tsimmns Posted July 13, 2013 Report Share Posted July 13, 2013 To start the title of this post says it all. I know that most on here get bored of answering the same questions, but the ones who are the WO Pilots are the ones we strive to be like. So a little about me to start with. I am 30 years old. I began my military start while in college at The University of Mississippi by joining the AF ROTC. Let's just say that after two and a half years I focused more on wordly things than the studies I should have been. After leaving the ROTC program and eventually leaving the University I left without a degree and a not so decent average. In 2005 I moved back home and under guidance from my father joined the Air National Guard (187 FW) in Montgomery, Alabama with an AFSC in Non-Destructive Inspection. I achieved a 5-level and eventually transferred in 2009 to a unit in my home town in Meridian, MS (186 ARW). Last year I was transferred to another AFSC because of cut backs and sent to Avionics/Electronic Counter Measures, which led to more schooling and more training. While this has been a great experience I have always wanted to be a WO and an aviator. I'm sure that is a cliche line, but I like some others serve in the military not for glory, but to serve the country. My questions now come as these. Being a current Guard member, what could I expect if I tried to first go Active Duty Army as an aviator and WO? I know that if I transfer to an Army National Guard unit that I will first have to through Boot Camp and AIT. While this doesn't bother me, at my age I am concerned of the age limit that I will be approaching in two and a half years. I also know through research that getting a WO and aviator spot in the Guard is a lot more tough than say the Active Duty route. While I realize they both are very competitive, I feel I am up for the competion as I have learned nothing in life is worth having if it comes easy. I have concerns about who I would need to even talk to if about trying to first go Active Duty. Like has been discussed on here, it seems the Recruiters are clueless about anything WO related. If I were to try the Active route, would I be considered a civilian trying to gain an interview at a selection board? I guess basically I'm starting from scrath as most in the Guard Unit I am in, frown upon anyone wanting to leave. Thanks for your time and any information you can provide. Ssgt Anthony K Simmons Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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