zVo wrote:Random: any prior service Army aviation officers here now serving in JAG? I know it's probably a slim demographic I'm reaching out to, but I figure I'd try. I'm wondering what the pros/cons are in you switching? Anything you like better? Anything you miss?
boyfriend is in aviation. I know he's really fond of that extra flight pay that JAGs obviously don't get. From my perspective, it seems like exit options for JAGs are better than for aviation officers because the stiff competition for flight hours puts them at a disadvantage compared to their Warrant Officer peers when they get out. More typical Army stuff in aviation as compared to JAG (e.g. 24 hour staff duty), but I guess that is a pro or con depending on whether you like that kind of stuff.
Thanks for the response, LSATmakesMeNeurotic.
I'm actually a CW2 flying UH-60Ms right now. You hit the nail on the head as to exactly why I'm considering a 'career change' -- exit options. Helicopter jobs are few, the required flight hour experience level is high, the job locations are usually undesirable, and the compensation is often not what should be for the hours and years of training, knowledge, and experience. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy flying... I've gone out and got my airplane certifications on my own dime, but I'm not dead-set on this as a career.
JAG seems appealing because it seems like it makes up a huge part of what you actually do, whereas in aviation, aviation duties take up an iota of one's time. I like the idea of concentrating in a certain skill area (albeit diverse).