College degree matter? Also NVS time?
Posted 11 October 2015 - 01:18
I'm flying the AH-64D and curious if NVS time transfers in any way once I get out of the Army? I heard from a guy the other day that some employers may transfer that to being equivalent to NVG time, but I'm not sure how reliable this information is. Thank You in advance
Posted 29 October 2015 - 20:42
College is a waste of money unless you go full-time to a university and major in STEM. If it's not your money, go ahead and waste it.
Worry about getting good at your current job, not retirement. What's with you Army guys spitballing 20 years in the future? I don't know if I'll have a job in 3 months.
If you want to be a good helicopter pilot, set aside some cash and get your Robbie SFARs done, and keep current-ish in that airframe over your career with 1 hour flights with a very stoked CFI doing EPs every so often.
If you want to be a good instrument pilot, get your Instrument ASEL and rent an IFR bird on the regular. It'll make you a much better instrument pilot if you fly IFR in IMC somewhat regularly. Bonus, you'll get out of that shithole you'll be stationed at on active duty.
By the time you have enough hours as an Army guy to get hired on the civilian side, you'll have more NVG hours than anyone requires, even if they don't credit NVS.
Posted 30 October 2015 - 21:52
College is a waste of money unless you go full-time to a university and major in STEM... What's with you Army guys spitballing 20 years in the future?
I'll offer an opposite view from Kona - as a soon to be retiree. Never too early to think about your future. Having an idea of where you want to go - in the Army, and in the future as a civilian - will enable you to set goals and give you the motivation to achieve them.
As far as a degree being a waste of money... Sure, if you remain a helicopter pilot your entire working life, that may be somewhat true (still tend to disagree). But I absolutely would not want to be facing the civilian workforce without a degree. Check the block a lot of the time, sure, but that block check is at the overwhelming majority of employers.
Food for thought - pros and cons of 121 flying aside. Plenty of RW guys who transition to FW 121 after retirement. One thing that can hold a WO back from making the jump to the majors (at least Delta that I am familiar with) is a degree.
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Posted 29 November 2015 - 12:12
If you wanted a fallback, especially one that pays good money, you could track safety and get an ERAU degree in Human Factors or aviation/occupational safety. I don't agree with it, but if the bean counters want to be suckers, let them. You won't really have time to learn anything outside the scope of aviation while you're active duty, and you won't have an opportunity to develop experience in another field either. Not unless you want to ditch the family. So I'd recommend that route. Just before you track safety, read Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. Twice.
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