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  • Army Guard Competitiveness

    Posted by MotorCookie on August 14, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Hi everyone,

    I’m sure we’re all aware of how extremely competitive Air Force Guard and Reserve pilot slots are. I hear that one spot can have hundreds of applicants. How does the Army National Guard compare? I am assuming it might be a little less competitive because of the lack of fixed-wing, stories of lower QoL, and overall it just seems like Army is the last branch people would think of flying for since branches like the Air Force and Navy exist.

    Does the Army also get hundreds of applicants for a couple of pilot slots in the National Guard? From pilots I have talked to, Army NG sounds like a pretty sweet deal.

    Jackieboi replied 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • Powder

    August 14, 2023 at 9:59 pm

    I currently fly UH-60s for a guard unit. From what I’ve seen the Army doesn’t seem to be nearly as competitive with pilot slots. That’s not to say it’s going to be easy to snag a flight school slot. Many guard units won’t let you apply unless you’re already a member of the National Guard in their state. There’s generally still a lot of networking that has to happen to get selected. That being said I think the Army National Guard can be a great option. Helicopters are amazing machines and we fly some really cool missions.

  • Andres

    August 15, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    Have you found it easy to get orders as an army aviator? My biggest concern is finding a job once training is over.

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 1 week ago by  Andres.
  • Jackieboi

    September 7, 2023 at 9:29 am

    Flying in the reserve or guard and having a worthwhile civilian career while maintaining your flight hours, let alone proficiency, is a challenge. The only guys the can really make it work live close to the facility, are unemployed or own their own business where they can dictate their schedules, or work a military-friendly job like airline pilot, fireman, police officer. Throw in wife and kids and a fair amount of pilots fail to hit semi-annual mins. I wouldn’t depend on orders to make money. You can come in and fly as much as you want, you can even fly for points if you run out of AFTPs. But don’t count on orders for your income. If you want that go active duty or AGR.

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