Sunday, June 13, 2010

Helo's here I come!


Selection was Thursday, and I got my first choice of helos.  I am stoked.  Here is a pic of the other selectees.  Everyone got their first choice except one, but she was on the fence just like I was so it wasn't a hit to get her 2nd choice. Congrats Kai!  Time to celebrate.  Stay tuned, now it is time for pictures of advanced training at South Field flying helicopters!

JR... out.

10 comments:

Arthur said...

Congrats!!! Does this mean you have your wings or do you have to finish basic helo type training first?

One more question, is it common for everyone but one student to get their first choice?

JR Walsh said...

Arthur-

Wings come at the end of "Advanced" training, which is what I am about to start at South Field. If all goes well I should be winged early next year. It is a week to week thing with the selection. Needs of the Navy and all that. But... if you have a higher than average NSS, you increase your chances greatly. Where are you in the process? You need to hurry up old man... ;)

Arthur said...

I'm turning 27 next month and I know I'm age critical. I wish I could tell you I was farther along than I am but I'm not. Between work full time, my wife working full time on my days off, school and my new son (2.5 months old) I have yet to hit the books hard for the ASTB which I am so terribly terrified about. I hope by January to have the ASTB wrapped up, my LORs wrapped up and everything on its way to Millington. WIsh me luck and keep on posting!!! I love the updates, they're so motivating for me.

Arthur said...

With your NSS being higher than the cut off for jets can I ask why you weren't interested? Being a former Marine Infantryman, strike fighters/ F-18s are what I desire.

I owe my life to a few talented pilots and I really want to return the favor to those on the ground since I've been in their shoes.

JR Walsh said...

Arthur-

My NSS was above the cut-of for jets, but not really competitive. Most guys I know that select jets have a higher than 55 NSS, and alot have over a 60. I have never been interested in the tailhook community anyhow. I was diehard P-3's until I realized how mugh I disliked the RI's portion of training. Helo's are going to be a good fit for me.

Arthur said...

I was just curious and was wondering what those selected had. At least with helo's, I believe you can still end up in Hawaii after training :)

JR Walsh said...

Well Arthur, I don't want to put their business on the street, but I will say this: at least 3 guys I know in the last 2 weeks had a higher NSS than I, and very competitive for Jets. They all still selected helo's.

Arthur said...

JR

I wasn't trying to sound rude or be disrespectfull (think I may have come off that way and I apologize). I've had some very fun times in both military and civilian Helo's as a passenger. I also survived what I call a "controlled" crash in a CH-53 one time.

When and IF I'm selected and make it into the pipeline I know I'll be happy in whatever pipeline I'm assigned. Currently, my desire is jets and I was just wondering what kind of "fight" existed for them.

Thanks for all the insider advice about the process. Very motivating!

JR Walsh said...

No worries Arthur, we know what you meant. Just work hard, do what you can, and then see what you are looking at in the end. It is a long process, and you'l see that once you get here.

Anonymous said...

what was the breakdown of what everyone got in your class (tailhook/helos/multi prop)?