Originally Posted by Julio
Do it, get a line number, and hop back in for 3 years. Guys in my unit are doing it. Works great.
I've heard of AF pilots doing what you wrote, not Marines at 17 years commissioned service (YCS). The USMC has different regulations about going to the USMC active reserves. I'm too senior at this point.
The trick in my case would be:
-Finding a billet in my area
-Finding a squadron that would take a helicopter pilot and allow him to convert to a FW platform.
-Navigating the Gold to Silver transition (USMC to AF)
-Finding an AF active reserve flying billet (not Air Reserve Technition "ART" job, ART's would have a reserve retirement and receive benefits ~ 60 years old)
-Or find an active Air National Guard job (title 32 I believe)
-Be able to retire at or around 20 YCS and receive benefits immediately upon retirement.
Basically to have your cake and eat it too.
I appreciate all of the feedback.
My other option is to:
-Live where I want in this non flying staff job
-Get my MBA paid for with TA (won't really help with flying jobs)
-See my family every night
-Fly with a local flying club occasionally
-Keep options open with Envoy RTP (if it's still around then) or Border Patrol when I retire in 2020.