Fighter Pilot Air Force F-22 Jet Careers

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Some of the most exciting jobs in the United States Air Force F-22 Fighter pilot Careers. The Fighter is the basis of some of the most state of the Art engineering. It has its origins in the observations of the Soviet fighter aircraft Flanker and Fulcrum in the 1980’s. While the Soviet Union eventually lost the Cold War, they did have some various military design successes that advanced the state of military aircraft, missiles and other fighting equipment. The advances that were made with the Fulcrum and Flanker military airframes in the 1980s gave designers in the United States an advantage that were later incorporated in the F-22 military jet fighter. Click Here for Air Force Pilot jobs info.

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The United States Military decided that it needed a ATF strike fighter, and so they commissioned designing a new strike fighter aircraft. The F-22 was commissioned in early 1981 as a new air superiority fighter, and it was refined into the strike ATF fighter that is now known today. There are some specific requirements for becoming a US Air Force pilot. You have to become an officer and earn a commission, and there are some different ways to do that. One of the ways is attending the Air Force Academy, most of the pilots in the Air Force come up through Air Force ROTC cadet training. But even by participation in Air Force ROTC there are some requirements. There are two positions available to fly on Air Force Aircraft, Jet Fighter Navigator, and Jet Fighter Pilot.


Navigator: To become a Jet fighter Navigator, you have to have no allergies, asthma after 12 years of age, and meet certain vision requirements. You must have distant vision of at least 20/200 but corrected to 20/20, and near vision of 20/40 but corrected to 20/20. You have to meet the same height requirements; a sitting height of between 33 and 40 inches, and a vertical standing height of between 64 inches (5 foot 4 inches) and 77 inches (6 foot 5 inches) tall. You have to have normal color vision and meet other physical weight requirements.

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Here are the basic requirements to becoming an F-22 Air Force pilot- Pilot: You have to be able to pass a Air Force military flight physical, and your sitting height has to be between 34 inches and 40 inches. You cannot have allergies, no history of asthma or hay fever after the age of 12 years, and meet the same vision and height requirements as Navigators. Want to be a military pilot get your degree.

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military dot image Marshall    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a sophmore in high school and I was wondering what some things are that I could be doing that will prepare me for a job as an F-22 Air Force pilot.


military dot image arin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

KEEP THOSE GRADES UP. The Air Force will scrutinize your academic standing. Bottomline is to keep your goal in mind over the next few years and keep working hard.


military dot image Brad    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have been selected as a NAV in 2009. Make sure to keep your grades up, and a technical degree of some sort is recommended(though not required). I would recommend getting or at least logging a few hours toward your private pilot license so you know if you even like to fly. If you’re serious about it, keep your physical fitness in check because if selected you’ll need to be in top shape. Keep searching online. airforceots.org and similar sites are recommended. Good Luck and keep your dreams in sight!!


military dot image Adam    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 18 and about to graduate High School. I am very interested in being a F-22 Air Force Pilot but have one concern. My doctor says that I have a slight allergy to milk. I am not lactose intolerant but will have a slight reaction if I drink too much liquid milk. Does this count as an allergy that will exclude me from fulfilling this position?


military dot image Chris    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m 19 and currently at a university working on a degree in Biomedical Physics. After graduating I plan on pursuing a career as an Air Force aviator, hopefully in the Raptor. However I’m worried I’m too tall. I’m 6 foot 3 inches without helmet, I know I’m cutting it really close. Is that too tall for the Raptor? If it is is there any other fighter with a taller limit? Thanks all.


military dot image arin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Chris, the general height restriction for air force pilots is 6’5″, so you should be good to go.


military dot image Carlos    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey quick question about the vision requirements, im 17 at the moment and my vision is 20/200 uncorrectable i believe i have amblyopia on my left eye. Would this restrict me from becoming a fighter jet pilot?


military dot image Miguel    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hey, i was wondering if i could become a pilot for the USAF. i am currently in AFJROTC and a freshman in high school. the problem is i think my vision is 20/210 or 20/220. can i recieve a waiver for this if i want to become a fighter pilot?? if not, could i become any other kind of pilot for the USAF if i correct it to 20/20??
I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY RESPONSE, THANKS


military dot image arin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

the requirements as far as i know are 20/70 as long as it is correctable to 20/20 with glasses. unfortunately that would seem to disqualify both of you. however, if you have lasik or another form of surgery that corrects your vision, it doesn’t automatically qualify you but the AF will look into your request for pilot training.


military dot image Russell    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello, I was wondering if there is any way around the height restrictions, I am currently 16 and 6’6inches tall, I don’t have my heart set on one type of pilot. just a pilot in the military in some way (Hopefully not helicopters, but if that’s all I’ll take it). Thank you for your time.


