It might not be a bad place. A lot of military pilots started there. Just keep in mind that in order to fly you have to be an officer (Read College). You actually have to fit the equiptment in the airplane, Not the other way around and you will be in at least 9 years as a pilot-they want to make it a 10 year requirement. Most of the other branchs pilot programs are set up the same way.
Why don't you check to see if there is a CAP program in your area? They are the airforce auxillary and do a lot of search and rescue work. And you should be able to join today. There isn't any military requirement. Personally If you are bent on joining the military I would suggest the Coast Guard. Their flight personell are also the same people who fix the airplanes so if you get one of the flight ratings you will get a much more mechanical experience and flight time as opposed to the Airforce where everybody is a speciallist.
There are enough people who where in the military who hold management jobs with the airlines that they still like seeing that on a resume but it dosen't seem like it holds as much luster as it did in the past. A lot of the civilian schools today look just as good......
But take a look at the CAP. My brother is in it and enjoys it. It is purely volunteer so there is no requirement for enlistment or joining the military when you turn 18.
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