Posted on Mar 19, 2018
SGT Cannon Crew Member
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I have recently enlisted to active duty from the National Guard with the intent of becoming a Rotary Warrant officer. Currently I am 29yo and a 13B Artilleryman E5 that’s always been in good standing, but haven’t been afforded much to print onto my service record. I have some college which started out in aviation (Pro Pilot) from some years back, grades were mediocre due to life circumstances. I would like to and intend to finish a degree in something someday in the near future. I am soon to start building my packet and feel that I may not have much there to stand out in the competition. I believe I will do pretty well on the SIFT (need to get refreshed on my math skills), so I could have that. PT will be good as well.

My question to those with experience is: How much would me holding a helicopter private certificate help my packet? My dream and life goals have always been to be a professional aviator and if investing 20-25$ to get there could help make that happen, I’m in.

Thoughts? And of course, thanks much in advance.

-CH
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From what I understood, very little. If may give you some advantages later if you make it through WOCS.

Selection into WOCS is largely based on leadership potential. That is why they want to see the best NCOERS, APFT scores, how well you present yourself on paper through your writing, especially the career summary.

I tried 3 times to get selected for a walking warrant shot, but little things stopped me before I became injured and pulled out of the selection process the last time.

Have you talked to a wing warrant yet?

I hope one will jump in and verify what I said.
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CW5 John M.
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You have recent experience compared to mine. I liked what you advised.
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It can’t hurt. But really very little. You could have a private license but if the rest of your packet isn’t strong enough it won’t matter a bit. They look at the whole Soldier.
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A1C Ian Williams
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Good luck to you SGT (Join to see) I will always support a fellow serviceman who is willing to work hard to support us from a cockpit.
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