military dot image Scott    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Does having “ADD” disqualify you from becoming a fighter pilot?


military dot image Egan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My grades weren’t the best in highschool, and are alright so far in college, if I joined the AF and went to the academy and did well, would I still be eligible to be a F-22 pilot? Assuming I met all the other requirements.


military dot image Fighter pilot    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

The job of Fighter pilot is exciting. F-22 is the latest superiority fighter.
In order to become a fighter pilot some requirements need to fulfill such as the person should be an officer. Air force offers cadet-training. Going through this training program will be advantageous for a candidate who wants to be a fighter pilot.
The fighter pilot should have distant-vision of 20/200 and near-vision of 20/40;
Height should be five feet four inches. Candidate has to pass the physical test and he should have any allergic or asthmatic record.


military dot image George    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Is there an age limit on becoming a pilot? I am 24 years old. I graduated from college with a degree with a solid GPA. I discussed my interests with the ROTC recruiter on campus but was told nothing was certain if I were to join. My family was adamant that I not join, so I listened and have regretted it since. I fit the height, weight, vision, and fitness requirements. Am I too old to look into becoming a military pilot?


military dot image Tia    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

can i be a fighter pilot if i am a little overwieght


military dot image John    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hi im 5’5 130 lbs and my fater was in the air force. I want to take after him and i read the requirements, which say im in range. what type of jet will I be able to fly?


military dot image Sean    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Does anyone know the approximate number of fighter pilots in the U.S.?

Thanks to all military members.

Sean


military dot image chris    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am a lil old (23) my dream is to pilot the raptor i am thinking about college what is the best way for me to enroll?? my dad is a marine he insists that i join but i dont think ill be happy unless i fly the raptor i am 5 8 have good vision and i already know im in physical shape bc he drills me so, all i need to know how to learn is to swim and i’ll be fine. i am goood in math and am studying to have a few private flying hours under my belt but i hear the air force is so picky any idea of what chance i’ll have any info is desperately appreciated …


military dot image Cody    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey I’m a senior in highschool and I hve been looking into the airforce for awhile And my dream is to become a fighter pilot, but many people have told me I’m to tall and I’m 6’4 so I’m wanting to kno if I’m too tall


military dot image momo    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hello i was just wondering about my vision i dont have 20/20 but would laser eye surgery do the trick and allow me to join the airforce


military dot image maria    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hello I’m in 11 grade of high school, i am concern in relation to going into the Air Force but my GPA is too low to apply for a scholarship and i don’t know what i should do.
information and advice are welcome…


military dot image Andy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Cody nope you are ok as far as height goes. maximum is 6 foot 5 so just hope you dont grow more lol. good luck


military dot image Anthony    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Im a sophmore in high school and i want to become an F-22 pilot. what is the minimum age to try and qualify and does it help if i have some flight hours as a student pilot under my belt?


military dot image arin    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

it helps to have a background in the area just so that you are more familiar with everything. as far as actual civilian training… when I was pursuing army aviation they didn’t like that I had civilian training b/c they want to train students using different methods. my bet is that the AF is similar in that respect.


military dot image Katie    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 16 and my dream has been to become a pilot for the Navy and yet I cant go thru with my dream because I am only 5 ‘2 and it doesn’t seem like I am growing anymore…


military dot image Ben    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have always dreamt of becoming an air force fighter pilot. What if I have been accepted to the Air Force Academy, graduate with a bachelor’s in aeronautical engineering, and am a second lieutenant but have seasonal allergies… Will I be able to become a pilot?


military dot image william    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am about to join the army in hopes of being a helicopter pilot but i was diagnosed with ‘add’ as a child and i am worried that may disqualify me is that a legitimate concern.


military dot image Alex    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

So, what does it mean by allergies? Allergies to what, certain types of medicine? I just don’t see how that restricts someone from being a pilot.


military dot image Tony    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

So if you have allergies over the age of 12, they will not let you pilot an aircraft? What if you HAD allergies, and now by the time you can enlist, you don’t have them? And or your body somehow gets over the allergies…Such as hay fever…


military dot image tony    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i have asthma and allergies but that doesnt really affectme i play soccer and trying to play footbal. my allergies are just to grasses molds and certain plants anyway


