I have a question about airline hiring.
I am 24 years old, currently hold a PPL with about 165 hours. I am interested in an ATP school and plan to enroll once I get my 1st class medical. I have an odd history I’m concerned about though.
I used to be in the Air Force, but I was only in for about 5 months (April 2019 to September 2019). I graduated basic training on time (June 2019), but during my technical training I had a medical concern which led me to being separated.
So when I was a child (around age 9) I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and was on medication but symptoms remitted and I came off the medication around age 12, no symptoms since. Fast forward to age 22 I start my process to join the Air Force. I told my recruiter all about this history, however I forgot to mention it when I went to MEPS. That night when I got back to my recruiter’s office, I told him about how I forgot to tell MEPS about it (I accidently answered '“No” to the question asking if I ever had a history of anxiety or depression), and he pretty much told me to not worry and that he would tell MEPS (turns out that never happened).
Fast forward to July 2019, I started to get really down on myself and was thinking that I made a very selfish decision to enlist after finding out my family back home was starting to struggle without me, as well as other new hardships I wasn’t aware of. Being an enlisted member, I couldn’t resign so I felt as though there was nothing I could do. So I sought out an on-base counselor to vent my frustrations and concerns. I eventually brought up that I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder as a child, and then things started going downhill from there.
I was given an Entry Level Separation (not a discharge of any kind) and the narrative reason why I was separated was Fraudulent Entry because of how MEPS didn’t know about that child medical history and if they did they would not have let me enlist. Just simply having that history is disqualifying. Separation code: JDA, Reentry code: 2C
So I want to know is how much will this affect me once it’s time to be picked up by airlines? I read other forums and I know airlines usually will want to see a Member-4 copy of the DD214 because the regular Member-1 copy omits some information. I’ve wanted to become a commercial pilot ever since I was little and I don’t want this hiccup in my life to affect me. I don’t want to attend ATP, spend all the time, money, and effort just to not be able to find work afterwards because of this. I’m very concerned here. I know I can explain it out but I’m afraid I’ll still be discriminated against for this.
Any input will be appreciated, thank you in advance.