I'm sure that similar situations have been addressed on this forum before and I've read through quite a bit of them. My specific situation is that I'm 29 years old and looking at a career transition to do what I've always wanted to do, FLY. I've been a weather forecaster in the USAF for over 9 years now. My question is what is the suggested path I should take. I'm eligible for 100% of the new gi bill which will pay for all of my degree. Currently I would have about 2-2.5 years to finishi off my bachelors degree. I've appled to Embry Riddle university as an aeronautical science major and am waiting approval. Here is something I'm thinking about. Should I get my ratings before attending embry riddle or just attend Embry Riddle and complete their entire flight training program. The biggest issue I have right now is that I have a wife and 7 year old daughter and while I understand learning to fly is not a race, the sooner I can get back into the work force the better. One path I'm considering at the moment is to knock out my private pilots license and accumulate 80 hours of flight time and then attend ATP flight academy's 100 day fast track program with 100 hours multi. That would get me all of my ratings and then transferring to Embry Riddle in the Spring semester. Thoughts on this? I appreciate the input!