The Three Phases Of Your Army Pilot Career

Phase I--Getting into the Army

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As an Army pilot you'll have three phases to your career. Getting into the Army and earning your bar. Earning your wings. And your life after winging.

Believe it or not but out of the three, the first is most important simply because if you're not successful here you have absolutely no chance of success later.

You could have the potential of being the greatest pilot the Army has ever seen. You could break all manner of Army aviation records and be an all around sh*t hot pilot but.... if you can't make it into the Army no one ...including yourself will never know how good you could have been.

So let me reemphasize. Getting into the Army and earning either 2nd Lieutenant or Warrant Officer 1 bars is where your focus should be when you start the process.

I know its fun to look ahead to flight school and to your life in an operational unit but to get there you need to concentrate here.

Once you get accepted into an officer training program you'll be ahead of most people. The overwhelming majority of people who want to be Army pilots won't make it to this stage so be proud of your accomplishment but remember it's only the beginning of the process.

Regardless of what officer training program you choose you'll need to perform to the best of your ability each and every day.

Once you've earned your bars (2nd LT/WO-1) you'll be ready to go to phase II.


Phase II- Earning your wings

army pilot wings

The helicopter below is the TH-67 Creek. It's the first Army aircraft you'll learn to fly. But before you get your hands on the controls you need to go through ground school.

For those unfamiliar with aviation particularly aviation instruction, ground instruction will always precede flight instruction. Because new pilots coming into the Army are "new" the Army has certain subject areas it wants you to have a thorough background in before you start flying.

Ground school will cover ath-67aviation related academic areas. Subjects include but are not limited to meteorology, aerodynamics, federal aviation regulations, aircraft systems etc.

Ground school also consists of learningTH-67 systems and procedures in the cockpit procedural trainer (CPT) and later the simulator. A CPT is a mock up of an actual aircraft cockpit. It's purpose it to get you familiar with the location and operation of cockpit items.

The simulator is designed to give you an introduction to operating the aircraft. Though there is some difference between flying the simulator and flying the aircraft the sim will give you a taste of how the actual aircraft flies. All of these things, the academics, CPT and sim lead you into flying the TH-67 Creek.

Once you become proficient in the TH-67, you'll enter the Advanced Aircraft Qualification part of the syllabus. Here you'll qualify in the aircraft (UH-60A, AH-64D, OH-58D, or CH-47D ) you'll be flying operationally which is the last step in earning your wings.

Phase III--Life in Army Aviation

army helicopter cockpit

Earning your wings is both a beginning and an end. You are no longer a student. You are a winged Army Aviator but you still have much to learn.

When you get to your first unit keep your nose to the grindstone. You'll be the new guy. Don't make a bad first impression. You'll have a number of things on your plate including new aircraft qualifications. Be proactive, be a leader, be a problem solver.

This is where you'll put everything you've learned in flight school to use. Remember you'll be flying in operations around the globe as part of the Army Aviation team.


The Army Pilot Career Guide can help you with all three phases of your career.

It gives you time tested, proven strategies and techniques that you can use to become an United States Army pilot including but not limited to:

a rundown of the various officer training programs including the advantages and disadvantages of each allowing you to make a more informed decision of the path you want to follow.

strategies that you can use once you get to flight school. You'll study less and retain more information.

flying tips that will have your instructor baffled as to why he can't rattle you. Only you'll know you used the flight school techniques in the Army Pilot Career Guide to give you the confidence a of a seasoned aviator.

The information in this guide is invaluable to your Army flying career.

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