Naval Aviation (Naval Flight Officer)

Community Overview: 

Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) are members of the select, highly skilled Naval Aviation team. NFOs may function in a variety of specialties aboard aircraft, such as radar intercept officers, tactical coordinators or airborne electronic warfare specialists.

NFOs will be expected to perform the following duties:

  • Train and specialize in EA-6B Prowler electronic countermeasures aircraft, F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet jet fighters, E-2C Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft, and the new P-8A Poseidon antisubmarine aircraft.
  • Electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles.
  • Study aerodynamics, aircraft engine systems, meteorology, navigation, flight planning and flight safety.
Training Pipeline After Commission: 

To become a Naval Flight Officer you must first complete the 13-week Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island and then complete a six-week air indoctrination course at Naval Aviation Schools Command, in Pensacola, Florida. From there, prospective Pilots and NFOs attend primary flight training.

After that, NFOs then request an aircraft pipeline and enter the intermediate phase of flight training in one of the following specialized areas and aircraft:

  • Strike (EA-6B Prowler or S-3B Viking)
  • Strike Fighter (F/A 18D/F Hornet)
  • Advanced Radar Navigation and Airborne Early Warning (E-2 Hawkey)
  • Advanced Navigation (EP-3E, P-3 Orion or E6)

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.

Special Pay/Bonuses: 

Naval aviation officers receive aviation career incentive pay in addition to their regular salary. Student aviation officers receive $125 per month flight pay during flight training. The monthly amount of flight pay received depends on time in service and increases to the current maximum of $840.00 per month. In addition, you may be eligible for retention bonuses at the end of your initial commitment, currently worth up to $195,000 over a 25-year career.

Active Duty Obligation: 
Candidates will serve a minimum of six years on active duty from the date of designation as a Naval Flight Officer. Candidates who do not complete the Naval Flight Officer program will serve four years from the date they are disenrolled from flight status unless released by the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.
Age Requirement: 
You must be at least 19 and less than 27 at the time of commission.
Education Requirements: 
BA/BS in any major - technical degrees preferred. Minimum GPA of 2.0
Medical Requirements: 
Vision must be correctable to 20/20
Color vision and depth perception are required
Special Requirements: 
Must be within anthropometric limits. No waivers.
Height restrictions: 62" - 78" (male) 58" - 78" (female)
You should be able to swim prior to OCS