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  1. I'm going to pursue a helicopter pilot's license with the end goal of making money with it.. How I get my license (military vs civilian flight school) is what I need to decide. What I want to know is: If I stay civilian and go through flight school, am I less likely to find a job as a pilot (let's just say any heli pilot job for argument's sake) than if I were coming out of the military? I want to consider the years of service I would have to do in the military as part of the opportunity cost as well. I understand that military training may be more rigorous but will it make a significant difference? Thanks!
  2. Hello, I'm applying to Army WOFT with the hopes of flying UH-60s and starting to work with a recruiter, however I have a few twists in my application that aren't standard. I also need some guidance for my essay. I'm a Civil Air Patrol cadet, and I'll be a C/2dLt by the time I actually sign my contract. I've been in it for 5 years and have been super active, with both flight experience and emergency services experience from it. Would they be interested in hearing about that? Would they only be interested in a few things (e.g. Search and Rescue Find Ribbon, Disaster Relief Ribbon with a V, any performance based awards)? I graduated/dropped out/tested out of high school by getting my GED as a sophomore, and had crappy grades after I moved to a new high school (went to that high school for 3 semesters). However, I immediately started on my associates degree and have been doing pretty well (high B average). I'm majoring in criminal justice if that matters at all. The reason I'm getting into Army Aviation is because I got to fly in a UH-60 as a 13-year old cadet, and sat in the left gunner seat. Everything just clicked for me at that moment and I knew I wanted to fly them. I have a ton of FEMA training, and I'm planning to get my EMT-B before I sign my contract as well. Is there anything else anyone would recommend? Any glaring issues to resolve?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. ***Update*** I believe I have a better Idea of what the essay is supposed to be now, thank you all for your suggestions on this version! Posting my edited version below in the comments. Hey all, wondering if I could get a little feedback on my essay. I looked at the Army Writing Style publication per a recommendation on another post and made a few tweaks, but want to make sure I do the best I can on it. Why I want to be an Army Aviator Together my personal, professional, EMT, and volunteer Search and Rescue experiences fervently ignited my desire to become an Army aviator. My dad and his dad were USAF O4 F-16 pilots, my mom was in the Air National Guard, and her father was a USAF E9 fixed-wing mechanic. Growing up, I sat for hours on end listening to my grandfathers stories about being part of something greater than themselves. Then, on September 11, 2001, I saw our nation in turmoil as the towers crumbled. Heroic first responders on scene risked their lives to save others, as did the brave servicemen and women in the time following. While watching the aftermath unfold, I felt my calling awaken. It was then I knew beyond a doubt that no matter what I did - I wanted it to include serving my country and helping others, especially within a role of first response. Aviation continued to be an integral part of my upbringing; much of my life was spent in and around planes. Ever since I was young, my goal was always to fly helicopters someday. Later when Hurricane Katrina struck, I volunteered with relief efforts and fell deeper in love with the idea of working in disaster relief. Over the years, I strongly considered joining the Army, but was unable to with hand tattoos - at the time unwilling to remove what I thought was a part of who I was. I set out to find a career, knowing I wanted to pursue first response, to serve in a leadership capacity, to give back, and to someday learn to fly. After completing my Masters degree in Organizational Leadership, I became a high school math teacher, a seasonal ranger on Pikes Peak, and a volunteer member of EL Paso County Search and Rescue (EPCSAR). On Pikes Peak, I am responsible for law enforcement and first response. As a very involved rescue and K9 member of EPCSAR, I frequently respond to a variety of missions including severe traumas, medevacs, high-angle rescues, missing person and evidence searches, and recoveries. I also acquired my Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) license in order to further develop my medical skills in the field. Although I love my civilian life, I know two of my core goals remain unmet: flying and serving my country. As a teacher, I can no longer genuinely encourage my students to pursue whatever they are passionate about, while simultaneously denying my own calling. I started the tattoo removal process last September, because it turns out a few black lines do not at all define who I am. Instead, I am defined by my dreams, my goals, and my desire to serve and fly while helping others. I am working rigorously to make this dream a reality, and I am ready to make my commitment. My goal is to fly Black Hawks for medevacs, and I see myself being a medevac pilot until I retire. There would be no greater honor in my mind than follow my familys legacy and serve our great nation as an Army aviator. Would love any feedback. I know the middle paragraph is 8 sentences but don't really know if I should edit it. I also saw the thing about only reading first and last sentences sometimes so I changed it up a bit and tried to throw out all the important stuff in my first sentence..
