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Jumping Ship – A USAF Pilot Joins the Navy Reserve

BogiDope was founded by Air Force pilots and much of our work is Air Force-centric. We’re here to help pilots from all branches though, and this article is for anyone who’s ever considered becoming a pilot in the Navy Reserve. This article is based on an interview with former-USAF Major and now Navy Commander-select Albert […]

Military vs Civilian Career Path, Part 2

Welcome back, fellow aviators! This is the second part of a series about choosing between military and civilian career options. If you haven’t already read Part 1, please do that first. We saw last week that there isn’t a cut and dried answer to say whether the military career path is right for you. Like […]

Military vs Civilian Career Path, Part 1

I can’t imagine a better career than that of a professional pilot. I’ve been places and experienced things while flying that I have trouble even describing to most people. If you’ll forgive me for waxing poetic for a moment, I’ll quote High Flight by the great aviator poet, John Gillespie Magee Jr., Oh! I have […]

Active Duty How-To: U-2 Pilot

Part of the fun of aviation is that there are many different types of aircraft that can be amazing to fly. In the 116 years of powered human flight, a few unique aircraft receive immediate recognition and inspire deep envy. The Concorde, the X-1, the SR-71. Most of these aircraft are retired, and we’ll never […]

Military Pilot Retirement – Guard and Reserve

Welcome back to our series on Military Pilot Retirement pay. In Part 1 we discussed retirement for Active Duty pilots. In this part we’ll discuss retirement pay for Guard and Reserve pilots. Table of Contents Background Let’s Run The Numbers Marginal Utility What is an Hour of Your Life Worth? It’s Not All About the […]

Military Pilot Retirement – Active Duty

Dear Fellow Pilots, Don’t ever take a job based entirely on pay. From tradition, to tax advantages, to social consciousness, most employers offer an overall “compensation package” that is far more valuable overall than just the hourly wage or salary they offer. One of the most important parts of any compensation package is funding for […]

Fighters or Tankers? Ask a Guy Who’s Flown Both!

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with “Flint,” a KC-135 pilot from the 161st Air Refueling Wing in Phoenix, AZ. Flint has flown both the F-16 and the KC-135 in the Air National Guard. What follows here is a unique comparison of those two communities, along with an unprecedented look at what life is […]

Guard and Reserve Pay and Benefits

The National Guard and Reserve components of the military offer outstanding opportunities for pilots like you and me to serve our country. While they provide many opportunities for a pilot to do full-time work, most Guard/Reserve pilots serve on a part-time basis. I have long argued that the Guard and Reserve offer the ideal career […]

USERRA for Pilots

In many ways, Guard and Reserve military service seem like a dream come true. I consider them to offer the Ideal (or even the Ultimate) Military Pilot Career Path. However, there’s one problem with this type of service: by definition, the Guard and Reserves are part-time jobs. This means that a Guard or Reserve pilot […]

The Ultimate Military Pilot Career Path (Part 2)

Welcome back, future aviators! In Part 1 of this series we saw how getting hired by a Guard or Reserve unit right out of college is the Ultimate Military Pilot Career Path. The military pays for your flight training, you get to enjoy operating amazing military aircraft, and you can start your parallel career as […]

The Ultimate Military Pilot Career Path (Part 1)

I’ve written extensively on The Pilot Network about what I consider to be the Ideal Career Path for a Military Pilot. I envisioned that path specifically for a pilot on Active Duty in the military; however, that doesn’t have to be the case. It turns out there’s an even better option, the Ultimate Military Pilot […]