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Melbatoast said:I'm in my late 30s and in better physical shape than many of the RMC "kids" I OJT with. I am absolutely in better shape than I was when I was 25. There is no real reason your health will "decline" in your 30s if you actively, intelligently stay fit over the course of your life (outside of disease or freak injury something). Many elite athletes peak in their early 30s.
The biggest stumbling block will probably be "Do I really want to put up with this crap anymore?" Starting over at the bottom is a bit of a challenge.
Your AEC term doesn't expire - if you aren't a complete screwup you should be able to continue on a couple of different contract terms until mandatory retirement if you so choose. No one will say, "This guy wants to be a pilot so we won't offer him further terms of service..."
Gotcha. Good input.
I get the feeling though that it's harder to transfer occupations once you're in, as compared to applying from the civy street. So I can effectively deny my goal to someday fly if I accept another job offer. Is there truth to this? And I understand that a lot of people will advise to follow the dream from the get-go, which is sound advice. I am just considering the option of broadening my collective expertise and experience/adventure through another additional trade.
When you say "start at the bottom", do you mean just in terms of training? Will my rank/pay/status carry over?
Is it common for CF members to have been involved in two or more trades throughout their careers?
Thanks again, everyone.