Hm... an original topic title...




 
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June 28th, 2004  
Damien
 

Topic: Hm... an original topic title...


There we go!

Alright, I'm not a member of any branch of the US military... yet. I'm a cadet in AFJROTC in Alaska as of right now, an AS-2 and currently ranked C/A1C.

As for my plans for my future: I strive to be a Marine. My dad was one and I've always wanted to be one too. As of yesterday, I'm trying for Marine Corps Aviation, though I'll probably not make it that far.
June 29th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
well if you have that kind of mind set about not getting Marine Corp Aviation ..you prediction will probably come true.

Stick and commit to your dreams damien.

BTW welcome!
June 29th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
Welcome to the forum Damien.

I agree with Mark here, one of the most important success criterias is to REALLY want it!
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June 29th, 2004  
Damien
 
that's the thing... I'm not sure I REALLY want it. Flight's just a passion I wish to pursue but is out of my reach due to costs.
June 29th, 2004  
11bravo8387
 
Welcome to the forum Damien. You can do whatever you put your mind to. No matter what the cost. If you really want it you'll find the money. So go for it.
June 29th, 2004  
Mark Conley
 
 
hmm...seems like you want the front end before the back end...

Okay, you want to learn to fly now. You don't have to know how to fly to get in the process for Marine Aviation: just have the educational and physical qualification to ensure that you can. Knowing how to fly is an asset, but not needed: they teach you to fly if you are capable of learning how to do it.

The main thing is to have a college education that guarantees they'll select you for aviation...now. an aeronautical engineering, or other practical engineering degree can do this. You need to start on the road for this, in high school, by taking the appropriate high school classes, like algebra, calculus and other things in high school now.

Remember, there is three big routes to getting what you want:

1. admission to the Navy academy, with conversion to the marine corps in your junior year, and then after graduation and of course, quantico and selection for aviation.

2. College degree in hand, you apply for marine officers school (quantico) pass it, and apply for aviation

3. Marine ROTC (college again first), quantico, and application to marine aviation

4. This is usally the last resort, but it will work: Finally, enlistment in marine corps, college along the way, selection for officers canidate school, quantico, and then marine aviation.

In all these scenarios, you notice you have to pass the boot camp for marine officers, before you can go further. You have to be a marine first guy.

Now if you want low cost flight instruction:

USAF aeroclubs on the bases are formed just for that purpose. check and see what kind of rates they offer

Boy scout (Yes boy scouts) Explorer aviation groups sometimes have member that have aircraft that can be used to further your education cheaply. check a local district BS office that might have a post close to you to try and find an aviation post near you.

shovel a lot of snow and get a lot of money to get the flight time.

Its up to you. Go get your dream young man.

June 29th, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
Welcome dude. you've been around for a while already tho.
June 29th, 2004  
782.matt
 
 
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Originally Posted by Italian Guy
Welcome dude. you've been around for a while already tho.
I believe that's a different Damien your talking about, unless I'm mistaken. And Welcome anyways!
June 29th, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
Oh, well , you may be right on that. Oh well Welcome Damien is that you or another one ?
June 29th, 2004  
Damien
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark Conley
The main thing is to have a college education that guarantees they'll select you for aviation

admission to the Navy academy, with conversion to the marine corps in your junior year, and then after graduation and of course, quantico and selection for aviation.
Those two right there are the reason I don't think I could do it. From what I hear it takes far more that I am capable of to get into the Naval Academy and stay in. As for college, there's no way I'd be able to afford four years in a good college with MCROTC. You're saying to do college BEFORE enlisting, right? My whole plan was to join, serve a few years, spend some nice off time at UTI with the MGI bill, then go back to service and go career, as a mechanic or something of that sort.