Real Answers from Real Pilots

Going to Flight School While in The Army Reserves

(Duncan) #1

Currently I am serving in the Army Reserves and would like to know if I would be able to have time off ,while in the flight program, to go and drill once a month. Also, would I be able to use the GI bill to help pay my way through?

(Jarrod Schaub) #2

DO NOT use your GI bill for flight training unless you are in college and it comes with a degree.

The VA limits you to about 13k a year and you can only use it AFTER you get your private pilots license.

If you want to stay in the army id suggest you switch to NG and go to college and get them to pay for it so you dont have to touch it; then they are legally required to let you drill AND resume schooling.

(Tory) #3


Admissions has the best answer to your question. I know of one pilot that completed the program while in the reserves, but this was 5 years ago and he was also a commercial helicopter pilot. I imagine Admissions decides on a case-by-case basis. Give them a call tomorrow.

I wouldn’t use your GI bill if you attend ATP. The only thing you will be able to use it for is examiner fees and written tests.


(not5150) #4

You might be able to use tuition assistance (for accredited schools with flight component). You can also look into on-base flight clubs. Probably not likely with Army :slight_smile: but maybe a nearby air force base will take pity on you.

(Kyle Johnson) #5

Air Force reservist here. My experience has been that ATP has been very accommodating to my reserve career. In fact, I was recently selected for an active duty Air Command and Staff College course (10+ months) and ATP is going to simply pause my training for my active duty and resume once I’m back. They’ve even been working with me to accelerate my timeline to the extent possible to try to get as much done as possible before my military tour.

(Duncan) #6

Wow, that sounds pretty good actually, thanks for that. Also, congratulations on your selection!

(Duncan) #7

Thank you for your help!

(Kyle Johnson) #8

thanks and no worries