(BPT) - When it comes to protecting America, a group of highly trained Navy Pilots and Naval Flight Officers are ready to serve from the air and the sea. This world-class team maneuvers the most sophisticated airplanes and helicopters to electronically detect and track ships, submarines, aircraft and missiles.
Naval aviators fly tantalizingly close to the ocean surface and execute strategic aerial maneuvers using the most innovative and high-tech aircraft in the world.
Joining the Navy and becoming part of this elite group requires a bachelor’s degree, and candidates must successfully complete an intense, comprehensive aviation training program before earning their “wings of gold.”
Candidates should have a background in math and science and must have completed or be pursuing a four-year degree. A recruiter will be able to discuss the specific physical and mental requirements needed to join the military, and offer other opportunities in the Navy.
Naval aviation is open to both men and women. In fact, there are more than 600 women Naval Aviators today continuing a proud heritage that began in 1973 when the Navy started a test program to train female Naval Aviators. In the 1980s, females started landing helicopters on aircraft carriers, which is one of the most challenging maneuvers for a pilot. By 1993, female aviators were serving with combat squadrons.
When not flying, Naval Aviators collect intelligence, control and maintain internal and external aircraft systems, and study aerodynamics, aircraft engine systems, meteorology, navigation, flight planning and flight safety. In addition, they provide vital attack, defense and logistical support to others in the Navy around the world.
Once they’re finished with Navy service, aviators are well-positioned for careers with airlines, government agencies or private corporations to work as pilots, aircraft construction and maintenance, or other fields requiring this unique leadership experience. For more information, visit www.navy.com.