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User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4410 posts, RR: 17
Posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2326 times:

Greetings from the community,

I am working in the Aircraft Intermediate Maintainence Detachment in Naval Air Station Oceana, VA, active-duty enlisted. I need your help or any people who has taken the ASTB exam. This morning, I got a my enlisted-officer package program which has so much good information to become a commissioned officer. Since I need to send in all my transcripts, statements, yadda yadda yadda for my package to CNET, I also need to schedule for my ASTB test to become a designator 1395 or 1375.

Is there any study materials for this exam before you or anyone else that took it before signing up with the Navy? I'm sure there are some NROTC students who can answer this. I have a good amount of knowledge in this field because I have flight experience as well I work with them everyday. Any examples like will they ask questions pertaining to basic flight theory, principles of flight and such? I understand the minimum is 3 on the AQR portion and a 4 on the PFAR. How does the scoring system work on this exam? Any information would be very helpful. As some may think that the pilot option in the Navy is overmanned, but hey, it's well-worth a try since the option is available for enlisted. With much thanks.


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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2278 times:
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I don't know the answer to your question but I'd like to offer my best wishes in your pursuit.

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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2218 times:

I was NROTC for 1.5 yrs before bugging out...wasn't going to pick up scholarship, and the over-stuffed Naval Aviator pipeline was really a turnoff...shipmates ahead of me were going SWO left and right, and that wasn't a chance I was willing to take.

Anyways, that aside. I took several practive ASTB's, they really aren't that bad if you have the background (which you certainly have), and the experience....the average joe coming off the street wouldn't do well, but someone who is a student pilot and is immersed in that community all the time will do just fine. On mine, I found ALOT of principles of flight problems, as well as the theory...seemingly basic stuff, like ADI's, orientations, etc...simple engineering stuff, simple math...just common sense really!

I'm getting ready to take it for the Air Force here soon, over there it's called the AFOQT, basically the same thing. Go invest in a good practice book, I got mine at Barnes and Noble, "Military Flight Aptitude Tests" by Learning Express..was under Test Prep/Careers. It has alot of good practice tests in it, Xerox em and go to town....the book is good for all branches, so go invest in it, it's only like 25 bucks.

Best of luck on that quest man....Naval Aviator slots really seem Tango-Uniform right now, just a change in times...one thing the Navy (or any flying branch) has ever been good at is being predictive...one day they're overstocked on pilots, the next, crying for them. It's what bought my uncle and father into Naval Aviator seats, and I'm sure it'll suck some of us in too (give it about 4-5 yrs, when the airlines start hiring...then watch the exodus flow)..if things end up looking sweet a few years down the road, I'd drop the AF like a hotcake and head to the Navy...so we shall see.

If you want some more pointers on it, hit me up on AIM- FlySSCamaro

DeltaGuy (Chris)

User currently offlineGOCAPS16 From Japan, joined Jan 2000, 4410 posts, RR: 17
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

Thanks Chris, I know you had alot of good knowledge and info about the Navy. Whether you join the Air Force or the Navy, I wish you all the best.


User currently offlineFtrguy From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 358 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2189 times:

I took it in 1997 and I didn't think it was too bad. At the time I had my private pilot's license which made it much easier. You can buy study guides at Barnes & Noble or online just like SAT prep stuff. I think the one at Lynnhaven Mall had some a week or two ago. Since you are already in the aviation business that will help tremendously. If I remember correctly, the hardest part for most people is the spatial orientation stuff. They show you a picture of the attitude instrument and you have to identify the airplane that is in the correct position for what the instrument says. Its not really that hard but they give you a bunch of questions in a very short amount of time, so you have to know it pretty well. Most people don't even finish it. I won't say it will hurt you if you don't finish, but it will really help if you do. To help with that, play Flight Simulator, or actually take some flight lessons. Just one or two lessons will pay off huge. Any other questions, feel free to reply back.

User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4556 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2195 times:

I have taken the test. I would look for the book by ARCO along with some other companies. Some of the tests are the same as the actual test but it sets you up for the proper times that the test adheres to. Feel free to e-mail me for more info. Just to let you know, I applied for Pilot via OCS 3 months ago and the program is closed until 2007. That may just be the civilian/OCS side of the house though.

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