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Fixed Wing Multi Engine Qualification Course

Dropped off a packet today to apply to the FWMEQC. Fixed wing transitions used to be a perk available to old crusty warrant officers with over 20 years of service. Recently, someone high up decided that it’d be good to have some younger fixed-wing pilots as well. I have to admit, I’m kind of excited about this.

I can’t estimate right now my chances of actually getting that transition. Right now, it seems like the BN CDR is opposed to the notion of junior warrants transitioning straight from flight school to Korea to the FWMEQC without ever having actually deployed. However, that’s exactly the profile which the branch manager said they were looking for for these applications. I expect the BN CDR to recommend disapproval of the application; what I don’t know is whether that decision will be automatically upheld by the selection panel.

For me, the application is a pure win situation. If I don’t get in, I lose nothing. If I do get the transition and then move to a fixed-wing unit, I get qualified and experienced in a mode of flight it’d be very expensive to pay for on my own. If I get the transition but then get sent to another Black Hawk unit on its way to deployment, I still haven’t lost anything; it’s not that I dislike rotary-wing flight. I just take the expensive qualification and don’t get experienced at it.

There is one drawback: if I do get selected for the qualification course, it’ll add another year to my ADSO. I think I can live with that. Really, all the Army needs to do to keep me around for a career is keep giving me expensive and cool training in exchange for a year or two of extension at a time.

We’ll see how it goes.

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Comment by Rourke Mac OS X Mozilla Firefox 3.6.2 Subscribed to comments via email
2010-04-06 15:51:19

If I understand this post correctly, does this mean you’d actually transfer to a whole ‘nother part of the Army and not fly helicopters anymore?

Comment by coriolinus Windows NT Mozilla Firefox 3.6.3
2010-04-13 04:35:34

Possibly. It depends on the needs of the Army, and so is basically unpredictable.


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