Originally Posted by Jones14
Obviously very early in the game to invest too much thought, but I'm initially very interested in the Maritime pipeline. Any thoughts on my chances at dropping P-8's? There's not much info out yet, but my thoughts go one of two ways.
1. They transition current P-3 guys into the new airframe and figure out the needs of the program later. So, basically very little new pilots coming into that pipeline. If so, get winged in P-3's and wait in line.
2. Why waste money and time training SNA's on the P-3, having to transition them to the P-8 later? All new applicants in the pipeline get P-8 and the P-3 guys transition when able.
If that topic is still up in the air, then I would be more than happy with some general information on the P-3 community. I've heard good things thus far.
Dude, you need to recage your brain and focus on getting through OCS and NAMI first. Start going to bed at 2200, waking up at 0445 and working out now. You'll do yourself a huge favor getting your body adjusted.
Then assuming you don't get injured, roll a class, fail an RLP, etc and graduate on time, then you need to get through API. Hows your swimming? If you suck, better start now. Jump off a 12M platform, and swim underwater in flight gear for 25M. Sounds stupid, but you have to do it to graduate. Mile swim in flight suit? A lot of the courseware in API ground school is going to be totally backwards from what you know. Guess whats on the test? Hint: what they teach you, not what you know.
Once you get to primary there are plenty of hurdels to get over there too. I watched more than a handful of guys with commerical and ATP tickets, wash out. Yeah, it happens.
Then should you get through all that, you'll get a chance to fill out your dream sheet of what you'd like to fly. The Navy will then ball that up, throw it in the trash, and give you whatever they want. if you're lucky, you'll get something with a tailhook, and join the fraternity. Be happy with whatever you get however.
Good luck, it's a ride I'd do all over again in a second.