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Unofficial Guide to the Warrant Officer Flight Training Application process and Frequently Asked Questions about life as an Army Aviator.
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  WOFT (W ARRANT O FFICER F LIGHT T RAINING ) GUIDE FOR APPLICANTS COMPILED BY LINDSEY KANNOAUGUST 2013    Disclaimer:I am merely another civilian trying to get picked up for WOFT. All the information posted below is what I have found through countless hours of research, talking to knowledgeable people, and by going through the process myself. Take everything with a grain, or two, or three, of salt. Double-check everything. Research on your own, extensively. Most of theanswers are out there to be found.    UNITED STATES ARMYWARRANT OFFICER FLIGHT TRAINING Flying for the U.S. Army is rather unique: all new aviators fly rotary-wing aircraft. While theArmy does have several fixed-wing aircraft in its inventory, these are limited to seasoned andexperienced aviators. Secondly, the Army is unique because Warrant Officer Flight Training(WOFT) contains a program casually called “street-to-seat” or “high-school-to-flight-school.”Civilians (college degree not required) may apply for this program. If selected, you sign acontract. If not selected, you have no obligation to the Army and are still a civilian. Soundeasy? It’s not.The WOFT Application Process works to eliminate those without the motivation to followthrough. It is stressful, there are many components, and if flying for the Army is not somethingyou really want to do, this is probably the time when you’ll figure that out…unless somehoweverything works out perfectly for you. If so, I’m jealous. As a civilian, the WOFT Packet consists of the following components:  ASVAB: Minimum 110 GT Score required. I used the ARCO book and got a 99 AFQT/139 GTScore, but apparently ASVAB for Dummies is highly recommended by many. Seriously.SIFT: Minimum score of 40 required. The maximum score is 80. There is no official studyguide published for this test. See this link for more information on test sections and generalguidelines.http://www.usarec.army.mil/hq/warrant/download/SIFT%20FAQ.docx This thread also has significant tips and advice from people who have taken the SIFT:http://helicopterforum.verticalreference.com/topic/15829-sift-is-primed-and-ready/  MEPS Physical: Your recruiter will schedule this for you, most likely in conjunction with yourASVAB test. Try to get this done as early into your application process as possible, so that youknow if you are disqualified for something like color-blindness, which is non-waiverable forpotential aviators.Class 1A Flight Physical: While it is easier for your recruiter to schedule this, it is sometimespossible for you as a civilian to do it. If you have a lazy recruiter, track down the number of the local Army flight surgeon that would perform the flight physical. Note: this is NOT thesame physical given by FAA-certified flight physicians (read: the civilian version will notreplace the Army physical).APFT: You must pass, but to be competitive, you must score very well. A “competitive” scoreis usually considered a 270+. The APFT standards can be found atwww.army-fitness.com.  Letters of Recommendation: For civilian applicants, a minimum of three and a maximum of sixare required. The general rule is to select a combination of people who know you very welland can speak to your maturity, responsibility, and leadership abilities, and people who are ina high position of relevant authority. Ideally, these people would be one and the same, i.e. anArmy Colonel you have known for 10 years. However, if you are like me and did not knowanyone like that, do not be afraid to get into contact with an Army Aviator and ask thempolitely if they would be willing to interview you and perhaps write a Letter of Recommendation. Quite a few applicants do this; just make sure that not all of your Letters of Recommendation are of this nature.Resume: This is your chance to shine and list your accomplishments without appearing likeyou are bragging. The resume is something you can start early and simply add to as youprogress throughout high school and/or college. Take advantage of this time and do someunique and worthwhile things; they will help your resume stand out from the rest.“Why I want to be an Army Aviator” Essay: Straightforward: answer the question. 1 page.Write it early and simply edit it as time goes by. You will need one page handwritten and atyped version of that essay as well.Full Length Photo: Dress in a crisp, clean, nice suit. Fresh haircut/shave for males/hair in a bunfor females. Take it either at your local Army base where they do DA photos or research theregs for the correct posture and get it done at a photo studio. Make sure this gets uploaded infull color, not black and white.Educational Transcripts: The board will want official transcripts from high school through yourmost recent education level (i.e. Bachelors, etc). Obtain these ASAP so you don’t have toworry about it. This is also a hint that the board will look at your GPA, so be prepared toexplain a low GPA, or you could always just focus on getting a solid one.Professional Certificates/Flight Log (if applicable): If you have your Private Pilot’s License, areEMT-B certified, or something similar, include copies of your certificates. If you have loggedsignificant flight time, make crisp and clear copies of your flight log.SF-86 Form / Interim Secret Security Clearance: Your recruiter will have you fill out thecomputerized SF-86 form sometime during the process. This form asks you of your pasthistory, and requires you list a lot of contacts/references as well as addresses of places youhave lived and worked. Make it easier by printing out a copy of the SF-86 (easily availableonline) early on in the process and filling it out ahead of time, so you aren’t stressing out in therecruiter’s office because you can’t remember the address of a place you worked at five yearsago.Battalion Board Interview: This is the last major step in the process. Once your packet iscompleted, you will go before a “local” battalion board and they will interview you. Beprepared to answer standard interview questions (strengths and weaknesses, etc) as well asArmy-specific questions (i.e. why do you want to be a Warrant Officer, what is your favoriteArmy value and why). The board will then rate you on a scale of 75—25 points max for each
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