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You’re constantly going from training centers to field training to deployments. What exactly do you fly? Learn about great opportunities for enlisted airmen, officers and health care professionals. Went in with a fiancé. Advanced for me took 1.5 years due to various delays and funding problems the Navy had at that time (it normally takes a year, and sometimes you have to wait awhile until an aircraft carrier is available). As you approach the end of Primary/Phase II, this is where you put your 'dream sheet' in where you tell the branch what type of aircraft you want to fly next. All that being said it is completely doable and one hundred percent worth pursuing. How much does it cost to put a pilot through the program? Navy pilot here. Also, be the leader in your family. In the Air Force, their syllabus is obviously different (no carrier stuff) and a lot shorter as some of that stuff - like BFM - is done AFTER you get your wings and AFTER you select for a fighter platform. Air Force UPT trains all active duty as well as Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve pilots. I actually hosted a question and answer session on Reddit covering my time as a KC-10 Instructor Pilot in the Air Force. Learn about training and other requirements, along with salary and job outlook info. Good luck. To be competitive, you will need to have a high grade point average, generally 3.4 or above. Then it's off to your permanent flying unit. I sat around drinking in Pensacola for a few months, then started IFS (6 weeks), API (6 weeks), and then did Primary (6 months). Overall, it's just something you and your spouse need to be honest when talking about. And by some strange wizardry, you will fly more too. After that, you go into aerobatics, basic formation fundamentals, instruments, and navigation. Your family will not see you during this period except for graduations. I don't know how far along in the process you are, but I would absolutely do it if I were you. I miss those days. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, More posts from the Helicopters community, A subreddit for helicopter industry professionals and enthusiasts, Press J to jump to the feed. Schedules. You need to be 20/70 correctable to 20/20 for the Air Force to be a student, Navy/Marines are 20/40 correctable to 20/20. In the Navy, its simple: you either select for the F-35C JSF, the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, or the EA-18G Growler. There's a very limited number of people who can do it, a lot of people who WANT to do it, and even getting into the washout program is competitive. Take a look at our mentor's monthly flight schedules. As you near the end of the T-45/T-38 syllabus, you again put in your dream sheet. It is WAY more jet that you are capable of handling. Candidates with civilian flight training, such as a private pilot's license, tend to have an edge with the selection board. This will take a good 16+ years out of your life, including the time spent in college. In Air Mobility (transport aircraft) you would be sent anywhere in the world on military support, humanitarian aid or air-to-air refuelling missions. 4. 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I thought USAF was everyone goes in as fixed wing then later you could get selected for rotary? If you don't do it, and you work in IT (guessing) you'll always have that Blackhawk wallpaper and play flying sims, which is kind of sad. Pretty hard. Your training days will sometimes start very early and go long. Airman/Airwoman training . The civilian marketability for Air Force Pilots is so extreme that the Air Force is currently giving pilots bonuses of as much as 420k just to continue serving as a pilot. If so, you should check out the Fighter Pilot Podcast with Vincent Aiello. This syllabus is called Advanced in the Navy and Phase III in the AF. You really don’t have to be a genius or anything. In the Navy, since we ultimately land on the carrier, we also do Field Carrier Landing Practices (FCLP) here to simulate that. You obviously already know this but it's worth noting for others reading this that it's not uncommon for someone to get picked up for SNA/NFO but be disqualified before commissioning. You could also get assigned somewhere like Korea, Honduras, or Egypt and be away from them for a year. In the Air Force, you basically split off at this point between fighters (T-38s), heavies (T-1), or helicopters (UH-1). The site may not work properly if you don't, If you do not update your browser, we suggest you visit, Press J to jump to the feed. In the Air Force, your commander also has their input. Anyone who was in have a family during the time, what was it like? ._1x9diBHPBP-hL1JiwUwJ5J{font-size:14px;font-weight:500;line-height:18px;color:#ff585b;padding-left:3px;padding-right:24px}._2B0OHMLKb9TXNdd9g5Ere-,._1xKxnscCn2PjBiXhorZef4{height:16px;padding-right:4px;vertical-align:top}._1LLqoNXrOsaIkMtOuTBmO5{height:20px;padding-right:8px;vertical-align:bottom}.QB2Yrr8uihZVRhvwrKuMS{height:18px;padding-right:8px;vertical-align:top}._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0{font-size:14px;font-weight:500;line-height:18px;color:var(--newCommunityTheme-actionIcon)}._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0 ._1LLqoNXrOsaIkMtOuTBmO5,._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0 ._2B0OHMLKb9TXNdd9g5Ere-,._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0 ._1xKxnscCn2PjBiXhorZef4,._3w_KK8BUvCMkCPWZVsZQn0 .QB2Yrr8uihZVRhvwrKuMS{fill:var(--newCommunityTheme-actionIcon)} Airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, and United have things to offer pilots such as more time home, better pay and a better quality of life than within the Air Force. Next for the Navy/Marines/Coast Guard is Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) - I forget what the AF calls their version, but it's similar. It’s a great experience but you will be away from home quite a bit. Be sure to research the medical requirements ahead of time (the Air Force and Marines do have you do a flight physical before even showing up to make sure you're even qualified to start training before the application process ends). Pilot. The time I miss sucks, but we make up for it when I am home. You move into simulators and eventually into the cockpit. As a JFP you will be at the heart of Australia's 5th Generation Air Force. The first plane I flew was thus a Cessna 172 (Air Force uses the Diamond DA-20) and this phase is designed to get you exposure to flying (some people are scared and quit right here), learn basic FAA Regulations, and get a taste of the pace of flight school. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. You fill it with crap. You start with ground school learning the plane. Oh I remember it well "If the Military branch here wanted you to have a ______ (Insert family, wife, girlfriend, etc... here) they would have issued you one. You'll be cut off and communication will be intermittent, so will your spouse be able to handle living independently with the kids? The military will have to come first if you want to do it right, and you and your family can't be resentful of that. So this Air force career can provide a nice launching pad for those who aspire to be regular Air Force pilots or to pilot civilian aircraft. The Air Force prefers a degree in the sciences, such as aerospace engineering, physics, computer science, or chemistry. Contrary to popular belief, you actually DO know what you get before hand if you go through OTS/OCS. Not surprisingly, many Air Force members work with aircraft, and a good number of them are pilots. If you'd like to check it out: IAmA Air Force Pilot. After getting rides in both the C-5 and F-16, I decided flying would be a much better job than sitting behind a desk all day. A photo that surfaced Tuesday on Reddit appears to show Carell's face plastered over the existing portrait of real-life Chief of Space Operations Gen. John ... Museum of the U.S. Air Force. In the Navy/Marines, we do six weeks academics and survival/physiological training. 5 Things No One Told Me About Being A Pilot In The Air Force. Military aviation isn't just a job, it's a way of life. You are eligible for everything from the B-52 to C-17 to F-22 to F-35 to F-15 to A-10 to F-16 etc. More than likely most friends you make will be work friends and there is an expectation in military aviation to participate in squadron functions and events. 3. ._2YJDRz5rCYQfu8YdgB_neb{overflow:hidden;position:relative}._2YJDRz5rCYQfu8YdgB_neb:before{background-image:url(https://www.redditstatic.com/desktop2x/img/reddit_pattern.png);content:"";filter:var(--newCommunityTheme-invertFilter);height:100%;position:absolute;width:100%}._37WD6iicVS6vGN0RomNTwh{padding:0 12px 12px;position:relative} Flight school really shows you if your relationship is strong or not. Definitely was the right decision for me. You'll be gone for 9? In the Navy, however, we were notoriously slow. Military aviation isn't just a job, it's a way of life. Learn about great opportunities for enlisted airmen, officers and health care professionals. 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Brian Hill) The experience varies widely from one pilot specialty to the next. From check-in to wings, it's about 52 weeks no matter what platform you select. I know the training side is different from Navy to Army and Navy has a lot of collateral ground jobs thrown on top, but high optempo is high optempo. Did not come out with a fiancé. Flight school and training in the fleet is hands down the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, but also one of the most rewarding by far. ._2cHgYGbfV9EZMSThqLt2tx{margin-bottom:16px;border-radius:4px}._3Q7WCNdCi77r0_CKPoDSFY{width:75%;height:24px}._2wgLWvNKnhoJX3DUVT_3F-,._3Q7WCNdCi77r0_CKPoDSFY{background:var(--newCommunityTheme-field);background-size:200%;margin-bottom:16px;border-radius:4px}._2wgLWvNKnhoJX3DUVT_3F-{width:100%;height:46px} In the Air Force, it's called Phase II. Expect a new home in a new location, and most of the time not your first choice of location, every 3-4 years. The Air Force is slightly different in how they do things, but I know enough about it through people