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  1. Hello, I am 23 and am finishing up my masters degree in homeland security studies at Sam Houston State University. I am in the process of completing my WOFT packet and am looking to make connections with active duty Army Aviators (CW3 or <) to possibly speak with and get help with letters of recommendation. I currently have 4 LOR (2 ret and 2 active) all aviators CW5 or Officer grade. I will attach a little about myself bellow. Education: BS Criminal Justice 3.75 GPA Graduated with Honors MS Homeland Security Studies 3.75 GPA ASVAB/ SIFT: AFQT: 86 GT: 126 SIFT: 64 Physical: OPAT: Heavy Flight Physical: Pending (scheduled not completed) LOR: O5 (Ret), CW5 (Ret), CW5, CW5. All Aviators. Thank you for your time.
  2. 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:
  3. I took the SIFT yesterday. Here is a solid in-depth write up on how it went, what it’s like, and background information about me. Background Age: 20 Education: 2.5 years college, Aviation Science major (100 hours of single engine fixed wing flight time) MOS: 15T My score: 58 Perceived difficulty of the SIFT: 6.5/10 Studying I studied for about a month, trying to spend 30 minutes each day studying and familiarizing myself with the content of the SIFT. The last week I was trying to spend 45 to 60 minutes per day studying. I should say that I have known about the SIFT and it’s sub test since August, I just needed time in my schedule to study and actually take it. · I bought the Aegis group complete SIFT study guide (paper) from Amazon Grade: A- Nothing out of date, rather accurate for my test. The only reason why it’s not an A+ is because it’s a book and didn’t translate well to my online notes. · I lurked around and read through just about every post here on the Army Aviation subreddit and several on Vertical Reference Not really a great source on actual questions but it made me feel more confident in what the test was like, this is where I learned about most of the test prep resources. I don’t really count these as a study source · I did each Trivium (free) online test about a dozen times over the course of 3 weeks Grade: B These tests were nice for having a feeling of what it’s like to do an online test and it tells you what you missed and what the correct answer was. The layouts are all weird and that didn’t help much for the simple drawings and hidden figures. Note that the reading section is not really accurate to the real SIFT at all. Over all, this is a good site to study, but it doesn’t get the small things right. · I did the Military Flight Tests online tests as well in the last week of my studying Grade: C The test is good for knowing how fast you need to go. It does grade you on accuracy but doesn’t tell you what you missed. The timing makes it very difficult for simple drawings and hidden figures since there’s not very many to do in their given time span. I’m nearly positive their given average scores are all BS by the way. · I read through FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook chapters 1, 2, 3, 4 and 9 Grade: A+ The FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook has a bunch of content and is a great resource to study from. My only critique is that there’s a lot of information in it and I’m lazy didn’t want to sift through it all. Many people recommend reading the whole thing cover to cover. If you don’t have a background with helicopters and flight physics, I would recommend it as well. · Helicopter lessons in 10 minutes or less I watched 4 of these videos, particularly retreating blade stall, dissymmetry of lift, advancing blade compressibility, and effective translational lift. Grade: A I think these videos are great, but many of them are too advanced for what you’ll see on the SIFT. Excellent for flight training though. If you’re shooting for that 80 and you have the time for it, then watch these videos. · MSC ASVAB study sites for mechanical comprehension and mathematics. I can’t really grade these, but I still recommend them. The ASVAB math is a little less difficult than the SIFT and the same goes for mechanical comprehension THE SIFT The DOD civilian who set up my test took me into a little room right next to his office, I’d say 4x4x8 feet. I was given 2 sheets of paper, 3 pencils and some big noise cancelling headphones. My test proctor allowed me to bring gum and a water bottle in with me. Watch, phone, and all other electronics had to stay in the office with him. Once he left the testing room, I was allowed to take my mask off and proceed with the test on my own time. Pre info: you have to fill out some background info about the following categories: Major and GPA if you have any higher education after high school Flight experience, number of hours, type of aircraft you have experience in Video Game and flight simulator game experience What video game console you played on and hours per week you spent gaming What component/branch of the military you’re in. Between each section, you get 3 to 7 slides of directions to prepare you for the