military dot image jay    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Tony, if u HAVE asthma now, they will not let you into even active duty. Most people that developed it after several years get medically discharged. To everyone else… look, to all the high schoolers who wish to be pilots. I was in your shoes, except I did not decide I was born for this job until after high school. Yes, I played team sports, I graduated 11th in my class with a 3.67 GPAs, and I had no negative marks on my record. I couldn’t get into the academy because they look for way higher GPAs, tons of community service, and all that extra stuff I was too busy for working a full time job. I couldn’t afford college past my community associates. I went to active duty with a 3.17 GPA, still no record of bad stuff, and a few classes short of my associates in applied science (also known as the CCAF). I was active duty for over 3 years, where I took 1 or 2 free classes a semester that would transfer into my bachelors in aerospace engineering. Take note I am note a genius in school… and I knew that. So I spent a TON of extra time taking the AFOQT practice tests and earned my civilian pilots license. I then applied to get out of active duty to do ROTC. Finished my degree in a little under 3 years and applied with a kickass AFOQT score, over 600 flying hours, and a 3.48 GPA. I’m telling you, it’s possible. The BEST way to do it in my opinion is how I did it. I was commissioned at just about 25, and I did it fairly stress free. If you are interested in going to the academy, GO ACTIVE FIRST!!! 100s of applicants are denied from high school to the academy every year, while tons of slots RESERVED for active duty members go UNFILLED!!! Really, I could have gone but you can’t go if you’re married. I got married at 21 while active. I hope I gave you all some good tips and tricks! Good luck. Ps, stay away from high-speed tickets, ANY noted illegal drug use or substance abuse will instantly disqualify you. So keep your noses clean.


military dot image Elizabeth    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’ve been looking into a career in the airforce. What kind of allergies can’t you have?


military dot image Morrow    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hello, I am currently taking dual credit classes at a loal community college. Making all A’s, I have no allergies , I am 6″2 with perfect vision hearing, etc.. I have no marks on my record and I plan on getting my degree in aeronotics/aerospace. Engineering goes deep in my family, I have no problem with acedemics. It has always been my dream to fly the f22 and I seem to meet the criteria. What could I do, besides what I have mentioned, to best my chances of reaching my dream?


military dot image Derek    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 20 years old, currently getting my BS in business. I have a 3.5 GPA. I really want to be a fighter pilot after college but I am 6’4” 210 lbs. I have perfect vision and already have my private pilot license and a working on my IFR at the moment. Am I too big to apply? Am I in the wrong major? I would hate to sign up and not even be considered.


military dot image Max    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 16 years old in my junior year of highschool and taking afjrotc and getting my pilots license this year. I have fire ant allergies but not major. Would that destroy my chances of becoming a raptor pilot? Also i have had asthma when i was in middle school but i grew out of it around 12. Would that also factor into my chances as well? I have no problem with the physical requirements i am 6′ 3” and i have no problem with the physical tests. I need some answers.
Thanks


military dot image DaCoda    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

What if you are a little under the height requirements? Because I am a girl sophomore and I am 5 foot flat and I have been trying to make myself taller by stretching more frequently and hanging. I am just determined to become a fighter pilot.


military dot image Mike "Obi" Wan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

New to these posts, but as a retired Air Force F-16 pilot, I can offer this advice: Probably the number one quality to being a good military pilot is an overall determination toward strong personal responsibility and success in whatever you put your mind or hands to, since this will translate into high standards for yourself and an attitude of persistence and accomplishment that will be obvious to others (recruiters now, and your wingmen whom you’ll fight and possibly die alongside later). I got a waiver for allergies (back in 1985), but met all the other requirements. Realize that getting accepted into pilot training is just the first of many steps to getting to fly what you want, and ultimately the needs of the military will predominantly determine what career paths are open to you. All this being said, like anything else worthwhile in life, great things usually require great effort, and you definitely won’t succeed if you don’t even try. There are also other very gratifying jobs in the military, especially as an officer (doctor, lawyer, intelligence, etc.) Since I’m not normally on this site, feel free to respond to me at [email protected]. Godspeed, Obi.


military dot image C1C FastNeatAvg    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

To those interested: I am currently a senior at the United States Air Force Academy and looking forward to graduating in May. I have my pilot slot and will work my hardest during UPT to get that fighter-slot (crossing my fingers there even is one). Being a fighter pilot takes dedication and timing. There is a lot that is out of your hands (what planes the AF needs flying). But, I don’t mean to crush anyone’s hopes. Set yourself up for the most success you can (grades, extra cirriculums, sports, etc.) About 50% of each graduating class from the Academy goes to pilot training. It’s a tough 4 years, but when talking about setting yourself up for success there is no better place on the planet than USAFA. Obviously I’m biased, but Navy doesn’t graduate as many pilots as us (understandably), yet I’ve heard that people in Navy pilot training have a better chance of getting fighters… so it might all be equal. Army doesn’t fly fixed wing fighters but West Point does graduate future Apache pilots. Being a fighter pilot means you can work hard, are self motivated, and willing to push yourself. You need to be a person of integrity and someone those around you can trust. The rest may be out of your hands, but you can still make your own luck. Best of luck to all of you, hopefully you can join the long blue line.


