Thank you G2G. I don’t know any fighter pilots. Appreciate your comments, it helps 😊
You’re very welcome, Rmcmomf18.
I know a few...they’re not bad when you really get to know them. ;D
Seriously though, the ranks of CAF officership is replete with many who initially desired to be pilots, or more specifically (depending on a number of factors at the time, C-130 Hercules, or CP-140 Aurora pilots, etc.) a particular type of aircraft.
Good to have a goal to aim for, but it should be your son’s own goal, and your goal, understandably, is to support him as best as possible to help him achieve that goal. The general trend of such goals tends to change over time. In the 80’s, the trend was that most seemed to want to be fighter pilots, myself included. I watch ‘Top Gun
more than a few time when it came out in 1986. The CF-18 Hornet was just a few years old - and considered a leading edge, modern aircraft. I ranked very highly in my training, but was chosen by others for a pilot stream over which I had no choice. In the end, I had a rewarding flying career of more than a quarter century, and truth be told, wouldn’t change a thing, even if given the choice for a ‘re-do’, ‘coolness’ of the CF-18 at the time notwithstanding.
These days...I don’t know. The CF-18 isn’t what it used to be. It may be still cool, but it’s more than a third of a century old. By the time it finished serving the RCAF, it will be close to half a century old. To out that in perspective, if the RCAF did that with a World War II era Spitfire, it would still be flying after the Berlin Wall was taken down in 1989...seven years after the CF-18 itself entered into service!
Anyway, I hope your son is successful
First during his studies at RMC, and then through pilot training. I hope he gets support from you and others, and that he himself finds the drive and motivation to succeed, including in whatever academic program he pursues.