As of 2014, to become a fighter pilot, enroll in a bachelor's degree program and the Air Force ROTC program. Earn a high grade point average and private pilot's license. Score high on the pilot section of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, pass a physical, and complete flight school.
- Get a college education
Enroll in a bachelor's degree program with a science or technology major. Keep your grade point average at 3.4 or higher.
- Enroll in the Air Force ROTC program
Participating in the Air Force ROTC program allows entry into the Air Force with the rank of second lieutenant, a requirement for entering fighter pilot training.
- Complete civilian flight training
Although this step is not absolutely required, having a private pilot's license increases your chance of entering a fighter pilot program and shortens the required training.
- Take the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test
A score of 25 on the pilot portion of the test is required for entry into the fighter pilot program.
- Pass a Flying Class I physical
The Flying Class I physical shows that the candidate is physically and psychologically prepared to be a fighter pilot.
- Complete flight school
Flight school lasts one year and includes early training in the classroom, simulators and flying, followed by flight training for a specific type of aircraft.