military dot image Emma    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Does this mean that if you have severe allergies you may not become a pilot or does this mean that if you have any type of allergies you can not become a pilot?


military dot image Jacob Baker    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am in an fixed wing flight school and have already gotten my private and am currently working on a instrument and will continue my training all the way up to a CFII. Although this is all commercial, do you think I would have good chance of getting accepted if I took the necessary steps to become a F-22 pilot? I am also 6’5 230….


military dot image Jacob Baker    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

my apologies for my bad grammar haha


military dot image Sabrina    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am a Junior in High School, and I really want to be a fighter pilot. My heart is set on flying the F-22. But my grades freshman and sophomore year were really bad and I don’t think I could get into the Air Force Academy. Do I still have a chance on being a fighter pilot. I know school is important, and I didn’t take it seriously in the past, but I’m ready to kick it up.


military dot image Clay    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have seen many people saying that they would like to be a F-22 pilot but I just wanted to say something, because I also want to be a fighter pilot in the USAF. But very FEW people actually get selected to go into flight training and it is very competitive and if you are “good enough” to get into basic flight training in the USAF then you will have to decide if you want to be a bomber pilot, cargo, fighter etc. and you will move on to advanced flight training now getting to be a fighter pilot is very hard to get into and many people want to be fighter pilots but they decide to be cargo pilots etc. because it isn’t as physically tough and much more safe. But even to get into Advanced flight training of a fighter pilot you must be in great shape and be able to take on all of the physical requirements of a fighter pilot. Now if you get through all of your training etc. (there are many stages of training to become a pilot) but when you graduate out of training there well only be a few people that actually get to fly the airplane they want to, now saying that I am sure most of you know that there are only a few F-22’s in the USAF inventory just because they are so expensive and so expensive to fly! So saying all of that some of the thing you could do to become a USAF Fighter Pilot or just a USAF Pilot is make good grades and try you best to excel at every thing you do. And do as many extra curricular actives as possible (but don’t overwhelm yourself) also make sure you are in great shape and play sports. And also community service is a big one. Because like the USAF Core Values: Integrity first, Service before self, and Excellence in all we do. So good luck to you and hope to see you in the skies someday!


military dot image andy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am about to go to high school and Im wondering if heart surgury when I was 6 months old will make me in the airforce I have no affect from the surgery as long as I can remember,and if i get laser eye surgery to fix my vision can I still make it.


military dot image Jazz    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

The whole allergy thing might be due to the fact it might be distracting. I know from having a runny nose and a cold distracts my driving so I can only imagine how bad something like a grass allergy would be.
Anyway, 99% of us on this page have only a snowball’s chance in Hell of becoming a fighter pilot, but its still a chance. Never give up, never surrender. Just take the neccessary steps to get there. Oh, and deffinitely have a good diet. Its amazing how much a good diet helps your eyesight. Salmon is real good for you…great for your mind, heart and eyes. Exercise those eyes and stop staring at a computer screen all day…lol. Exercise, exercise, exercise…that is a biggie. Make yourself stand out. And please dont doubt yourself. Be confident in your abilities, that determination is good. Everytime you hear a naysayer just use that as fuel to propel you to that dream. Its a competion, try your best. But if you cant do it, have a backup plan. Im in the same shoes. Good luck to all! ;)


military dot image LeeR.    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My turn to ask a question, i am a Freshman, and wondering if my grades now affect any part of a later airforce fighter pilot career. i am soon taking young airforce, and many other extra curriculars towards becoming one. i was wondering if there is a way to have way better chances, such as flight classes and other training. im almost too determined, or so my friends say, though they say if anyone should get in, its me. i have no Asthma, allergies, problems with eyes, and i can run a mile in 6 minutes. i have above average testing scores. if you could answer any of these, please and thankyou.


military dot image Sloan, Kathy    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

My son is interested in becoming an airforce pilot. He’s only in 8th grade now. I am interested in the vision requirements for this position. Can corrected vision be accepted? i.e. lasix surgery


military dot image BAKER    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I would put my money on a Marine in a F-18 Horrnet against an Airman in a F-22 Rapter any day.


military dot image Johnny.    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

then your retarded. F-18’s speed, weapons, and maneuverability can’t even compare to an F-22. There is a reason airforce is called the airforce, it has better planes then any in the world/ american branch. the f-22 also can barely be detected, while the f-18 is a sitting duck, i would say flying duck, but with its speed it mine as well be sitting. the f-22 would win without even trying.


military dot image mike    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

dude i reallly would like to know if having a.d.d would disqualify you from being a fighter pilot


military dot image Joseph    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Im 20 and working on my aeronautical science degree at florida tech. Afterwards I was planning on becoming an officer because I want to be a fighter pilot. Can i still fly even if I’m 5 foot 2 inches?


