Training For The Role
To become an officer pilot you must first and foremost apply to become a British Army Officer. You will complete standard Army Officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
On passing the aviation aptitude, medical and flying grading tests, then whilst you are at Sandhurst you will be eligible to be selected as a helicopter officer pilot.
Over the next two years, you will learn to fly the Juno (H135) training helicopter. You will also learn about communications, navigation and tactics.
At the end you will be awarded the Army Pilot Badge (your "Wings") and get streamed onto your operational aircraft, usually the Apache (and attack helicopter) or Wildcat (used for reconnaissance).
You will then complete your conversion course (approximately 18 months) before arriving fully qualified at your front line regiment.
Age : 18 years - 28 years 11 months Qualifications :
More information about the fitness test
Qualifications You Could Get After Training
Learn about rank progression here.
Pay and Benefits
You'll earn £27,818 during your year of training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, before commissioning and becoming a Second Lieutenant, on £33,436 a year.
As your experience increases, pilots become eligible for recruiting and retention payments on top of their basic salary.