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Destination 225° Military Pathway

Destination 225° Military Pathway


The Destination 225° Military pathway is designed to bridge the gap between military flight experience and the start of your civilian flying career.  

Eligible applicants for this program are individuals who have completed the U.S. Armed Forces undergraduate pilot training school and received a rating qualification as a military pilot with either rotor, powerlift, or fixed-wing experience.  

Once selected as a participant in Destination 225° you will receive guidance from a Southwest® First Officer Mentor who will be able to provide direction on the additional training or flight time requirements needed before leaving active military status. As a Military pathway participant, you will be required to build the requisite flight time and experience before transitioning out of the military. After transitioning from active status in the military, you will earn your restricted ATP/CTP with our training partner, Bell Murray Aerospace.  

Bell Murray Aerospace is an FAA 142 Training Center dedicated to exploring training opportunities in all areas of aerospace, including individual pilot training, corporate, and military aviation operations. 
Upon completion of the training with Bell Murray Aerospace (earning your ATP/CTP) the Destination 225° Military pathway will connect you with one of our partner carriers where you will build a minimum of two years’ flying experience prior to launching a career as a Southwest Airlines® First Officer.    

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