Jeffk Posted August 25, 2005 Report Share Posted August 25, 2005 Well its about that time where I need to decide what Im going to do. Im 20 and almost finished with my AA at a Jr College but I'm having a bit of trouble deciding if want to pursue helicopters in the civilian or miltary. My plan right now is to apply to the Army WOFT program and if I do not get accepted I'll start flight training as soon as possible in the civilian world. I'm basically looking for some thoughts from those who have been on both sides of the industry about whether on the right track of what the military and civilian pilot lifestyles are like and what kind of person fits in where. Army Side:Good things- Sense of pride/acheivment, hours, learning from experienced pilots, benefits, stability, structure, comradery, and flying low and fast sounds fun Bad things- Alot of time must be put into WOFT packet of which I may not be qualified for, long deployments in the shitholes of the planet, and probably being shot at. Civilian Side:Good things- More freedom, work in amazing places, get to travel, some ability to choose where, when and what you fly Bad things- Probably poor or no benefits, Expensive (though my parents have said they would help) , top ramen, and I imagine one could get tired of nomadic lifestyle. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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