A call to veterans, active duty, and reservists: please be a guest writer for me!

Readers,

While running errands on base in his flight suit yesterday, my husband was approached by the son of someone on base. The son, who is a senior in high school, told my husband that he hopes to become a Navy fighter pilot, and that he is attending Embry-Riddle in the fall to study aviation engineering. After answering his questions, my husband told the pilot-hopeful that he really didn’t need a degree in aviation, unless he hoped to have an engineering career after serving as a pilot or unless he wanted to be a test pilot. As a civilian, it makes sense to earn an engineering degree in aviation prior to becoming a pilot, right? Well, I think it does … and I would have encouraged the hopeful in that direction if I did not know what I know about being a military pilot.

So, I have an idea: I would like to start a series of guest blog posts in which the author explains how they followed a specific career path in the military, and what it is like to be in that career field. The authors may choose to remain anonymous, or they can publicize their blog posts as they see fit (as long as they maintain MY anonymity ;)).

Here are some of the career fields and topics that I’d like to cover, and I am open to any other suggestions:

– How to become a Navy fighter pilot
What it is like to be a Navy fighter pilot
What it is like to be a brand new Navy fighter pilot
What it is like to be married to a Navy fighter pilot
What it is like to be married to a Navy flight student

– How to become a Navy submarine warfare officer
What it is like to be a Navy submarine warfare officer, and what it is like to live on a navy submarine
What it is like to be married to a Navy submarine warfare officer

– How to become an enlisted Navy SEAL
What it is like to be an enlisted Navy SEAL, and what deployments are like
What it is like to be married to a Navy SEAL

– How to become a Navy SEAL officer
What it is like to be a Navy SEAL officer

– How to become a Navy doctor/PA
What it is like to be a Navy doctor/PA, and what deployments are like

– How to become a Navy EOD or rescue swimmer
What it is like to do these jobs, and what deployments are like

– How to become an enlisted Navy aviation specialist
What it is like to be an enlisted Navy aviation specialist, and what it is like to live on an aircraft carrier

– How to become a Navy helicopter pilot
What it is like to be a Navy helicopter pilot

– How to become a Navy test pilot
What it is like to be a Navy test pilot, and what the track is to become a navy astronaut (you must be a test pilot to become an astronaut!)

– What it is like flying Navy: Growlers, E2-C2s, or any number of other Navy aircraft
What it is like to be a pilot in these career fields

– What is it like to be a Navy NFO

Other ideas: Navy intel officers, Navy Dog Handlers (I want their job!), Navy Surface Warfare Officers, Navy MAs, Recruiters, Marine Corps Reconnaissance, Marine Corps Embassy Guards, etc. I would also be very happy and open to involving Army, Coast Guard, Air Force, and National Guard jobs, especially those in full-time support positions. I’d also love to include some female voices and husbands of those serving.

To write: You must be able to prove to me that you performed these jobs and deployed at least once in this career field. The burden of proof is on you, the author. I have several friends I will ask to write some of these guest posts, but I am open to including people that I do not know personally, especially those who might be interested in trying their hand at writing or those who would like to reach young people who are considering their career field. I prefer authors who are either active duty or reservists, or those who recently separated with the military, so that the most recent and reliable information is included. Last, all posts are subject to editing by me because this is my blog. If you have a blog or a personal page and would prefer to post on your own page, that is fine and I will link to your post, but I would also like to post the text of your post on my blog, in case the link is broken in the future. You can receive full credit for the post OR you can remain anonymous, and I will protect your anonymity. You may include photos, videos, or anything else you would like, as long as it’s not illegal.

*A reader made a good point that my author guidelines seem very stringent – I’m willing to be flexible on any of these guidelines, so long as the author has been a service member for at least a few years. While I appreciate the perspectives of all people, my husband, who has been a jet pilot for 6 years, will tell you that his perspective has evolved significantly from the time that he was in ROTC to now, and his advice is a lot better now, especially since his last tour was as a F-18 instructor.

I’m not sure how many people I can actually talk into posting on my blog, but I’ll see what I can do 😉

To my fellow blog friends – if your spouse (OR YOU!) would like to contribute, please let me know!

4 comments

  1. I will see if my husband would like to participate. I can also try passing your guest writer challenge on to some of the others from his boat. I’m sure you know which category I’m talking about. 😉

    P.S. Great idea!!

    1. Thank you!!! Feel free to write about your experience, too — I talk about “your category” all the time on this blog! 😀

  2. His best chance at getting a pilot slot is to attend a service academy (Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, etc). Statistically, there are more pilot slots given out per graduating class at a service academy than through most ROTC programs for any service.

    Your guidelines for submitting are a bit stringent. For example, I’m an acquisitions officer in the Air Force and due to my career field, I haven’t deployed yet, thus “disqualifying” me contributing. Realize that some career fields in the military aren’t deployable until several years or mid-way into a career. That’s because the military doesn’t want us managing multimillion dollar contracts with only three weeks of tech school.

    If you’d like a female’s perspective on attending a service academy, pursuing a pilot career track, dating through pilot training, or being married to an Air Force helicopter pilot, let me know 🙂

    1. I agree with all of the above. 🙂 Service academies are the best bet, followed by ROTC, and then the enlisted-to-officer route. Getting an officer spot can be cut throat, especially if you have no military experience from college or prior service. As a graduate of ERAU, it really isn’t all that and a bag of chips for getting your foot in the door, by the way. The engineering degree itself, however, is a great thing to have–particularly for post-military life.

      Also, I too did not deploy right away and that was just luck of the draw (ie: it was a billet that needed to be filled). It didn’t mean that I didn’t have the skills or experience necessary to advance past those who had gone on several deployments. My blog has been around for several years and has followed my time in the military. I wish more people would have found it as a form of insight to a possible military career.

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