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DCA Minimum Requirements vs. Successful Selection
Last Post 09 Nov 2020 01:11 PM by skaterfish. 2 Replies.
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15 Sep 2020 10:30 AM
    I have been lurking through this forum off and on for a few months, and I have not found this question asked or answered anywhere else. Essentially, I represent all of the minimum requirements for the DCA program; while I may be fully qualified to apply, am I actually competitive enough to be selected? If not, what does having a real chance look like in real life? Hopefully this thread will help other prospective applicants lurking out there like I was.

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    Context: I am 27, anticipate no issues meeting the character standards, and I am a U.S. citizen. I have two dependents, 101 college semester hours including college algebra (but no degree), and we are debt free. I have four years of active duty Army service, including over 3.5 as a Warrant Officer. I have a valid flight physical, am 72 inches tall, and have no issues that would prevent completion of a fitness regiment in DCO School. I graduated from Army flight school in July 2018, with just over 2 years of active duty pilot experience since then. I am about 10 hours shy of 500 (not counting flight school, and I should have the full 500 within a few more weeks of garrison flying). I am currently employed as a pilot in the Army, and I do not have any tattoos.

    Unique Experiences (good and bad): I am not a pilot-in-command yet (hopefully in the next 6-8 months). I spent a 10 month combat deployment in Afghanistan (about 400 hours of combat time). I fly the AH-64D, so the most complex and power limited of the Army's advanced RW airframes, but also with fewer parallels to a CG mission set. I also have about 4 years of experience as a certified EMT and volunteer firefighter from before the Army. And, whether it helps or hurts, I did apply to the USCGA in high school and was not accepted.
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    13 Oct 2020 02:35 PM
    I came over with just over 500 hours (not counting flight school). So low total hours, as long as you meet the minimum, is not disqualifying. PIC time is important. Equally important is decision making and risk management experience and how you can talk to that in the interview. The interview is probably the most important factor in your application insofar as what the board looks at since the board that decides your fate is not all aviators. There will be one aviator out of I think five total on the board, but they'll definitely rely on the remarks from your interview board. For the interview, have some anecdotes ready to go that highlight decision making and risk management. The interview board is looking for someone humble and that they want to have a beer with in the wardroom.
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    09 Nov 2020 01:11 PM
    Did you end up putting an application in?
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