Okay guys, another midlife crisis in need of some advice.
A little background, I am a 38 year old soon to be retired Army IT guy. My Army pension will be decent, and combined with likely disability payments will likely match what I would get in my first year as a regional pilot (around 60k). As I said before I am an Army IT guy, which truth be told, means that I am looking at a decent 6 figure salary as an IT manager when I retire. But IT is not what I wanted to do when I joined. When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a fighter pilot. Unfortunately, I was impulsive and rebellious and didn’t go to college, not realizing that it was a requirement. Heck, I didn’t even understand that the Army didn’t have jets. I just wanted to leave the house.
Anyways, I joined Army and now 20years later I’m set to retire. But man, I would really love to fly. I have always wanted to be a pilot. Also, I HATE doing IT stuff. I’m not sure if it is the people, the office life, the stress or what. But I am miserable. I dread the thought of doing this for another 20 years. Seems like a no brainer right? But a new baby (unplanned blessing) kind of changes things. Certainty and security are far more important now.
I believe I have found a middle ground, but I don’t know how feasible it is. I might be able to get 6 full months of flight training while still collecting my army salary, at the end of which I will retire. At that point I should only have a few weeks to finish the program. Then, I was thinking of gettting the full time job in IT and gaining flight hours on the side until I get enough to apply for an airline job.
A few questions I have are;
How many hours would I have at the end of the 7 month boot camp.
How many hours could I realistically get in this scenario after the program.
How long until I build up enough to apply.
Is it even worth it to wait that long.
Thank you for any and all answers.