Officer Pilot
London, United Kingdom
22h ago

Key Responsibilities

  • Fly the most advanced battlefield helicopters in the world
  • Provide essential support for troops on the ground
  • Have a huge impact on the battle, wherever you are
  • Attack targets, find the enemy, evacuate casualties and move troops and materials
  • Get skills and a career for life

    Training For The Role

    Step 1

    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.

    Step 2

    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.

    Entry Requirements

    Age : 18 years - 28 years 11 months Qualifications :

  • 72 UCAS points and 35 ALIS points from 7 GCSEs (including minimum grade C / 4 in English, Maths and a Science or foreign language)
  • Fitness :

  • Mid Thigh Pull 76kg
  • Medicine Ball Throw 3.1m
  • 2km run 10m 15s (multistage fitness test)
  • More information about the fitness test

    Qualifications You Could Get After Training

  • Foundation Degree in Aviation Systems Management
  • Degree Level (Level 5 & 6) Diplomas in Management & Leadership
  • Graduate entrants get a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership & Conflict Studies and access to the full Masters Postgraduate Degree
  • Rank Progression

    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.

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