I've met in the AF so here goes: To be a fighter pilot in the US military, regardless of the branch, you need to accomplish a couple certain things concurrently. Physiological training includes things like hypoxia training, the altitude chamber, handling the ejection seat, parachute landing falls, etc. Once you are done with all that... congratulations. OTS is really the only one where you wouldn't be with them the whole time (although second half of the program you can see them). Deployments length and periodicity are set pretty regularly for all pilots at the moment, but could go on way way longer at the drop of a hat. Learn what it takes to become an Air Force pilot. We then move into the more tactical applications of the jet: tactical formation, dive bombing, low levels (single plane and in formation), BFM (dogfighting), and the big unique one to the Navy/Marines: Carrier Qualifications (yes, you land on a real aircraft carrier) before you get your wings. Assuming you get selected and are medically qualified - congratulations! The Air Force converted its living quarters for airmen into single-occupancy years before any of the other services. Your family will live with you during this period at Ft Rucker. Navy pilot here. ._3bX7W3J0lU78fp7cayvNxx{max-width:208px;text-align:center} .ehsOqYO6dxn_Pf9Dzwu37{margin-top:0;overflow:visible}._2pFdCpgBihIaYh9DSMWBIu{height:24px}._2pFdCpgBihIaYh9DSMWBIu.uMPgOFYlCc5uvpa2Lbteu{border-radius:2px}._2pFdCpgBihIaYh9DSMWBIu.uMPgOFYlCc5uvpa2Lbteu:focus,._2pFdCpgBihIaYh9DSMWBIu.uMPgOFYlCc5uvpa2Lbteu:hover{background-color:var(--newRedditTheme-navIconFaded10);outline:none}._38GxRFSqSC-Z2VLi5Xzkjy{color:var(--newCommunityTheme-actionIcon)}._2DO72U0b_6CUw3msKGrnnT{border-top:none;color:var(--newCommunityTheme-metaText);cursor:pointer;padding:8px 16px 8px 8px;text-transform:none}._2DO72U0b_6CUw3msKGrnnT:hover{background-color:#0079d3;border:none;color:var(--newCommunityTheme-body);fill:var(--newCommunityTheme-body)} Now, I'll tell you about the Navy/Marines/Coast Guard experience for flight school (we all go through Navy flight school). U.S. Air Force - Career Detail - Pilot Deployments are 9 months. I was right. Other medical disqualifiers include a history of asthma, ADHD, and surgeries where you still feel the effects of. In the Air Force, it's not so simple: you have a list of like 17 aircraft and it's not just fighters for the T-38 grads. .LalRrQILNjt65y-p-QlWH{fill:var(--newRedditTheme-actionIcon);height:18px;width:18px}.LalRrQILNjt65y-p-QlWH rect{stroke:var(--newRedditTheme-metaText)}._3J2-xIxxxP9ISzeLWCOUVc{height:18px}.FyLpt0kIWG1bTDWZ8HIL1{margin-top:4px}._2ntJEAiwKXBGvxrJiqxx_2,._1SqBC7PQ5dMOdF0MhPIkA8{height:24px;vertical-align:middle;width:24px}._1SqBC7PQ5dMOdF0MhPIkA8{-ms-flex-align:center;align-items:center;display:-ms-inline-flexbox;display:inline-flex;-ms-flex-direction:row;flex-direction:row;-ms-flex-pack:center;justify-content:center} Kepp open comms with your family and use the resources available to help them transition to military life. Granted every experience varies. In at least two places it mentions Largely Air Force Base in Virginia (should be Langley) and a caption accompanying a photo of the chapel at the Air Force Academy says that the Academy is located in Chapel, Colorado (How about Colorado Springs, CO? ._3Im6OD67aKo33nql4FpSp_{border:1px solid var(--newCommunityTheme-widgetColors-sidebarWidgetBorderColor);border-radius:5px 5px 4px 4px;overflow:visible;word-wrap:break-word;background-color:var(--newCommunityTheme-body);padding:12px}.lnK0-OzG7nLFydTWuXGcY{font-size:10px;font-weight:700;letter-spacing:.5px;line-height:12px;text-transform:uppercase;padding-bottom:4px;color:var(--newCommunityTheme-navIcon)} Then flight school lasts about 1.5yrs. The one you absolutely can't easily fix is being physically qualified. U.S. Air Force - Career Detail - Pilot ._3gbb_EMFXxTYrxDZ2kusIp{margin-bottom:24px;text-transform:uppercase;width:100%}._3gbb_EMFXxTYrxDZ2kusIp:last-child{margin-bottom:10px} We have made it work and will continue to make it work because she is a strong woman. U.S. Air Force - Life on base .s5ap8yh1b4ZfwxvHizW3f{color:var(--newCommunityTheme-metaText);padding-top:5px}.s5ap8yh1b4ZfwxvHizW3f._19JhaP1slDQqu2XgT3vVS0{color:#ea0027} /*# sourceMappingURL=https://www.redditstatic.com/desktop2x/chunkCSS/IdCard.de628c13230c59091a5d.css.map*/._2JU2WQDzn5pAlpxqChbxr7{height:16px;margin-right:8px;width:16px}._3E45je-29yDjfFqFcLCXyH{margin-top:16px}._13YtS_rCnVZG1ns2xaCalg{font-family:Noto Sans,Arial,sans-serif;font-size:14px;font-weight:400;line-height:18px;display:-ms-flexbox;display:flex}._1m5fPZN4q3vKVg9SgU43u2{margin-top:12px}._17A-IdW3j1_fI_pN-8tMV-{display:inline-block;margin-bottom:8px;margin-right:5px}._5MIPBF8A9vXwwXFumpGqY{border-radius:20px;font-size:12px;font-weight:500;letter-spacing:0;line-height:16px;padding:3px 10px;text-transform:none}._5MIPBF8A9vXwwXFumpGqY:focus{outline:unset} Afterwards, we finish our instruments and get our instrument rating. My wife puts up with the trainings, early mornings, late nights and deployments like a champ.

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