Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Re: What's Navy/Air Force life like?
I had considered going that route when I was younger and I was informed that, out of every 6000 applicants who want to become fighter pilots, only one makes it. Or was it 6 out of 6000? It was extremely low. So there is a high likelihood that you could start out wanting to be a pilot, and wind up becoming something else later on. Military pay is also quite low, so there is a very high incentive to leave the military and go commercial afterwards. Your chances of landing a successful airline career is much better if you were trained in the military, but it can be done through civilian channels, too. So my point is, you have to really want it, if you're going to go that route.
Talk to some pilots if you are able to. Web sites, or chit chat at a local small airport.
I have several family members who were in the aviation industry, and I could go on, but I don't think this is the place for it. Do some research and decide what you really want to do, is my advice. You can also learn to fly a civilian general aviation airplane if you just want to learn to fly.