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  1. My unit didn't stop my orders in '13 when I went to school. Overpaid me 6 weeks ADOS and didn't catch it until the end of the FY. It took me until last year to pay it back 😎
  2. Not quite the bonus, but relevant; in case any of you part-timers out there want to waste your time trying to participate in our democracy, there's a link to contact your reps at the top of the page: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/hr2953 H.R. 2953: Aviation Incentive Pay Parity Act To amend title 37, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of a military department to pay an officer in a reserve component of a uniformed service aviation incentive pay at the same rate as an officer in the regular component of that uniformed service.
  3. 10 months to process the ARB @ NGB is BS, which is especially dumb if you're going to be going to UPT anyway. I'm at like 10 weeks and I'm pissed. Of course, it did take 11 months to FEDREC me into the Army Guard so I'm not terrible surprised. Interestingly, I've been told I don't need my conditional release until the ARB is approved.
  4. C-23 was pretty good for the Army, while it lasted anyway.
  5. https://www.amazon.com/Princeton-Tec-Remix-Headlamp-Lumens/dp/B00UAACCE2/ref=asc_df_B07BQNGBC5/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312162172209&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=13485014215762734333&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9033901&hvtargid=aud-801381245258%3Apla-568779641162&th=1 cheapo headlamp, cycles through 2 green intensities and you have to hold the button down to go to white so it's hard to so inadvertently in the cockpit. i preflight in white and pull it down to my neck when i put my helmet on. *** in case the link dies: Princeton Tec Remix LED Headlamp w/ Green LEDs ***
  6. It's a valid question though. I know that there are companies that will round file your resume if they notice you're in the reserves or guard. They've had enough issues with us in the past and they can't accommodate someone leaving for drills or AT during the season. I get it. I split train all of my drills when I'm scheduled for work because I have a hitch schedule. In helicopter aviation, if you allow someone else to start flying your contract, then they have your contract when the music stops and there's no more work. You might still 'have a job,' but when you're paid a daily rate and not salaried, that doesn't mean much. I'm in a better situation now with a lot more leverage over my employer, but I don't screw over my employer because they pay my mortgage; Uncle Sugar doesn't. Long term orders are a bit of a different story, but it's still a very valid question. If I was the OP, I'd go to a large company that will stand a good chance of weathering a recession and still existing in a few years. I'd also be very proactive in communicating with the first-line supervisor about what to expect and try to work out with them a plan to minimize impact to the company.
  7. ARB right now. Then I have to do the IST. I'm staying under the same TAG so things should be pretty straightforward after A3 approval, but there's the whole WO=>O DOR/TIG issue that will probably have to get sorted out again as if it's the first time ever.
  8. There's a formal process, easy to find on the public internet, with dedicated personnel to intake off-the-street guys. There's a formal process for ISTs, but no dedicated personnel and it took a lot of google-fu to find the requirements; if you're doing the IST you need to keep pushing things along and making sure your packet doesn't get orphaned, also hopefully you're current unit is helpful. For Os, If you've had a break in service, or are planning to, you're time in grade keep building in the ready reserve and can grenade your chances depending on your current grade. For WOs you have to go to OTS. For Army pilots, you'll be rotary only unless you get hired through a SUPT board (which puts you through the off-the-street process, which, though more extensive, has more support and is a more streamlined process). I was a prior O, current WO, doing an IST. It took a year of phone calls, texts and emails between myself and the boss and the deputy before I got fed up enough (with the Army) to go over there and not leave until I talked to the commander. That was in November. My packet is finally at NGB after extensive delays, mainly unforced, but I can't access the templates and checklists that the HARMs office used to assemble the packet (not that I even knew what HARMs was until 6 weeks after the recruiter sent my info off to the group HARMs office instead of the squadrons and I went over to the squadron to ask what was going on). They also kicked it back immediately because they didn't read past the first page then asked for a bunch 'more' information, which was all already in the packet. If I was smarter I would've at least applied to a SUPT board for the sister Herc squadron and hoped for an age waiver, but if I was smarter I wouldn't have gone to the academy in the first place.
  9. You gotta be thirsty with the AF types. Treat it like Tinder: Always Be Closing...
  10. The process takes forever either way. Go for both. And they should already assume you're dumb. You joined the Army to fly.
  11. Do you want to be a SEAT pilot? Fly the heavies? Air attack is more of an entry level pilot gig. SEAT guys make good money once they're federally carded but are gone all season. Change is afoot in the industry though. You've got plenty of time. SEAT guys need Ag time though. Just go to a fire conference sometime and network. Carding requirements are public and set by OAS. You'll probably see companies post on JSFirm and the like as they are having a lot of trouble filling seats.
  12. 60G course is around 5 months. Without UPT you'll be restricted to helo only, but not necessarily 60s only. QOL, duty locations and flying opportunities will be better on team blue than on team green so you could fail and still fail up.
  13. Read the FARs, specifically 61 and 91. Mil medical = 3rd class. No need for biannual if you're getting annual mil eval. It's all there.
  14. Interesting. My process so far has been medical, then ARB, then IST packet proper. Currently waiting on the ARB. I'll be helo only, already rated and prior commissioned. Haven't heard about the TS issue, but I'll query my recruiter. I'm about 3 months in. Supposed to be another 3-5 months.
  15. you'll need a conditional release signed by your command or a resignation.
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