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Is the military a good place to start your career of becoming a pilot.

I have been presented with the chance of going but i wounder if its a good choice. airline-industry pilot commercial-pilot airplane

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David’s Answer

It is, but the military pilot slots are very competitive. For many people, it is easier to learn as a civilian.

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Jeffrey’s Answer

Hello, Yes the military is a great place to start your career to become a pilot. I left home at 18 years old and headed form the big city of Detroit Michigan. I grew up in a one high school town in middle Michigan and wanted to see what was on the other side of the mountain. I landed a job at Henry Ford Hospital working the operating room as a technician and before I could blink 14 years had passed by. I took a leave from the hospital and joined the Air Force. When I returned to the hospital I knew I had to make a change or I would stay at the hospital until I retired. When I returned I started applying to airlines and before I knew it I was hired by Delta Airlines in Atlanta, GA. I became a flight attendant because I knew I was past the stages of becoming a pilot. However, I remained at Delta Airlines for almost 26 years and loved flying with my pilot friends. If you are serious about becoming a pilot then education and experience goes hand in hand. I recommend that you visit a Air Force or Navy enlistment station and ask questions regarding your career. I will share this with you, the Air Force is the hardest military branch to get into. However, the Air Force treats you well with no hiking or back packing but a lot of schooling and book work. My final advise, if becoming a pilot is your career goal then you will know in your heart what steps you need to succeed to make your dream come true. Best of luck, Jeffrey

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Shaun’s Answer

It is. If you have the opportunity, do it!


If for some reason it does not work out, there are several colleges with excellent programs.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Ockeem!


Your recruiter or other service representative should also be able to help with testing to determine if you would be suitable for their pilot training program. Even if the tests do not show that you should follow that as a career area, there might be another position in that branch of the service that would be more suitable.


My time in the service was very valuable, as I got some great training and also got financial assistance as a veteran for further education after my time in the service.


Let me know if and how this might be helpful. Keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress.

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