military dot image Nike    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

To all of those asking if lasik eye surgery will get you into the air force, do NOT do this. Lasik surgery automatically disqualifies you and you will never become a pilot in the air force. If your vision is really that bad uncorrected then you can get waivers and have it corrected with glasses or contacts. This is coming straight from the air force website.


military dot image Tai    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi I have a question, I’m 20 years old turn 21 in December. I’m very interested in becoming airforce pilot now that I’m older but back in high school I didn’t know what I wanna do as my career so I make a very regretful mistake which is not going to college. So after my high year I work with my brother which is driving an 18 wheeler to different states. But I don’t wanna do that for the rest of my life it my brother job not mine. All im asking is if I quit working with my brother and go back to college now and aiming for my goal.. is it to late for me to become an airforce pilot even tho I miss 2year of college already?


military dot image juan    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I’m about to graduate high school to go into college and I need to know, what should I be studying to obtain a career later on in the military? I’m extremely interested in flying but dont know what to major in?


military dot image VJ    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi
I’m 26 and I always had the dream of being a fighter pilot and I’m willing to do everything to get there, fortunately it seems I almost meet all the requirements but unfortunately my skin is allergic to sun exposure (gets red and itches) will I be disqualified? (considering a pilot’s suite is full covered, then I won’t have problems, anyway it’s a serious allergy of sorts.)


military dot image johnpaul espinoza    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hey im 13 and i went online to the airforce page and they said that you atleast need to fly 300hrs in an f-16 or f-15 to fly the raptor also im to young but i got everything planned to be a fighter pilot u have to be an officer and know advanced aviation when im in college im gonna be take officer training and my eyesight is not 20-20 but are corrected by glasses and i just want to know why cant we wear contacts?


military dot image Josh    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am 16 years old, im just curious, how long are pilots deployments? what is theyr life like outside theyr job? is it easy to have a family? More so, just what is life like as a jet pilot?


military dot image ayaad    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I want to become a fighter pilot


military dot image Deysi    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hi I am 19 years old and a sophmore in jr. college. I want to become a F-22 Airforce pilot but I don’t meet the height requirements.Is that going to prevent me from achieving my dream?


military dot image Nick    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

im 19 years old. and finishing up my diploma, i really want to be a fighter jet pilot is it to late for me? and what age is it to late to become one?


military dot image Lurch    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Nick, You must start pilot training before you turn 30. You can turn 30 on the second day of pilot training, but not on the first. There are waivers, but they are extremely rare. As a 19 year old, you aren’t too late, but if you aren’t already in college, you ARE behind the power curve. Get in school and investigate whether you want to go Active Duty, Air Guard, or AF Reserve. You can fly any jet in the AF in any of those three branches, but there are caveats. If you go Active Duty (AD) you have a high level of competition over a long period of time (2-6 years depending on what route you take to your commission) If you go with the Air Guard/Reserve, you will have a very, very competitive process to get selected by a sponsoring unit, then a medium high difficulty for the 2 1/2 years it will take you to get back to your unit. Your grades don’t have to be better than everyone else’s, they just have to be good enough to make the T-38 cut and then graduate from all the training. That’s NOT a given. Deysi, you need to find out if you don’t meet the overall height requirements or the specific measurements. I think there are still waivers out there for some of the height and weight criteria, but I’m not sure how hard they are to come by (sts) these days. You might be able to fly some aircraft, non-ejection seat for example, but not others. Lastly, I recommend opting for a real airplane and not an airshow static display toy like the F-22. A-10s are WAY more awesome and will be around a long time. gunsgunsguns…


military dot image Lurch    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Oh, whichever way you decide to try and get a commision, be sure to ask right up front to speak to an Officer recruiter, an Academy Liason Officer, or one of the officers at your local ROTC Det. AF recruiters do not get recruiting credit for Officers, so many of them will try to steer you towards enlisting because it helps their numbers. If you want to be a pilot (and you do), you want to bew an officer. I was enlisted before I got commissioned, but it was for a very specific set of reasons. If you already have a degree, you should fight for a commission up front. If you don’t have a degree yet, give consideration to joining your local Guard or Reserve unit if you want to enlist. It will help pay for school and give you a taste of the military life. It will also help your package a little. But if you enlist you are delaying pilot training, so have a good reason for doing it. Remember, being a pilot is the goal and being an officer is required to be a pilot. The sooner you get there, the sooner you can start killing the enemies of your country.


