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Would it be a good idea to fly in the military to become a commercial pilot?

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Amy’s Answer

Yes, Also if you are between the ages of 12-18 look into Civil Air Patrol.

CAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves as the civilian auxiliary to the U.S. Air Force. The Cadet Program is one of CAP's three missions. As a CAP cadet, you will participate in a year-round program where you fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape and push yourself to new limits.

The program transforms youth into dynamic citizens and aerospace leaders through a curriculum that focuses on four elements: leadership, aerospace, fitness and character.

As you participate in these four elements, you advance through a series of achievements, earning honors and increased responsibilities along the way. Many of the nation's astronauts, pilots, engineers and scientists first explored their careers through CAP. The leadership skills, self-confidence and discipline you gain will prepare you to achieve whatever goals you set for yourself in life.

If you’re between 12 and 18 years of age and dreaming about a career in aviation, space or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.
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Christina’s Answer

The great thing about the military is that you will gain all of the relevant training and certifications in order to be a pilot.

Once your contract is up your experience and certifications are still relevant which you could choose to be a commercial airline pilot, a pilot for a private company, or even become an instructor.

If you serve 8 years in the military with free education benefits, VA home loan benefits, health insurance plus the flight training, you come out winning once you separate.
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Diane’s Answer

The military is one avenue to commercial aviation. I believe there are benefits to this. You will receive quality training that is rigorous. You will not have to pay for your training. I believe to be selected into this program is very competitive. You will probably need an outstanding resume including academics and possibly community service.
I trained to become an airline pilot. Today, this could cost between 75-150 k, depending on the school. Some schools prepare pilots for the airlines, while others train pilots for recreational purposes.
To answer your question directly. Yes, the military flight training is a good path to commercial aviation.
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Dan’s Answer

Deacon, the Military is a great way to get these skills up. Whilst I didn't join as a pilot I loved my time in the Military but lets be honest its not for everyone. If you think Military life suits you then go for it, if you think maybe it doesn't then it might be worth looking into aviation cadetships if there are still some around. Some commercial airlines will pay you, not very well, to train you to be a pilot. The big however here is that when I investigated it, it was very competitive and those with previous experience or at least some hours of flight training would be preferred. Amy's CAP answer is great and you should look into any supported ways to get some experience flying whilst you are still at school as it will help an application to either Military or commercial. Good Luck!
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Matt’s Answer

It's not the only way but it an advantageous avenue for sure. Being in the military does have it advantages when it comes to applying for a job as well. All the applications I've filled out ask that question. My cousin became a pilot not going through the military but it was very costly getting pilot hours logged in order to be commercial. The military would cover a lot of those expenses. Hope this helps!
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