Delta will now begin interviewing and extending conditional job offers to retiring full-time active-duty military and full-time Active Guard Reserve pilots as early as 24 months prior to their retirement date, expanded from six months.
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Editor’s note: This story, originally published Nov. 16, has been updated to clarify that the hiring process applies only to military pilots applying for open jobs as a pilot at Delta.

Delta is expanding its recruitment strategy by offering jobs in the flight deck to full-time, active-duty U.S. military pilots up to two years before their retirement.

These conditional job offers can also be extended to Active Guard Reserve pilots in what is a significant expansion from the previous timeline of six months before retirement. For all other military pilots, Delta will begin interview processes and extending conditional job offers to successful candidates one year before their availability date.

Delta is consistently recognized as a top employer for veterans, with former service members comprising 11% of the airline’s 80,000-strong workforce. Earlier this month, Forbes named Delta to its 2022 list of America’s Best Employers for Veterans, which is based on employee survey data of more than 7,000 veterans of the U.S. armed forces across all industries.

Interested pilots should apply through Delta’s online application page.

If you are a veteran, active-duty military, or active-duty military approaching retirement and looking for an opportunity outside of the flight deck, visit Delta’s skills translator website, which will match the skills and specialties earned in the military to open positions.

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