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Old 11-27-2006, 10:57 PM
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Air Force ROTC. Looking for advice...

AFROTC?? Any Advice??

My 17 year old high school senior is very serious about joining the Air Force ROTC program at The Ohio State University. His intent is to go into the College of Engineering and to major in Aviation. His long term goals are to become a pilot and fly commercially/corporately (if he doesn't make a career of the military.)

We have a meeting with the AFROTC Captain next Tuesday (5 Dec.) Can any of you with experience give me some pros/cons and any ideas of what to ask/discuss with the good Captain?
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:05 PM
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How is his vision?

I know that with mine I would have been scraping bird schit off of runways.
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:20 PM
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Before you sign anything, have your son take the tests to confirm he can be a pilot.

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Old 11-27-2006, 11:51 PM
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What tests? Vision may be an issue but we don't know for sure.

I've also been told (by an Air Force Recruiter) that they now provide Lasik (or equivelent) which is approved for flight status. Can anyone confirm whether this is true. I don't necessarily believe everything a recruiter tells me.
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:53 PM
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I don't necessarily believe everything a recruiter tells me.

Thats smart thinkin' right there........
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Old 11-27-2006, 11:54 PM
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Cant be color blind for one.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:01 AM
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Cant be color blind for one.
Yep, that's what kept me out. I told them if no flight school, they can't have me. Learned to fly on my own dime.

Make sure he can pick the numbers out of those stupid dots!
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:02 AM
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He's not color blind. So at least he has that going for him.
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:08 AM
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Why can't they put all into writing? This is very serious and noble. Not having been in military but military school for ever I would say anything that is said should be said in writing. Other than that there are a lot of people here who should know. Have someone read (lawyer?)what he is signing and if his intentions and expectations can and will be met. Great that he has the interest!
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Old 11-28-2006, 12:18 AM
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If someone can teach me how to PM w/him I can give him some pointers. I'm a USAFA grad, former USAF pilot training instructor, current C-130 instructor pilot, and future airline pilot hopeful (will retire as a Lt Col in about a year)!! Be VERY careful w/recruiters...ROTC is a safe way to figure out if he's really interested in the AF life.
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