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Sauce99
02-02-19, 10:17 PM
What's up y'all, about 3 months ago I started talking to an OSO about the possibilities of becoming a Marine Aviator, they guaranteed me a slot in flight school, to have the opportunity to become a Marine Aviator. I am well aware of the culture in the Corp, so I don't need any moto talk. If I really wanted to become just a pilot I would join the Air National Guard or the Air Force, but the idea of being a Marine motivates the hell out of me. I know full well what I have to do physically, and I am improving everyday, but I want to know what I should do to start building good study habits, because I know flight school and OCS aint no joke. I am in college getting good marks, and on my way to getting my bachelors, but I feel sometimes I'm just getting by. I don't want to just get by in flight school and in my career.

advanced
02-03-19, 09:24 AM
What's up back to ya. Since you're already "aware of the culture in the Corps," why ask us. Maybe one day you'll learn that the title of Marine is never just handed out, it must be earned. Yes you have much to learn. Just saying.

irpat54
02-03-19, 11:39 AM
What's up y'all, about 3 months ago I started talking to an OSO about the possibilities of becoming a Marine Aviator, they guaranteed me a slot in flight school, to have the opportunity to become a Marine Aviator. I am well aware of the culture in the Corp, so I don't need any moto talk.
It all boils down to how bad you want it, there is really no amount of talk to "magically" make you all of a sudden put your nose to the grindstone, you have to want it badly enough to eat, drink, and sleep, Marine Aviator...

If I really wanted to become just a pilot I would join the Air National Guard or the Air Force, but the idea of being a Marine motivates the hell out of me.

if true this should do it
I know full well what I have to do physically, and I am improving everyday, but I want to know what I should do to start building good study habits because I know flight school and OCS aint no joke. I am in college getting good marks, and on my way to getting my bachelors, but I feel sometimes I'm just getting by. I don't want to just get by in flight school and in my career.

if you make it through OCS, and make it to flight school, they won't except someone who is "just getting by" there are always people who will be selected according to their achievement... or another way to put it, if someone bust their ass more then you, he/she will be selected over you in a heartbeat...

shadetreepilot
09-17-21, 02:29 PM
Start studying to become a pilot. Most of what you need to get through flight school is available on the FAA website for free. You can download PDF files of the same books you'll be learning from when learning to fly. The books are cheap, if you prefer a hard copy, like $25 or something. I believe you can download the files to your phone or iPad as well.

Start with basic aerodynamics. Other good-to-know topics include weight and balance, aircraft performance, weather theory, weather and weather products (METAR's, TAF's, pretty much anything on aviationweather.gov) interpretation.

What do you want to fly? Fixed or rotary wing? Think about your path should after the Corps; fixed wing will likely pay a lot more, especially in the airlines. Rotary... well... I'm biased. Learn about the different missions for each airframe and decide now exactly which airframe you want to fly for the Corps. Learn everything you can about it.

I would highly recommend you find a flight school in your area and take an introductory flight in both an airplane and a helicopter so that you can make a more well-informed decision. I'll tell you now, you will not be able to hover the helicopter. Don't let that bother you. No one can safely (not proficiently, SAFELY) hover for the first 10 hours or so.

I can keep going for hours on this topic. My point is, if you're serious, get serious. Start your flight training right now. You will go through a selection process against countless others, it is a competition. Marines win wars because we don't wait for a gunfight to learn how to shoot. Get to it.