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  • Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

    I'm an enlisted 68W in the NCNG due to ship for training in 10 months. If I wanted to get my commercial rotary wing pilot's license so that I can pilot a civilian AirCare helicopter, would the NG help me pay for it since it's so expensive?

    Also what kind of effect would it have on my tuition assistance if I decided to go to a 4-year college later? Can it, like, deplete my tuition assistance since Rotary Wing CPL is like $70,000 total?

    I'm just kind of confused as to how this works...

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    Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

    In general, tuition assistance will only pay for one credential. That is one associates degree, one bachelors degree, and one masters degree. Generally, tuition assitance will not pay for individual license. So if you wanna be a heating and air man without a college degree, that benefit usually will not help. However, the gi bill usually will.

    The thing with pilot schools is there are two types. There is one called part 61 and one called part 141. Because of the differences in requirements, one type is a plain jane flight school and the other type is generally associated with a college. Such as Embry Riddle and Caldwell Tech College (in North Carolina), those schools are associated with a college, and a degree plan (I think those are usually the part 61 schools, but I might have that backwords), in this case tuition assistance can help. If you attend Bob's flight school, usually you cannot use the TA, but can most liekly use your GI Bill if it is VA approved.

    If I remember correctly in NC you are looking at 4500 a year state TA and 4500 a year Federal TA. That isn't going to put much of a dent into a civilian commercial pilots license. Why in the world would you not apply to WOFT?????
    Last edited by ParalegalNCO1; September 7th, 2011, 01:06 PM.

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    • #3
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      Recruiter says no WOFT application until after AIT and ranked as E-4 (E-3 now). Even then I've heard it's practically impossible to get into WOFT.

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      • #4
        Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

        Originally posted by skyreep View Post
        Recruiter says no WOFT application until after AIT and ranked as E-4 (E-3 now). Even then I've heard it's practically impossible to get into WOFT.
        I think you're recruiter is smoking something. NC usually has more WOFT seats then they can fill. The cost benefit to you would be enormous to wait until you can get into WOFT if you really want to fly. Call the state aviation office and get the facts. There is a LT (maybe a captain now) that handles all the applications. Just dial JFHQ 919-664-6000, hit zero, ask for state aviation office. Start speaking.

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        • #5
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          But I'm already enlisted as a 68W healthcare specialist. I'm due to ship next July 3rd. Is there anything I would be able to do even if there is a seat? My recruiter has been great but I thought there was a "High School to Flight School" program too so it surprised me when he told me that. He was aviation in the Marine Corp for 14 years.

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          • #6
            Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

            Originally posted by skyreep View Post
            But I'm already enlisted as a 68W healthcare specialist. I'm due to ship next July 3rd. Is there anything I would be able to do even if there is a seat? My recruiter has been great but I thought there was a "High School to Flight School" program too so it surprised me when he told me that. He was aviation in the Marine Corp for 14 years.
            There is no HS to Flight School option in the guard. You misunderstood what I said. You are on the right track, you have to have an enlisted job first. What I am telling you is it is not impossible, nor do you have to go to AIT in all circumstances. You can however get the ball rolling now with AFAST test, Flight Physical, and the Facts on what needs to be done by talking with the Aviation Office. If you havent went to basic yet though, then I misunderstood you; focus on that first, since that has to be done regardless. When you come back, you can get the jump on your WOFT packet.

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            • #7
              Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

              The only thing I can contribute to this is that the GI Bill will not pay for a private pilots license unless it's apart of a degree program. They will, however, pay for the CPL. So even if you just want to use the GI Bill, Bob's flight school is out, Embry Riddle or similar will work.

              I did some pretty extensive research on a way to get the GI bill to pay for the private license and aparently a lot of people are upset it wont.

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              • #8
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                I don't ship to basic until July 3rd next year, I got E-3 due to college credit hours, and I won't be ready for my physical for a while. I would really like to do it though. I love helicopters and flight. Plus I became a medic so I could do AirCare.

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                • #9
                  Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

                  Originally posted by show_stopper999 View Post
                  The only thing I can contribute to this is that the GI Bill will not pay for a private pilots license unless it's apart of a degree program. They will, however, pay for the CPL. So even if you just want to use the GI Bill, Bob's flight school is out, Embry Riddle or similar will work.

                  I did some pretty extensive research on a way to get the GI bill to pay for the private license and aparently a lot of people are upset it wont.
                  It depends on whaat chapter you use. I don't know for each individually, but Chapter 30 will contribute some.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

                    If you have not been deployed than your GI Bill will be around 300 a month.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

                      Originally posted by RSP NCO View Post
                      If you have not been deployed than your GI Bill will be around 300 a month.
                      Not always though. In this guys case yes, but it is very possible to be prior service, never deployed with Chapter 30...or prior service never deployed with Chapter 33.

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                      • #12
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                        Yes...but we are talking about a non prior service, so I just gave the answer that pertained to him. Didn't see the need to confuse him with things that didn't apply to him.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by RSP NCO View Post
                          Yes...but we are talking about a non prior service, so I just gave the answer that pertained to him. Didn't see the need to confuse him with things that didn't apply to him.
                          I'm with ya. Just being specific for others who may be learning from the thread.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

                            Originally posted by ParalegalNCO1 View Post
                            It depends on whaat chapter you use. I don't know for each individually, but Chapter 30 will contribute some.
                            Nice, I need to do more research then. Right now according to the VA I am elligible for the guard/reserve bill, but from my undertstanding I will become elligible the post 9/11 after a deployment.

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                              Re: Pilot Tuition Asisstance?

                              Originally posted by show_stopper999 View Post
                              Nice, I need to do more research then. Right now according to the VA I am elligible for the guard/reserve bill, but from my undertstanding I will become elligible the post 9/11 after a deployment.
                              As it stand right now, I don't think Chapter 33 would help you. But there are tons of changes coming down the pipeline after 1 OCT and I don't know what they all are.

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