Ardo09203 Posted September 30, 2013 Report Share Posted September 30, 2013 Before reading, please note that this is mostly a rant. I am writing this as a way to get some things off my chest, but I am genuinely interested in the responses to the questions at the bottom. I've decided to write this post in order to get some feedback from other WOFT hopefuls, as well as current Army Aviators. I'm sure that this post belongs in the "General" section, but I really only post in here, so I decided this is where it will go. Although it pertains to the helicopter industry as a whole, and not just military aviation. What is the deal with this career/industry? I have never seen a profession so hell bent on waiting for itself to expire. When I first decided to pursue my passion for helicopters as a career, I first turned to civilian aviation. I'm sure we all know why most people shy away from flying privately...MONEY!!! Everyone knows you need lots of it if you plan to make it in the civilian world (has to be the only career out there that cost more to get into, than stands to be made). But not me, as dumb an idea as it was, I was willing to take on any number of loans to achieve my dreams of becoming a pilot (thank god I didn't). The number one thing that made me decide against becoming a pilot at the time....this forum, and others like it! I came to this forum seeking advice on everything from flight schools, to side jobs, to ways to break into this industry. What I found were countless excuses for why not to become a pilot, and I'm sure we've all heard them too. Sure some may agree that is just other pilots giving it to me straight. While I agree with that for the most part, it is still very discouraging to anyone looking to become a pilot, regardless of type. So I turned to the military. I've always wanted to serve, but I never knew in what capacity. When I learned of the Army's WOFT program I was stoked, I was all about it from that point on (granted this was only about 2 months ago). It seems every decision I have made since then, has been made with becoming an Army Aviator in mind. Everything from getting back in shape, to going back to school, to even working my way towards getting out of what little debt I have. I returned to VR, only this time to the .Mil section, seeking advice on my path forward through the WOFT process. I've met some great people thus far, and I'm sure I will meet many more. These people have been so helpful, that a couple of times I had to check my address bar to make sure I was still on VR as these folks were so welcoming and encouraging. As of late however, it seems that all of a sudden the "doom and gloom" of the civilian side is making its way to the military section. It seems every day now I see a post about how the military is downsizing, and how all WO's better get ready to pack up, or how the Army is getting ready to nix an air frame or two in favor of UAVs.Of course the military is downsizing! If you didn't notice that a year ago when POTUS made his speech about removing troops from Afghanistan then quite frankly you're blind! It just amazes me how many people are all of a sudden acting like this is new news and bringing a dark cloud with them. Guys (gals), I understand that it's hard to get a job in the civilian world. Consequently, I understand the tough selection process into an Army that is taking in new troops, as fast as they are letting them go. What I don't understand is why anyone even still bothers to try. If the helicopter industry as a whole is really that bad, then why does anyone even still care about it. Why do you return to VR everyday to discuss flying, or joining the army, even though everyone says it's going to S#!$? For me the answer is simple, I want to be a helicopter pilot! I don't really care what it takes to get there either. For those that don't understand the intensity of my desire. I want to FLY, as bad as I want to BREATHE!!! But for me it's not just about flying, it's about everything that comes with being a pilot in the military. Being an Army Aviator is on my mind from the time I wake up in the morning, to the time I go to bed at night. This is why I return to VR everyday, to remind myself of my dream, and how closely within reach it really is. That is why I haven't given up on this industry. Sure, I understand that while right now may not be the best time to become a pilot, I feel that ignoring my dream will only make me resent myself later. After all, there is no time like the present. So, why do you still have dreams of being a pilot? Or for those of you that are pilots, why do you continue to pursue that passion? Even with the "doom and gloom" surrounding this industry/profession. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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