Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by jmvogel, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. jmvogel

    jmvogel Member

    Feb 3, 2014
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    How selective is the Naval Aviation program? If I were to major in aeronautical engineering, would I be pretty prepared? Also, is it hard to adjust to the potential motion sickness?

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  2. Hopeful_midshipman

    Hopeful_midshipman Member

    Nov 29, 2013
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    You'll see other threads on here that will say the same thing: aeronautical engineering does not guarantee you an aviation spot. I read a post about how a DS majored in AE and a friend majored in economics(or something of the sort unrelated to engineering) who both got aviation spots. At aviation training after graduation, the economics major did better in the classes and got the single jet spot while the AE major got helicopters(not his first choice). Getting the aviation spot depends on how well you do compared to your class.
  3. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

    Oct 21, 2010
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    +1. Your major will have little or nothing to do with getting an aviation slot.
  4. Hurricane12

    Hurricane12 USNA 2012

    Jan 14, 2011
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    Generally, people who want aviation get aviation unless they are really low in the class. Some may get NFO instead of pilot, but the majority of people who want pilot...get pilot. Don't suck and you'll be fine.

    An aero degree may help a little bit, but the level of math and engineering you encounter in flight school is actually pretty low. Any degree from the Academy has sufficient STEM requirements to get you where you need to be. Not to mention, stick skills/procedures are the biggest factor for how you do.

    They are very accomodating about motion sickness. Probably half my class got actively airsick (i.e., puking) and most people were passively sick (nauseous). I'm the exception in that I've felt fine every time I've gone up...and I have gotten seasick before.
    If you continue to get airsick past the first few flights, they'll first give you airsickness drugs. If those don't work, they'll put you in the spin chair and basically force the airsickness out of you, or get you extra flights for acclimation. It is extremely rare that someone is dropped for airsickness.

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