Aviation from USNA

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  1. CandidateElias15

    CandidateElias15 USNA '15 Appointee

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    Does anyone know how selective it is to get a pilot slot?
    I know that for 2011, 227 were given pilot,
    But are there prerequisites?
    For example, I'm planning on majoring in Chemistry or General Science. Would that put me in a disadvantage when competing against a Aero Engineer major for the slot?
     
  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ Member

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    Not exactly.

    In general, factors affecting selection for Navy Pilot (or Marine Pilot, or NFO) include:
    - slots available in any given year, per the needs of the Navy
    - medicallly qualified for aviation
    - where you stand in the OOM (order of merit) in your class, taking into account academic, professional, conduct, performance, etc. grades
    - how many mids put naval aviation as their first choice
    - how the process works that given year
    - serendipity (something happens that makes you DQ for aviation or any other unforeseen Life Happens event)

    The Navy gives you what you need to know to fly, at USNA and at post-comm schools, regardless of major. Choice of major is a relatively minor factor most of the time. Relax and figure it out as you go, be open to all the majors briefs, summer training experiences and service selection briefs when you get here, and focus on your best performance in all areas to ensure you are "in the zone" in the fall of your 1/C year to make the cut.
     
  3. SteveHolt243

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    No. And if you do a major just because you think it'll help your service selection, and then do poorly, it will hurt your selection chances.

    FWIW, I was a history major as was my roommate and both of us are pilots. Don't stress the major choice.
     
  4. usnabgo08

    usnabgo08 USNA 2008/BGO

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    You also must pass the Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB). Our grad, now at Pensacola was also able (lucky?) to get the IFS traning while still a Mid. If not you'll get it at Pensacola.
     
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    Summer billets can be helpful w/ letters from your CO there and rec from the USNA aviation liaison. As several have noted, as per most professional assignments, virtually no connection w/ academic majors as to professional community and responsibility. Passing Ground School @ USNA (altho I'm not sure that's being continued now) is a plus. Only 33 firsties this year had done so. They appeared to be very high priority "picks" for their respective aviation communities.
     

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