Posted on Mar 12, 2018
PFC Uas Operator
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I leave for BCT on May 8. I go to Fort Sill then go to Fort Huachuca for AIT. I am going to be a 15W and was wondering what basic and AIT are like and what the job is like as well. Also, does it transfer to the civilian life pretty well? And I was going to try to do Green to Gold but now
I think I just want to try to be a CWO. Is this a good idea or should I try to go commissioned?
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SGM Bill Frazer
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Why the hell don't you what till you see what you got into, and see if you can pass the school 1st before thinking of CWO5 or GEN?
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SPC Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operator
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Unfortunately at Huachuca, you dont get a choice of Grey Eagle or Shadow, and its not based on performance on what platform they give you. Its all based on what the Army needs at the moment in time. However, dont think or dont let anyone tell you one is better than the other. They both have PROS and CONS. I have a buddy who was a 15E for Shadow, and now he’s on the civilian side working with Grey Eagles. When it comes to transitioning back into the civilian world after the Army, if you want to stay in the unmanned area, make sure youre networking. UAS is a small world and the more people you get to know while your in could help when it comes to job options when you get out.
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SGT Robert Kitcey
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It depends on your goals. WOCS was more my style. I just wanted to do the job at the highest level and not mess with all the time consuming command duties. Those pretty much take precedence as a career progression, plus, unless things are different, g2g might get you a commission and a degree, but you could end up tagged with infantry, engineering, or whatever the needs of the army be as far as available slots in your top three preferred choices as well as how you fall in the order of merit and all that. Ask your recruiter to verify, and maybe they’ll only lie to you a little bit, but if you have the drive and the scores to back you up (APFT, a bachelors degree or some college credits and aptitude line scores) then keep an eye out for the recruiting events and apply yourself to seek your dream. Once in, don’t get pulled in by peers who try to bring you down. Be all you can be (why they ever got rid of that motto I have no idea) Also, while becoming Commissioned Officer or Technical Warant probably sounds better going in, don’t underestimate the personal value of a career progression as a professional Noncommisioned Officer. Good NCOs are the real backbone of the Army, (or so says their creed at least) and is a potentially rewarding and fulfilling service. Both your troops who depend on you but also to your whole chain of command succeed together with skilled competent NCOs to make it happen. Whatever path you choose, best of luck, and thank you for your service.
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