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ATP Dream. Civilian Or Military Training?  
User currently offlineJgore From Argentina, joined Feb 2002, 550 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1078 times:

This is the most frequent question many future pilots have. Go throught civilian or military training ?
I would like the answers to be based on a middle-class guy case.
Thanks  Smile


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User currently offlineMikola From United States of America, joined May 1999, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1056 times:

i am in the process, civilian. loans become your best friend, then trying to pay them off when you are not making any money instructing is so much fun! gotta love helpful parents.

honestly, i asked this question to a military guy when i used to sit in the old Continental concourse at TPA... he talked to me saying at that time (7yrs ago or so) that the air force academy, etc, wouldnt be advisable. then he gave me a tour of macdill afb. i think many are now coming from the civilian route though. its up to you tho, your preferences, etc.

i can personally attest that, from being an instructor, ive learned more about flying now than i ever did during training. so that might be helpful, i dont know, ill letcha know if someone hires me onto a regional in a year or so.


User currently offlineJgore From Argentina, joined Feb 2002, 550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1053 times:

yeah, but i was asking that 'cause i don't have parents to pay off my loan.  Sad

User currently offlineJetguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1052 times:

If you're qualified and able to get into a program the military is certainly an option if you have the temperment for it - it's a pretty stiff commitment. However, for most of us it doesn't work out, for one reason or another. I would suggest that you leave all of your options open.

User currently offlineMikola From United States of America, joined May 1999, 64 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1046 times:

then the military is a viable option... just you are committed to them for a while. who knows tho, you might get an awesome job w/ them flying generals around or something. they are trying to keep pilots cos they have been losing them to the airlines. they do this by increasing pay and similar flying schedules. just something i heard of, dunno if its still happening. and loans are just loans... i know ppl do it every year going thru college, etc. speaking of which, you mentioned erau in a previous post... scholarships could definitely help out in that area too. soo many options, i would talk with counselors of each route that you could take and get all the info you need. then make a sound decision on which suits your lifestyle and goals.

User currently offlineBjones From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 1029 times:

There are pros and cons to both. If you want to go the military route (at least in the US) you have to have a college degree before you get your commission and start pilot training. Of course the service academies are an option but if you don't know for sure if you want to go military yet go to a civilian school and try out ROTC or apply for a commission and pilot training after graduation. Most airlines prefer a college degree anyways. If you go the military route the current Air Force commitment is 10 years after pilot training. There is nowhere in the world you could ever get the same training and experience as the military offers though. There is always the option I chose get an Air National Guard unit to pick you up after college. Same training and a ten year commitment but it is part time.

User currently offlineJgore From Argentina, joined Feb 2002, 550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1015 times:

thank you guys, i'm listening to every option  Smile

User currently offlineONT 737 From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 588 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 1010 times:

I was considereing going into the military for flight training as well. Another thing to consider is if they can promise that you will get aviation. When I talked to the recuiters only the Navy could do this. (after passing a phyisical and several aptitude tests of course) I would love to fly in the military, but I don't want to be 34 when I get my first option to leave.


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