How Can You Become an Army Pilot?

How Can You Become an Army Pilot?

Become a U.S. Army pilot through the High School to Flight School program, which requires applicants meet basic eligibility requirements, pass written tests, pass physical examinations, and have the rank of captain, lieutenant or warrant officer. After basic combat training and warrant officer training, flight school consists of classroom instruction, simulator time and specialization training in one type of helicopter. The process typically takes about one year.

  1. Meet the requirements

    Apply for the job of Army helicopter pilot through the High School to Flight School program if you are a high school graduate, a U.S. citizen, and between 18 and 32 years old. Both men and women are eligible.

  2. Pass the written tests

    To qualify as an Army pilot, get a general technical score of at least 110 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and a score of 90 on the Flight Aptitude Selection Test.

  3. Pass physical examinations

    Besides meeting the Army's height and weight standards, pass the Army Physical Fitness Test, which consists of pushups, situps and a two-mile run. Afterwards, pass the Flight Class I physical exam. Have vision 20/50 or better in both eyes and no problems with depth perception or color blindness.

  4. Go through training

    Take basic combat training for nine weeks and warrant officer candidate school for six weeks. Afterwards, go through the flight training program, which begins with classroom instruction and goes on to simulator training and actual flight time.