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    I've done some searches on this forum and google so forgive me if I overlooked the answers I'm seeking.

    I have 4 weeks left of AIT (74d) here in Fort Leonard Wood, MO. I am a business owner in Atlanta, GA and joined the Guard to follow my childhood dream of flying Apaches. I will stop at nothing to reach my goals. I have a 123 GT score, am top 5% of my class right now and have a 297 PT score. I will take the AFAST when I get back home.

    All I really want to fly is the Apache. My recruiter that is helping me out says that it varies on states/whatever unit picks me up. I am willing to apply in ANY state and move to that state if selected. However, I can't seem to find any info on where the Apache units are located. Thats how it works, right?

    Secondly, I am not married but have a fiance. I know flight school is a loooooong time. Will I have the freedom to live off post during flight school? I'd like to get an apt with her. Or is it like AIT where we live in a barracks and have little to no freedom?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I do not believe the Georgia National Guard has any Apache units. We fly just about everything else, however. I was actually recently in touch with the Aviation Recruiter from our state. If you want his email so you can get in touch with him, send me a PM.

    Have you made sure that your vision is passing for flight school? A lot of people get hung up on that.

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    • #3
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      I have 20/20 so Im good to go! pm sent

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      • #4
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        Originally posted by JCVL
        I have 20/20 so Im good to go! pm sent
        Best of luck to ya then. Last I heard was that there were a good number of slots.

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          Re: Warrant Officer/Aviation

          Thanks!! I apprecuate the pm.

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          • #6
            Re: Warrant Officer/Aviation

            I found this:

            States with ARNG units flying Apaches include Arizona , Idaho , Mississippi , Missouri , North Carolina , Pennsylvania , South Carolina , Tennessee , Texas , and Utah . The USAR units flying Apaches are located in Kentucky and Texas . Texas is the only state with both ARNG and USAR Apache battalions.


            Is there a way I can find out what bases/locations in each state?

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            • #7
              Re: Warrant Officer/Aviation

              This site list the locations of all aviation units. Tupelo MS is probably the unit nearest you.

              http://artsandentertainmentchat.reoc...931/units.html

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              • #8
                Re: Warrant Officer/Aviation

                I am (well was until last week - at Rucker now) the first point of contact for people applying to the NG Apache BN in Houston. The MS unit is our A Co. The rest of the BN is in Houston. The reserve unit is just north of Houston in Conroe.

                The Idaho BN is at Boise. Arizona is at WAATS. The KY res unit is at Lexington. That's all I know off the top of my head.

                Our BN in Houston is still adding a few more folks - maybe six. I don't know what the pipeline looks like for MS, but I can see their open slots. They should have some room to add, but I have no visibility of their process.

                I know AZ is real short cause they're pulling a whole lot from us to make their deployment in a year - don't want to get into details, but it's a whole lot they're not able to cover.

                I don't know much about the Carolina folks. I know some of the guys from MO, they deployed with our unit a couple years ago, but I don't know what their pipeline or manning looks like.

                Short answer is there should be plenty opportunity for a qualified candidate. We will NOT offer you a slot while you live in GA. You would need IST & move to the location of the unit (within a 100miles or so) before you would be seriously considered. You could come out and talk to us before you pull the trigger on that, but we won't work with you till you belong to us.

                Once you're on our books, the process is relatively painless. It takes a little time, and a lot of hard work from you, but it's not really that hard. Obviously you need a passing AFAST & will need an approved flight physical, but the real key will be clearing a series of interviews through our aviation chain of command. That is not overly difficult. We are all pretty laid back. We're interested in substance and character... we're picking people we want flying off our wing for the next 20 years, we don't have time for BS.

                I can't promise I'll get back with you right away, but if you want to PM me, I'll put you in touch with my replacement, and he can help you work with us &/or help put you in touch with MS or one of the other units.