  6. *edit* Fairly squared away now. I appreciate the help.
  7. First and foremost - I know that each situation varies greatly depending on circumstance and that many questions regarding moral waivers have been asked and answered. I've been working on my packet for a bit now and I plan on submitting for the May board. I'm waiting for my recruiter to get back from leave next week to submit a moral waiver for me. I was arrested in 2011 at 19 years old for DUI (I won't list the lengthy details unless its needed). The DUI was dropped to wreckless operation of a motor vehicle and transportation of alcohol by a minor. I paid court fines and my license was suspended for 60 days. I wrote a strong letter that I believe will show that I'm well past this and I feel pretty good about my chances of getting a waiver. My WOSM just told me yesterday that "your chances are slim" for getting selected and that if I don't get selected I could "reenlist and apply again once they see I'm serious". I know some guys have been saying that this is a bad idea, that getting in as a civilian is easier than enlisted, and that I should just keep at it. I plan to resubmit until the end. My WOSM & recruiter have been awesome so far and I feel great about having them on my side. Him saying this yesterday gave me a sick feeling that it might be going sour. Does anyone have experience making it through this type of pushback? If I don't get selected the first time and my WOSM tells me to enlist and stops helping, can I submit my packet on my own or does a recruiter do that for you? I am wondering the best way to go about it without being rude, acting like I know everything, and losing their guidance. My current worry is that if I don't get selected first round my WOSM is going to stop helping me and tell me to enlist. I know this is all pretty premature but I want to be prepared and you guys have been AWESOME in helping me with previous questions. Thank you in advance. My Stats: Civilian; No Flight Hours; No Prior-Service Age: 27 ASVAB: 134 GT // 97 percentile SIFT: 61 APFT: TBD Education: Associates Degree in IT - 3.9 GPA LORs: WOSM has a few interviews with senior warrants lined up for me (another reason I don't want to lose his assistance) Flight physical: March 15th @ Ft. Irwin Moral Waivers: 1 TBD
  8. Hi, I posted on a separate thread and was able to get a very helpful response, however now I've done more research and I have more questions related to a civilian applicant and certain conditions so I wanted to get feedback on my questions and the specific process all in one place. So I just turned 28, civilian, have a college degree, Eagle Scout and a varsity runner in high school. No arrests, a few speeding tickets. Health wise, I'm pretty healthy however, there are the below items: Eyes: Currently 20/200 correctable to 20/20 with glasses, my prescription is pretty low. The reason my eyesight is off is bc of my astigmatism. I called Rucker and spoke to a flight surgeon there...very helpful actually. The "MedStandards" app is a goldmine, it's got the phone number there and a lot of useful info. I read my prescription to the doc and explained to him I've been evaluated for bladeless lasik and should be corrected to 20/20 no problem. He said it shouldn't be a problem for my flight physical. In my understanding, in speaking with an army recruiter (who actually is helpful) we uncovered that although it's only 3 months after lasik for a flight physical, MEPS requires 6 months before screening you after a surgery like that. Just wanted to see if anyone else as a civilian applicant, has gone through this? I checked to see if I'm a candidate for PRK, but apparently my cornea is too thick. It seems to me based upon all of my research that LASIK shouldn't be a problem. As a kid, I was told that I had flat feet because I didn't have enough of an arch. I have an arch but I suppose it's not as much as it's supposed to. I was never prescribed orthotics and have never had pain in my feet. I have backpacked over 50miles with a backpack, ran as a XC runner in high school and ran a half marathon 3 years ago and I have never had pain that stops me from doing those activities. Now I'm hesitant about dedicating all this time because I don't want to get dinged at MEPS over something that isn't even a problem for me. I have a few friends in the Army and they said just to keep my mouth shut at MEPS and I'll go right through especially as it's not a problem. My research seems to indicate that if you can prove it's never been a problem or never prescribed...it shouldn't be a problem. I would just hate to get LASIK and study for the SIFT to get dinged on this. Any thoughts? Waivers? 4 years ago, I had minor surgery on my elbows to move a nerve around. Just a few stitches. All they did was snip a small nerve and move it around so it wasn't rubbing up against other things. I haven't had any problems since. Will this be a problem at MEPS? Keep my mouth shut? Obtain the paperwork from the surgeon? How much time should I dedicate to the SIFT and ASVAB to get a score of 70? Seems to me like I should use the 6 months I have to study. I got 2 study guides for SIFT off of Amazon, they seem to be pretty good from reading so far. Finally, would anyone who's a current pilot mind me messaging them? I'd like to get a conversation going and if you think I'm a good shot I'd like to ask for a LOR down the road. I've accomplished anything I wanted to in my life and I feel this would be a challenge that pushes and stimulates me and I like that. One more thing, how likely is it if I ask for an apache slot that I'll get it? I'll push my self to do the best I can at all stages to make me a good candidate. Thank you for reading and I appreciate your feedback. Thanks to those who have served or are currently serving.