next subtest. You get unlimited time to go through these directions, so you can take a 15-minute break between each section if you wanted to. Simple Drawings Completed 89/100 my estimated score 83/100 I was very jittery, out of some anxiety and a fair amount of caffeine, I miss clicked/double clicked a few of them. The shapes are smaller than I expected from the Trivium Test prep. There is a little bit of lag between each question, so you have a bit more time than it first appears. This section is just about your lizard brain instincts about finding the odd one out. This is basically what the test layout is like for Simple Drawings. The boxes aren’t that defined but Microsoft paint is what I had to work with. You click directly on the shape that isn’t like the others in the SIFT. Simple drawings question layout (imgur) Hidden Figures Completed 37/50 my estimated score 25/50 I still felt a bit jittery. I really feel like Hidden figures is hit or miss. I didn’t know how to study for these, you just either see it or you don’t. The layout is the same as the Simple Drawings, except in place of the row of drawings is the main picture and then you get 5 shapes to choose from. The shapes stayed the same while the main picture changes between each problem. At question #25 or so, one of my shapes switched to another shape, but the rest stayed the same. Army Aviation Information Completed 40/40 with 20 minutes left. The Aviation information, Spatial Apperception and Reading Comprehension subtests allow you to skip, flag, and come back to questions whenever you want. This is the subtest that I felt the most confident in going in, and probably the best in while I was taking the test. Army Aviation information question layout (imgur) There were absolutely no questions on blade regions (stall, driving, driven) Here are the following questions that I guessed on: · What is a skid · Night flights and scanning · Class G operating in weather · What lets you turn the helicopter? changing the amount of tail rotor torque tail rotor thrust tail rotor velocity · Rigid rotor systems (see my drawing above) · When the CG is too far forward…. · When in hovering flight the tail rotor thrust is….? · What decreases the performance of a helicopter more? Warm weather High humidity · The cyclic changes the pitch exactly on the _____? Advancing and retreating blades All of the rotor blades Some more options that I don’t remember · Load element in steady state flight = Less than 1 1 2 3 4 · How do you turn while hovering? · What is the definition of Payload? · What is a Fenestron tail rotor? “is a protected tail rotor of a helicopter operating like a ducted fan. The term Fenestron is a trademark of multinational helicopter manufacturing consortium Airbus Helicopters” – Wikipedia There was a question about the Kiowa warrior which was odd because I was under the impression that the Army doesn’t use them anymore. A few questions about which of the following fits the description of a utility tactical transport helicopter, which of the following is an airframe that US Army Aviators can be trained to fly on, and other airframe names. Spatial Apperception 25/25 questions completed with 33 seconds left. This section is probably the most straight forward. The pictures are all in black and white, land (like a farmer’s field) and darker water. My test didn’t have any cliffs or rocks in the water like some of the study guides showed. The pictures were somewhat difficult to read because the looked like your 5th grade history test that had been photocopied since the 90s. The aircraft was some fixed wing single engine plane with a prop. Not too difficult to see which end was which. Reading Comprehension Completed 20/20 with 12 minutes left over. This section was rather easy for me. Note* The Trivium test prep reading section is like the ASVAB, asking definitions, subjects of the passage, and what most correlates with what the author is saying. The SIFT has one ‘big question’ that applies to each question. If I wrote the directions for this subsection, it would read: “The following section contains 20 passages. For each passage, choose the answer that best summarizes the passage/is most accurate based on the passage.” There are generally 2 choices that don’t make any sense if you actually read the passages. If you read through the passages, look at the choices, re-read and then choose your answer you’ll do well. Math Skills Finished all questions with 15 minutes remaining I haven’t taken a math class since 2019 and have used a calculator for pretty much everything other than basic math. It was a bit rough. There was lots of probability, using dice, a standard deck of cards, and fishing based on how many fish there are in the lake. Know how to multiply fractions. Know long division so you can find speeds. There was a stupid amount of if Elaine runs 8 mph and has 10 miles left in the race and Katy runs 6mph and has 4 miles left in the race, how many minutes apart will they finish. I got some simplifying of polynomials. What is (X-1)1/2 and X-1 I didn’t go over these at