publication . Thesis . 2015

The career cost: does it pay for a military pilot to leave the service for the airlines?

Hodges, Jeffrey A.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jun 2015
  • Publisher: Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School
The military is experiencing a pilot retention problem that is getting worse. The government spends millions of dollars training pilots in the most advanced aircraft in the world, only to watch them leave for the commercial airline industry at the first opportunity. As airline pilot hiring continues to improve, military pilots will depart the services for the assumed increase in financial compensation of the airlines. This thesis compares two scenarios: one in which a military pilot leaves the service to become a commercial airline pilot upon completing the initial active duty service obligation (ADSO), and one in which a military pilot defers becoming a commerc...
free text keywords: Pilot, airline pay, attrition, earnings, career
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