Greetings, I’m new to this community but I’m looking for advice, educated opinions, or experience revolving around military transition to the airlines.
I’m a KC-130J pilot in the Marine Corps (currently in a non-flying staff job). I have a BS Mechanical Engineering degree and 1250 flight hours. In the next year I have the ability to go back to my squadron for a 3 year flying tour or I can get out of the military. I have my Commercial, but no ATP. I took the ATP written exam, but it has expired, since I was not able to get the flight checks completed. My wife is an active duty Marine as well and plans on staying in the service.
Will the extra 3 years of military flying or going to a regional be better if I plan on ending up in the airlines regardless? Knowing that seniority is everything in the airlines.
I read previous posts about getting onto a Major vs. regional with different levels of experience. If I go to a regional airline, is it easier to get the base you want? If not, how does the commuting process work or does it even exist at the regional level?
This may be the first of many posts, as I approach this decision point in my life. Thank you for any all help you can provide.