all and definitely should’ve Also I got a Log5 in front of a polynomial, no clue what was going on there either. By the way, for the math section they give you the equations for basic geometry (like πr2 and 1/2BH) I was under the impression that they would have it written on a paper sheet or something. Mechanical Comprehension No clue how many questions I got through, the second the subtest was over it went right to my end score. There were no lever questions. I really thought I would get tons of them based on the Trivium test. There were a few gear questions, like which gear goes faster (there was a small one and a big one) and which gears turn the same direction. There was one about the flow of a faucet, nothing difficult there. There were some about electricity, like what Ohms represent, capacitors, Amps. Know the definition of Speed Vs. Work. In a similar note, one question that I found odd was if you have two 10J bricks and pick them both up off the ground to waist height (no actual number given for how high that was) and hold them for 2 minutes, how much work was done? One about using a torque wrench to provide 80-foot lbs of force when the wrench can only produce 60-foot lbs, how much longer would the wrench need to be? Only one question on Newton’s third law, no others mentioned. 2 or 3 questions on velocity and what I now remember is Pascal’s Principle Summary: I think my first 2 weeks of in class time in AIT was more beneficial to me than 1.5 years of flight training. Helicopters are different than fixed wing airplanes and rotors/rotor heads are quite complicated. Leading, lagging, flapping, coning, are all rather new to me, but I learned about them in 15T AIT. I would highly suggest reading the FAA Helicopter Flying Handbook if you have no experience with helicopters/flight. This test is not that hard. If you study reliably for 30 minutes a day for a month you can do just fine. It’s basically that ASVAB but with Army Aviation Information as a subtest. I honestly think that I could’ve walked into the test last month and passed with a 40+. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns feel free to comment.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. NOTE: Some of you may have seen this on the general forums, I apologize for the inconvenience. I was told that this was a better place to post this topic so I decided to give it a shot! Thank you for your understanding. 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 record Health- Everything is good other than glasses, correctable past 20/20 Asvab - 97 GT - 133 GPA - Weight: 4.0, Unweighted: around 3.5 Education: High school diploma (graduating tomorrow) Flight experience- none College credits- none Essay - Second draft completed LORs - 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. EDIT: I understand that being a high schooler, my resume will be VERY weak. In fact, a recent warrant officer who did high school to flight school advised me to just leave the resume blank. Given the points above, I would like to make it clear that I am set on completing this packet. I wish to enter this program before enlisting or going to college, and my chances are 0 if I don't even give it a shot. That being said, I sincerely appreciate all the advice and help I have been given thus far, and look forward to working with some of the most talented men and women in this country.
  8. Hi everyone, I am a high school senior who is very interested in the Army's high school to flight school scholarship/program. A little about me, I an attending an instate university in the fall and participating in NROTC. The marine corps is my first choice of branch but I am looking for every opportunity where I can serve and lead the troops that keep our country safe, hopefully while flying rotary wing aircraft. I was not interested in the Army at first, but I have worked with a WO5 who will write me a LOR and who advised me to apply for the board. Let me be clear that I am NOT applying for this as a 'back up plan' if my other plans 'don't work out'- it is something that I am genuinely interested in and committing myself to whole-heartedly. I have been in touch with a recruiter but we have not met in person yet, I am meeting with him next week My high school GPA is 3.8, I took the pre-asvab and got a 91... I have not taken the APFT What I'm really looking for is some advice on my application, anything I should do or know or prepare for before I meet with the recruiter... I have been working on physical fitness and studying for the asvab, but I don't know a lot about this program. Thank you in advance if you read all of this. edited punctuation
  9. Reaching out to all Warrant Officers, and WOFT applicants in the Southern California area. I am trying to make contact with any aviation warrant officers in San Diego or in the immediate Southern California area to pair up for mentorship and potential LOR. I have heard of some Army Aviation Units in Los Alamitos. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated!
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