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I really doubt it goes to freshly winged aviators. I'd set your sights on F18s, Harriers, C130s, V22s or helicopters. I suspect that G4 duty is a shore tour that you get after your first tour in a fleet squadron. then again, it might be 'fun' if you tell the gunnies at OCS that you want to fly gulfstreams. I recommend it, heartily. Then tell them that you thing G4s will best prepare you for yoru post military airline or corporate gig. that will be a laugh riot.

seriously, good luck at Quantico. and any platform you fly for the Corps will be a good one.
 

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I really doubt it goes to freshly winged aviators. I'd set your sights on F18s, Harriers, C130s, V22s or helicopters. I suspect that G4 duty is a shore tour that you get after your first tour in a fleet squadron. then again, it might be 'fun' if you tell the gunnies at OCS that you want to fly gulfstreams. I recommend it, heartily. Then tell them that you thing G4s will best prepare you for yoru post military airline or corporate gig. that will be a laugh riot.

seriously, good luck at Quantico. and any platform you fly for the Corps will be a good one.
After I let it digest I figured it does probably go to more senior guys, but that doesn't mean the other aircraft are any less fun.
 

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I really doubt it goes to freshly winged aviators. I'd set your sights on F18s, Harriers, C130s, V22s or helicopters. I suspect that G4 duty is a shore tour that you get after your first tour in a fleet squadron. then again, it might be 'fun' if you tell the gunnies at OCS that you want to fly gulfstreams. I recommend it, heartily. Then tell them that you thing G4s will best prepare you for yoru post military airline or corporate gig. that will be a laugh riot.

seriously, good luck at Quantico. and any platform you fly for the Corps will be a good one.
I would love to be a fly on the wall if he told the Gunnies at OCS that. Remember, a Marine is a rifleman first and everything else is second!
 

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Isn't that flown in the reserve unit?
Yep, it's primarily flown by the reserves though some AD guys also participate. We also have Citations, King Airs, and a couple of C9Bs that are planned to convert to C-40s.

Lynxman, you'll have to get through a full commitment (8 years or so) before you could reasonably expect to get into one of those seats and those slots are generally over-subscribed.

Succeed at OCS, stay healthy, and savor your time in the Marine Corps. It will go by faster than you think.
 

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I would love to be a fly on the wall if he told the Gunnies at OCS that. Remember, a Marine is a rifleman first and everything else is second!
I'm confused right now because lately I feel like infantry is calling me, but my dream since I've been a kid has been to be a military pilot. I've been sitting on the idea for a long time now hoping for an epiphany to help me decide.
 

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Yep, it's primarily flown by the reserves though some AD guys also participate. We also have Citations, King Airs, and a couple of C9Bs that are planned to convert to C-40s.

Lynxman, you'll have to get through a full commitment (8 years or so) before you could reasonably expect to get into one of those seats and those slots are generally over-subscribed.

Succeed at OCS, stay healthy, and savor your time in the Marine Corps. It will go by faster than you think.
Thanks for the info and support. When do the C40's come on property you think?
 

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I thought the whole purpose of military aviation was to get into something you can't on the outside.

If I got a GIV out of flight school..I would strangle someone. Later in a career...maybe...but right out of the chute....zzzzzzzzzzzz.
 

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I didn't want it right outta school I'm hoping for the Hornet or Harrier first.
 

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I didn't want it right outta school I'm hoping for the Hornet or Harrier first.
just don't tell the fast mover guys (well, maybe harriers aren't all that fast) that you think their platform is the perfect stepping stone to that G4.

anything you fly in the Marines will be good and I suspect you can go to the more generic airplanes from any of them. We had pilots from every Navy platform that I could think of (plus some Army guys and even a Marine) flying C40s in my reserve squadron. I'm Navy and it was a Navy squadron but I suspect that Marine executive lift is pretty similar.

I'd put your goals in this order and priority.

1- finish OCS

2 - finish flight school

3 - aim for the platform of your choice in flight school but realize that it comes down to A - needs of the Corps, B- how you did in primary flight training, and finally, C - what you want.

4 - excel in your first fleet squadron, be it helos or jets or fixed wing. that will give you options when it comes time to choose your follow on tour.

it will be fun and hard and you will enjoy it. and like a previous poster said, every Marine is a rifleman first. So, even if you do go pilot, you'll get plenty of mud and shooting during TBS.
 

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I'm confused right now because lately I feel like infantry is calling me, but my dream since I've been a kid has been to be a military pilot. I've been sitting on the idea for a long time now hoping for an epiphany to help me decide.

follow your dream, But I would not have traded my platoon for an F-18. Good luck. Semper Fi.
 

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follow your dream, But I would not have traded my platoon for an F-18. Good luck. Semper Fi.
Semper Fi bro thanks for all you've done! I'm so stuck between infantry or flying. I feel so lucky that I've been given this opportunity to even be able to go to Marines so either course of action will be good.
 

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just don't tell the fast mover guys (well, maybe harriers aren't all that fast) that you think their platform is the perfect stepping stone to that G4.

anything you fly in the Marines will be good and I suspect you can go to the more generic airplanes from any of them. We had pilots from every Navy platform that I could think of (plus some Army guys and even a Marine) flying C40s in my reserve squadron. I'm Navy and it was a Navy squadron but I suspect that Marine executive lift is pretty similar.

I'd put your goals in this order and priority.

1- finish OCS

2 - finish flight school

3 - aim for the platform of your choice in flight school but realize that it comes down to A - needs of the Corps, B- how you did in primary flight training, and finally, C - what you want.

4 - excel in your first fleet squadron, be it helos or jets or fixed wing. that will give you options when it comes time to choose your follow on tour.

it will be fun and hard and you will enjoy it. and like a previous poster said, every Marine is a rifleman first. So, even if you do go pilot, you'll get plenty of mud and shooting during TBS.
Ya that order is pretty much spot on with how I need things to happen. I feel like my calling in life is Marines. I remember doing AFROTC and it just didn't feel the same. The friends I've made so far through this whole process have been great, way better then those I made in ROTC. Not that I dislike AF but the ROTC guys were so cut throat, whereas the OCS candidates make it seem more like a brotherhood which is exactly what I want.
 

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Thank you for the link it was very informative. Right now my focus is just get myself ready to do my best at OCS. I still need to take the flight physical at Pensacola and to be honest I'm worried about it. When I was at Meps I failed their depth perception test, so my oso office told me to go to my normal eye doctor and get an exam and she said my depth perception was more than fine. So right now thats on the back of my mind and its really bothering me. I hope they do a different test than what meps uses. Any clues to this?
 

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Semper Fi bro thanks for all you've done! I'm so stuck between infantry or flying. I feel so lucky that I've been given this opportunity to even be able to go to Marines so either course of action will be good.
Dude, they don't send you to flight school if you fail out of the Infantry Officer Course, it's the other way around.
 
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