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Realistically, still possible to become a pilot?

Last post 12-11-2007, 10:39 PM by raimius. 1 replies.
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  •  12-11-2007, 12:53 PM 4936

    Realistically, still possible to become a pilot?

    I am 22, and do not yet have a degree. The reasons are fairly numerous and boring, however the most relevant one may be that I did poorly in high school. Recently I have been considering joining the Air Force, and briefly looking at it, the situation seemed to be that I could join as enlisted, enter the program to get a bachelor's and become an officer, and then just out-compete my peers for a pilot's position.

    However, from reading around forums, this one included, I see that people are preparing for this from age 15 and still there is apprehension about their eligibility.

    I have no doubts that I would be able to excel on any test or in any course that was presented to me, and I have maintained a 4.0 for the past two semesters, although admittedly it is only a community college.

    Basically, I'm asking anyone with inside knowledge what the feasibility of my plan is.


    Edit: Wow, you guys must be sick to death of these threads. I would suggest making a sticky with a summary of the information that would answer most of the questions asked by people like me.
  •  12-11-2007, 10:39 PM 4943 in reply to 4936

    Re: Realistically, still possible to become a pilot?

    You can transfer to a 4 year college and do AFROTC, or you can get your degree and go OTS, or you can do the whole ANG thing (which I don't know much about)

    Basically, you should go for a technical degree (the Air Force likes them a lot more than non-technical degrees).  If you go enlisted, you might have trouble finishing your degree quickly.  It is possible, but your free time would be largely dependant on your enlisted job.

    My advice, if you want to go Active Duty, would be to go to a 4 year college and join AFROTC.  They get a large share of the pilot slots in the AF. 

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