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Old 10-05-2019, 01:52 AM   #11  
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If anything, while pursuing the Major gig, is join some Reserve unit. Even getting to 20 to qualify for a reserve retirement (20 year letter) it will be worth it. Sixteen years AD is a lot of retirement points with respect to a reserve retirement paycheck.

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Old 10-05-2019, 06:19 AM   #12  
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If anything, while pursuing the Major gig, is join some Reserve unit. Even getting to 20 to qualify for a reserve retirement (20 year letter) it will be worth it. Sixteen years AD is a lot of retirement points with respect to a reserve retirement paycheck.

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Old 10-05-2019, 12:47 PM   #13  
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Question: how long does one have to do in, say, McAllen/Laredo/San Juan/etc. before being able to get places like Jacksonville, Miami, San Diego, etc.?
They will tell you three years. Historically that's been an underestimation, lately people have been getting moves around that time. But except to only be able to move within SW & SE regions. Northern border door is closed and locked (unless you can stomach HQ).
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I'll bet you a beer that if you get on with a regional you'll spend less than 6 months on the line before getting a phone call from a major.
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I appreciate all the feedback. I know separating at the 15-16 year mark sounds crazy to some. Not doing what I want in life for another 4-6 years sounds crazy too. I still love the Navy, but would rather play part-time and enjoy it more.

My wife fortunately has watched me go through two flying tours and now two non-flying tours. She tells me Iím a miserable bloke when Iím not flying and is actually excited for me to get out. Fortunately, she has a great career in medical sales that can support the transition and a stint at the regionals. Getting stability of location in the near-term for her career is part of the motivation to jump as well.

Iím honestly just trying to make sure Iíve thought the various paths through so we can make the most informed decision together and plan accordingly. Iíve got some researching to do regarding AF Reserves/Guard, not sure how hard it is to affiliate to a squadron as an 0-5 from another service, but I imagine it wouldnít be terribly difficult to go to a non-flying UNSR gig.

Hereís to me hoping Iíll be owing Hydrostream that beer in another couple of years.
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I appreciate all the feedback. I know separating at the 15-16 year mark sounds crazy to some. Not doing what I want in life for another 4-6 years sounds crazy too. I still love the Navy, but would rather play part-time and enjoy it more.

My wife fortunately has watched me go through two flying tours and now two non-flying tours. She tells me Iím a miserable bloke when Iím not flying and is actually excited for me to get out. Fortunately, she has a great career in medical sales that can support the transition and a stint at the regionals. Getting stability of location in the near-term for her career is part of the motivation to jump as well.

Iím honestly just trying to make sure Iíve thought the various paths through so we can make the most informed decision together and plan accordingly. Iíve got some researching to do regarding AF Reserves/Guard, not sure how hard it is to affiliate to a squadron as an 0-5 from another service, but I imagine it wouldnít be terribly difficult to go to a non-flying UNSR gig.

Hereís to me hoping Iíll be owing Hydrostream that beer in another couple of years.
Also look at the Army Guard/Reserve. You will probably have to revert to WO, but you stay in the cockpit. I reverted from O-4 to CW2 and had no regrets. Downside is that it would probably be RW flying which would do nothing to help toward a goal of flying for an airline. But you would fly. I enjoyed it because I had the best of both worlds, RW and FW flying.
If you want to fly and you want to fly for the airlines then anything other than a 121 gig or possibly an Air Force Guard/Res gig is going sideways. Even an Air Force gig would probably take you away from the goal of a legacy/LCC (if that is your goal) linger than a 121 regional gig.
Like I wrote earlier, the RTAG Nation FB Page has many RW pilots, Army, Navy/Marine and Air Force who have been in your position.
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Old 10-06-2019, 01:54 PM   #17  
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I almost forgot. It may be too late for you to swing it, but there is an RTAG convention in 12 October at Ft Rucker, AL.
Registration is free.
It will be attended by all the regionals, most of the major RW operators, Frontier, SouthWest, United and Guard/Reserve reps. Probably more that I have no mentioned.
Registration is free.
If youíre thinking about the transition and can get a suit/resume together and make it might be worth while.
https://events.rotarytoairlinegroup.org/web/event?eventid=2138740143
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