President Obama has won four more years in the White House, and we can certainly expect military budget cuts. Either we will get sequestration on January 1, 2013, or we will get potential budget cuts. They might even bring back BRAC in a big way. They will for sure cut out $ 500 billion over the next decade for the military, and I imagine even more than that. Further, in the future we will have robotic aircraft, and sometimes robotic airmen doing the maintenance. Through attrition we will be letting go a number of air maintenance personnel in the US Navy, US Marine Corps, US Army, and Air Force.
These individuals will not be able to sign up for further extensions of their career, and they will be honorably discharged. They will then go into the private sector where they will look for work. These individuals are trained, and used to working in a structured environment, and they are used to working on aircraft. Now then, what type of jobs might they take? Some of them may work for the airline ensuring that all the FARs (Federal Air Regulations) are being complied with and all the safety checks are being done.
Others may consider starting their own business in the aircraft maintenance realm, or might I suggest another solution?
How about starting an aircraft cleaning service?
Corporations that own jet aircraft will obviously need someone they can trust, someone who is used to working on very expensive equipment. Each and every one of these individuals is highly qualified and because many of these military aircraft cost tens of millions of dollars. They are experienced, they follow procedures, and it's all about safety.
Consider if you will that you own a private jet; would not you want someone who had a military experience cleaning it? Also while they are cleaning they would be looking over the aircraft and would report you anything they had noticed. It seemed it would be a benefit to hiring an aircraft cleaning service which was run by a former military person with experience in military aviation.
The private sector is lucky to get all these individuals who will begin getting out of the military. These great military veterans who have served the greatest nation in the world now have some opportunity to start their own business washing, detailing, and cleaning aircraft.
Interestingly enough, when I was 12 years old I started my first aircraft cleaning service, and there were a number of retired and former military personnel working in and around the local airport on very expensive aircraft. It's that way today also, and there will be at least some opportunity in private sector aviation. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.