I would bet that there is a very high percentage of ex-military pilots flying commercial airliners!
I'm going to take a stab at a percentage...........60-70%.
What does it really take to become a commercial pilot........hours, hours and more hours. The military is a very inexpensive way to get those hours and the instrument rating. How much you think you'd spend in a Cessna to accumulate that amount of flight time.............WOW!
Granted you have to be rated on specific aircraft and sim training, but how much easier would it be if you racked up say 10,000-15,000 flight hours in the military. I would think better than the average Skyhawk pilot.
Working for the railroad these days(me)..I bet 2/3 of the guys I work with are ex-military. Businesses like to hire them for their professionalism, most people I've met out of the military are upstanding, responsible individuals also.
Every year for the last 20 years or better I go to Jamaica(doesn't look like this year!). I distinctly remember a flight from MSP
. Those pilots put us on a postage stamp on a descent like I've never had. Felt like we just grabbed the wire on an aircraft carrier..................sure enough the CPT
, F/O and F/E (727) all had "FLY NAVY" bumper stickers on their flight bags!!!
I smuggly told them "nice landing" on the way out...........they all just kept grinning like children. It was great.............even better when they let me pull off a couple of flight deck shots!
Just an observation by an amateur. Easy on me guys!! LOL