Carrier Landings. - One of your greatest challenges will come with your first carrier landing. You'll bank your plane into a sharp left turn, lining up with the carrier deck while you drop just the right amount of speed and altitude. It's "hook down, wheels down" as you approach the carrier flight deck at well over 120 miles per hour. As your wheels touch down, you'll throttle forward to full power; your tailhook grabs the arresting cable, slamming you to a complete stop. There's no feeling in the world to match your carrier landing - until you taxi your plane to the catapult for your first carrier launch.
Helicopter Flight. As a helicopter pilot, you'll fly a variety of demanding missions from the decks of several different types of Navy ships. Your mission could be anti-submarine warfare or tracking potential enemy ships. Or you could be searching for underwater mines or flying vertical replenishment missions, transferring supplies from one moving ship at sea to another underway. And always present, is the instant, emergency requirement for search and rescue including flying over hostile territory performing Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR).
Multi-engine Turboprops/Jet. As a multi-engine turboprop/jet pilot, you'll fly a variety of missions, from strategic communications to tracking and surveillance of submarines to collecting intelligence. Piloting a multiengine E-2 Hawkeye early warning aircraft could find you flying radar surveillance warfare missions from a carrier at sea or from a shore air station. Whatever plane you fly and whatever your mission, as a Navy pilot, you are an integral part of a highly skilled, results-oriented professional team.
Locations of initial fleet assignments. Before being assigned to your first operational squadron, you'll join a Fleet Replacement Squadron (FRS) for training in the specific type of aircraft you'll fly in the fleet. As a Pilot, you may be detailed to various locations on the Pacific Fleet, Atlantic Fleet and overseas.
Special pay/bonuses. Naval aviation officers receive aviation career incentive pay in addition to their regular salary. Student aviation officers receive $125 per month flight pay during flight training. The monthly amount of flight pay received depends on time in service and increases by hundreds of dollars within a few years to the current maximum of $840.00 per month. In addition, you may be eligible for a retention bonuses at the end of your initial commitment, currently worth up to $245,000 over a 25-year career.
Basic eligibility requirements. Applicants must be citizens of the United States. Applicants must be at least 19 years old and of such age that they will not have passed their 27th birthday on commissioning. Maximum age limit may be adjusted upward to their 31st birthday on a month for month basis for active duty and prior military service applicants. Applicant must have a Bachelor of Science Degree from an accredited College or University; have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Major: No restrictions, but degrees in technical disciplines preferred. Mental: AQR 3/ PFAR 4/ PBI 4. The Commander, Navy Recruiting Command (CNRC) will endeavor to select candidates with the highest mental qualifications, accepting minimum scores only when market conditions or exceptional cases warrant. Physical: Must be physically qualified and aeronautically adapted in accordance with the physical standards established by the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (CHBUMED). Applicants must have 20/40 or better uncorrected vision correctable to 20/20, normal color and depth perception. Active duty military members accepted as candidates must obtain an aviation physical exam from a qualified Flight Surgeon to determine aeronautical adaptability.