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Destination 225° Cadet Pathway

Destination 225° Cadet Pathway

Designed for both internal and external candidates, the Destination 225° Cadet pathway is an ab initio—“from the beginning”—program. If you don’t have previous experience as a pilot, this four- to five-year program is for you. 

There’s no “typical candidate” for the Cadet pathway. You might be…
  • Out in the workforce and ready to make a change in your career
  • A high school or college graduate who is ready for a rewarding career
  • Transitioning out of a non-pilot role in the military

The Cadet pathway will provide the competency-based training you need as you work toward an opportunity to sit in the right seat of a Southwest® aircraft. Southwest is proud to offer the Cadet pathway in a partnership with CAE, a worldwide leader in training for the civil aviation, defense and security, and healthcare markets. 

If you’ve ever dreamed of a career at 35,000 feet, set your course for 225°.

The program

Interested in learning more about what the Cadet pathway looks like? Below is an overview of the different milestones of the program as each of the various stages are successfully completed.​​​​​​​
The Cadet pathway: from application and selection (3-6 months) to initial training (12 months) to flight experience (approximately 3 years)The Cadet pathway has three main stages: Application & Selection, Initial Training, and Flight Experience.
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