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Old 04-02-2021, 8:41 AM
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Ag...get into crop dusting. Become a saddle tramp.

I started on my private, soloed in '68 and Ohlone JC had a Commercial Pilot Curriculum that I took classes while in HS. But guys were coming back from Nam with thousands of hours and there wasn't any way to be competitive so I quit flying. Then in '76 I got a job with an ag operation, Trinkle & Boys, Tracy, went in on a Tripacer and had my private within 3 months. Ended up with plenty of time (900 hrs), passed my commercial written, but never got my ticket. Life got in the way.

Fast forward to now, I'm retired and back in ag, for my up coming 3rd season with Jensen in Pingree Idaho. There's a demand for ag pilots, and you're not to old. PAX
You need a crew

"A free people should be armed and disciplined" (George Washington),

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.~John Adams 1798

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Old 04-05-2021, 4:26 AM
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Mustard - are you at SLO, Benning or SD for accelerated OCS?

And no - don't ring that bell unless something in your life requires it. Get your bars. Rolling back to enlisted isn't a death kiss, but a percentage of SNCO's and officers may privately look at a DOR as mission failure.

I liked the suggestion of going Army Maintenance Officer - while simultaneously pursuing your VA benefits for a pilot's license (even if it is initially for fixed wing - not a lot of those in the USA / CAARNG).

I have a master aviator I can ping for more S2. He occasionally runs the field at Los Al. Perhaps Chief Murph knows a trick or two with 50+ years in uniform for the USA, USAR and CAARNG (yup - that's a Vietnam to Iraq timeline before medical sidelined him). This guy has more years in uniform on God's green earth than I do simply on this earth (and I'm passed the 1/2 century mark).
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Old 04-09-2021, 3:49 PM
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Go into the coast guard make e-5 then go into the army’s helicopter pilot program. A little over 10 years ago there was a program just for that
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Old 04-21-2021, 11:19 AM
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Just for clarification.. GI Bill is fractionally available for people with partial Active Duty Time. Traditional Guard/Reserve.

The 100% GI Bill benefit requires 36 month cumulative (not continuous) Federal service. 90 Aggregate days still qualifies for a 40% benefit.

ADOS-CO, ADOS-RC, ADT, ADTS Counts. AT and IDT do not. State Active Duty (ESAD) and ADSW do not count (pretty sure ESAD or Title 32 counter drug stuff doesn't count towards retirement either, but that's another discussion). With deployments being very scare, it could easily take someone 15-20 years to reach the 36 months Active Federal Service mark (if ever).
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