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Lumber said:Not to mention that sometimes the first posting for a pilot isn't to an operational squadron, but right back to the school. It actually makes sense from a training perspective to post experts on the Harvard back to the school to train others on the Harvard, because if they go learn to fly Cyclones for 6 years, they might be a bit rusty on the Harvard if they don't go back as instructors until after a few years on an operational air frame.
That being said, it still seems odd. You join the CAF as a pilot to participate in missions and be operational, but instead you spend 4 years at RMC, 3 years learning to be a pilot, then get posted back to the school as an instructor for 3 years. So, from the time you sign up to the time you actually start actually get out of the training system to doing core business could be 10 years. :S
Actually, I had a friend who was a pilot, failed out of being a pilot after numerous attempts, spent a while waiting for a re-muster to go through, finally got a re-muster to ACSO, and by the time he finished training as an ACSO and was OFP, it had been almost 12 years since he joined the CAF. 12 years from signing up to OFP. Yikes.
Thinking about m. own OT for a bit:
It will have taken me over two years to finish three phases of training in NWO by the time I'm done Phase 4, assuming I don't fail that course. I'm lining up to go Submarines so there is another year or two of training not to mention I won't be NOPQ qualified for another what, two years? So four or five years to become remotely useful 8)
I'll then have four or five years left at which point I can retire. As the highest paid Subbie in the CAF, it's a good deal!
I'll reserve judgement on the Navy training until I'm done Phase 4 but from my perspective, it could be shorter, how much more is up for debate. What could also happen is better synchronization of courses. Eight month wait between Phase 3 and 4 as ours got cancelled due to lack of candidates.