......He only had 387 hours - proper commercial takes min 2,000 hrs in most places.....
You could easily be in your first combat mission with fewer than this chap had. It's the quality of your training combined with your aptitude that matters, not the quantity.
As far as commercial pilots licenses go, the US has two, Commercial and Airline Transport Pilot. The former demonstrates some improved skill, but is fairly useless. Its privileges are limited. The ATP is necessary to fly for a living with a carrier and its standards are quite rigorous.