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  • V. How do I become a pilot?

    There are two ways to become an Army aviator:

    1. Commissioned officer:
    Attend a Commissioning program or you must already be a Lieutenant before entering the Aviation Officer Basic Course.

    2. Warrant officer:
    Enter as an enlisted Soldier, attend Warrant Officer Candidate School and then enter flight school located at Ft. Rucker, AL and earn your warrant officer Technical certification (Basic Course).
    Upon graduation from flight school, you will be an instrument-rated, rotary-wing aviator qualified in an advanced aircraft (based on the needs of the state).

    If you are an eligible member of the Army National Guard (meet the administrative and general requirements listed above) interested in being considered for flight school:

    1. Notify your chain of command. Obtain a letter of recommendation from the Commander.

    2. Contact your states Warrant Officer or Officer Strength Manager to obtain the predetermination packet checklist.

    3. Contact the State Army Aviation Office (SAAO) to schedule your initial interview.

    4. If approved, the SAAO will refer you to the state Education Services Officer to schedule testing for the SIFT, and to the state Officer Accessions Manager to begin building an appointment packet.

    5. If you pass your SIFT, you will be scheduled for a Class 1 Flight Physical (recommend Secret Security Clearance be initiated if necessary).

    6. If you pass your Class 1 Flight Physical, a Secret Security Clearance investigation must be initiated and completed and a Flight School packet completed.

    7. You will go on an Order of Merit list. You will now be considered for any Flight School seats that come available. Consideration will be based on recommendations from the chain of command and approved by the SAAO.