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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

You say you’ve “wanted to fly your whole life.” Understand; one joins the military to be a solider and then they let you fly. Same holds true for LE, ala, one joins a PD to become a Police Officer and somewhere down the road, they let you fly…… Both career paths require a monumental amount of commitment with no guarantees. Specifically, if your reasons to join the military or a PD is “free” flight training, you better think again….

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Another option to consider is law enforcement. Large departments like LAPD, CHP and NYPD have huge air units. Full disclosure, I am not an LE pilot, so I am only familiar with that career track in a general sense. My understanding is with these LE departments, you must start off as a patrol officer, with no guarantee of being a pilot. To be competitive for the air unit, you should have at least a helicopter or fixed wing private pilot certificate (which would cost you about $5-10k). If accepted into the program, the department pays for commercial, instrument and aircraft specific training. However, it could take 3-5 years on patrol before having an opportunity to go into the air unit.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

I like the coaching part of my job but hate being a teacher and unfortunately that’s the bulk of it. I actually was only considering the guard forever but the recruiters told me they only select 3 for my state per year and that my chances would be super low. That’s what made me decide to go active. Plus, I can’t retire until 63 in my current plan, where I could retire at 50 in the army if I joined by next year. Also, by my calculations I’d bring home about $1k/month more than I do as a teacher.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Nobody has a crystal ball. The next decade may see Army Aviation as the place to be. Or it might be a turd. Every service is going to have a level of unpredictability with it. Look at the 174th Fighter Wing in New York, who traded their F16s for UAVs. That had to be a tough pill to swallow. Why do you want to do this? What is attracting you to it? How do you picture yourself in the job? These questions may help narrow down where you’ll fit in.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

I just recently finished my Flight Physical for my WOFT packet. First I had to do MEPS which was just a regular physical. I then had to go to a base that had a flight surgeon so I could do my flight physical. The closest base to me was 10 hours away and I had to go on 2 separate occasions. For me there was a flight physical part 1 and part 2. Those were spaced about a month apart because they wouldn't schedule the second part until results were back from part 1. If you want a full walkthrough of everything I have had to do feel free to send me a private message. I will tell you everything takes longer than you expect.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

This is not a military forum.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

If you like your job why not just go Guard aviation? I would think being a teacher would work pretty well with it. I’m just a lowly flight student, but I have zero regrets about Army Guard aviation thus far. Grass is always greener, I suppose. I also have done 10 years in the military so I have seen what bad can be and what good can be. Whatever you choose, I’d try to figure out if you want rotary or fixed wing. I took a couple intro lessons in both, and it wasn’t even a question. If you do want rotary, army is the “sure thing.”

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Yea you can guarantee pilot in every other branch.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

I still have 3 years. The retirement program I’m in sucks, I have to work until I’m social security age where I could retire around 50 in the army. Also, by my calculation I’d bring home about 1k per month more as a W1 than I do as a teacher with a masters. Plus, I hate teaching. If I could only coach football it would be great, but the babysitting teenagers thing has gotten old quick. Not to mention, I’ve wanted to fly my whole life, so I wanna give it a shot before I do get too old. There’s no way I’d ever be able to afford/have time to become a pilot on my own.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Is it as straight forward getting in with the other branches? I’ve heard with some that won’t guarantee a flight spot. I just don’t wanna have to go through the whole process and then be stuck in a different job.