Sponsorship without PPL?
I’ve been seriously considering a career change for the last year and knew I wanted to do something in the aviation industry. I come from a family of military and commercial pilots and they all recommended the Reserves as a great way to fly and serve.
I’ve been prepping for the last few months, speaking with former reservists, taking AFOQT practice tests, and doing as much research as I can – I’m as confident as I can be that this is the path I want to take.
I connected with a local recruiter and they told me that a PPL and 100 hours of logged flight time were required before taking the AFOQT/TBAS or starting the application process. After talking with them some more, they admitted that it wasn’t actually required but sponsorship without a PPL would be nearly impossible – they recommended I postpone our conversation until I had at least my PPL.
At the moment I work full-time to support my wife in medical school – I would love to get my PPL but with the cost of flight training near me and my work schedule its not viable. I’m 24, have a bachelor’s degree, ran competitively in college, and am familiar with the basics of aviation (I have about 15 hours of flight time but its not formally logged). Is my recruiter right? Is a PPL basically a necessity to get sponsored or is it worth pushing to proceed without it?
Thanks in advance.
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