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 […]

Military Pilot Pay and Benefits

The military offers some fantastic career opportunities for pilots. It can also set you up for an enjoyable and lucrative civilian flying career later in life. One of the important parts of deciding whether to join the military or not is to understand the pay and benefits it offers. We’ll cover that here today. Before […]

BogiDope, a A-10 Thunderbolt taxis on the ramp with the canopy up.

Should I Give Up Retirement to Join the Airlines Now?

One of the things that made it frustrating trying to figure out whether to stay in the Air Force or get out was the lack of concrete information about the airline industry. I think we worry about making someone angry by asking directly and we don’t necessarily even know whom to ask in the first […]

BogiDope, KC-10 preparing to air refuel

Your Job as an Airline Pilot: The Hidden Benefits

Being an airline pilot is a cool job.  As a pilot, you get a view of the world that is unmatched in any other profession.  You don’t go to an office—your place of business goes as far as the fuel in the tanks.  As a pilot you don’t have to wait months for a project to […]

BogiDope, F-16 completing air refueling

Airline Comparisons: Beyond the Pay Scales

It’s a shopper’s market if you are looking for an airline job today. For the first time in many years, a pilot entering the airline business for the first time has a range of possible options of employment.  With the shortage of available pilots, regional airlines are offering enticing incentives like signing bonuses.  Even the major […]

BogiDope, a C-17 on the ramp.

Drill Weekend Explained

One thing is for sure—whether you are coming to the Guard from Active Duty or “off the street” as a newly hired Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) student, you probably want to know what drill weekend is. While drill weekends in the Guard are different everywhere, as each Wing or Group has the leeway to execute […]

BogiDope, UPT T-38 Landing.

Choosing Your Path—Part One: Learning to Fly in the Military

Learning to fly is a goal that many people have but that comparatively few actually accomplish.  Outside of the obvious benefits of viewing the world from an undeniably unique perspective in a vehicle that demands skill and precision, the rewards of learning to fly are greater than at any point in the recent past; there […]

BogiDope, FedEx B-757 on the ramp.

Choosing Your Path—Part Two: Learning to Fly the Civilian Way

In Part One of Choosing Your Path, we explored the benefits and the obligations that come with learning to fly in the military.  Military flying is rewarding, valuable to the nation, and definitely the most economically frugal option available to those who want to turn flying into a career.  But, it isn’t for everyone. Maybe […]