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  1. 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.
  2. I have written out a few rough drafts and revisions to my essay and had some peers give me advice. This is what I have so far. If you have the time please give it a read and give some insight or advice on what I should change, add, remove, etc. Some background on me before the essay. I am a 68W, PFC with a year and a half of service. I was a holdover at airborne school (injury before I even started) for 8 months. I just got to my unit a couple weeks ago, and my leadership is all for sending me to do greater things. I have not taken the SIFT yet, but I have a study guide and I am studying every day. I also need to get the flight physical done first but I am not in the best shape right this moment and don't meet height/weight. I am working on that every day and will be good to go by the time it's actually time to get the physical done. This is something I've always wanted to do, and unfortunately I didn't know about the street to seat program before I enlisted. I aspire not only to be an Army Aviator, but to be seen as a leader as a warrant officer. Just seeing and hearing helicopters roar overhead turns my head in awe, knowing I will be the one flying one day. I will be an excellent Army Aviator, and an exemplary leader as a warrant officer. After playing soccer for 5 years, I learned the value of being a team player. Decision making and leadership skills were developed as I was team captain for 3 of those years. During trade school I volunteered as class leader, excelling for all 4 years. Having this role further enhanced my leadership ability and team orientation. Attending a technical high school also greatly contributed to a strong technical ability. At Fort Benning I volunteered to help at the Martin Army Community Hospital, increasing screening efficiency and expediting the process to admit patients in need of help. I also volunteered at the Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic. During AIT I volunteered for a squad leader position, in charge of over 30 soldiers daily. While serving in this position I was appointed the tactical leader for the entire platoon during a 14 day FTX at Camp Bullis. I was chosen because my peers acknowledged my capability of operating under high stress, and as a leader. I have always dreamt of being an aviator, and I am fully ready and capable to turn those dreams into reality. Due to my past experiences in leadership roles, ability to operate under stress, technical ability, team orientation, and greatest of all the will to fly, I will become an aviator and I will be an outstanding leader as a warrant officer.
  3. Hello everyone, I mostly am a lurker for information here, but I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve put together most of my packet. This is my “Why I want to be a Army Aviator” essay as of the moment and I am constantly going through and making changes as I see fit. If any of you could review my essay and give any feedback, it would be greatly appreciated. “Why I want to be an Army Aviator” Whether it be from my experiences working in hydro seeding, construction and various positions working in a restaurant, or being a competing member of a sports team, I know that I have obtained valuable experiences and preparation to be a good leader, Soldier, and Warrant Officer. I have taken a Private Pilot Ground School course and learned a great deal about being an Aviator through courses, books, and pilots that I know. I have excelled throughout school, while taking honors classes and being on sports teams. All of these accomplishments have increased my ability to become the best Warrant Officer and Aviator I can be, to meet the U.S. Army’s needs. Being a Soldier has many duties and responsibilities and I will uphold these duties and responsibilities to the best of my ability while I am serving, setting the example for others that serve with me. Obedience and high standards are a duty that a soldier must uphold, and my past experiences with supervisors and being obedient to the way that things work in a civilian job have conditioned me for this duty in the U.S. Army. Teamwork is a duty that must be upheld to have an efficient and effective Army. My training and experience, working with others in the workforce and competing on a sports teams, has given me the understanding and qualifications to be a better team player. This is a value that I will bring to the U.S. Army. Hard work is a given, as a soldier, and the hardships of school, working, competing in sports, and being there for family, all at once, or at separate times has prepared me for this duty. Finally, I have always wanted to serve my country. I believe that one of the most prestigious things someone can do for their country is to defend its freedom, its people, and the lives of others that fight for it. Flying holds a special place for me and those within my family that came before me. Aviation, specifically rotary wing flight, is a topic that has surrounded me, my whole life. The reason for this, is because I will be following in the footsteps of my grandfather, a retired CWO4, who flew Dustoff UH-1’s, AH-1 Cobra’s and OH-58 Kiowa helicopters for the U.S. Army, during his 20 year career, then my father, a CWO2, who flew Cobra’s, Chinook’s and Huey’s for the U.S. Army, and was honorably discharged, before becoming an Alaska State Trooper, and now I am striving to fly helicopters for the U.S. Army. I will lead fellow soldiers to the absolute best of my ability, and, will be the best Soldier possible for the U.S. Army, and I will fly to the best of my ability, to uphold safety and standards, and raise them where possible.
