Pausing Guard Applications to Go to Flight School-Looks bad?
Does putting a pause on your applications to the Guard in order to pursue civilian flight school look bad?
I’m 26 and I’ve already had an interview before with the Guard, but after waiting so long, I’ve decided to push for the airlines and wait until after to push for the guard.
My goal is to get into aviation as soon as possible and also to serve my country as a pilot. The company I work for provides a deal I can’t pass up and my flight training would basically be paid for by Frontier and a cheap loan that I would be able to pay off within 1 year of joining Frontier. I would be getting a stipend and financially it looks strong. If I do this, I would start in April and be finished around September and flight instruct for 1.5 years, bringing me to 28 years old. Frontier FO training is 4 months and I would be locked into the F9 program so I would need to complete that (F9 works for me, I’m okay with the contract.) Immediately after this, I’m available for UPT. I wouldn’t officially be an employee with Frontier until after my FO training to my knowledge so couldn’t go off to AF training until then. I do plan to put in applications a little sooner than this with the hope timing lines up with it, but overall, do boards look at you and think “Well…you tried 2 years ago, stopped to pursue civilian path instead of putting in an app every year. Apparently you didn’t want this bad enough”? Or do they admire when someone pushes further into flight training?
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