  9. Currently in the process of compiling my civilian WOFT Packet. I know you go to BCT, but where do civilian 153a contracts go for BCT? I know its BCT > WOCS > WOFT, and I know the last 2 are obviously at Rucker. But I can't find any information on BCT for civilian 153a's. Any info would be helpful.
  10. I've been going through all the FAQs and sample packet etc on the USAREC website. Alot of the forms seem to be prior service specific. Anybody know if the LORs (specifically from civilian sources) are expected to be on Form 3.3? or if the "optional" (optional...pfffft yeah right!) resume is supposed to be on form 3.2? Or can these be standard word docs for civilians? And I see the FAQ lists the photo as 3/4 length and the Enlistment Program Procedures (civilian spec) lists the photo as full length. Anybody have any guidance? I emailed the recruiting team contact email listed in the contact page but have yet to hear back. Thanks anyone.
  11. Hello all! I would first like to say that this is my first post, and I have enjoyed reading as much as I can handle from this website as I can. (Also, I am new to the forum, bare with me) I am a high school senior to be from Columbus, OH, and will soon be turning 18 in September. I have been interested/obsessed with helicopters for several years now, and it really kicked off with career shadowing day my freshman year at high school, in which I got to bum around a local shop called Helicopter Minit-Men. We stay in touch with the owner and it is an excellent resource, as well as old man - young man friendship. I have also met and gotten to know a chief pilot at Due North Aviation, which is very close to Columbus. I liken him to the Mr. Miyagi of helicopters, in that he's just doing his thing in the middle of nowhere and that, now and again, that determined kid (me) comes out to bug him! I tell you this to show that I have been very proactive in my exploration of the helicopter industry, and that I wish to set myself apart from the kids my age that still don't know what they want to do... I know what I want to do. The main struggle is HOW to go about doing it! This is the year where we are to send out the college applications, and my main struggle is how to fit aviation in there? I am fairly smart (not to sound arrogant), and there is the possibility of going to college for an unrelated degree and forming a "backup plan" with it, and going through the civilian route of training for flight. I could also do an "aeronautical science" degree to finance pilot training via student loans, but that provides little backup plan. Then there is the possibility of WOFT, and with a CW3 for a neighbor just down the street (although he is not a pilot), I have a good resource and guide for this. I should also note that my family and I are tremendously respectful of and thankful for our military. However, my parents seem to change opinion very quickly when their baby starts talking about flying for said military... I should also mention that money IS a bit of an issue. I know, I picked the perfect industry to hope to enter... Any information or guidance you all can provide to me is GREATLY appreciated. I understand that I can get most information to make my decision by reading what is already written, however, I just hoped that you could give direction based on my situation as it stands.
  12. Hello, This is my first post here, so I'm trying to make it a good one. We're all familiar with military search and rescue but is there a civilian counterpart to that? In my research I have found civilian helo's that do search and rescue but never in the U.S. Are there jobs out there where you work for a non-military program that does SAR? And are they abundant? Basically, I would love to work my way up to doing a mission like this or EMS someday, any info would be greatly appreciated, and i'll do my own research from there. I will attach a link I found to civi SAR training: http://www.priority1airrescue.com/Press_Releases.html Thanks, Nick pic related: british contract SAR helo
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