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Army WO Switching branches? DCA question.
Last Post 18 Feb 2021 08:16 PM by PendletonDCA18. 3 Replies.
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11 Feb 2021 05:08 PM
    Can an Army Warrant Officer pilot switch branches (I'm thinking Coast Guard DCA program) before their 10-year ADSO is complete? Of course, so long as you reach the requirements of the DCA program. I heard it is rare for the Army to let you out before then to apply for DCA. Is this possible?

    Not a pilot, just thinking of potential alternatives in case I never make it into Coast Guard OCS.

    I figured I'd post this here because I have seen a few DCA applicants in the forum. 

    Thanks for the help!
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    11 Feb 2021 07:02 PM
    The Army is short pilots so it is very unlikely they would let you go before your ADSO is done. The most likely way to get released from the Army early would be if your aircraft was overmanned and there was a reduction in force. They would not release me 6m early. Obviously thing can change in 10yrs though.
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    18 Feb 2021 10:31 AM
    I wouldn't go into the army as a pilot with the goal of switching over to the CG. Too many things can go the wrong way for that to be a reliable option. And 10 years in the Army is a huge price to pay. Go into the Army because you want to join the Army or they're definitely paying for your college or whatever.
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    18 Feb 2021 08:16 PM
    10 years is a long time - they're short on pilots now. That could change. Impossible to forecast needs of the service a decade from now. If you want to be a pilot and are service agnostic, there's plenty of guaranteed flight programs (USCG WiFi, Army Flying Warrant, USMC PLC-Air, USAF Reserve/Guard). If you want to be a Coastie, I've met more than a few pilots that previously served on cutters before lateral Accession. Look at the service, Mission profiles, and possible duty stations/assignments/career paths for aviators then commit.
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