QUOTE(thehoustonboss @ Dec 23 2008, 08:57 PM)
I was wondering which would be the better way to go? I mean, I'm 15 and I've wanted to fly for the Air Force for as long as I can remember, but I heard somewhere that it's becoming increasingly hard. My plan was to join the Air Force, and after my time there, fly commercialy. Now I'm starting to kinda look at colleges and I'm pretty much preparing my career as a commercial pilot.
Do you think one could still fly for the Air Force? Or what major should I study in college to get my Bachelor's of Science?
I've heard you don't really need a degree, but I'm going to get one either way. Would a class like "Aerospace Engineering" be hepful? (As a backup option as well)
Well, of course you could still fly for the Air Force...they still have planes don't they?
What you might want to sit a moment and think about what your ultimate goal is. Are you going to go into the AF because you want to be in the Air Force...or because you want to be in the Air Force and learn to fly so that you can have a career in the commercial industry. If you just want to fly an Airbus or Boeing, the AF might not necessarily be what you really need to fulfill your goal. And why would you want to go through that life when it's not what you really want?
I am also prejudiced like Rabbit....and also a product of the AF. There is nothing more noble, noteworthy, or just good like serving the country...even if you do get to wear pajamas and "goof off" with your buddies in airplanes. Seriously, military aviation is one of the great starting points for a career in aviation...but it has caveats that most people may not consider. Deployments, training, flying in combat zones, and balancing a family (you WILL most likely have one) with the reality of then getting out and "starting over" with an airline at crap pay are things that are intrinsic to flying and then transitioning from the military.
There are many, many pilots who served, got out to get the "paycheck", and then found themselves on furlough, losing pensions as airlines fell apart, or simply not making the money that they might have thought. Joining the Air Force means going through the struggle, the training, the separation, the hazards, the deserts, getting shot at, moving every 2 to 3 years, living in North Dakota or Wyoming, dealing with the crap in the military, missing birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, births, funerals, and all the little things in life that everyone else takes for granted. If that's what you want...join. Do it and don't look back.
If not, think about what Rabbit says...there are other ways to be airline. I'm just sayin'...