|Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 3):|
What, the Army's not good enough for you? The Army is the only branch that guarantees a flight slot when you sign your contract. (WOCS grads only - OCS grads have no guarantee)
will guarantee you a flight spot, pilot or Naval Flight Officer, prior to going to OCS. I've had some friends go through recently.
|Quoting UH60FtRucker (Reply 5):|
The Army has emphasized that everyone is a SOLDIER before their primary job.
Marine Corp is the same way. It is just a difference in doctrine really. The Navy emphasizes sailor first, hencforth going beyond the wire is something foreign to them, hell being on land is foreign. Same thing with the Air Force being airmen, going outside the wire is not something we are often called to do. A difference in doctrine doesn't mean that one is better than the other.
One of the top things they teach you in officer training.
|Quoting Jwenting (Reply 1):|
You join the armed forces because you want to defend your country
|Quoting Jwenting (Reply 1):|
You join the navy, the navy decides where you're going to go and what you're going to do there
As for you vision don't worry about it. That is correctable. Not only that but you could be a NFO (navigator). Age for you really isn't a factor at this point. Max age for a non-prior enlisted flight candidate is 30.
They determine what plane you fly by how well you do in flight school (most important) , anthro measurements, and a couple of other physiological factors.
If you haven't already I suggest you look at the oath you take upon commissioning as an officer of the United States military.
"I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
No where in there does it say "I will do all this but only if I get a pilot slot." I myself am in flight training and I have to constantly remind myself that I took an oath to be an officer. I could get kicked out of flight school tomorrow, but it doesn't matter, I took the oath. It doesn't matter if I am supervising flap jack flippers in the chow hall or pulling 5 Gs in a T-6, I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the US as an officer.
With all that said if the drive is there YOU CAN DO IT
, you heart has to be in the right place first. If you still find that you want to pursue a flight career check with officer recruiters both Air Force and Navy. The Navy generally accepts a lot more people into flight training than the Air Force. They also wash more.
The Air Force generally doesn't wash as many out. If you don't want to get eye surgery definately check the Air Force out. They are hurting for Navigators. Basic vision requirement for nav is 20/200.
If you don't want to be a commissioned officer the Navy has just started up a program that allows Warrant Officers to fly as NFOs (Navy word for Navigators) or as helicopter pilots. I'm not 100% sure on the NFOs but I am sure that they are letting them be helo pilots. YES the program is up and running. The first batch of the candidates just checked into API a couple of weeks ago.
NOT let the word navigator scare you. Navigators do more than just tell the pilot where to fly the airplane. I am on the strike nav track which means that I am tracked into B-1s, B-52s, or F-15Es (all BAD ASS airplanes) I'll be the one dropping the bombs, well if all goes well. I've got A LOT of flight school left.
Learning to fly, but I ain't got wings.