Which ROTC for Pilots?

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  1. valter123

    valter123 New Member

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    My goal one day is to become a military aviator, I'm interested in both jets and helicopters and I've been flying for awhile in civilian planes earning my private pilot certificate, however I wanted to know, which service branch would most likely offer me a flight slot if I were to do their ROTC program, and between navy and marines which would be more likely to get me a flight spot?
     
  2. goaliedad

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    If you want helo certification, try Army ROTC through University of North Dakota. If you bring your license and a couple of other qualifications. see link

    http://www.und.nodak.edu/dept/msci/


    As a rule no branch has any guarantee of a particular assignment upon graduation. It is based upon your performance during your ROTC years (GPA, extra currics, summer exercises, etc.) and the needs of your service.

    That being said if you go UND and get your helo cert, you are more likely to get a job doing just that. Do note though that much helo flying is done by lower ranking officers. You won't fly very long, as higher ranking officers tend not to fly helos, but it is one route to get some time in the seat.
     
  3. Centhea

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    Hard to say but certainly you can become an aviator in all of the ROTC programs. Just remember if you decide to go for a 4 year scholarship, only about 1 in 6 who apply for NROTC scholarships get Marine Option.

    Another thing to consider is what you want to major in. Army you can major in anything but the vast majority of Navy scholarships are for technical majors like engineering. The challenge will be getting qualified for aviation.

    The Army also has a program called High School to Flight School...you go thru the Warrant Officer track for that one.
     
  4. ND88TN

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    The Marines can offer you a flight guarentee in NROTC as early as sophomore year if you really want to fly. This means that you apply for either Naval aviator or Naval flight officer (both Navy and Marine aviators are designated naval aviators and wear the same insignia) and are given the guarentee of this MOS before you even hit OCS.

    Once you graduate you go to The Basic School (TBS) where most of your fellow newly commissioned Marine 2LTs will not know their MOS yet. You will have a guarenteed MOS thanks to your flight contract. After TBS you will go down to NAS Pensacola and start flight school.

    Just thought I'd let you know that there is an aviation guarentee in NROTC for Marine options.
     
  5. TWinter

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    And if you choose to go through Officer Candidate's School you can get Flight guaranteed in your contract. Assuming you pass the ASTB.
     

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