Air Force Pilot
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If you are interested in planes and speed, becoming a pilot might be for you. If you are interested in planes, speed, adventure, and blowing stuff up, becoming an Air Force Fighter Pilot is most certainly for you. Fighter pilots fly at about 40,000 feet above sea level, screaming through the thin atmosphere at over 1,100 mph, faster than the speed of sound. This all sounds like fun, but there are plenty of great things that you can get from being an Air Force Pilot on the ground as well. Let's look at the Pros and Cons...

First off, as an Air Force pilot, you are serving your country, and deserve only the highest respect and honor. Along with this glory, comes other well-earned advantages as well...
Air Force Pilots are enabled to nearly endless benefits such as discounts and pensions. Single active duty members do not have as many privileges as married active duty members do. Once you are married, you will be entitled to live in free government housing either on or off the base. If you live on base, your utilities will also be paid for you. Your only concern will be the phone bill and any other personal bills you incur. But if you live in government housing off the base or post, your spouse will receive a cost of living allowance, that will help pay the expense of living in a local community.

Marriage to a member of the Armed Forces also entitles you to free medical treatment. You will be assigned a PCM (Primary Care Manager) and you will be able to make appointments to see doctors whenever you or your children need treatment without having to worry about filling in any health insurance forms. If you need special treatment that the base cannot provide, you will be referred to a civilian healthcare provider and the military will pay your medical bill.

The expense of shopping will be reduced, as military bases and posts provide tax free shopping for their military customers and their immediate family members. You will be allowed to access these facilities with your military ID card.

The most profoud diadvantage of becoming an Air Force pilot is the low salary. The starting level entry salary is only
One must climb the ladder that is rank very high to recieve a descent pay, and that still may not satisfy a large budget. The hours for a fighter pilot are also very demanding, long, and may also be random. Air Force pilots must be prepared to drop everything that they may be doing, jump into their plane, and be ready to follow orders. Though there is low pay and unpredictable hours and tasks, these are the only disadvantages of being an Air Force pilot, but though there are only a few cons, each are rather large.

All branches of the Armed Forces usually require their members to be high school graduates or have equivalent credentials, such as a GED. In 2008, more than 98 percent of recruits were high school graduates. Officers usually need a bachelor's or graduate degree. Many service people get college credit for the technical training they receive on duty. Combined with off-duty courses, such training can lead to an associate’s degree through programs in community colleges such as the Community College of the Air Force. To qualify for FAA licensure, applicants must be at least 18 years old and have at least 250 hours of flight experience.
In order to join the services, enlisted personnel must sign a legal agreement called an enlistment contract, which usually involves a commitment of up to 8 years of service.

More Places to learn about becoming an Air Force Pilot:

To Be a U.S. Air Force Pilot (Paperback)

~ Henry M. Holden

Christian Fighter Pilot Is Not an Oxymoron (Paperback)

~ Jonathan Dowty



The movable surfaces on the outermost trailing edge of an aircraft's wings that control roll around the longitudinal axis. They are tied to the control wheel, or stick, and move in opposite directions (when one deflects upward, the other deflects downward).


Any structure that is intended for navigation through the air and that is supported either by its own buoyancy or by the dynamic action of the air against its surfaces. There are four general categories of aircraft: lighter-than-air, rotor craft, gliders, and airplanes.


A powered aircraft with wings and a tail. There are four classes of airplanes: single-engine land, single-engine water, multi-engine land, and multi-engine water.


An aircraft with two sets of wings, usually one above the other.


The part of the horizontal stabilizer that moves up or down, thereby controlling the roll of the aircraft around the lateral axis. An upwardly deflected elevator decreases lift on the tail and causes it to go down, making the aircraft go up. A downwardly deflected elevator increases lift on the tail and causes it to rise up, making the aircraft go down.


Moveable surfaces on the inboard trailing edges of the wings of an aircraft that serve to increase lift at slower speeds, allowing the aircraft to take off and land safely.


A type of jet engine that carries all the materials needed for combustion onboard and does not depend on the atmosphere.


The moveable part of the vertical stabilizer that controls the yaw of the aircraft around the vertical axis. A deflection to the right causes the tail to move to the left and a deflection to the left causes the tail to move to the right.


The upright portion of the tail of an aircraft that helps control the stability of the aircraft. The rudder is usually attached to the trailing edge, unless the entire vertical stabilizer moves as a unit.


The part of an airplane that provides the main lifting force and thereby supports the weight of the airplane in flight. The flaps and ailerons are along the trailing edges of the wings.

About the Author:

Kosuke Tremonte is an average 8th grader at Rye Middle School. He does not want to be an Air Force Pilot but this occupation seemed to be the most fit for this project. Kosuke enjoys his 3rd period Beyond RMS class, espicially when the class is working in the computer lab. Kosuke also likes to read, play piano, longboard, and play sports in his free time.