  4. Be as brutal as possible. Why I want to be an Army WOFT Aviator Serving my country as a Soldier, leader and aviator will be one of the greatest honors of my life. My mother and step-father were Army officers until retirement and my grandfather was a Soldier during WWII. Growing up in this environment instilled in me the Army’s values and the desire to serve. I admire the duty, loyalty and personal courage it takes to be a Soldier and know that I will be successful in this role. My leadership skills, ability to adapt under pressure, and technical acumen demonstrate that I am an excellent warrant officer and aviator candidate. Over the last 5 years. I have worked as an unmanned aerial systems operator and have become an award-winning industry expert through self-study and drive. I fly technically-complex, heavy-lift unmanned aircraft, in order to inspect critical infrastructure, while also leading teams on jobsites. My decisions and attention to detail directly impact the safety and success of the flight missions. Oftentimes, there is a high amount of pressure and visibility put on these missions due to weather, scheduling, budget, personnel issues, politics etc. Despite this, I remain confident, complete my tasks, perform proper preflight and safety checks, and get the job done. It will be an honor to take on the responsibility of being a Soldier, leader, and aviator in selfless service to my country. Becoming a part of the most lethal flying force in the world will be a big challenge, but I firmly believe that I will be a great asset to the US Army. I will use my determination to succeed, desire to serve, and passion for aviation to stay motivated. If given this opportunity, I will continue to build upon my leadership skills, become an excellent solider, and an effective aviator.
  5. Hey all, I'm nearing the end of completing my WOFT Packet (got a couple things on hold right now due to COVID-19) and have been trying to get my UF 3.2 Summary perfect. I would appreciate if anyone could take a look at my summary: I look back with fond memories of my first air show at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Florida. Watching the Blue Angels fly in their famous diamond formation close overhead was all I needed to see as a child- from that moment on I knew I wanted to fly. If you had asked me then, I would have said all a pilot did in the military was eat, sleep and fly. I now know there is so much more to being a military aviator than just being a pilot. Being an Army Aviator and a Warrant Officer demands quality steadfast leadership, technical expertise and the ability to be a trusted advisor both in and out of the cockpit. It has been my observation that Army Warrant Officers are highly trained technical experts in their field and an important asset to their respective Command Team. My experience as a Soldier and a Noncommissioned Officer have shown me I have the motivation, drive, humility and will to become the kind of Warrant Officer I would want to serve alongside. The kind of Officer and aviator that will inspire those around them to reach beyond what is expected and strive for more than they believe themselves capable. A leader who will bring the very best and leave the Army better than how I found it. As a Noncommissioned Officer I have had the incredible opportunity to lead and develop intelligent, experienced Soldiers from all different walks of life. This has allowed me to fine-tune my leadership abilities and create a style wholly my own that I can utilize to accomplish the mission. I have flourished in multiple different Army Commands, and have proven that I am an adaptable leader who exemplifies the Total Soldier Concept. I love leading Soldiers and rising to overcome difficult challenges, because these important life experiences are what develops Army Leaders. To earn the opportunity to combine a dream of mine, being a pilot, with my passion, which is being a Leader in the United States Army, could not be more of an honor for me. My experience, passion and willingness to learn are what qualify me to be an Army Aviator. To quote President John F. Kennedy, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”. I want to be an Army Aviator because being an Army Aviator is about more than just eating, sleeping and flying. It’s about being a quality leader who leads by example. I will be the well-rounded Aviator that seeks to accomplish these tenets. ~ Anyways, any constructive criticism would be much appreciated. Also if anyone is willing to take a look at my UF 3.2 Resume to make sure it checks out I would highly appreciate it! As I get closer to to having a complete packet the nerves are really starting to set in.
  6. ***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..
  7. All, I am a civilian with no prior military experience currently working on my WOFT packet. Can someone tell me if I am on the right track with my WOFT essay? I wrote this early on so I can revise it over time and am checking to see if this is on the right track to a solid essay. Trying to keep it down to 3 concise paragraphs per some of the helpful information found throughout this great forum. Its in very rough form so I am hoping to continue working on it. Thanks in advance for your evaluation. "Why I Want to be an Army Aviator" As a Warrant Officer and Army Aviator, my leadership, communication, and technical abilities paired with a passion for education and strong values will serve the Army in all missions in which I am involved. I want to be an Army Aviator because the Army’s core values resonate deeply with my own and I believe this position will enable me to flourish as a leader, soldier, and a technical expert. Not to mention, piloting an aircraft for the U.S. Army is highly exciting to me and will fulfill my childhood dream of operating in the sky. Throughout the process of becoming a black belt in Taekwondo I founded my own core values. Loyalty and respect for my instructors as well as honor for the culture of my art form came first. Eventually, I founded the Junior instructor program of the American Taekwondo Association in my town and became a leader and a role model. Providing my peers a direct path to leadership gave me a valuable sense of honor, pride and great personal fulfillment. As a Warrant Officer I will be loyal to the United States Army, implement my leadership ability, and find great honor and pride in putting my life on the line to serve my country. Multi-tasking under high stress and making impactful decisions with limited information energizes me. While earning my degree in Information Technology with a 3.98 GPA, I focused on a career to develop my technical skill and ability to multitask in high stress environments. As a technical analyst, I became an expert in my field and learned how to effectively communicate in various formats with emergency services as I regularly spearheaded prioritized efforts to restore infrastructure in response to emergency situations. I strive to become an expert in any field in which I am involved. As an Army Aviator I will apply my drive to succeed, passion for education, effective communication skills and technical aptitude to master my aircraft.
