What does it take to be an Airman?
In order to be a pilot you must pass a number of physical and mental tests, as well as be willing and able to commit to the required years of service (for pilot 10 years). After passing all of the physical exams, you must be required to complete some form of officer training program, whether it be ROTC or OTS. There is also, for the USAF, the Air Force Academy. You must at least attend 4 years of college. Although it is not required for the major to be related to the selected service choice (if they qualify), it does help to study that field.
Air Force ROTC curriculum is separated into four major areas:
Profession of Arms—Cadets gain knowledge in military officership, military law, laws of armed conflict and military customs and courtesies.
Communication Skills—Cadets develop enhanced oral and written communication skills critical to military leadership.
Leadership Studies—Cadets are taught leadership and management skills through a better understanding of the different functions of military leadership.
Military Studies/International Security Studies—Cadets learn about the nature of conflict and how the United States military forces, particularly aerospace forces, are developed, organized and employed.
- Normal color vision
- Uncorrected distant vision cannot exceed 20/200
- Uncorrected near vision cannot exceed 20/40
- Both distance and near vision must correct to 20/20 or better
- Meet refraction, accommodation and astigmatism requirements
- Corrective eye surgery could be a disqualifier
- No history of hay fever, asthma or allergies after age 12
- Meet Air Force weight and physical conditioning requirements
- Standing height of 64 to 77 inches and sitting height of 34 to 40 inches