I was SUPPOSED to be a VRA hire at ZNY. But I got an offer OTS for Orlando TRACON. Its cheaper to live in Florida, plus its a whole hell of a lot closer to family, so I turned ZNY down. Funny thing... You can't convert an OTS offer to VRA if you're qualified for it. Feh. So much for a bonus! Bring on that 19k/year paycheck!Ex 15Q here. I came across your profile on Myspace in an ATC group. I think we were in AIT around the same time. As far as ratings go...I hate the Army for this...but 61B and TTCS. Are you getting picked up VRA?
Its not all that bad... I had some pretty decent commanders in my day. Not GREAT ones, mind you, but decent. My CO in Korea was a bit of a doofas, but he had a great heart. He made sure we always had decent missions, and he even set us up for a few "air assault" style bar-b-ques. Meaning, we all loaded up on a flight of 60s, flew to the other side of the country, and ate burgers. Then we flew back. Good lunch, great pictures.Currently a 15Q in the MN Nat'l Guard and currently stuck in Mosul, Iraq. Working the VFR tower here as the training sup and if I didn't hate the army before I sure do now. Maybe someone can explain to me why we have pilots as Commanders and why all pilots can't seem to grasp the ATC system. I give warning to all thinking about doing ATC in the military...GO AIR FORCE! Luckily I'll be home in June where I can go back to working with intelligent people while waiting on my class date.
First off, love the "Army of Darkness" reference. Gimme some sugar.Sorry guys,
Quick Question, are you required to get rated in the army?
If you were in the National Guard do you need to get facility rated or they let you leave after training with the ATCS cert/pink slip after AIT. I know that the Air Guard recruits go through that and thats a long time away from my family. Its either this or 15P instead.
~Hail to the King, baby!:gleam:
That really depends on your unit. Some units might be willing to cut you orders to put you on a temporary full-time status, but you're not quite "active duty" per se. Some units will let you come in periodically for AFTPs, or what basically amounts to extra drill time. And other units will just let you progress through the training program however you might when coming in and working only during drill or annual training (two week) times.When you are getting rated, are you on active duty or is that part time?