Air Force

Navy

Marines

Army

Coast Guard

Total active duty pilots

14,502

7,863

3,880

7,396

1,000

New students, per year

1,200

1,250

300
(Trained by Navy)

1,385

70-75;
(Navy does basic flight training)

Approximate off-the-street students, per year

150+

250+

250+
(Trained by Navy)

500+

65-70
(Trained by Navy)

Education requirement to enter flight school

College degree

College degree

College degree

College degree
high school diploma or GED for warrant officers

College degree

Health requirements

Pass flying physical exam

Pass flying physical exam

Pass flying physical exam

Pass flying physical exam

Pass flying physical exam

Other requirements

Minimum: private pilot certificate or 50 hrs "pilot screening" and officer training school

Officer candidate school

Officer candidate school

Army basic combat training and orientation; officer candidate school (officers)

Officer candidate school

Entering rank

Second lieutenant

Ensign

Second lieutenant

Second lieutenant or warrant officer-1

Ensign

Annual pay as flight student

$37,000

$37,000

$37,000

$37,000

$37,000

Annual pay after six years

$68,000

$68,000

$68,000

$59,000 to $68,000

$68,000

Duration of primary training (weeks)

26

20-24

20-24

22-26

20-24

Primary training flying hours

89

70

70

80

70

Primary training simulator hours

29-57

9

9

30 plus 7.5 procedure trainer

9

Duration of advanced training (weeks)

26

Jet/Strike 46-50;
helo 26-29;
multiengine 22-26

Jet/Strike 46-50;
helo 26-29;
multiengine 22-26

16-18

Helo 26-29;
multiengine 22-26

Flight training until wings awarded (weeks)

52

42-74

42-74

38-44

46-50

Total flying hours

193-208

109-228

109-228

149

109-170

Total simulator hours

67-95

12-109

12-109

30 plus 7.5 procedure trainer

12-33

Active duty service obligation after earning wings

10 years

6 years

6 years helo;
8 years fixed-wing

6 years

8 years

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