Posted on Jul 24, 2019
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Although I will be asking those who have experience and especially at Warrant Officer briefings, would anyone mind critiquing a summary for a WO resume? This is a first draft, so I expect changes to be made. Also, this is different from a resume that I would normally be doing. Thank you in advance for any comments!

The entire reason I decided to enlist in the United States Military was to fly. I knew that I wanted to do more than just fly civilian aircraft without a purpose, so i decided to join the United States Army. After being told many times how difficult it could be to achieve Warrant Officer in Aviation whilst being low ranking and not having college experience, I made the decision to never give up on my dream of becoming an Army Aviator. Speed bumps along the way only motivated me more to study and find out key factors on submitting a packet.

My ability to produce valuable initiative and dedication for my occupation is what I believe separates me from the other candidates. Army Aviators must have a love for what they do on a daily basis and I will always have that. My devotion and the need to help others is why I believe i am a prime choice for Rotary Wing Aviator. Any soldiers I have under me, I strive to help them in their future Army careers. If anyone has a problem that needs to be dealt with, I give them my undivided attention and attempt to resolve the issue at the lowest but most effective level if possible. In times that I don't have sufficient knowledge on a topic to be of assistance, I will do my due diligence to learn whatever it is that I don't know. Expanding my range of knowledge is a key part of who i am and is something that should be a key trait in a Warrant Officer candidate.

As I am a Health Care Specialist In TRADOC, I had many trainee's lives entrusted in my hands. Though not a combat environment, there are other dangers that come along with having untrained personnel under harsher conditions they aren't use to. I learned that acclimatization to certain areas or even home sickness have an effect on the mental stability of trainees, thus making them prone to mistakes. Those mistakes are ones that I will have to take care of. Just because they are trainee status doesn't change how I work on a patient. I strive to complete the mission by securing the injury and making sure they get home. It all begins at the beginning of the day with simple checks. Being able to read oxygen tanks, making sure all essential equipment is inside of the Field Litter Ambulance (FLA),
and even something as simple as conducting a Preventative Maintenance Checks and Services (PMCS) and reading all the gauge's correctly to ensure readiness and mobility of the FLA. While not pertaining directly to aviation, I believe that with these qualities that I possess, I know I can bring them to the Warrant Officer aviation field to greatly benefit the community of Aviators.

I want to be a Warrant Officer so that I can truly be seen as a way of producing welfare for my troops. As an Aviator, no matter at what capacity it is, It would be in the air. But the job does not end there for a Warrant Officer. Eventually an Army Warrant Officer candidate would need to look at their responsibilities beyond the sky's. Things that would make them standout in a leadership position, for they are officers after all. I believe I have what is needed to be a leader in today's Army. I want nothing but the betterment of those under me and soldiers In general. I will use the time I had as an enlisted Combat Medic Specialist to make myself a better Warrant Officer. Enlisted experience is generally something that can be under looked at for Rotary Wing Aviator candidates. Whether it's simply time in the field, preparations for deployment , or even just doing your job in garrison. I already have that Army experience that should be required of our future leaders and Aviators. I will always strive to improve on the skills that I have already learned and will never shy away from learning new ones to make myself a better soldier, leader, Warrant Officer.
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The board literally has a couple minutes to read your resume. It should not be a life story. I read the first two paragraphs and got bored because it’s the same thing that everyone says. Make short, simple and to the point.
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What parts would you recommend leaving out sir?
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SPC (Join to see) There is really no need to go into specifics about your job because you should have already done that under another form. Tell the board why you think you should be chosen to be a part of the Cohort and Aviation. Separate yourself from others.
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Here's an initial example, for whatever it might be worth, as concretely off the top of my head as I can make it, OK? Here goes:

July 24, 2019

To the Chair, U.S. Army WOCS Selection Board:

I am requesting consideration for admission to U.S. Army WOCS for rotary-wing training; I am, as can be seen from my file, presently a combat medic, MOS ____. I have very seriously explored the specific technical aspects of both rotary- and fixed-wing flight, and am of course well aware of the extreme rigors of WOCS as a program, incl. its quite high washout rate.

(This is me; I'd heard WOCS is a really, really rough program; that's why I included that last phrase.)

