Posted on: May 16, 2022
ABOUT Search for underwater threats. Deliver payloads of
incredible firepower or necessary manpower. Execute strategic
aerial maneuvers anywhere from the stratosphere, to mere feet above
the sea. This is just a glimpse into your career as a Naval
Aviator. You also may find yourself:
Flying some of the most innovative and high-tech aircraft in the
Providing vital attack, defense and logistic support to the
Controlling and maintaining all internal and external aircraft
RESPONSIBILITIES Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) are
important components in an exclusive, world-class group of
Officers. This job will require you to perform at the best of your
ability at all times. Making use of your advanced training and
unparalleled knowledge to provide the utmost safety and security in
the world?s skies.
As a Pilot, you may:
Take part in antisubmarine warfare and mine countermeasures, as
well as search and rescue operations and vertical replenishment
Receive specialized training on the advanced tactical systems found
on Navy aircraft
Project aviation power in fighter and attack, reconnaissance, and
sea control missions. launching from aircraft carriers or surface
Conduct enemy surveillance by collecting photographic
As an NFO, you may:
Study aerodynamics, aircraft engine systems, meteorology,
navigation, flight planning and flight safety
Train and specialize in EA-18G Growler electronic countermeasures
aircraft, E-2C Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft, or the
new P-8A Poseidon antisubmarine aircraft
Electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and
WORK ENVIRONMENT As a Navy Pilot or an NFO, missions and
assignments can be anywhere around the globe. This includes working
from carrier battle groups, or other sea-based platforms, and at
Naval Air Stations or other locations on shore.
TRAINING & ADVANCEMENT Those entering aviation programs must first
attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, RI, and then
complete a six-week air indoctrination course at Naval Aviation
Schools Command, in Pensacola, FL. From there, prospective Pilots
and NFOs attend primary flight training.
Pilots and NFOs then request an aircraft pipeline and enter the
intermediate phase of flight training, which builds upon basic
flight and navigation training. The final phase is advanced naval
flight training, focusing on mission specifics. After completion,
Pilots and NFOs are awarded their ?wings of gold? and report to
their respective Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRSs) for further
training specific to their aircraft.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and
based on performance. It?s also important to note that specialized
training received and work experience gained in the course of
service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational
opportunities in related fields.
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES Following your initial flying tour as a
Navy Pilot or an NFO, you can attend the Naval Postgraduate School
(NPS) in Monterey, CA, where you may be able to earn a master?s or
doctoral degree while being paid full-time.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS A four-year degree is required to
work as a Navy Pilot or Naval Flight Officer. Candidates seeking an
Officer position in this community must have a bachelor?s degree
from a regionally accredited institution in a technical field.
All candidates must also be U.S. citizens, willing to serve
worldwide and qualified for sea duty.
General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you?re
currently serving, whether you?ve served before or whether you?ve
never served before.
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