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Sunday, April 18, 2021

My guess is your aviation experience will allay any concerns they might have about you succeeding in flight school, but will also raise some concern about split loyalties. Not saying that is right or wrong, but the guard/reserve has been weary of aviators who fly fixed wing commercially as many have prioritized their airline careers over getting their army flight hours. I’ve talked to people who were asked about this during their aviation boards. That is to say — have an answer ready.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Do your best but don't drag your heels, your goal should be to get a quality packet submitted as soon as you can. If you have a weak point make sure you're compensating somewhere else in your packet. Having some aviation experience is good but understand that it's somewhat irrelevant to what you're going to be doing in the Army, so in your resume/essay you can highlight your experience but don't focus on it. In other words that can't be the only egg in your basket.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Good evening! I am a civilian pilot (King Air 350 SIC) working on a WOFT packet for a local Reserve unit that flies the CH-47. I am still early on, my only contact is the recruiter though I am about ready to take the SIFT. What general advice do you have on putting a packet together and what are the selection rates looking like in FY21? (Sidenote- located in the Midwest and I would love to discuss this with current pilots in the area) Thank you! Age: 22 Commercial ASEL/AMEL/IR-A/BE300 Eagle Scout, numerous volunteer experience Education: HS, AS almost complete. Recommendation Letters: Army O-6 CW-3 (UH-1) Captain (BE-300) Designated Pilot Examiner

Saturday, April 17, 2021

She is working there currently and it is just a contract for a two year obligation but just pay back whatever of the 10k you didn’t work out which is just free money. She can stay there as long as she likes though if we were to stay in the area.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Its different for everyone. The big factor is getting you into a WOCS class. So, depending when that is, you will start basic sooner, obviously. I was prior service S2S, i got in a WOCS class 6 months out. Some guys were 12 months... My advice is to do what you need or want to so now. You could have a report date anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

AGE : 26 RANK : O2 TIS: 3.5 years GT : N/A SIFT : 63 APFT : 280 EDUCATION : B.S. Finance 3.42 PHYSICAL : Stamped LOR : 2 x O3, 2 x O5, 2 x CCWO CW5, 1 retired Aviation O5 DEPLOYMENT: 0 OERs: 2 - HQ WAIVERS : N/A

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Very insightful; thank you for yet another highly objective and well-written post. The guy is burnt out with his career and wants to fly, without taking out loans. If law enforcement is a good fit for his personality, and something he has an interest in, it could be a good career move. While it’s obviously not a guarantee, there is at least an opportunity to achieve his goal in that scenario. That possibility doesn’t exist at all if he continues his career as a teacher.

Friday, April 16, 2021


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

You answered your own questions regarding Army aviation and its pit falls. In the pecking order of military aviation, Army aviation comes in last. At one time, the Army aviation commitment was 4yrs less, not any more. The Army has the longest commitment now. All services have a guaranteed Street to Seat program before enlisting but the Army only requires a HS/GED vs a college degree. Even though Army aviation comes in last, you are STILL in the Pilot Seat. And that's what counts. Max age for AF/Navy pilot training is 32. You don't have much time. Not much time for the Army either at 33. Pick your poison and enjoy the ride. You can always go back to teaching once retiring off active duty.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

You say you’ve “wanted to fly your whole life.” Understand; one joins the military to be a solider and then they let you fly. Same holds true for LE, ala, one joins a PD to become a Police Officer and somewhere down the road, they let you fly…… Both career paths require a monumental amount of commitment with no guarantees. Specifically, if your reasons to join the military or a PD is “free” flight training, you better think again….