Whats the current Army fixed wing need?

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Just curious what the current Active Army need for fixed wing pilots is. I am a former Guard C-12 driver current furloughed B747 guy.

Any response is appreciated.
 

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Check out www.aptap.org or www.armyfixedwing.com they are both Army Pilot Networking Forums. The demad is currently very high across the board for guard, reserve & active duty from what I have heard...especially the Army Reserves looking for C-12 drivers. Good Luck!!!
 

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What does the army currently fly FW in their fleet?
 

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Just curious what the current Active Army need for fixed wing pilots is. I am a former Guard C-12 driver current furloughed B747 guy.

Any response is appreciated.
I don't think if you are coming back on active duty you would get a specific assignment choice. I think you would have better luck going into a guard or reserve unit. The Army Reserves were looking for one year AD tours for fixed wing guys in the baseops.net employment opportunities section awhile back.
 

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What does the army currently fly FW in their fleet?
Mostly C-12's and RC-12's (King Airs)

Other aircraft:

RC-7 (DeHavilland Dash 7)

UC-35 (Cessna Citaion)

C-20 (Gulfstream)

*Sherpa (Shorts 330-might be phased out)

*C-26 (Metro)

May have at various times but not in any great numbers: Beech 1900, Fokker F-27, Pilatius Porter, Twin Otter

*Some of those platforms are Guard Only

Training done by Flight Safety in Dothan Alabama.

Disclaimers-
Army FWMEQ does not mean you will get a fixed wing utilization tour in the Army.

Army FWMEQ does not satisfy Air Force fixed wing UPT requirements.
 

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Hi All, I appreciate the info. I'm going for a reserve gig/rotation and just wanted to have a heads up as too what I can get. Fly safe!

Capt Happy
 

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Cobra I appreciate your help you have given my with Marines and now Army.
 

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Cobra I appreciate your help you have given my with Marines and now Army.
Lynx,
Here is the link I mentioned. If you applied and were accepted, even for the Army Reserves, you are probably looking at 2-3 years of active duty with plenty of opportunity to continue on Title 10 afterwards. I hope you make it into the Corps but if that avenue looks bleak this may be an option.



Opportunities for Aviators with the Army Reserve or Applicants for Initial Entry Aviation Training
Army Reserve Aviation needs motivated aviators to fly our multi-million dollar aircraft. Imagine getting three dimensional in an AH-64A Apache, UH-60 Blackhawk, CH-47 Chinook, C-12 airplane or UC-35 Citation jet. Positions available at Ft. Lewis, WA, Ft. Carson, CO, Los Alamitos and Victorville, CA, Houston and Ft. Hood, TX, Kansas City, KS, Ft. McCoy, WI, Ft. Knox, KY, Willow Grove,(Philly) PA, Ft. Bragg, NC, Dobbins AFB, Atlanta, GA, Clearwater, FL,, Ft. Rucker, AL and Ft. Eustis VA.
Initial entry rotary wing course prior to advanced aircraft qualifications for those who qualify for Army Reserve Aviation. AH-64A Apache, CH-47 Chinook, or UH-60 Blackhawk or fixed wing aircraft qualification course, (AQC) available. Reserve Aviation provides you up to 48 paid annual flight-training periods per year. Drill weekends at two days pay for one training day. Two weeks to 29 days of annual training. Possible 36 days of paid training through Readiness Management Assembly’s (RMA’s) and additional training Assembly’s (ATA’s). Possible Active Duty Special Work, (ADSW) or Active Duty Training, (ADT) to support aviation units.
Simulator training in multimillion-dollar state of the art technology. Opportunities for advanced professional development as an instructor pilot, maintenance test pilot, safety officer, tactical operations officer, instrument flight examiner and many other resident courses of instruction. Everything available to Reserve soldiers such as retirement, promotion, GI Bill for tuition assistance at universities and much, much more. Congress recently passed tax laws to benefit Reserve soldiers
This is an invitation to join our brotherhood of warrior aviators. Don’t fight the feeling; make that call to get the information to make an informed, educated decision that could set you up for success! To learn more about Army Reserve Aviation call or e-mail Major Jerry Gray at 1-800-359-8483 EX 464-8262 e-mail: jerry.r.gray@us.army.mil

Here are some questions others have asked about this option:

If I fly C-12's for the Army can I interservice transfer into the Air Force or Air Guard and fly fighters without going to UPT?
Army fixed wing qualification does not exempt you from Air Force fixed wing UPT. You would receive qualification as a rotary wing aviator and must attend a shortened version of UPT to recieve an Air Force fixed wing qual.

Can I become an active duty Marine Aviator?
No not unless you attend OCS, TBS, and Flight School. The Army Reserve is also unlikely to release you prior to your 6-8 year initial flight school commitment.

Can I join a Navy Reserve Squadron?
Yes if you are accepted, and likely only VR, VP, HM, or HCS squadrons. There is no flight school requirement but you will likely need to be a comissioned officer in the Army and have completed your initial Army Reserve flight school commitment.

Can I be a Direct Comission Aviator in the Coast Guard?
You may apply for the DCA program once you have 500 military flight hours.

Can I go active duty Army from the Army Reserve?
Sometimes, but with the amount of Title 10 now available its pretty easy to find active reserve positions.

Can I work full time for the Army Reserve?
Yes these positions are called DAC's. They are very competitive but vacancies do occur. I would say 6-10 years in the reserves is a ballpark figure before getting a DAC position.

What is Title 10?
Title 10 is a contract for a reservist to perform active duty for a specified amount of time usually 1-3 years subject to federal budgets. Once you sign you are obligated to the amount of time stipulated in the contract. Upon expiration you return to normal reserve status. Aviators from all services are getting Tilte 10 contracts fairly easily for the last six years, but prior to 9/11 it was pretty difficult to get Title 10.
 

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Once again Cobra I cannot thank you enough. I swear in on the 20th and start my Army commitment but I would still like to do Marines so hopefully after my commitment I'll be off to OCS TBS then Flight School.
 

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Well I swear in on the 20th and I'll start drilling once a month at the unit by my house. Then In january I go off to Basic for I believe 8 weeks followed by WOCS hopefully right after basic. After WOCS flight school at Ft. Rucker. I'm hoping to get FW if not RW then after due time switch to FW or maybe interservice transfer to another branch.
 

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I have two friends, both retired CW4s and both over 60, just report back to active duty as pilots on the RC-7 in Korea. It's my understanding they are not with a Guard or Reserve unit. So I guess they need FW guys
 
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