I am a 19 yr old community college student in Jacksonville, FL and I want to fly! My questions are: What are my REAL chances of becomming a fighter pilot in the military and which service will I be most happy in?
What I've been told so far by my bestfriend who is a sophomore in the USNA (girlfriend in USAFA lol) Is that the Air Force has a nicer lifestyle and less stress as comparred to the NAVY life. I was told that the AF flyers were more "by the book" and the NAVY/Marines guys had more freedom in terms of flying. I've heard that the NAVY is harder to become a VF guy because everyone wants to be "Maverick" and there is more competition.
Nevertheless, here is my standing situation: I am 19 years old, in community college (freshman-poly sci.), play college baseball (being scouted by Braves), want to fly fighters and to end up in politics . Obviously, I would have to give up a potential pro baseball carrer.
What is the age they want their pilots to start indoc? How are the NAVY/Marines and AF lifestyles comparred (on/off base, freedom, stress, standard of living, etc.). When you get off the boat do you have that time for you friends and family or do you still have to work at the base/port? Would it be better for me to quit baseball, do ROTC, and get my AS degree in aviation or AA in poly science?
Someone also told me if I have my FAA pilot licence before I join then I would hold more value than the next guy. I'm going to need all the edge that I can because of the competition. I hate failing especially if 10+ yrs of my life and a pro baseball carrer are at stake and I don't want to be stuck either flying around in a plane that handles like a semi! I want my Porsche damn it!
Please help me!