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I've seen a few topics about military to civilian transition but I'm curious about leaving the civilian pilot world to enter military aviation. Has anyone here made the jump?

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Sure, quite a few of us have. I started flying fixed wing in 1998, joined in 2010. So its fun to fly fixed wing and rotary.

 

Your previous flight time will help.

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Let me rephrase civilian, as in 1000+ hours already established in a turbine position. Doesn't seem like its all that common on an occurance. How many hours did you have when you made the leap?

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Hours? Well, I was a Commercial Multi Instrument rated CFII before I joined. I had about 700-750 hours before.

 

Friends of mine joined with 1500+ hours heli. Some had 2500+ in jets.

 

Any and all experience will help. Is it common to have as much time as you? No.

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Its different. But the mission set is so much more complex. Especially if you go guns. I like having a crew of 4-5 to be honest. Its a warplane.

 

When I want to fly alone, I just jump in a C172. Haha

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Just realize it's nothing at all like civilian flying. You won't touch an aircraft for over a year once you join. What are your reasons for considering the switch?

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