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The world changed when planes became commonplace. Suddenly, everyone could get just about everywhere with ease. Travel was quick, easy, and international tourism took off.

War changed, too. Suddenly, fighting was more sophisticated. Hand to hand and close range combat was replaced by powerful and sudden sneak attacks by the air force. Military pilots could suddenly transport prisoners, soldiers, weapons, and supplies safely and quickly. Accordingly, the military began using its pilots for peace time acts, too. Aid could be brought into nations suffering from natural disasters and violence. The military and its many aircraft could affect the international community in many ways.

Military pilots are trained officers who specialize in flying helicopters, high-powered combat jets, or transport planes. Combat pilots engage in airspace fights, drop bombs on targets, and protect their allies from ground and naval forces. Helicopters might transport the wounded and supplies as well as soldiers who shoot large guns from the air.

Military pilots not only know how to fly a plane or helicopter, they also know how to use weapons systems, and how to repair systems if they are shot at or damaged. They are therefore well trained, and know their aircraft inside and out.

Military pilots must always be in good shape and on alert, even if there is no war on the horizon. Military pilots can be required to fly waterbombs over forest fires, transport military personnel to meetings or planning sessions, and bring aid to a war-torn country. They can be stationed with peacekeeping missions, as well, serving in any way that the military sees fit.

Military piloting is maybe riskier than flying for commercial airlines. The situations are dangerous, especially for combat pilots. It is not a job for everyone, this career for people who love to fly, enjoy adventures, and also want to serve their country in a very special way.
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  Interests and Skills  
Military pilots must be confident in their skills, with good leadership qualities and the ability to work well with others. They must be level-headed, and be able to make decisions under pressure. They should enjoy flying, have good spatial perception, motor skills, and excellent eyesight without glasses. They need to have excellent hearing, be in good health, and have mechanical abilities. Math, science, and foreign language skills are also an asset. Because they may be required to fly in combat, they must be willing to fight, release weapons, and put their lives in danger to protect others.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Regular reviews of equipment, procedures, and safety programs
  • Calculate and review flight plans
  • Meet with any flight crew
  • Check emergency systems, radios, fuel load, etc., before take off
  • Keep log of flight data
  • Monitor flight systems while in air
  • Find weather conditions en route
  • Release weapons, drop supplies, and transport soldiers, prisoners, and wounded
  • Engage in air combat
  • Respond to any emergencies that arise
  • Military pilots have many important tasks to complete every day, but those tasks depend on the situation their unit is involved in, and the type of craft they pilot. They are all always in charge of ensuring the safe travel of the passengers and cargo, as well as looking after the mechanical systems and computer systems on board.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Military pilots spend their working hours in the air. They work in small, cramped cockpits, helicopters, fighter jets, and transport planes. They may be on missions of mercy, or in the midst of an act of war. Their living conditions can be unpleasant, dangerous, and cramped. They spend time away from their families, and can be hard at work in evenings, on weekends, and holidays.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Military pilots can work up their way up the ranks until they are senior officers. They can become test pilots, or train other pilots. They can leave the military, and work for small, charter companies, or fly with major airlines. They can fly personal jets or company planes. They can also stop flying and become air traffic controllers.

  Educational Paths  
In order to work as a military pilot, individuals must complete basic officer training. Officers must either have a university degree, of be in the process of obtaining one. They must then complete their primary flight training, which lasts about 40 days. After this, there is basic flight training, that can last about 26 weeks. At that point, they are assigned to work with helicopters, multi-engined planes, or jets. There may be additional training after that, depending on one's area of expertise.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition,
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002,

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