I want to become a commercial pilot, can you do that through the RAF?
Yes, you can. It means giving a commitment for a fair number of years in service of your country, where you will be trained as a pilot (assuming you get on to that - there are more jobs in the RAF than just pilot!). After your service, one thing you can do with your military flying experience is become a commercial pilot.
When I was young enough to consider it, there were 3 ways to become a commercial pilot
- Learn in the airforce
- Pay your own way (PPL, CPL, ATPL etc)
- Get a scholarship from a big carrier like BA. There were usually about 4-6 given per year to the highest achievers.
If you were to serve in the RAF as a pilot (no matter the appointment e.g. rotary, fast jet, or multi engine) after your service you can become a commercial pilot with additional training for around 6 months which is very cheap. Also it will help you get a good quality job as a commercial pilot as you have officer training & loads of flight hours & (if chosen) part time instructor in the Grob Tutor/115e as well.