I am an Engineer Officer with a year left on my contract (followed by a 3 year IRR) with a mechanical engineering degree and a focus in aeronautical engineering. Looking at all the news about the Air Force being short on pilots and having a hard time retaining them I figured I would be a good candidate. I cannot do an inter-service transfer so I am looking at getting out and then trying to commission through the Air Force/ The 10+ recruiters I have talked to do not know if this is possible and won't even help me determine if this is possible.
Posted >1 y ago
Yes sir, it sure is. Once you’re finished with your Army contract, you can separate from active Army, and apply to the pipeline you’re interested in. It may be possible to talk to someone ahead of time, I had already boarded and been selected to start training as a cyber officer for the Air Force before I left my seat as an Army 1SG
It is difficult but talk to a air force reserve recruiter it is a easier path. Plus the type of aircraft makes the decision more selective. A C130 or C17 pilot might be easier to get than a F22 or F16 pilot training. Also age has a lot to do with it when training a fighter pilot the younger the better.
I know that the Air Force is hesitant to take Army personnel. But when they do, the window of opportunity is small and all the stars have to align just right. If the Air Force Recruiters did not help then you may have to reach out to the Air Force Academy or an Air Force rep at the Pentagon. Anything is possible.
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