Company: US Navy
Posted on: January 25, 2023
As a Navy Fighter Pilot, the sky is your domain. You'll be part of
an elite group of aviators who fly and fight in the world's most
lethal jets-all from the deck of an aircraft carrier. To do this
job well, you'll need critical thinking skills, unshakeable
determination and the will to persevere through the toughest
challenges. As a Navy Fighter Pilot, your missions are among the
most daring and most important. Complete complex air maneuvers
while flying at Mach speeds. Catapult off carriers at 170 mph and
land on moving runways only 300 feet long. Gather intel, drop
ordnance and conduct defensive missions-all in the most versatile
strike fighters on the planet, the F/A-18 Hornet and the
cutting-edge F-35C Lightning II. Think you have what it takes to
What to Expect
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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 possibilities for your career as a Fighter
Pilot. You also may find yourself:
- Flying some of the most innovative and high-tech aircraft in
the world like the F/A-18 Hornet and the cutting-edge F-35C
- Providing vital attack, defense and logistic support to the
- Controlling and maintaining all internal and external aircraft
- Taking part in antisubmarine warfare and mine countermeasures,
as well as search and rescue operations and vertical replenishment
- Receiving specialized training on the advanced tactical systems
found on Navy aircraft
- Projecting aviation power in fighter and attack, reconnaissance
and sea control missions
- Launching from aircraft carriers or surface combatants
- Conducting enemy surveillance by collecting photographic
As a Fighter Pilot, 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 Fighter Pilots attend
primary flight training.
Candidates 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,
prospective Fighter Pilots 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.
Specialized training received and work experience gained in the
course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and
occupational opportunities in related fields in the civilian
Following your initial flying tour as a Fighter Pilot 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
Opportunities for further education within this career include:
- Navy College Program
- VOLED Assistance Center
- VOLED Region Advisors
- The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
- Navy War College (NWC)
- USAF Air University Air Command and Staff College
Qualifications & Requirements
A four-year degree is required to work as a Fighter Pilot.
Candidates seeking an Officer position in this community must have
a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution,
preferably in a technical field. Ask a recruiter for specifics.
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 .
Currently, this position in the Navy Reserve is open only to prior
or current military aviators.
Serving part-time as a Navy Reserve Sailor, your duties will be
carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods.
During monthly drilling, Fighter Pilots in the Navy Reserve
typically work at a location close to their homes.
For annual training, Fighter Pilots may serve anywhere in the
world, whether on a ship at sea or at bases and installations on
Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and
responsibilities of Navy Reserve Sailors .
Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The
basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one
weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year
(referred to as Annual Training) - or the equivalent of that.
NFOs in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Your prior
experience as an Officer satisfies the initial leadership training
requirement - so you will not need to go through Officer Training
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