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    I wanted to get some details about this job and how it is. I plan on being in this job for only 1 year and then after that I will pursue my career and apply to be a helicopter pilot. I am interested in working with my hands and being on my feet and moving so I think this job will be perfect for me. Could someone in this MOS please give me some information about the job that is different from the information I can find online. How are drill weekends in this mos and what is AIT like? I have already taken the ASVAB so I know that I qualify for the job. Is this job a fun mos or is it boring and slow?

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    Re: 12W Carpentry and Masonry Specialist

    Originally posted by 274PP View Post
    I wanted to get some details about this job and how it is. I plan on being in this job for only 1 year and then after that I will pursue my career and apply to be a helicopter pilot. I am interested in working with my hands and being on my feet and moving so I think this job will be perfect for me. Could someone in this MOS please give me some information about the job that is different from the information I can find online. How are drill weekends in this mos and what is AIT like? I have already taken the ASVAB so I know that I qualify for the job. Is this job a fun mos or is it boring and slow?
    If being a pilot (warrant officer I presume) is your true end goal, you should do you and your future unit a favor and enlist into a 15 series job. Why go into some completely different field, i.e. 12W, when you could be getting Aviation experience and making a name for yourself in the AVN unit already? IMHO, find a good open 15 series job, get under the wing of some good Warrants, then drop your packet for AVN after some time in the unit.

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      Re: 12W Carpentry and Masonry Specialist

      Well the problem is that there are no aviation jobs available except 15P which is a desk job and I really don't like that. If there was 15T or 15U available or anything in aviation mechanics then I would take it in a heartbeat but unfortunately all these jobs are unavailable. Now I don't know if this is true or not but my recruiter said that it doesn't matter what MOS you are in when it comes to being a pilot. He said that it could help to be in aviation but that it is not required and that it won't really increase my chances by that much of being accepted into the warrant officer program. I also talked to some pilots who said that they were in different fields before getting selected for flight training. I also talked to another recruiter who actually applied to become a pilot and was selected but chose not to do it. He was also not in a 15 series MOS before he applied. I do plan on getting a civilian private pilot's license before I apply for a pilot in the Army though. I honestly don't know who to believe here it is very confusing.

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