I thought I might chime in here with a slightly different idea.
First, I have heard that some airlines prefer a pilot with dual pilot experience over military training. I have heard that it is because flying an airliner is quite different than a F-16. Now I suppose that it depends greatly on the pilot.
Secondly, I have heard this from actual airline management, pilots with experience in Line Oriented Flight Training (LOFT) have shown themselves time and time again to be one step ahead of everyone else. Some of the schools that come to mind are ATP, and my school Arizona State University. I would say Embry Riddle but if cost is a problem then that is probably not the best route. And just to clarify, ASU
has their flight training done by a division of Mesa Air Group, Mesa Pilot Development. From what I have heard, Mesa raves about these pilots, with two pilot crew training. ASU
's program happens to have 40 hrs in a CRJ, but there are other schools that offer that kind of training as well.
On another note. Cost is a rather large problem for some. But I will always recommend a degree to anyone so there will probably be large costs involved. Just think if for some reason you loose your medical, just your military training will not offer quite the same job in another field.
Why do you say this? I can tell you from experience I know today a heck of a lot more about operating an airliner in an airline setting than any pilot who has 800 hrs instructing, and I have a whole year left of training. Don't get me wrong flight instruction is a great way to gain experience and I plan to gain some that way as well. But the experience that comes from flying an airplane with a second pilot like it is done in the airlines is invaluable to airline pilots in training.
Also to add to this, in this day in age a degree is a plus a specific degree can be a hindrance. For example, my degree involves a number of class that are aviation administration related, which can be helpful should one loose their medical.
One mile of highway gets you one mile, one mile of runway gets you anywhere.