Southwest Veteran Crew standing in front of Freedom One livery
The inaugural Crew to fly Freedom One, comprised of all former or current military members.

Southwest Airlines® at the Rotary to Airline Group (RTAG) Convention 2023

Say hello.

Thanks for flying by! We're so glad you're here.

As an employer of more than 10,200 military members and 1,800 military spouses, Southwest
® and the Destination 225° Pilot Pathways Program are proud to be a Platinum Wingman Level Sponsor of the RTAG Convention 2023. Fly by Booth 4 and Room 121B to meet our Recruiting Team. 

Let us know how to reach you, and we’ll keep you updated on the latest job opportunities.

Ready to fly: First Officer Recruitment
Info Session: Your guidebook to becoming a Southwest First Officer
Date: Saturday, Oct. 7

Time: 1400 to 1450
Location: Room Air Assault #203​​​​​​​

Meet and Greets with our Team
We encourage walk-ups, but availability is limited. Please register via the button below.

Time: 0900 to 1700
Location: Room 121B
Gaining experience: Destination 225° Pilot Pathways Program
Info Session: Your Destination 225° Pathway to a Southwest 737
Date: Sunday, Oct. 8

Time: 1000 to 1050
Location: Room Air Cav #202

Meet and Greets with our Team
We encourage walk-ups, but availability is limited. Please register via the button below.

Time: 0900 to 1700

Location: Booth 4

Event schedule: Meet the Southwest Team!

Southwest Corporate Campus Open House - Training Center and Maintenance Hangar tours

RTAG-exclusive tours of our state-of-the-art simulator facility and maintenance hangar, where our Team maintains the world's largest 737 fleet.

Time: 1600 to 1900
Location: Southwest Corporate Campus in Dallas, Texas
Info Session: Your guidebook to becoming a Southwest First Officer

Time: 1400 to 1450
Location: Room Air Assault #203
Info Session: Your Destination 225° Pathway to a Southwest 737

Time: 1000 to 1050
Location: Room Air Cav #202
Don't delay! Apply as a Southwest Pilot today.
We post a new Southwest Pilot opportunity on the seventh of each month (e.g., Oct. 7).
Apply on Southwest Careers
During an open hiring window, apply for the Pilot - First Officer role on You're required to apply for an open position for interview consideration.
Provide your required documents

We'll ask you to send additional information and files directly to the Southwest Pilot Hiring Team during the application journey. There’s no action required at this time, and we’ll contact you with guidance or requests for information as needed.

Service with LUV.

"I spent my entire 24 years in the military flying fighters—16 years in the F-16 Viper and my final six years in the F-22 Raptor. Many separate from full service because they're looking for more time at home. Southwest Airlines provides flexibility to fly as much or as little as you want. Whether you enjoy bouncing around all day (like I do) or flying longer legs, you can influence your trips. 

Southwest's Culture creates the close, caring, and empathetic working relationships that make our airline different, unique, and an amazing place to work. The icing on the cake is getting to do what I do and love best—fly airplanes while working for a Company and with work friends who care about me and my family."

- Bryan T.,

BWI-based Captain, Air Force (14 years) and National Guard
​​​​​​​(10 years) Veteran and Pilot Recruitment Team Member

"Right out of high school I joined the Marine Corps. That’s where my career in aviation started as I became a CH-46 Helicopter Mechanic. After my time in the Marines, my fascination and love for helicopters compelled me to continue working on them. I transitioned into fixed-wing aircraft and hoped to gain enough experience to meet the qualifications and eventually end up at Southwest—and that’s what I did. This Company allows you to have a career with Heart."

- Clayton L.,

HOU-based Aircraft Maintenance Technician
and Marine Corps Veteran

Join our winning Aircraft Maintenance Team and work on an all-Boeing fleet.​​​​​​​​

Technical Operations (Tech Ops) Employees are crucial to maintaining the Safety, efficiency, and compliance of the all-Boeing fleet at Southwest. Most of our People work within our Maintenance Operations Teams, supporting the day-to-day maintenance work on our aircraft and equipment. 