military dot image Surge    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

y name is Surge and I am 20 years old, I am and always have been very interested into going into Active duty as an Air-Force Pilot. There are many people who discourage me for a few things and i would like to set the record straight and will pursue becoming a Fighter Pilot.
1.
Firstly, I am 20 years old and currently in Flight Training School at a local college and have already obtained my Private Pilot License and love flying. I am 5’8″, am a great athlete, very fit and in shape, did very well in math at school and finished my math credits 2 years earlier than all my other class mates. BUT…….
2.
The problems are…
That i am 5’8″. Didn’t do my best in school so had a low GPA average, my vision has been corrected to 20/20 and have had a few minor incidents with the law, like MIP’s and Tickets. (Young and Dumb)

I want to know what would be my next step in trying to pursue my dream as a Fighter Pilot and if i have any shot at all. Hoping to hear a reply (an honest one) that would not bring my hopes up then crash then into the dirt.
Dont get my Wrong I REALLY want to become a Fighter Pilot and in search of some guidance on my next step.

Please & Thanks!

Surge 2 B Fighter Pilot <——


military dot image Jonas    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I have floaters on my eye (like many people) but I’m concerned that i won’t be able to join the force because of it. True or false?


military dot image Brendon    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

I am currently a senior in high school. Recruiters are always wanting me to enlist but I have my heart set on ROTC in college. They don’t have the information that I need. I didn’t take a math class this year becuase my school didn’t offer any other classes that I haven’t already taken and my other grades are excellent. What I would really like to know is what I can do physically? I just need to work on the physical part.
Eyesight: 20/20 No allergies. No heart problems although there is a family history of it.
I would like to know the PAST requirements for pilot.


military dot image JD    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

i am currently a sophomore in highschool in missouri, i was wondering how good your grades had to be in all your classes? I’m currently a 2nd year cadet in AFJROTC and i plan on doing it for the rest of highschool. and how many schoolarships do you give out to seniors?


military dot image michael    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

hi, i m currently a student completed my grad. my height is 5’5″ is this height appropriate for being a fighter pilot with leg length of 95cms.?


military dot image Shelah    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

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Hello, My name is Belle.
I was at MacDill AFB a couple of weeks ago and got on a SIM. the man in charge went out of his way to come after me and discuss options on being a pilot. I am 14 years old. But he told me to get on the career to become a pilot (specifically fighter pilot). SO i am mostly just on here doing research. But also for some pointers on how to acheive that goal, Im pretty short… 5’4″ and a 1/16th. SO im just on here reading most of the comments to get some incites.
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I feel that if I prepare myself enough, if I have the correct motivation and determination: I will possess a reasonable chance of accomplishing my dreams.

Having said that… my height seems to be turning into the traitor of my heart. Standing, I am 5’2”. Sitting, I am 32”… my inquiry is of the firmness in height requirements? I am in my final stretch of highschool, female, and am terribly unlikely to grow any more.

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I am in eight grade and i have 20/20 vision. I am almost 6 foot and weigh 135lbs. I was wandering the requirements to become a F22 fighter jet pilot. Oh, i also keep my grades above a 3.4 gpa.
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Guys, qualifications are:
No severe allergies nor asthma after 12 years of age, stay in shape/workout/run.
I see alot saying they are 24 and haven’t Gone to college yet, but would like to become a fighter pilot. This is in no way discouraging you whatsoever but a fact is that you need a 4 year bachelors degree ( and the air force really wants pilot candidates with mathematical degrees, like engineering and what not.). Anyway 24 plus college would put you at around 27 when 27-28 when you graduate, this is over the limit.. You have to be in flight school with your degree by 25-26 and that is the top.. Everyone else, keep You’r heads straight and don’t give up. It isn’t for everyone, but when you actually heart and soul want it as I do; you will do fine. I’m currently in college/airforce ROTC acheiving my bachelors in aerospace engineering and when I graduate, I will
Be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and into flight school.

Shoot for your dreams people. Can’t be a fighter pilot if you wanna just experience the thrill, you have to want and love to fly with a passion from
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Catch yall on the flip side !


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I am a young man of 20 years. I have a hard time getting support from family,friends or government due to lack of funds. I am from Swaziland. All I see online is scholarships for overseas nationals.  I also need to be given a chance to learn. Is there anyways you can help me? I’d love to be a pilot


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Hi Eugene, not sure what you are requesting? Are you asking for more info on becoming a pilot in the United States military? Are you a US citizen?


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I and in 10th grade in highschool. I want to go into the airforce and become a jet pilot. I have glasses and was wondering if i had to get rid of them to become a pilot and also if i had contacts..are they allowed?


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Hi Joel, military requirements often change. It’s great that you’re already interested in serving your country and doing your research. With that, I would go ahead and call your local air force recruiter and get the straight and latest requirements. Likely, your air force recruiter will mail you lots of great recruiting material about pilots. Also, don’t forget the other military branches have awesome pilot programs.


