I was an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter pilot in the Army for 5 years. I will tell you that most licensed pilots working the country today came out
of the military (that, of course, is not absolute, but a great majority). The main reason being the costs associated with flight training. If you're
interested in going the military route, what you need to do is look into getting a warrant officer slot, and that would simply involve going to a
Now, quick warning here. Half of all the cadences I sang while in the Army dealt with being lied to by a recruiter. They are snake oil salesmen, so
you need to take a parent or highly responsible adult with you, a lawyer would be best. You need things in writing! Even then, if you were able to
get a WO slot, that doesn't guarantee you a flight slot. You might end up a motor officer, you just don't know. However, most WO that graduated from
WOC school get put right into a flight billet (WOC is at Ft. Rucker, AL which is also the home of Army Aviation and the associated flight school).
Of course, there are many civilian options, they're everywhere. The University of North Dakota has the largest collegiate helicopter training program
in the nation. You can get a degree in helicopter flight. If you go the civilian route, firstly, it's gonna cost a ton! Be prepared, and don't get
yourself bogged down with $100K in debt, because you're not going to be making that much upon graduation. Also, I would definitely choose a school
that has job placement guarantees as part of their marketing strategy. The thing about the helicopter world is that it's all about your hours. If
you're a low hour guy, especially right out of flight school, you're hosed. It's a catch 22, because you have to have the hours to get the jobs, but
you need the job to get the hours. That's why it's so hard to compete with the military guys, they're coming out with alot of hours. I came out with
something around 650 hours, and I was considered a very low hour guy. I would have probably had to go fly oil rig duty in the gulf for a few years
(the dregs of the industry) while I built my hours for better work.
Anyway, that's about it for now. If you have additional questions, you're more than welcome to U2U me and I'll try to be of service. Best of luck
Quick edit: Go here and have a look at what the jobs are seeking out there. You can get a feel for the hours required, etc. This isn't to
intimidate or turn you away, but it's best to go into something like this with your eyes wide open and with a realistic outlook.
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