MIL Should I try to be an Air Force or Navy pilot?

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  1. AustinL911

    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    Any of you guys have an opinion as to what's better. I figured I'd ask the masses before I threw it in the barracks.

    Some things about me. My vision is damn near perfect, for now.

    I have allergies. These are the only things that I can see that might DQ me, from what I have read.

    Opinions?
     
  2. WiKiD

    WiKiD U MAD?

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    Navy

    The Blue Angels- American's fav waste of tax money
     
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    It depends on what you wanna fly, and what kind of flying you wanna do... And your chances depend on how good a student you are, and who you know get get you a slot (if your not in the top 0.1% of the applicants)
     
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    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    Fighter jets. I dream of flying the F-22 when it's put into full service, but that probably won't happen. I'd settle for an f-16, 18, or any other upcoming jets that might be replacing those.

    I'm a damn good student when I put some effort into it. I'm thinking of going the ROTC route, but I'm not sure yet.

    I also keep hearing about people waiting for 'slots' a lot.

    What exactly is a 'slot'? Do they only have a certain number of spots open for pilots or something?

    I guess another question of mine is, who has the better pilots?
     
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    Yes.. There are only so many pilots needed, and about 90% of the AF, and about 60% of the Navy are wannabe pilots.. (not exact numbers, but you get my point..) So you have to fight all the other applicants for a pilot slot. Usually you need to have an excellent resume and a connection to help get you a slot... Although things might be easier now with all these deployments going on.. Recruiting is down quite a bit this year...
     
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    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    Well, I've wasted 2 years in college searching for what I've wanted to do, to no avail. I finally decided to major in commercial aviation and enroll in the ROTC program (I think that's what I want to do) starting next year. But, I'm not sure whether I want to do ROTC or OTS.
     
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    TankRizzo Sensational Moderator Super Moderator

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    If you shoot for the JSF it won't really matter :o
     
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    Apply for the AF academy.. They have a pilot program.. Kind of a fast lane to getting your wings if you're lucky enough to qualify..
     
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    AustinL911 Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator

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    Also, from a site I was reading, it appeared to me that you went through an undergraduate training for 1 year, and then were selected (99% based on AF needs, 1% your preference) for 1 of 3 types of aircraft. After that, you trained for those TYPES of aircraft, and then again, are selected (99% based on AF needs, 1% based on your preference) to a certain, specific aircraft.

    I don't want to get stuck flying a damn cargo plane for 10 years. If I read the site right, they assign you based on, education, leadership, your academic scores for the tests, and your flight time/ability. So, the way I figure it, If I do a kickass job for durning the next 4 years of college, and that year+ of training, I should have a pretty good chance of getting what I want? Or is my thinking waaaaaay off?

    I figured I'd go get my pilots license this summer and start flying as much as possible to get some hours in, which will hopefully increase my chances of getting what I want (which is a lot, I know).
     
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    Be at the top of your class and you might get to choose what you fly.. And dont be so quick to dismiss cargo planes.. A C-130 would be fun as hell to fly.. And when you re-enter the civillian world, you have a chance at getting a real (100k+/year) job flying airliners...
     
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    ManinCamo I wear big boy pants.

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    easy 100k+year flying jobs -- those days went out the window with 9-11

    sure, those guys with 20 years with an airline are making that much, but hell. Jobs are hard to comeby.

    my father, with 20+ years commerical experience, and 26 years of flying in the Air Force, got laid off from USAirways - he had 15 yrs experience. Even with all his flight time and experience, it still took him a couple years to land another solid flying job. He now flies for JetBlue. Not making nearly what he used to make, but it puts food on the table.
     
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    That was kind of my thinking, when I thought about commercial aviation. My hopes were that IF i would ever decide to leave the military, I could fall back on the commercial pilot thing. Assuming that's not extremely difficult to achieve, as well.
     
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    Another question. What do you do while you're waiting for a slot to open? How long does this usually take? Also, why do you have to wait for a slot to open? wouldn't they just put you in whatever they feel like?
     

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