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DankVectorz

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The Army, Navy and Marines all have ATC. I would go Army if I were you because they will LITERALLY TAKE ANYONE. You could be Hellen freaking Keller and you'd be controlling traffic.
its not easy to get FAA recognized certs in the Army. Most of their towers are run by DoD civilians and only train 1 or 2 soldiers a year. Most Army ATC is tactical stuff that doesn’t count for the FAA. My one buddy spent more time in the motor pool than any tower.
 

YouAppearToBeOnFire

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its not easy to get FAA recognized certs in the Army. Most of their towers are run by DoD civilians and only train 1 or 2 soldiers a year. Most Army ATC is tactical stuff that doesn’t count for the FAA. My one buddy spent more time in the motor pool than any tower.
I'm not doubting this as Army fuckery is always in excess, but that seems intense.

Either way, if he has no shot, why not join the branch that will take anyone and maybe luck out? :p
 

Cmsgthokage

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I'm not doubting this as Army fuckery is always in excess, but that seems intense.

Either way, if he has no shot, why not join the branch that will take anyone and maybe luck out? :p
Most army controllers that get CTOs get them thru the stage fields and are mostly helicopter traffic from what an army coworker has told me.

OP, which unit are you going to?
 

Tylerdavis93

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I don’t understand this mentality of disqualifying yourself before even applying. Apply, it’s at no cost to you other than time off. Seems like a small price to pay for the opportunity at an amazing career. 🤷‍♂️

Let them tell you, don’t tell yourself they might say no. Ask, hope for the best but plan for the worst. Don’t put your life on hold but if you’re serious about this, apply. See what happens. Ride it out!
Thanks for the boost in confidence Denver, I appreciate it.
I currently have a good paying job within a small company that I'll never advance in and I don't enjoy my work. I almost joined as an ATC when I was 19 and now that the opportunity has came again I can't stop thinking about it.

I'm nervous because I have a wife and son so it makes my decisions much more stressful than it should, but at this point... I think I'm going to go for it.
 

denver0739

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Thanks for the boost in confidence Denver, I appreciate it.
I currently have a good paying job within a small company that I'll never advance in and I don't enjoy my work. I almost joined as an ATC when I was 19 and now that the opportunity has came again I can't stop thinking about it.

I'm nervous because I have a wife and son so it makes my decisions much more stressful than it should, but at this point... I think I'm going to go for it.
Sounds exactly like my situation. But, I have two girls instead. I’m glad you’re gonna go for it. You never know what could happen, I went for it and now I’m in training at a level 12 center, as the saying goes, “you never know until you try”
 

YouAppearToBeOnFire

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Most army controllers that get CTOs get them thru the stage fields and are mostly helicopter traffic from what an army coworker has told me.

OP, which unit are you going to?
That sounds accurate. The closest I've been was turning down a rotary flight seat once I got my TOL. Though I'm sure on major FOBs like Bagram you'd have cargo carriers and such. If I'm not mistaken a lot of those are AF controlled though.
 
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