Is this true about army flight officers

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  1. thelastpatriot1

    thelastpatriot1 Member

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    I don't know where to exactly put this but Is it true that army flight officers only get three years of actually flying their aircraft and the rest of the time they are in a office administrating instead of flying. If this is true is there anyway to just stay as a officer and just fly my aircraft for example I really want to fly apaches when I commission but if I only to have three years of active combat in them then its really not appeasing to me. if this is true I may just go and be a warrant officer.
     
  2. Jcleppe

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    Search this forum for "Aviation" this has been discussed a lot and you'll get a lot of good info,
     
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    I may not be searching it right but I can't anything that was related to my question


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  4. Melitzank

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    This is what you're looking for...

    Read this: http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=17499. More importantly, read scoutpilot's replies in that thread.
     
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    All right this did help a lot thanks. But do you know if flight officers can still always fly through out there whole career or do they eventually wind up in a desk job. I know you have a balance of non flying and paperwork when you start out but can you always have at least some. Flying through out your career. The last thing I want is be in a desk when I finish out my career.

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  6. Melitzank

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    Well all officers will be "behind a desk" sometimes....paperwork is part of the job. Since I'm not an officer, I couldn't give you specifics...PM scoutpilot, he can tell you anything you want to know since he's an aviation officer.
     
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    All right I sent him a pm. Does he still get on anymore though

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    Scout gets on fairly frequently. I would say at least weekly and probably more often.
     
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    I think you need to read up more on the realities of becoming an Army officer and what the position actually entails.
     
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    I know what a officer does or I think I do I know its their responsibility to help their superiors to organize their men. Take care of some of the dirty work and do things that is required to be a leader. A officer is someone who is a leader by example and is responsible for his unit. While I'm not afraid of paperwork I just don't want that to be my focus. I don't want to organize and lead men from afar off I also want to be out there fighting with them.

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    Great advice.

    If you read the posts by Scoutpilot that about sums it up the best at this point.

    As a commissioned officer you will eventually hang up your wings so to speak, how soon and how often will depend on a lot of factors, those that Scout Pilot mentioned, he will be the best one to answer specific questions after you have done your research.

    As an officer you will spend time behind a desk, Warrants spend time at a desk, NCO's do paperwork and desk time. The Army is not a 24/7 gung ho television advertisement.

    As an officer you will wear the hat of a manager, early on you will be more involved, later there will be more management, if your not looking for this type of experience then look towards enlistment.

    Every answer regarding these type of issues seem to always start with the words "It depends"

    For Aviation questions read the posts by Scoutpilot.
     
  12. Melitzank

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    While you're waiting for scout to reply, look up some old threads that talk about this. Scoutpilot has covered this before, search "aviation" and "pilot" under the ROTC and USMA forums for some info.
     
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    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    enlisted soldiers and NCOs will be doing some paperwork too. NCOs will be documenting counselings, processing maintenance actions, and generating plans and orders. No matter what level you are at effective written and oral communications will be essential to promotion. Don't get hung up on "paperwork". I would tell you as a Officer I managed to spend as much time in the woods, motorpools, and behind the wheel of a HMMVW as I could possibly want.
     
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    All right sounds good. Although there is one thing I haft to admit while I do have good (not exceptional) grammar and writing skills in the sense I can make a good story I do have bad writing skills in neatness and appearance, while you can still read it isn't good at all. So is this going to have a very bad affect on me.

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  15. Aglahad

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    Army writing isn't complicated (but there are entire books on it oddly enough) and your college experience will forge you into a better writer.

    I must admit I am still better at science/math than I am at writing.
     
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    I don't know anyone who really uses script anymore. It's all computers and at worse typewriters. I doubt you will need to worry about penmanship.
     
  17. Novus Caesar

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    My brother commissioned in 1998, went to flight school in 2001, and has been flying a blackhawk ever since. He switched branches from Medical Service Corps to Aviation last year. His long period flying may be related to three deployments to Iraq. Since he switched to Aviation last year, he has been doing more administrative work as an XO.
     

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