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Grabbing a few hours Rotary time before Helo advanced?

RobLyman

- hawk Pilot
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I'll say when I was a student, there were no R instructors, and the B guys were telling us to stay the hell away from the R. Some guys wanted to do VERTREP, others wanted to do CSAR and SOF training (secretly hoping they'd do it for real, of course), and others wanted all the gucci weapons, and plenty more wanted the shorter FRS.

Nowadays? I'm not sure. The tide is shifting. Some still want to do the overland missions (fair), some want to S expeditionary and hope they get a hospital ship, Italy, or Bahrain (kind of, but less fair, since they can't select exped out of HTs), and others still want a (now slightly shorter) FRS. But I think the word is out: the R is the future, has all the weapons the S has for the most part, and has a clear path for its mission, and to be frank, students are nerdier now than 5 years ago. My peers (2011-2012 ish) were all about going to Iraq and wanting to do "real pilot stuff" in the Medevac or SOF missions (we are almost all a day late for that war/enemy/campaign, but some of us did stand alerts in Iraq against ISIS, or deliver bombs in VERTREP to our ships and allied pals to go drop bombs on ISIS as well). Now, it's very common to hear a student say "well, I really like video games / computer games / technology, so I think the R would be a better fit for me." And that's fair - there's less dynamic flying and plenty more system operating and gucci technology in the R than the S.
If I could go back, I'd gladly trade you my 2011-2012 deployment to Al Diwanyah (FOB Echo) for some time on a ship. What you really need is a week or two to say you did it, then get the hell out. A year there sucks!Bunker1.jpg
 

Gatordev

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Why is the sierra more sought after than the romeo? What little I've heard the romeo sounds more up my alley.
Good public affairs and sexy sounding missions. Now there's much more effort to push the Romeo's PR to various audiences, to include the HTs. The amount of PAO/PR energy being spent for the HSM community is pretty impressive. By the way, igloo, I believe either the end of the month or in March a R will be down at VT-10 for API studs, if you want to go get more info.
 

Hopeful Hoya

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Yeah they're having a Fleet Fly-in at Sherman on the 29th IIRC. Your STUCON or OPS should have the flyers that VT-10 just sent out.
 

SynixMan

Staff Life
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Good public affairs and sexy sounding missions. Now there's much more effort to push the Romeo's PR to various audiences, to include the HTs. The amount of PAO/PR energy being spent for the HSM community is pretty impressive. By the way, igloo, I believe either the end of the month or in March a R will be down at VT-10 for API studs, if you want to go get more info.
Eh, the dudes with eagles or stars on their shoulders are pretty jazzed about the R and all the shit it does that makes them look good to their bosses. On the other hand, they want nothing to do with the Sierra’s missions save PMC and point defense. CNO visited our RR on deployment and literally didn’t know the Sierra existed just rambled about the Romeo and how great it was.
 

Gatordev

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Eh, the dudes with eagles or stars on their shoulders are pretty jazzed about the R and all the shit it does that makes them look good to their bosses. On the other hand, they want nothing to do with the Sierra’s missions save PMC and point defense. CNO visited our RR on deployment and literally didn’t know the Sierra existed just rambled about the Romeo and how great it was.
Don't worry, there's other stars below the CNO that don't know squat about the R. Hypothetically, there may have even been a Romeo ISIC's staff that didn't know anything. Hypothetically.
 
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