Getting into the Coast Guard is far more difficult than the Army. To commission out of college, there are a lot of stipulations that are hard for the average guy to meet. But to transfer means you are already a pilot, if you get accepted, hooray! If not no biggie. Plus you get to fly AND get paid as a commissioned officer. In the Army you have to choose money or flight time. I chose flight time, but it looks like I'll be getting the crap end of both sticks. Little money, little flight time. A victim of poor timing If the Army wants to get their investment out of aviators, they wouldn't have them flying desks for 6 months to a year (outside normal career progression training, obviously). To go to a unit and not fly, is a compete and total waste of all the money they just spent to train that pilot. For someone with a few thousand hours in an aircraft, they can get out for a while and get back in and still be proficient. To have 100 or so, then not fly for a year, there is going to be another learning curve there.