My name is Caitlyn and like most of you on here, my dream job has always been to fly! I had the bug the first time my dad took me to see the Blue Angels when I was 11. I was hooked… A few weeks ago I was complaining about how unhappy I am at my current job when my boyfriend looked at me and said “Why don’t you fly? You’ve always wanted to.” I had never even considered it after being told my eyesight wasn’t good enough to fly for the Navy (I don’t know if this is still the case as it was years ago that I spoke to a recruiter). And so here I am after weeks of reading every pilot blog I could get my hands on.
I am both excited to fly and petrified about two main things: finance and family. I already have considerable loans from my undergrad degree… Has anyone had success in deferring their non-flight related loan payments while in flight school? And what about when I want to have a family? I have not read great reviews regarding the majors maternity leave policies… If I take a leave of absence when I have kids, do I start back at the “bottom” so-to-speak? Meaning will I lose seniority?
Appreciate any insight!