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My daughter wants nothing more than to be a pilot. She’s very athletic. She crazy smart. She will finish her BS by age 17. She has great ACT scores. But she’s 5’1. We just found out she is too short. she is supposed to be 5’4- 6’2. So my Kung fu loving, gun shooting, knife throwing, beautiful, athletic, brilliant daughter can’t be a pilot. I tried to talk to her about maybe doing something else and she refuses to acknowledge that she can’t be the pilots she dreams to be. It’s breaking my heart. Is there some kind of pilot my sweet lil adrenalin loving 5’1 daughter can be?


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Hey Momma, WOW… what a daughter you have! Congrats! My son is in flight training for helicopters right now did his first ‘roll’ in a plane at 3 years of age (in my lap). So I get it! My recommendation would be to talk directly with each branch recruiter and ask about height requirements and if necessary, possible ‘waivers’. Key is not to give up! I had the water buoyancy of a two ton mack truck but graduated BUDS (Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL training)! With heartfelt passion, determination, hard work & wisdom there are no limits. My best and the heck with good luck… go with hard work! Larry F. (BUDS Class 89)


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Thanks Larry!


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I’m a freshman I am 5′ 8″ tall I am an athletic swimmer and soccer player. I meet the rest of the physical requirements that I have researched. I also earned my Eagle Scout at age 14. I have a GPA of 3.5+ average and do not have any sort of criminal record or anything like that. I want to know what classes i can take during highschool to prepare to be a pilot in the military. I want to be a fighter pilot and I think I can do it but really anything will do. As long as I fly some sort of airplane. I would be happy flying troop transport because when I retire that easily transfures into commercial flights


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Hey Taye, congrats on your academic achievements and your heartfelt desire to fly. The good news is that you’re starting early by getting prepared. Preparation is a vital key to success! There are many websites including the military branch offering info about becoming a fighter pilot. Consider the Navy and of course the Air Force. Personally, since requirements changed by the wind or needs of each branch, I would call and have a sit down meeting with your local recruiter. Share with him/her what you said earlier. They’ll be happy to give you a little time. Above all and for now, stay in school and may want to consider ROTC program while in college. Even may want to consider the Navy Academy. Lots of options for now. Continue strong! Keep your nose clean and make wise choices even those all around you are not. My best, LF


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Hello I’m a Senior in High School and planing to attempt a Aeronautical University in Florida and be in the AFROTC program. I have a 3.3 GPA, I am very athletic and in a great physical shape, but I’m 5’6. I was wondering if my height would be a problem for me to become a fighter pilot? Especially a F-22 Raptor pilot?


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I am a freshmen in highschool and I had three F’s on my last report card. If I moved them to a’s and b’s could I make it to being a fighter pilot in the Air Force?


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Hey Dustin, I’d advised to get those F’s to passing grades regardless on the Air Force requirements. But since you asked, it is very competitive today for all branches. Not to mention required ASVAB scores. Regardless, don’t take anyone word for it… call your local recruiter and ask him/her directly re the requirements for an Air Force fighter pilot. Keep in mind that you’ll likely need a college degree… again, now is the time to get your grades up! My best, lf


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I will be recruiting to the air force into the the stealth feild of piloting to get my officer degree and to be a pilot i know i have to have outstanding grades and pass all the physicals but i know f22’s are the most exspensive and one of the best jets and thats what im aiming for but what more specifically for this jet will i have to be prepared for when the airforce test me to be in one of the smallest pilot groups of fighter jets as in the f 22 combat team


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I am a freshman in high school and I’m looking for advice to be a 22 or 35 pilot. I have all high A’s and one 94. I have a lot of family that were or are colonel’s in the Air Force and one that flew in the Hercules. When I go to the beach I see 22s flying over all day because Tyndall is right beside us. I will be 6’2 max height and have perfect vision. Any advice on schools and other things I should prepare for?


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I’m also in great shape


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Andrew, no one knows the latest specs other than a recruiter. Make a simple call to your Air Force local recruiter. Specs can change at any time, depending on the needs and demands for any specific job/career path. Best, lf


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Hello, I am 25 with 6 years of enlisted service with the Air Force. I am currently a crew chief in the fighter world, and will be finishing my degree in aeronautical science with a 3.6 gpa along with a commercial pilot license. I meet all the physical requirements, and record is clean. In accordance with AFI 36-2205 for the selection of pilots for UPT, the cutoff age is mentioned to be starting no later than the applicants 30th birthday and to meet the selection board by age 28-1/2. These are the limits unfortunately. What I would really like to know, is that even if I’m finishing my degree at 26 and meeting a selection board at 27, would I really stand a chance to be selected for for a fighter pilot slot through OTS? Am I too old to be considered a viable candidate? I’ve spent most of my youth turning wrenches on F-22’s, never lost the aspiration to fly for what the big blue stands for.


