United Airlines: A New Horizon for Active-Duty Military Pilots

United Airlines has recently announced a groundbreaking initiative that aims to provide active-duty U.S. military pilots with conditional job offers. This move comes at a time when several U.S. airlines are grappling with challenges in recruiting enough trained pilots and crew members.


A Win-Win Situation

The plan is simple yet effective. United Airlines will give conditional job offers to active-duty U.S. military pilots, allowing them to join the airline as first officers once they complete their service. This initiative not only provides a secure landing place for these servicemen and women but also helps the airline gain direct access to some of the best, most talented aviators in the world.

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The Details

Under the terms of this new program, successful candidates must first take part in an interview and then complete all required flight training and certification before joining the airline. An important element of United's program is that candidates don't need to hold an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) at the time of application. Instead, they can obtain their ATP before joining United – providing flexibility for service members, including starting at United when the time is right for them and their families.

A Commitment to Service

United Airlines has always shown a commitment to investing in individuals who have served and are serving our country. Currently, United has over 16,000 pilots, including over 3,000 who have served or currently serve in the United States Armed Forces. The airline has hired over 4,000 new pilots in the last 24 months and expects to add over 10,000 this decade. This new initiative is a testament to United's dedication to supporting those who serve our nation. It's a win-win situation that benefits both the airline and our brave military personnel. As Scott Kirby, United CEO, aptly puts it, "Launching this program is a win-win: our airline gets direct access to some of the best, most talented aviators in the world, and military pilots – and their families – get the time they need to plan their civilian career while still serving."


Interested active-duty military pilots can learn more about the United Military Pilot Program and apply for the program here. Current or former military pilots who already meet United's mainline hiring requirements and are less than six months from availability, or already available, or are flying in the reserve component are encouraged to apply as a First Officer today.

Endless Possibilities

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