I have been trying quite seriously to become as technically familiar with rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft as possible, incl. having gone for training with a local military aero club for fixed wing, as well as looking for off-installation private rotary-wing schools, in order to try to go for orientation rides. I have also sought to volunteer with Army aviation units in my off-duty hours, at the following locations: __________________

I have asked for any and/or all opportunity to try to become as familiar as possible with specific aspects of airframe and powerplant (A&P) aircraft maintenance, as well as have tried to absorb as much of the FAA rotary-wing manual as I am able, as well. I have been going for my associates in _______________, with heavy concentration in STEM topics, specifically, basic and modern physics, both differential as well as integral calculus, differential equations, inorganic chemistry, electronics, computer science (CS), IT, and programming (go into which specific programming languages, so far as possible, it's me again).

i have also very heavily researched engineering aspects of helicopter and fixed-wing flight dynamics and control system theory, specifically, controllability, observability, and identifability. In addition, I have a very serious interest in eventually trying to qualify for rotary- and/or fixed-wing flight test, and would be most eager to eventually apply to the various test-pilot schools, both in the U.S., as well as possibly in the UK [the Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)], and also France (the EPNER).

I would also very greatly wish to eventually be able to submit to both USAF Air Force Inst. of Technology (AFIT), as well as Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), which I am similarly aware all U.S. warrant and/or commissioned officers may at least apply to, regardless of service. I want quite badly to eventually be able to get my bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. in any one of such areas as electrical, mechanical, aeronautical, and/or systems engineering, if at all feasible. I am likewise entirely aware that, if allowed to train for warrant, that I will immediately be expected to go on, at least part-time, for my bachelors, masters, and higher, as well as to do professional military education (PME), not solely for Army, but also for other services as well, to satisfy interservice exposure requirements.

For outside interests, I read extensively in military history, as well as try to stay current with journals from the AUSA, U.S. Naval Inst. (USNI) Proceedings, the AFA, the Army Warrant Officers Assoc., AFCEA, the Assoc. of Old Crows (AOC), and also the IEEE, Assoc. for Computing Machinery (ACM), and AIAA. I also run several miles a day minimum, got an APFT score of ____ on my last eval, and also do specific martial arts (you'd have to fill that part in), as well as participate in Army Combatives.

I would thus be most grateful for any possible consideration I might be afforded, and also entirely realize that I might well need to reapply several times, in order to illustrate my seriousness as to my wish to train to be an Army rotary-wing warrant. I would of course look forward most eagerly to having a chance to meet the Army WOCS selection board, and hope that my explanation here is sufficiently specific to convince you and/or your colleagues of my seriousness; I appreciate your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Name,
Address,
E-mail addresses,
Phones.

(That, at least, is basically how I would write such a letter; obviously, you'd need to adjust the content to suit your own specific circumstances. The specific technical groups I named are all, I assure you, directly relevant to electrical/computer,aero engineering and/or avionics, I'd most definitely suggest you look up their websites, and join, as well as the various military organizations I'd listed. To me, that smacks of a highly specific, focused letter, that very clearly points out, as well as illustrates, in explicit detail, exactly what you've actually, personally done to try to get ready for Army WOCS. If you look up what I listed, trust me, you'll see it; now, having spoken my piece, I only would point out that I did such a draft to illustrate MY turn of mind, which, of course, might well obviously not necessarily be YOUR turn of mind, per se. And, as I may have said before, should you care to chat more, just lemme know, no rush, I'd be most curious to know what you and, also, others here, might possibly think of my sample; I'm not saying you're all gonna like it, and, as I'd said, how I wrote it here is, of course, purely a "me" thing. Nevertheless, that's, at least how "I" would write such an essay, aside from a resume, which, of course, is an entirely different discussion altogether, with a completely different format. I can also show you basically how to organize that, if you'd like, I was shown by a good friend who's an HR expert, who found my manner of doing it, even after years of practice, as abysmal as my letter writing was back when I was at USAF OTS originally; I'm here if you wanna yak more, of course, anytime, OK?)
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Obv, there are numerous possible variations on the theme of such a letter, as I'd tried to convey the example I sent in here; I completely realize you, as well as others reading my little missive, are of course going to have your own opinions, certainly, as well...I'd be most eager to hear them, I assure you, hope that was all of at least some use, in any event, OK?
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Way to long. State why you want to be a WO/Aviator, what experience you have that can be of Benefit to the cohort and how motivated you are.
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SPC Healthcare Specialist (Combat Medic)
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Thank you for your advice!
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