Posted on Jun 28, 2017
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I've completed most of the requirements to be considered for MEDEVAC and i'm likely to receive my branch choice of MSC. I've heard that officer's flying dustoff ultimately move on to different roles within the MSC after a few years. If this is the case, about how long could I expect to fly? Are there any means to continue flying after the normal amount of time?
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LTC Multifunctional Logistician
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If you want to fly go Warrant.
If you want to be a staff officer that gets to occasionally fly, stay on course.
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You will obviously get flight hours at Rucker then move onto your next assignment hopefully with a CAB. Flight Hours are all determined by the number of non progressed pilots and available aircraft, that plus deployments. You'll get to a unit probably as a 1LT so you'll go into an XO position, PL if you are lucky and if your unlucky you will get to be the S1, S4, or a Battle Captain.
So your flight time depends on unit strength, available AC, and number of folks ahead of you in RL progression.
Go Warrant.
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Thank you for the response, sir! I'm open to the idea of filling a staff role according to the needs of the Army. I've always known that will be a strong possibility. Whether or not I consider reverting to Warrant may depend on how much I enjoy flying in and of itself versus what oher career opportunities I'll be considering at the time. Between Warrant, USMA Instructor, FAO, Civil Affairs, and getting out when my contract is up, I have a lot of options to consider.
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2LT (Join to see) - Yes, you did select there numerous options for a career. One bit of advice, make the best of any assignment, be the best you can be in that job, support all those around you to make the entire team better, and leave that position with all data documented for an easy transition for the next guy.
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MEDEVAC or not, commissioned officers don't fly nearly as much as warrants. Generally, once you hit MAJ you might fly enough to meet your minimums and that's about it.

Unless you're in the Guard. Then you can fly whenever your life and weather permits.

Edit: I initially read your question right after I woke up. My comment applies to rated stick wigglers. If you're talking about being in the back of the aircraft working on patients, I couldn't say. I've been in a MEDEVAC unit for a year now and the only time I've seen officers in the back is when the enlisted medics are in the back doing training and the officers are just along for the ride.
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Thanks for the response! Your first intuition was correct, SGT. I actually entered USMA from the Guard and might be open to going back if there are opportunities available.
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What LTC (Join to see) said.
If you want to continue to fly Medevac missions, do your time in the Army, get your hours (twin turbine time is expensive on the outside), and then resign and fly for any one of the civilian LifeFlight/Medevac companies out there. The money is a lot better, and the aircraft are usually newer and (depending on the company's financial strength) have a lot swoopier gadgets in them.
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You can always fly in South Texas. Petroleum Companies have some impressive fleets and use Rotary to check pipelines daily.
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I appreciate the advice, SSG! That's definitely another option to consider. I'll have to kee an eye on what opportunities are available as I approach the end of my initial contract.
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