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Tips for the transitioning military helicopter pilot


YOUR PRIORITIES 2


Mil CIV


I was stationed in Washington, D.C. in February 2014 and traveled to Denton, Texas, with two military buddies to get our helicopter ATPs. While in Denton we went to dinner with my friend Nico, who had transitioned from the military a year or two earlier and was flying air ambulance in the DFW metroplex. At dinner the three of us eagerly asked Nico a lot of questions about his transition, finding a job, and his experiences in the civilian helicopter industry. One of the many tidbits of knowledge Nico was sharing really stuck with me; it’s very simple, but genius at the same time.


When it comes to any job, there are always three things: equipment, pay, or boss. If you’re lucky, you’ll like two out of three. (In later conversations, Nico added two more: location and schedule.)


For example, you might have a good-paying job with an amazing aircraft that you love flying, but unfortunately you have a boss who could use some management and leadership classes. Unlike the service, where either you or your boss moves every two years, in the civilian industry you could have the same boss for the next 20 years. Another example: you have a great aircraft, in a great location, but the pay is too low. There are multiple combinations, but it boils down to two out of three.


So what does that mean to you when you are looking for that first job coming out of the military, or even searching for your next job after being out of the service for several years? When looking at these five options – pay, location, equipment, schedule and boss – you, or you and your family, need to list each option in order of importance and then reference that list when you are searching for that next career. I can’t tell you which order is correct; this is your decision and your priorities.


If a specific location is at the top of your list, then you are going to exclusively look for jobs in that area. Yes, sometimes this does limit your options, but these are your priorities that you chose. Another example of this would be equipment: let’s say you flew Black Hawks in the service and want to continue to fly them in your next career. Then the best options are to look at getting a job in the firefighting industry or go back to working for the government by flying for Customs and Border Protection. There are multiple examples. The main thing to remember is that each choice you make about your priorities will produce positives and negatives. They can lead to other great opportunities or not. Your list of priorities may change, so you should regularly reference and recategorize them. Also, ask people in the industry about their priorities when it comes to looking for a new job. This could give you great insight into a thought pattern you have not considered.


By Marc Stanley


About the author: Marc Stanley retired from the U.S. Army in 2015 after 26 years, and transitioned into civilian life to become a corporate pilot flying the AW139. Stanley regularly teaches military-to-civilian transition classes at industry events, and volunteers with veterans outreach programs.


18 Nov/Dec 2020


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