I'm seriously considering the armed forces as a potential route to obtain my pilot's licence (my ultimate career goal is to be a commercial pilot). I could probably afford (by working my ass off) to pay for civilian flight training, but I know the skills taught in the air force are not only huge assets to the aviation industry, but also valuable life skills.
I was hoping any pilots on the board (military as well as civilian) could share their experiences, with regards to training, building hours, finding work, and how they feel towards the industry now.
What do you feel are the positives and negatives of a military aviaition training path?
Civilian training followed by enrollment in the air force reserves is something else I've considered. I think the only thing holding turning me off is the idea of leaving my home, girlfriend, friends, bike behind to spend the next 4+ years of my life in Quebec, Cold Lake, Moose Jaw, Portage La Prairie... I've spent time in the boonies as a geologist, but it was hard for me (8 weeks in a camp was my longest stint).
If one were to enlist in the armed forces, attend the Aircrew Selection Centre in Ontario and be deemed inelligible for military service as a pilot, would they still be commited to a career in the armed forces? I am not exactly keen on a military life that does not involve piloting an aircraft.
Again, any help would be much appreciated.