How Do You Become a Pilot in the Air Force?


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The general steps to becoming an Air Force pilot are to complete a bachelor's degree, pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test, pass an initial flight screening and complete flight training. There is also a set of basic physical requirements for pilots.

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Candidates who are only interested in becoming pilots and do not wish to serve in other capacities in the Air Force may want to verify they meet the basic physical requirements for pilots before proceeding with any other steps. Pilots in the Air Force must be 18 to 34 years old, have a standing height of 64 to 77 inches, a sitting height of 34 to 40 inches, normal color vision, no history of allergies or asthma after age 12, and vision that is at or correctable to 20/20. Pilots must also meet general Air Force weight and physical conditioning requirements.

Only officers can be pilots, which means that a pilot must have at least a bachelor's degree. The subject of the degree does not matter. To be commissioned as an officer, candidates must first pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test with a score of at least 10 in the quantitative area and 15 in the verbal composite area. Candidates who meet all these requirements move on to Officer Training School, and then afterward to Initial Flight Screening and pilot training.

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