Hello, I am new to the site here and have been looking around for info. I am considering going the military route to get training. I have heard that it is a major plus to get a PPL first. There is a local flight school where I can get this done (check). My question is, I am thinking of going into the National Guard; do they have the same rules and regs of regular Army (as far as flight instruction)? Also, can a civi go strait to WOFT through The Guard without any past years of military experience? I have read the first timer posts but couldn't find anything about my situation. By the way, I don't have a degree (AA or Bach.) in any field, but I am in a carreer that deals with "turbines" (Industrial Power-Plant maintenance/operation)...yes I know they're a little different. However I do have a lot of certifications through my work. Hope someone can help point me in the right direction? Thanks, Ed. P.S. NICE SITE.... lots of great insight.