Becoming a Pilot

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  1. FeartheGoat

    FeartheGoat Member

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    Does anyone know how the process for becoming a pilot after graduation works? I know of at least one test, but does anyone know the step by step process? I'm just curious, this is really what I want to do.
     
  2. SteveHolt243

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    While at the Academy:

    1) Take the test when they tell you to. My class did it during a summer training block before 2nd class year, but at some point you'll know to take it. It doesn't hurt to do well on it, but generally from what I saw out of Academy grads (different for ROTC and OCS guys trying for pilot), passing was good enough.
    2) Show up to precommissioning physicals when they tell you to. Have nothing wrong with you. Sorta out of your control. If your eyes are bad but correctable they'll get you PRK.
    3) Senior year, put pilot number one on your preferences. If your ranked well enough, passed the ASTB, and don't have any medical thing, you'll get pilot.
    4) Graduate and move to Pensacola.

    It's pretty simple if you go to USNA, they'll pretty much tell you when to do the necessary steps.

    If you were asking about what you would do after graduation, can clarify that for you to.
     
  3. FeartheGoat

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    First, what is "PRK"? Second, when you say rank high enough are you talking about in the class, like in the top X% of the class or something like that? And I would like to know about after graduation as well. Thank for the help :thumb:
     
  4. SteveHolt243

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    PRK is an eye surgery that lots of mids got to correct back to the right eyesight limits.

    I mean class rank at the Academy - there's a bunch of threads out there on service selection that can tell you more about how that all works.
     
  5. FeartheGoat

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    How high of a rank do you mean? Are we talking like top 10 or something?
     
  6. pknguyen44

    pknguyen44 USNA '13, NAPS '09

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    focus on graduating and becoming an officer first..everything else is secondary..
     
  7. Whistle Pig

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    Generally good counsel here ...however, it may not be as simple as doing all the steps and ranking well.

    In the end, the professional community selects you.

    So do what you can, pray for good health, make your request/priority known. Put yourself in a position to be selected.

    But realize, in its purest form, it's sort of like picking up teams on the playground, and pilot selection is but one team. And they don't always get all the players whom they want or want them. Some are drafted by other teams.
     

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