So after ten years in the Army I'm deciding to cut sling load!! My dilemma now is do I goto school for my rotary license or my maintenance management degree. A little back story about me, I'm a CH-47 mech in the Army with my A&P. I set my goals of getting the experience to attain my A&P and if things got bad I would leave the Military. Well things are getting bad so I'm leaving this August. I have started my degree with ERAU this year with the intent of being a manager somewhere. Well I'm at a crossroad now wanting to attain my rotary license with the GI bill and work for a small helicopter operation out west. I want to stay in a management role but, with my past experiences with being a leader in the Army I just want to be responsible for myself.
My question for you guys, is the prospect of being a helicopter pilot / mechanic a good future plan? I plan on using my A&P over being a pilot and having the license to maybe pick up a few hours here and there if needed. My dream job would be to just hang out at a flight school some where and turn wrenches with the occasional use of my CFI. The only reason I want to do the pilot license is that it will be covered while using the GI bill. But if I have the opportunity to be pilot I would take it. The degree would be nice to have but, I just want to have a relaxing career where I can get paid to take a break for a little while!!!