Naval Aviation (Pilot)

Community Overview: 

Navy pilots are members of the select, highly skilled Naval Aviation team. Navy pilots operate a wide variety of aircraft, from carrier based jets, land and carrier based transport and reconnaissance aircraft, to rotary wing aircraft.

As a Navy pilot, you may:

  • Receive specialized training on the advanced tactical systems found on Navy aircraft.
  • Take part in antisubmarine warfare and mine countermeasures, as well as search and rescue operations and vertical replenishment missions.
  • Conduct enemy surveillance by collecting photographic intelligence.
Training Pipeline After Commission: 

To become a Naval pilot you must first complete Officer Candidate School (OCS) for 13 weeks 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, pilots then request an aircraft pipeline enter the intermediate phase of flight training in one of the following aircraft specializations:

  • Jet (strike)
  • Turboprop (patrol and reconnaissance)
  • Multi-engine jet (strategic communications)
  • Carrier turboprop (airborne early warning)
  • Helicopter(rotary)

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 eight 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