Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

Aviation

Introduction

Naval Aviation is renowned for the demands it places upon its aviators.  The skills and concentration required to land a high performance jet on an aircraft carrier deck pitching in the black of night, or to track a submarine while flying at only a few feet above stormy seas, are linked to a solid academic background and top physical conditioning.  There is more to it than that; it requires a combination of talents and dedication that many people possess, but few are challenged to use to full measure.

Requirements

NROTC graduates are selected for flight training during their final year of school based on their grade point average, Aviation Selection Test Battery scores, physical fitness scores, and class standings.  

Pipeline

Before commencing flight training, Student Naval Aviators (SNA) and Student Naval Flight Officers (SNFO) must successfully complete the Introductory Flight Screening (IFS) program.  After IFS, they arrive at Naval Air Station Pensacola to begin the Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) program.  This course involves academic training in aerodynamics, engineering, air navigation, aviation physiology, and water survival, as well as physically challenging practical applications of physiology and water survival training.  Following API, SNAs and SNFOs will separate and attend primary flight training on the T-6B Texan II.  Depending on which route you take, aviators and flight officers will attend advanced training on the types of aircraft that they were selected to fly such as jets, helicopters, or maritime aircraft.  Following all their training, these officers will make their way to a fleet replacement squadron for further training in a fleet aircraft.  Finally, these men and women will go out into active Navy and Marine Corps squadrons to be deployed around the world.


Naval Aviator Pin
Naval Flight Officer Pin