  8. Hello Everyone, I've been lurking on this forum for a little while and have read most of the threads I have come across regarding this topic. I was hoping you guys/girls can roast my essay/summary so I can improve it? I have used the links in regards to readability and actually watched the DoD Course on Plain Language suggested by Stearmann4. I feel like it comes across as a bit fluffy and not enough concise detail, and trying to avoid the cliche sentences is easier said than done! Let me know what you think, thank you! “Why I Want to be an Army Aviator” The military has always been on my mind since a young age. I love military history and strategy, and come from a family of prior service members and civil servants. The camaraderie, loyalty, and great sense of purpose that comes from a military lifestyle and career is appealing to me. I’m able to serve my country, be part of something that’s bigger than myself, and be a good role model. I’m also able to directly and indirectly have a positive influence on people’s lives while pursuing my dream of being an aviator in one of the world’s most lethal flying forces. I love the freedom of being able to fly and land virtually anywhere, as well as the thrill of essentially defying the laws of gravity. As a scuba diver, I understand how important it is to keep your composure during stressful situations. This trait is also reflected through my extensive international experience of leading students through various countries while seamlessly integrating into diverse cultures. As an aviator, I can make a greater impact on the lives of my fellow soldiers from the air than from the ground by providing CAS, Medivac, and Recon. This will indirectly have a positive impact on their family back home because they are safe. Being a Warrant Officer appeals to me because it provides the opportunity to refine my leadership skills and test them by setting the best example for my men. The position allows me to challenge myself to become part of the prestigious three percent of technical and tactical experts of my field. Being a slight perfectionist, mastering the criteria of my career is what I strive for. Going through the WOFT process, the willingness of Senior Warrant Officers to help prospective candidates succeed is a trait I admire greatly. -Tony
  9. **First thanks for the reviews/criticism of my original rough draft. This is more or less my 3rd draft. Ran it by my commands Career Counselor he says its solid could use "something" tho. Anyways feel free to make suggestions or critiques...more eyes the better** Imagine waking up going to work sitting in front of a panel of complicated controls while hovering hundreds of feet in the air. Sounds thrilling, yet bizarre for most, but you could say that’s another day at the office for an Army aviator. Once I found out I had the opportunity of doing this same thing, I knew I had to try to make it into a reality. Subsequently I earned my Bachelors in Economics from the University of Kansas; along the way I had the opportunity to intern with the university’s “Student Money Management Services”. My job was to aid my peers, who were once like me seeking financial advice, build plans for economic success. The most rewarding part about that job was the satisfaction of directly helping someone who was in need; you couldn’t put a price on that feeling. Though I love the financial field, I wanted a career where I directly helped individuals in a bigger and more exciting way. As an Army Aviator I can accomplish this by supporting service members in the air and in the office. Currently working as an avionics technician (AT) has given me the opportunity to be a part of a bigger community. Passing both “A” school and “C” school with a 95% average I’ve picked up avionics with relative ease. Since I’ve been at my command I have learned how to efficiently troubleshoot several navigation systems and have been active in command events/organizations. It’s been almost four years since I first reached out to a recruiter and since then I’ve tremendously grown, not just as a sailor, but also as a person. Whether it’s volunteering as a “Big Brother”, pursuing an MBA, or taking small leadership roles, I’m always finding new ways to better myself so that I can in return better those around me. My superiors see this in me as well and fortunately evaluated an early promotion to E4. Though I have seen recent success as an AT, It hasn’t completely satisfied my desire in helping my brothers in arms. If granted the opportunity to be a commissioned officer, I would not only be a successful pilot, but even a better leader. My belief in myself stems from where I’ve been -knowing what it does and does not take to properly lead. Seeing the chain of command from the bottom up one understands as a junior the best leadership is by example. By leading through example I can foster a positive work environment thus bettering the whole crew. Applying as a prior/technician, I also understand the dynamic relationship between maintenance and crew. Already having the ability to work as a team, I will have no problem piloting alongside those involved in the overall mission. In the words of retired four-star General Colin Powell “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” For the past four years I have been working harder than ever on perfecting who I can be and doing everything in my control to make a commission a reality. I hope that you also see this potential and grant me the opportunity to further succeed by becoming an aviator in the United States Army. Thank you for your time and consideration in this important matter. Very respectfully..
