DCA will simply put one on a fast track for Comair, a wholly-owned subsidary of Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Not entirely true. Delta offers guaranteed job interviews with all of the Delta Connection carriers: ASA (ahem, your company), ACA
(?), Chautaqua, Comair, and SkyWest.
There is no guarantee that successful completion of the program at DCA will result in a job with Comair, simply an interview.
Correct. The published 97% of Academy flight instructor candidates (800 hours dual given with Comair, 50 hrs. multi) number is accurate...let's just say that everyone I know who has gotten the guaranteed interview now has a job at Comair (that's where everyone I knew elected to go) and are actively flying.
And even if one were to be hired with Comair via DCA, there is NO regime for Comair pilots to transition to Delta. They would have to be hired off the street just like every Tom, Dick and Harry out there...
Yes...but is there ANY US major subsidiary that allows this "regime" of which you speak?
... and Delta won't be hiring flight crews for a LOOOOOOOONG time.
Delta tentatively plans to recall all pilots to active duty within two years. I guarantee if anyone starts their DCA
training ab initio right now, they won't even be ready for their Comair interview by then. You don't need to think about Delta right now.