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question about marine pilot training?

Discussion in 'OTS/OCS/PLC' started by flyguy 96, Oct 17, 2014.

  1. flyguy 96

    flyguy 96 Member

    Oct 11, 2014
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    Hi, I am considering becoming a fighter pilot flying f18s or harriers in the marines. My question is what are the chances of one getting selected to fly helicopters? How often are fighters available in a class? I heard the marines have only 400 fighters so there are years where no fighters are Available at all. Since the marines have mostly helos, is it more likely I will be selected to fly them instead? I know the top 1 percent gets their own choice but I heard that sometimes there are times when fighters are not available because there are so few.
  2. Jcleppe

    Jcleppe 5-Year Member

    Feb 10, 2010
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    I read your other posts, just a couple questions.

    What exactly is a degree in Aviation, and what makes it a "Very easy degree"

    You mentioned that your GPA is low, how low is it and do you understand that there are minimum GPA requirements for ROTC.

    You've asked this question a few times, for now you need to concentrate on getting into a college. If your grades won't get you into a 4 year university then try a Community College to get started.

    Take things one step at time.

    I think your confusing the Marines with the Army, the Army is the service with the most Rotary wing aircraft.
  3. Pima

    Pima 5-Year Member

    Nov 28, 2007
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    I think he wants the 35 and nothing else which is why he now posted on the OTS/OCS forum. It is also why he said 400. The Marines are buying 340 35B to replace the18s and harriers.


    Jcleppe gives great advice which is on par with everyone else that responded on your other posts. College is step one.

    You have asked this multiple times before on AF and Navy forums/threads. The answer has always been the same.

    College first, and in spring 2018 than address the question.
  4. dmliu010

    dmliu010 New Member

    Oct 11, 2014
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    Any particular reason why you're set on being a Marine? If you're absolutely set on jets, I would suggest the Air Force or maybe even the Navy (still have a pretty good chance of getting helos, but worth a shot). If ROTC is an option, I would really really suggest you do ROTC (even if it means driving 20 miles to get to the detachment).

    I know why you're considering OCS instead of ROTC; it looks very enticing, I agree. "Wow I only have to work 3 months to get a commission! I don't want to waste 4 years doing ROTC. I'm going to enjoy college life!" is what you're thinking, right? Sure it might suck to have to do ROTC in addition to college for 4 years, but at least you get to go home at the end of the day; at least you have privacy (you will never realize how important this is to you until you go to OCS); at least you don't have to be afraid of getting beat down by your DI every waking moment; at least you can LEARN the way YOU want to learn; at least you don't have someone looking over your shoulder every single second; at least you can eat whatever you want; at least you can eat the way you want (you like eating by the numbers?); at least you have time to heal if you get sick or injured; at least you have time to improve on anything that you need improving on.

    Trust me when I say OCS is going to be the WORST 3 months of your life. Get sick? Tough ****. Suck it up and keep going. Injured? **** you, you aren't pushing it hard enough. Quit making excuses. You don't like 18 hour work days? Tough ****. You can't preform on 4-5 hours of sleep? Too bad. Can't memorize this booklet WORD FOR WORD? Get ready to get beaten the **** down. Not being assertive or loud enough? Get ready to be harassed by EVERYONE.

    Stretch the commissioning process out man. You really don't want to cram 4 years worth of RTOC into 3 months of your life. It sucks.

    I know this sounds a bit harsh, but this is the reality of OCS--this is the mentality there (not just the DIs, I'm talking about your classmates as well).
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2014

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