O/T .. Flying/Forces (longish life decision)
Well in realising a few weeks ago that by April 2006, I will be concluding my tour at the University of Victoria, I realised that I really have no clue about what my future holds for me.
I will be the first in 2 generations of my family to get a degree, unfortunately, I have no real idea about what I want to get a degree in, so I'm now working towards completing my Bachelors of History, with a Minor in applied ethics. (ya ya, i've heard it all.. even the crapper in the history department has "History Diplomas" written next to the TP holder. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img])
Either way, its a degree, a peice of paper, and when I finished grade 12 and went to university, that was always an option for me if I didn't find something that I really enjoyed doing. Get the paper, put it under my belt, and move on.
Back on topic.. if it is a topic.
So I realised that nextyear I have to find something to do. (Parents wont help pay the bills forever.)
When I graduated I was leaning towards joining the film industry, and trying to work my way into the Special effects side of things (the real stuff, not hte computers). Ive been on a few film/tv show sets before, and I always enjoyed the atmospehere and the work they do.
But in having contacts of mine dissapear, move on, or otherwise fall out of touch, I'm not so sure I really want to do that anymore. Besides, the portion of the industry I want to go in, is dissapearing.
I don't want to move to the city, get a job at the local whatever, and scrape by every month until my break comes, or doesn't come.
I also don't want to go home and live under my parents roof, making good money at the local pool, but still living at home.. to what end?
Recently I noticed that the Canadian Forces are franticly looking for pilots. Flying is something that I've always been interested in, it's in my blood.. my Grandfather flew from 1939 until he was shot down as Acting Squadron Leader of a wing of Typhoon Bomber Interceptors over Germany in 1945. My dads stepdad was also a pilot, he flew as a Test Pilot for the RAF.
My dad flew, and still flies privately. (The plane he built in the garage... using less tools then I used to do the SBC swap on my Jeep. :S)
Recently I've been incredibly interested in helicopters. It's something about them that just facinates me. Maybe its all the First Aid and medic courses I've taken, the alure of the helicopter swooping in, and picking up critical patients, or dropping off supplies in Thailand right now.
I think.. that by positioning myself appropriately, and training for certain aircraft, I'd be able to position myself in a way that I wouldn't become a grunt/front line.. and I wouldn't have to move away from the westcoast.. then again, I don't really know the Canadian forces, so that may be a pipe dream.
The only holdback I have from joining the Forces is being sent away. I have no problem standing on the beaches and throwing back an invader, what I don't want to do, is die in some god forsaken sandbox, doing a job I hate, killing people who dont like me, because I'm there for a reason I don't belive in, and who don't want me there in the first place. Some conflicts make sence, just causes, but if theres any inclination of political meneauvering on the part of the guy who sent me there.. like it will boost his poll ratings, I want nothing to do with it.
What I really enjoy doing is helping people.. FirstAid/Medicine has always made me happy.
I'd love to fly jets, but in Canada that's not much of an option. We only have about 4. I would go get my pilots licence and then look for a job, but thats just pointless (I'd never get hired), not to mention expensive.
So back to the Armed forces. I guess what I want to hear from is those of you who joined the armed forces as an officer. that's what I'd be doing. and especially from anyone who flys, namely helicopters..
What kind of commitment are they looking for? I have no problem putting in my time, I'd just like to know around how long it is, which is information that they don't like to give up.
I think what I'm going to do, is try to go for the preliminary selection process this summer, before I've even completed university.. from what I can gather.. I signup.. then they send me to Manitoba (flatland) for 2 weeks, paid, while they run blood/urine/physical tests.. and send you for some rounds in the flight simulator and centerfuge... no commitment, they just want to make sure they don't start training people who become washouts before the first years up.
So now that you've read the big long winded.. question? or just skipped to the end.. how was your experiance as a millitary aviator... or Commissioned officer.. or civillian aviator?
once again. TIA guys.