Our starting pay rates are taking off.
We've increased the starting wage rate for Aircraft Maintenance Technicians and Ground Support Equipment Technicians across all locations.

Aircraft Maintenance Technician - $41.24/hr*
Aircraft Maintenance Technicians (AMTs) service and maintain Southwest's all-Boeing fleet to ensure the airworthiness of each aircraft. AMTs work at 1 of 22 locations across our network and in seven strategically-located hangars.

Ground Support Equipment Technician - $32.74/hr
Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Technicians perform mechanical maintenance work. They maintain our automotive, ramp, provisioning, and deicing equipment through duties such as dismantling, repairing, fabricating, welding, altering, and painting.

*Pay includes a $32.74/hr base pay plus $8.50/hr for an A&P license.
Southwest Captain smiling

Build a career by you, for you.

Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Ground Support Equipment Technician
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Las Vegas
Aircraft Maintenance Technician
Oakland, Calif.
Technical Operations Engineer

Our Warrior Hire program.

In partnership with the Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA), Southwest actively supports the transition of military veterans from active duty and reserves to careers in our Technology Department. Throughout the years, dozens of Southwest Warrior Hires have successfully transitioned and received the full support of technical and career skill training, along with a "battle buddy" from a previous class, a transition mentor, and direct guidance from the Warrior Hire Steering Committee.  

“You won’t find a closer family of veterans anywhere in the workforce than Southwest’s Warrior Hire program, which is comprised of every branch of service. Someone is always willing to help whenever you have a question or need support, and that’s the contagious Culture at Southwest.” 
- Ron G., Senior Manager, Technology
and 18th Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Greg Thomas/USMC/Released

Ready to take flight? Four pathways. One destination.

The Southwest Airlines Destination 225° Program trains and empowers future Southwest Pilots on how to fly The Southwest Way. If you've ever dreamed of a career at 30,000 feet, set your course for 225°.

Do I qualify for the Military pathway?
Applicants for this pathway are current or former pilots from the U.S. Armed Forces with turbine time in a fixed-wing aircraft. If you're a current or former service member without any previous flight experience, we encourage you to learn about our Cadet Pathway

Minimum qualifications for First Officer. 

USA DOT/FAA Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, which display the following:

  • "Airplane Multiengine Land" Category and Class Ratings
  • "English Proficient" limitation

USA DOT/FAA First Class Medical Certificate and, if applicable, any necessary Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate (Authorization) or Statement of Demonstrated Ability (SODA) issued by the Federal Air Surgeon.
Flight experience
  • Preferred: 500 hours in a fixed-wing turbine aircraft or successfully completed all aspects of a Destination 225° pathways program
  • Preferred: Actively flying for two of the last five years
  • Note: PIC time is defined as the Captain or Aircraft Commander of record or pilot signing for the aircraft (not sole manipulator of the controls)
  • Note: Only time in a fixed-wing aircraft is counted, this specifically excludes simulator, helicopter, WSO, RIO, FE, NAV, EWO, and UAV

Our Heart starts with our People.

Want to work in a unique, People-first Culture with competitive benefits and a solid record of job security? Southwest Airlines is growing, and we’re looking for top-notch Employees to grow with us.

Benefits for First Officers you'll love

  • Fly for free on any open seat on all Southwest flights—see all the destinations Southwest serves (your eligible dependents fly, too)
  • 15% non-elective contribution (B-Fund) deposited into your 401(k)*
  • A ProfitSharing contribution toward retirement—when we profit, you profit*
  • Competitive health insurance for you and your eligible dependents
  • Opportunity to purchase 10% off Southwest Airlines common stock, LUV, traded on NYSE
  • Company-paid Loss of License

*401(k) Company match contributions are subject to the plan’s vesting schedule.
*ProfitSharing contributions are subject to the plan’s vesting schedule and are made at the discretion of the Company.

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