battalion is stationed). Despite getting the boot from Navy OCS (I’m also a prior service Aviation Electrician from a long time ago, hence my quest to try to come back to the Navy), I never gave up my ultimate goal of earning my commission (even if it’s just as a Warrant Officer now) as well as becoming a military aviator (even if it’s in the capacity of flying Helo’s as a “state reserves pilot” in the Army National Guard now). I am also currently 30 years old and due to turn 31 late this year. I know my time is running out because of age requirements. That being said, can anyone please chime in with essential tips on vying for ARNG given my current SITREP? I’ll be willing to provide more details as best as I could in this thread. Greatly appreciated in advance.
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. 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!
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
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