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                • #9
                  Re: Warrant Officer/Aviation

                  Originally posted by JCVL
                  Secondly, I am not married but have a fiance. I know flight school is a loooooong time. Will I have the freedom to live off post during flight school? I'd like to get an apt with her. Or is it like AIT where we live in a barracks and have little to no freedom?
                  You will be locked down in Barracks for the first four/six weeks for WOCS and then you will be released to live where ever you choose. Then you will have a three to six month bubble before you start BOLC and SERE. You will be locked down in SERE for three weeks. If you want to be an Apache pilot prepare for about 2.5 years at Mother Rucker. Back in the day Warrants had to be a WOC through all of flight school.

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                  • #10
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                    Back in the day it didn't take 2 years.

                    The holds really are starting to go way down. It's about half what it was a year ago. I wouldn't have believed it, but it's true. I don't know if that'll slide back the other way in a couple months, but we're hoping not. Right now the Apache hold is around 4mos. It has been 6+, sometimes a lot plus. Everything else is running pretty fast, again, that's for now.

                    They are moving away from the FSXXI model. I don't know what the new answer will be, other than it will look more like the old way than this one. It'll get better. There's enormous money and highest level pressure to make sure of that. A few months back, every two weeks they were paying out 1.5mil to people sitting on hold doing nothing. That doesn't go on forever before change occurs. Congress is pushing on that, the SecDef has been out here. They got nearly a blank check to make this right. It'll get better. By the time an applicant starting the process right now gets done with WOCS, I'm confident it'll be much better than it has been in the past.

                    That said, regardless of aircraft, everyone should expect to be down here for two full years. If you are not prepared for that, don't apply.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Warrant Officer/Aviation

                      Originally posted by Marine2Guard
                      This site list the locations of all aviation units. Tupelo MS is probably the unit nearest you.

                      http://artsandentertainmentchat.reoc...931/units.html
                      Thanks! That was a BIG help.

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Mike2K
                        You will be locked down in Barracks for the first four/six weeks for WOCS and then you will be released to live where ever you choose. Then you will have a three to six month bubble before you start BOLC and SERE. You will be locked down in SERE for three weeks. If you want to be an Apache pilot prepare for about 2.5 years at Mother Rucker. Back in the day Warrants had to be a WOC through all of flight school.
                        Thats great news. I appreciate it.

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                        • #13
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                          Thank you DNALL for all the great info. At this point I'm leaning towards applying in AZ or TX. 2 years is a small price to pay to live a dream. I will most def send you a PM in the future. For now, I need to focus on studying my Arco, graduating AIT, and squaring stuff away with my business when I get home. Thanks again!

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                          • #14
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                            Just hit me up when you get settled back home. I can't promise I can respond right away, depending on what's going on at that point, but I will get back to you. I'll get you referred over to the appropriate folks with both those units, and MS or MO if you're interested in those.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Warrant Officer/Aviation

                              Originally posted by JCVL

                              All I really want to fly is the Apache. My recruiter that is helping me out says that it varies on states/whatever unit picks me up. I am willing to apply in ANY state and move to that state if selected. However, I can't seem to find any info on where the Apache units are located. Thats how it works, right?
                              JCVL,

                              Follow that dream brother! I'm about to embark toward a similar journey. I joined the 285th in AZ as an Apache Armament Avionics and Electronics Specialist. As you, my ultimate goal/dream is to fly the baddest bird in the world. Talking to some of the NCOs in my unit; they say that they give flight opportunities to high speed individuals with OUTSTANDING PT. I see that you are close to that coveted 300 PT and you have a good head on your shoulders. After AIT build a good rapport with your Chemical Ops unit, shred the AFAST, make a deployment to gain experience, and continue to work your butt off and things will come together. I truly hope we cross paths at Ft. Rucker within the next few years! Stay motivated and hydrated

                              To the Officers and WO in this forum...as always, THANK YOU for the insightful info and leadership!!
                              Last edited by SFC_Wilson; April 22nd, 2011, 03:19 PM.

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