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racer847
03-21-2018, 02:16 AM
Has anyone heard of anyone using the internship to leave service 6 months early and start with an airline?

The program website is www.dodskillbridge.com (http://www.dodskillbridge.com)

Just curious how airlines would treat it since you're only allowed to collect your military check while doing the program. I am currently a year and a half from being able to take terminal leave, but thought getting an extra couple months to get thru training, etc would be nice.


Gundriver64
03-21-2018, 04:16 AM
Has anyone heard of anyone using the internship to leave service 6 months early and start with an airline?

The program website is www.dodskillbridge.com (http://www.dodskillbridge.com)

Just curious how airlines would treat it since you're only allowed to collect your military check while doing the program. I am currently a year and a half from being able to take terminal leave, but thought getting an extra couple months to get thru training, etc would be nice.

Interested too. Will say that if this program is only described by DODI and no actual Service policy in place, then it's likely a long uphill battle to get it implemented.

PRS Guitars
03-21-2018, 04:57 AM
Donít know the specifics of the program, but wouldnít you have to be an actual intern as opposed to employee. If youíre only allowed to get paid by the military, thatís going to be a problem, as you are paid for training at the airline...:cool:


rickair7777
03-21-2018, 09:30 AM
Don’t know the specifics of the program, but wouldn’t you have to be an actual intern as opposed to employee. If you’re only allowed to get paid by the military, that’s going to be a problem, as you are paid for training at the airline...:cool:


Yes. It will not happen under an union CBA. Airlines are not allowed to use non-seniority list members as pilots, with a very few exceptions for management pilots. But in the later case, I can only think of one company (UPS) which hires management pilots off the street, and you would not be eligible for union seniority, ie you'd always be management. So kind of like the military, come to work M-F regardless, and fly whenever they need you to (nights, weekends, holidays, etc).

The concept of the DoD bridge program is not compatible with something like airline line flying.

racer847
03-23-2018, 01:36 PM
Thank you for the feedback, and I had figured under union cba's it might not fit. My question would be how it might fit in the training environment. I thought i read some airlines pay training as a contractor until training is complete.
Realize it's a long shot, but being able to start training a couple months early seemed worth looking into at least.

Bruh
04-02-2018, 04:58 PM
Has anyone heard of anyone using the internship to leave service 6 months early and start with an airline?

I know two pilots (1x 11M, 1x 18X) who have successfully used this program to enhance their separation experience, but not for the airlines. Both said it was the easiest program they've ever signed up for in the USAF/DoD. The 11M used it to intern as a librarian for 3 months while transitioning to a KC-135 ANG unit and the 18X used it to intern at a drone company for 6 months. Both were happy with the results.

new guy
04-05-2018, 08:44 PM
A duty station (if big enough) will have its own reps for the programs. It's currently in it's infancy.

I've heard that at some places the RTPs have been covered based on the interpretation of the guys there. At other places, not so much. Here's the reg. Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 1322.29, Job Training.

It's a lot of leg work but definitely worth pursuing.

Fenderbean
04-10-2018, 02:02 PM
Yeah this is a real thing not sure you can do 6 months with an airline but im sure you could do some training towards it. It requires your Battalion Commanders approval and you have to be within 180 of terminal leave. You can to the police academy, I know thats a popular one, boarder patrol as well things like that. Since im hoping to be done with my flying by then for the RTP I wanted to spend three weeks and get my A&P for when I own my own plane. Should have done it back in my crew chief days prior to going flight.:cool:



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