Army Helicopter Pilot

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Army Helicopter Pilot

There is no denying that flying aircraft is one of the most coveted careers in the US. One has to be very sure if he or she wishes to become an army helicopter pilot as it is not only about the profession but also doing his or her bit for a larger cause, serving the US army and hence his or hers country. Because army helicopter pilots often fly in dangerous situations or transport important government officials, one has to be very qualified to even be considered for this career field. Being an army helicopter pilot is an exciting and equally challenging job. Making a career in this field requires planning and tremendous efforts.

In most of the branches of the military, a bachelor’s degree is required to become a helicopter pilot. However, the army has its High School to Flight School program, which makes it so that one does not have to have a high college education in order to become a helicopter pilot. In order to qualify for this program one must meet all the requirements it asks for. To apply, one must be between 18 and 33 years old. He or she must also score a 110% or higher on the Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, and have a minimum score of 90% on the AFST (Alternate Flight Aptitude Selection Test)(Boyer, eHow Contributer). The applicant’s vision must be 20/50 or better, depth perception must be normal, and he or she cannot be color blind.

Once one is done with all formalities and eventually selected, he or she will be required to attend a year or less duration of training. In this helicopter pilot training program, he or she will be provided training in two aspects: warrant officer training program and flying programs. Basic combat training and ability to fly helicopters (that is what warrant officers do technically), and even flying helicopters with night vision goggles fit in front of the helmet are some of the skills in which army helicopter pilots are trained. Since their tasks are often...
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