G290 asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 2 years ago

What is the process to become an airforce pilot?

Hello I am very interested in becoming a pilot wether it be in the air force or navy. What is the process to do so? Just so you know I am doing the military after college with a bachelors degree. Thanks

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  • Jason
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    2 years ago
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    Get a bachelor's degree. Best option is USAFA; next best is a school with AFROTC.

    Get a commission as an officer. Again, best option is USAFA, next is AFROTC, last is OTS.

    Take the requisite exams (TBAS, AFOQT)

    Apply to Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT)

    Get selected to UPT

    Out-compete your peers in UPT for an airframe

    Graduate in good standing and continue on with more advanced flight training.

    Getting selected for UPT means having an excellent PCSM score. That score is calculated from your TBAS, AFOQT, and your number of flight hours. You are given a rating from 1-99. How those scores are calculated is considered test-sensitive material and the USAF does not publish that information. The AFOQT tests general knowledge and the TBAS tests aviation aptitude specifically. Most candidates score very well on the tests (in no small part because most of them have a STEM degree). So the thing that really sets you apart as a candidate is having flight hours. The more hours you have spent in a cockpit flying something the better. If you have no flight hours your chances of being selected drop drastically. You can start clocking hours as young as 16. If you really want to be a military pilot, find a flight school near you and get cracking. Those hours will be golden.

    Becoming a pilot is a very competitive process throughout. Those who can't or won't do the work are out-competed by those who can and will. Your competition is steep. If you want to be a pilot you have to compete -- so start now.

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    • Jason
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      2 years agoReport

      Psychology degrees are for getting you into graduate psychology programs. Like I said above, you have to COMPETE to be a pilot. Your competition has a STEM degree with at least a 3.5. If you want to hang with that crowd you have have similar credentials.

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  • 2 years ago

    First you have to pass a flying physical.

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  • Daniel
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    2 years ago

    First, Air Force is two words.

    The Air Force gets its pilots (and officers in general) from 3 sources--USAFA, AFROTC, and OTS.

    If you aren't in college yet, OTS is a bad plan. OTS picks up the slack from the other two sources. In some years, it has very low selection rates.

    USAFA is normally the best route for a pilot slot. AFROTC usually gets around the same number of slots, but graduates twice as many cadets.

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  • Edwena
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    2 years ago

    Talk to a recruiter.

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  • Bill-M
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    2 years ago

    If your college has ROTC Take it. Then you can be an OFFICER after Graduation.

    Military Pilots are OFFICERS.

    With a BA you can apply to OCS and get a commission that way.

    OR you can apply to the Air Force Academy or Naval Academy.

    • ?
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      2 years agoReport

      The chances of becoming an AF pilot or even an AF officer through AF Officer Training School (OTS is the AF version of Army/Navy/Marine Corps OCS). are slim compared to the other two routes -- AFROTC and AF Academy). The Navy commissions a higher per-percentage of their pilots through their OCS

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