Had I realized how awesome it is to be a helicopter pilot in the Air Force, my pilot career may have followed a very different path. My latest post on BogiDope.com discusses the options for USAF rotary-winged flying, and whether it’s the right choice for you. Here’s an intro and a link to the full post:
At Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) there are some things that don’t change much over the years. After flying the T-6A in Phase II, student pilots “track select” to either the T-38 for fighters & bombers, the UH-1 for helicopters and CV-22s, or the T-1 for everything else. I’ve recently noticed student pilots discussing online which order to list the options for track select, and they’re going through exactly the same thought process as I did in their shoes.
For today, we’re going to focus on the helicopter track. This represents the road less traveled in the USAF as there are only three airframes and a handful of assignments available. (Many of the same factors play into similar decisions for Navy and Marine Corps pilots.) This track also makes things interesting in a post-military career transition. However, Air Force helicopter pilots get to fly challenging and important missions that are worth it for the right pilot. Let’s take a look at why you might want to choose the UH-1 at track select, and what that will mean for your future.
Lifetime has a show called Married at First Sight. I can’t even bring myself to watch it–it just sounds like a bad idea. I categorize this with other shows like all the Real Housewives series under “Trainwrecks I Don’t Watch.” I can’t imagine that Hired at First Sight would be any more successful for a Guard or Reserve unit.
For a UPT applicant hired at age 18, a career in the Guard or Reserves could potentially last longer than many marriages. For both these types of relationships, it’s critical for all parties to spend time getting to know each other before committing to anything permanent. Rushing a Guard or Reserve unit is as close as it gets to dating, and it’s something you need to plan on doing.
Pilot Math Treasure Bath isn’t a scheme and it won’t get you rich quick. However, it will help you understand Why you’re pursuing this career, how much money you’ll earn before you retire, and how to save and invest so that you’ll have something to show for it.
Although there’s nothing get rich quick about it, I do prove mathematically that you have the potential to reach complete financial freedom in a shockingly short amount of time.
If you are or love a pilot, this book is for you.
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Do you aspire to fly faster than the speed of sound, pull Gs, and take part in the ultimate form of dueling? If so, you would probably love serving your country as a fighter pilot. I wrote about how to achieve that goal in my latest post on BogiDope this week. Take a look!
This blog will host a continuing discussion of topics related to Pilot Math. I don’t plan to re-hash every topic from the Financial Independence community, as it’s been done enough. I think I’ll be able to link to other posts in most cases for the basics.