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 your career as a Naval Aviator. You also may
* Flying some of the most innovative and high-tech aircraft in
* Providing vital attack, defense and logistic support to the
* Controlling and maintaining all internal and external aircraft
Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) are important
components in an exclusive, world-class group of Officers. This job
will require you to perform at the best of your ability at all
times. Making use of your advanced training and unparalleled
knowledge to provide the utmost safety and security in the world's
As a Pilot, you may:
* Take part in antisubmarine warfare and mine countermeasures,
as well as search and rescue operations and vertical replenishment
* Receive specialized training on the advanced tactical systems
found on Navy aircraft
* Project aviation power in fighter and attack, reconnaissance,
and sea control missions. launching from aircraft carriers or
* Conduct enemy surveillance by collecting photographic
As an NFO, you may:
* Study aerodynamics, aircraft engine systems, meteorology,
navigation, flight planning and flight safety
* Train and specialize in EA-18G Growler electronic
countermeasures aircraft, E-2C Hawkeye early warning and control
aircraft, or the new P-8A Poseidon antisubmarine aircraft
* Electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft
As a Navy Pilot or an NFO, 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 Pilots and NFOs attend
primary flight training.
Pilots and NFOs 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,
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.
Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive
and based on performance. It's also important to note that
specialized training received and work experience gained in the
course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and
occupational opportunities in related fields.
Following your initial flying tour as a Navy Pilot or an NFO,
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 paid full-time.
QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS
A four-year degree is required to work as a Navy Pilot or Naval
Flight Officer. Candidates seeking an Officer position in this
community must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally
accredited institution in a technical field.
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.