Navy Pilot

U.S. Navy - United States4.3

Full-time
About
Search for underwater threats. Deliver payloads of incredible firepower or necessary manpower. Execute strategic aerial maneuvers anywhere from the stratosphere, to mere feet above the sea. This is just a glimpse into your career as a Naval Aviator. You also may find yourself:

Flying some of the most innovative and high-tech aircraft in the world
Providing vital attack, defense and logistic support to the Fleet
Controlling and maintaining all internal and external aircraft systems
What to Expect
Fighter Pilot

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Responsibilities
Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) are important components in an exclusive, world-class group of Officers. This job will require you to perform at the best of your ability at all times. Making use of your advanced training and unparalleled knowledge to provide the utmost safety and security in the world’s skies.

As a Pilot, you may:
Take part in antisubmarine warfare and mine countermeasures, as well as search and rescue operations and vertical replenishment missions
Receive specialized training on the advanced tactical systems found on Navy aircraft
Project aviation power in fighter and attack, reconnaissance, and sea control missions. launching from aircraft carriers or surface combatants.
Conduct enemy surveillance by collecting photographic intelligence

As an NFO, you may:
Study aerodynamics, aircraft engine systems, meteorology, navigation, flight planning and flight safety
Train and specialize in EA-18G Growler electronic countermeasures aircraft, E-2C Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft, or the new P-8A Poseidon antisubmarine aircraft
Electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles
Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs) are important components in an exclusive, world-class group of Officers. This job will require you to perform at the best of your ability at all times. Making use of your advanced training and unparalleled knowledge to provide the utmost safety and security in the world’s skies.

As a Pilot, you may:
Take part in antisubmarine warfare and mine countermeasures, as well as search and rescue operations and vertical replenishment missions
Receive specialized training on the advanced tactical systems found on Navy aircraft
Project aviation power in fighter and attack, reconnaissance, and sea control missions. launching from aircraft carriers or surface combatants
Conduct enemy surveillance by collecting photographic intelligence

As an NFO, you may:
Study aerodynamics, aircraft engine systems, meteorology, navigation, flight planning and flight safety
Train and specialize in EA-18G Growler electronic countermeasures aircraft, E-2C Hawkeye early warning and control aircraft, or the new P-8A Poseidon antisubmarine aircraft
Electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles
Work Environment
As a Navy Pilot or an NFO, missions and assignments can be anywhere around the globe. This includes working from carrier battle groups, or other sea-based platforms, and at Naval Air Stations or other locations on shore.

Currently, this position in the Navy Reserve is open only to prior or current military aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

Serving part-time as a Reservist, your duties will be carried out during your scheduled drilling and training periods. During monthly drilling, Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers in the Navy Reserve typically work at a location close to their homes.

For Annual Training, Naval Aviators may serve anywhere in the world, whether on a ship at sea or at bases or Naval Air Stations on shore.

Take a moment to learn more about the general roles and responsibilities of Reservists.

Training & Advancement
Those entering aviation programs must first attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, R.I., and then complete a six-week air indoctrination course at Naval Aviation Schools Command, in Pensacola, Fla. From there, prospective Pilots and NFOs attend primary flight training.

Pilots and NFOs then request an aircraft pipeline and enter the intermediate phase of flight training, which builds upon basic flight and navigation training. The final phase is advanced naval flight training, focusing on mission specifics. After completion, Pilots and NFOs are awarded their “wings of gold” and report to their respective Fleet Replacement Squadrons (FRSs) for further training specific to their aircraft.

Promotion opportunities are regularly available but competitive and based on performance. It’s also important to note that specialized training received and work experience gained in the course of service can lead to valuable credentialing and occupational opportunities in related fields.

Currently, this position in the Navy Reserve is open only to prior or current military aviators and Naval Flight Officers.

Most of what you do in the Navy Reserve is considered training. The basic Navy Reserve commitment involves training a minimum of one weekend a month (referred to as drilling) and two weeks a year (referred to as Annual Training) – or the equivalent of that.

Aviators in the Navy Reserve serve in an Officer role. Your prior experience as an Officer satisfies the initial leadership training requirement – so you will not need to go through Officer Training again.

Advance your training as you continue to proudly fly for your country in the Navy Reserve. You may fly and train on:

F-35C Lightning
F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet
EA-18G Growler
E-6B Mercury
E-2C Hawkeye
C-2 Greyhound
MH-60R Seahawk
MH-60S Knighthawk
MH-53 Sea Stallion
P-3C/EP-3E Orion
P-8A Poseidon
C-9 Skytrain
C-40 Clipper
C-130 Hercules
C-37 Gulfstream
C-20 Gulfstream
C-12 Huron
Trainers

T-44 Pegasus
T-34C Turbomentor
T-45 Goshawk
T-6 Texan
TH-57 Jet Ranger
Education Opportunities
Following your initial flying tour as a Navy Pilot or an NFO, you can attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif., where you may be able to earn a master’s or doctoral degree while being paid full-time.

Following your initial flying tour as a Navy Pilot or an NFO, you can attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, Calif., where you may be able to earn a master’s or doctoral degree while being paid full-time.

Qualifications & Requirements
A four-year degree is required to work as a Navy Pilot or Naval Flight Officer. Candidates seeking an Officer position in this community must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a technical field.

All candidates must also be U.S. citizens, willing to serve worldwide and qualified for sea duty.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

A four-year degree is required to work as a Navy Pilot or Naval Flight Officer. Candidates seeking an Officer position in this community must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a technical field.

All candidates must also be U.S. citizens, willing to serve worldwide and qualified for sea duty.

General qualifications may vary depending upon whether you’re currently serving, whether you’ve served before or whether you’ve never served before.

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