  10. Hey guys this is my first post and have been a lurker for a while on this forum. Im in the earlier process of building my application/package and was looking for some healthy criticism/review of my essay, thanks! **If it seems a bit ambiguous in terms of Army references it's because Im applying for multiple commissioning programs (Navy) *Is this too long? Like many kids growing up I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do when I got older, yet I knew wanted to do something bigger than myself. It took me a while to figure out what that could possibly be, but it hit me in my earliest adult years. I went to the University of Kansas and eventually earned my bachelors in economics. Along the way I had the opportunity to intern with the university’s “Student Money Management Services”. My job was to help my peers who were once like me: struggling with personal finances and financial aid come up with plans for financial success. The most rewarding part about that job was the satisfaction of helping someone who was in need; you couldn’t put a price on that feeling. It was this same satisfaction that confirmed my future career path had to be one where I directly helped those around me. So that’s when I decided to focus on a career providing for a community. And what better community is there than the Unites States of America? So like any other ambitious person I called my local recruiting office and inquired about all the different programs the military had to offer. In that process what intrigued me the most was the aviation community. After doing more research I learned I had the capability of being an officer upon completion of my degree. But as I went to speak to a couple recruiters they began to tell me I wasn’t competitive where I stood, and to be frank they were right. It wasn’t a matter if I could apply for a commission but rather was a commission right for me at the time. I struggled most of my college career academically, financially, and even in my personal life. It wasn’t until the later part of my junior year I got myself completely together. Knowing all that I still had a desire to serve a community. So I did what most people would tell you not do, and enlisted with a degree shortly after college hoping one day soon I could earn a commission. And to be honest I don’t regret it at all. The military has sharpened me in ways most careers would never. It’s been a catalyst to my already progressive mindset and for that I am thankful for. But there’s still a part of me that knows Iam capable of more. Working as an avionics technician has given me the opportunity to be a part of a bigger community but I know I have the ability of better serving my country. It’s been almost four years since I first reached out to a recruiter and since then I’ve tremendously grown, not just as a service member, but also as a person. Whether its community volunteering, pursuing a MBA, or taking small leadership roles, I’m always finding new ways to better myself so that I can in return better those around me. By being surrounded by officers I’ve had the opportunity to firsthand understand that this is what they do at a larger scale. I believe if granted the opportunity to be a commissioned officer I would not only be a successful leader, but I would be able to greater serve those who are in need. My belief in my success stems from where I’ve been, knowing what it does and does not take to be a successful leader. In the words of retired four-star General Colin Powell “ Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” I’ve learned from my shortfalls and have seen exemplary leadership since. For the past four years I have been working hard on perfecting who I can be and doing everything in my control to make a commission a reality. I hope that you also see this potential and allow me to better help my peers by becoming an aviator in the United States _____. Respectfully, …….
  11. Hello, I am currently going making my way through creating my packet for WOFT. I think I have a pretty good chance, but would love some help on the Why I Want to Be an Army Aviator essay. If anyone who has gone through and been accepted could give me some pointers or recommended revisions on my essay that would be great. Here's the link to the google doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V-RT2QtqeAyJFRM7D6N9QWrpsZPJfYzTK7fxdmi8rOQ/edit?usp=sharing Thank You
  12. Hello all, I am shooting for the July board. I have a few LoR's inbound (unfortunately no SWO's) and I am chipping away at the paperwork. I have a draft of the essay and the resume I would like some feedback on. I used the format given on the sample packet on the USAREC site. It has been a bit of a head hurter. I want my essay to be unique but from my experience... follow the damn instructions. My wife is an English major so she will be hitting me up on that grammar, punctuation, etc. However, I would like some community professionals to pick apart the format and content. If anyone would be willing to take a look at the first iteration, I will PM it to you.
  13. Hey everyone, I have completed my packet for March, however, as of today I have come to a bit of a concerning subject; the essay requirements. I was directed by my recruiter to type a one page essay and have a handwritten copy of it. Today, however, I was told by another applicant that the essay requirements are for it to be one-page-handwritten and then type a copy of that. My deadline for updating my packet is Friday, thus, I am trying to figure this out so I know if I need to get a new essay submitted or not. My questions are: (1) Has anyone made the mistake I have? If so, did it matter (If you were selected)? (2) Lined or blank paper for the handwritten? Neither the battalion or my recruiter have said anything, and while they have been amazing thus far, I refuse to lay my career in their hands when it comes to something I can fix. Thanks for the information!
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