How many West Point graduates are able to attend flight school?

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  1. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    I know that there are spots open for them to attend flight school, I just don't know the number of people allowed to do so and the medical requirements. Is 20/20 uncorrected vision required?
     
  2. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    Doing a quick search of AOG and branch night results, it looks like during the last few years, there have been slightly over 100 cadets selecting aviation (most recent I found was 2008 with 102; 2004 had 107). So I'd use 10 percent as a rough approximation.
     
  3. Stormtrooper30

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    Army pilots only fly helicopters, right? Does the Army operate any fixed-wing aircraft?
     
  4. SteveHolt243

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    Technically yah, but if you want to fly fixed-wing, Navy or Air Force is going to have a lot more options.
     
  5. morningdark

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    I think aviation went out at 400 or so... depends what year it is. MI goes out faster with adso.
     
  6. Just_A_Mom

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    For the Class of 2009 Aviation closed out second. 85 were selected including 13 women and 21 ADSO.
    Class of 2008 saw 109 selected for Aviation including 19 ADSO.
     
  7. Jba10

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    Good vision is a requirement for aviation, but it is possible to receive laser refractive eye surgery (PRK, not LASIK) to correct it. Many cadets get this surgery for free at West Point, though not all end up branching aviation.
     
  8. db10

    db10 Prospective

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    what does MI and ADSO stand for?? I know this may seem like a very stupid question
     
  9. Just_A_Mom

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    MI is Military Intelligence.

    ADSO - Active Duty Service Obligation. This refers to a program currently in effect in the Army that allows USMA and ROTC cadets to extend their ADSO by 3 years for their choice of branch, post and/or grad school.
    For instance, if a USMA cadet really wants Infantry but ranks too low, he can get it by adding 3 years AD on his commitment. The new commitment would be 8 years AD as opposed to 5 years AD and 3 years reserve.

    In my post above 109 cadets selected aviation. Of those 109, 19 of them had to get it by extending their ADSO by three years. This three years is on top of the USMA commitment plus the flight school commitment.
     
  10. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    You don't need 20/20 but you do need to show them that your vision has stopped changingso they know that the surgery won't be undone. There is actually a briefing going on today for cows and firsties who desire laser eye surgery.

    MI is military intelligence, a branch in the army. Many people want to go into it because of it's technical aspects not to mention the large portion of people who want to join it because it's considered a "safe" branch.

    ADSO is something you can do to get the branch you want. You sign for 8 years active duty (instead of just 5) for a specific branch. This in turn will "boost up your GPA" for the purposes of you selecting that branch. It basically gives you a higher chance of getting the branch you want as a trade off for more years. It doesn't guarantee the branch but it certainly helps. If you ADSO for a specific branch and don't get it then you don't have to complete the extra years.
     

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