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Hi, my name is Tyler I am currently 16 years old and attending high school as a junior. I am extremely interested in becoming a f-22 raptor fighter pilot and I am very passionate about serving my country in the military and I feel like a fighter pilot fits me very well. So far I meet a good majority of the requirements as it is, however, I am a bit concerned on having good grades as of my sophomore year in high school, in no way are my grades terrible, but I would like to know if excelling in the rest of high school and college improve my chances at this point. I would very much appreciate more information on the program and I thank you for your time.


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If I meet all requirements but not vision will I still be eligible to become a pilot if I get a vision surgery?


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Hello all,

I am a 33 y/o Japanese American male (not a big deal but just saying there are many Asian American or non Caucasian and female fighter pilots etc in the US services) I currently fly the F-15E. I just want to make somethings clear as some of my “colleagues” here do NOT sound..Well like pilots. Yes I know this is the internet and everything has to be taken skeptically and my 2 cents are NO exception.

Anyway previous flying experience is totally not needed as most pilots I know, myself included never flown a thing before joining up. Yes education is important of course but as long as you have at least a Bachelors college degree you’ll get into officer training. Also most pilots I know ( a stepbrother is also a Navy F-18 driver) are quite short most do not go over 6ft most are either 5’6 to 5’9 as planes are NOT made for tall people, Nasa has a strict 6ft limit the AF is pretty much an echo of Nasa. So height and weight will make or break ya. Eye sight is also key and I may be wrong but major surgery will cancel you out. Only a small corrective allowance is ok.

In other words you do NOT have to be superman or a genius, just get good grades as I was no valedictorian etc. Heck I have a Marine friend who also fly’s a F-18 who sold cars while going to school.

Now this is very important and its not just for flying, it would go for anything in life. NO criminal record, substance abuse, mental illness or emotional problems like quick temper or such of any kind. Fitness is a plus but again you do not need to a Olympic super athlete. General good physical fitness is fine, now joining SOCOM aka SEALS,GB’s or Delta would be a different story just saying. Also any kind of debilitating past injury or health defect etc can also ground you. But that will depend on the Dr’s etc.

Recruiters? Forget or disregard anything they say. They lie,cheat and steal and many are a disgrace to any service.

Now..If you do meet all the requirements you’ll be given a fair chance. But one HUGE thing about the military. You will NOT get to choose what you want to do. I will tell you now getting into flight training and to be exact jets let alone fighters are probably THE most hardest MOS or position to get into let alone pass. You will need to qualify for altitude training and be G-rated Eg: You’re tolerance for high altitudes and G forces. Also a multitude of these tests (For example the Altitude test, or as we call it a chamber card)need to be renewed every year or more depending on what re-qualification test it is. Hope I made sense as I am no writer and like some have said requirements do change not a lot but we do have changes that I am not aware of atm.

So lets say you get a commission in whatever branch. The majority of flyers never see a jet. This comes down to your ability and or in most cases availability or needs of the service. You may pass initial training but Ive seen so many who never get into the drivers seat. You may get non pilot slow or aircrew aka engineers, navigators, weapons etc.

And if you do get into flight training as a pilot? Upon passing you can get anything from a F-22 to a helicopter,multi-engine transport or support aircraft. If you are lucky to get jets you will get ONLY what slots are open at the time. I was lucky to get into fighters and still feel very privileged to be doing what I am doing. But its always the spin of the wheel imo.

So to be clear you will NOT get to choose what you want to fly or even fly now that is a fact! Also unlike the movies, most with a arrogant or non team player attitude or behavior almost never make the cut. Cool calm and professional is how real pilots are. Also its not all fun, being in the service is a pretty hard life, re-qualifying is a bitch most pilots hate. You need to 100% dedicated to your craft as its constant and very dangerous training.

Also it can be very stressful on your personal or family life too so be aware. Again is NOT like the movies or TV shows. Let me put it this way if you want to fly just to look good,be cool or to showoff. I can tell you now you will never fly in the service. Sure its a heck of a dream life, but you gotta love it better yet you gotta be part of it.

So I wish you all good luck and hope my jumbled up attempt at a layman’s explanation or view of becoming a military pilot makes sense and sorry if I dashed some hopes. I do not mean to be, but facts are facts, tho I do hope all of you give it a go and the best one you can give as like I said it takes total dedication and more. Aad if you don’t you will regret if for the rest of your life.

Major Greg A.
USAF Pacific


military dot image larryf    Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Hey Greg, many thanks for your service! Equally important, thank you for taking the time to share what’s it like to be a military pilot. Love to read more whenever inspired. Again, thank you big time!


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