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Becoming a Marine Corps Pilot

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Becoming a Marine Corps Pilot
PACIFIC OCEAN -- AH-1Z Viper SuperCobra pilots 1st Lt. Michael Tetrealt, right, and Capt. Travis Patterson aboard USS Makin Island prepare to fly Oct. 5. The pilots serve with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367, aka Scarface, whose detachment is supporting the aviation combat element of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit's special-purpose Marine air-ground task force. The 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit is the first amphibious landing force to embark Makin Island, which set sail for San Francisco Oct. 1 to participate in the city's 2010 Fleet Week. There the 11th MEU plans to showcase to the public the Marine Corps' men and women, its aircraft and equipment, and its ability to conduct missions that span the overlapping spectrums of peace and combat, from disaster relief of war. Tetrealt is from Killingly, Conn., and Patterson is from Austin, Texas.
Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Preston Reed
The process of becoming a Marine pilot is arduous and competitive. Here are some of the hurdles prospective pilots have to clear:

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