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What can I do to become a fighter pilot?

I'm trying to prepare to become a fighter pilot. Either in the Air Force or Marines. I understand the process to become one, but what can I do to prepare? What subjects can I take in high school? What degree would be best to take while in college?
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Billy’s Answer


I would recommend joining your High Schools ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) unit. When I was in High School I was part of a NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) they taught me all about the military branches. It was nice because you are not only part of the team but also you get to live the life of a cadet. You wear a uniform and get inspected just as if you were reporting for duty. These units also have specialty teams which will allow you to try out different skills and see what you like. If you know the military is the way you want to go then becoming an officer within the ROTC class will be seamless for you.

If your school does not have an ROTC unit reach out to your local military recruiters and they can help find you a program to volunteer your time.

As for college, most fighter pilot programs is through the military branch you enlist in. Talk yo your local military recruiters to get information on local aviation training you can take. Remember they are there to not only help guide you, but also ensure the government helps pay for these kind of training's once you enlist.

Good Luck!

Billy recommends the following next steps:

Enroll in HS ROTC program
Discuss Aviation Programs with Military Recruiter

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Vinny’s Answer

If you are serious, and dedicated to becoming an Air Force pilot, you can do it, and you will succeed! Follow these steps:

Vinny recommends the following next steps:

First, take care of yourself both physically and mentally.
Keep out of trouble, be honest, and most importantly, keep your grades up.
Contact a local Air Force recruiter, and let them know what you would like to do. They will steer you onto the right path!

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Rajesh’s Answer

Firstly you need to have a <span style="color: rgb(122, 122, 122);">Bachelor’s degree</span>


  • Knowledge of theory of flight, air navigation, meteorology, flying directives, aircraft operating procedures and mission tactics
  • Completion of Air Force Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training
  • Completion of a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
  • Additional requirements specific to specialty
  • Completion of Officer Training School (OTS), Air Force Academy (AFA) or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC)
  • Must have begun pilot training between the ages of 18 and 29

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John’s Answer

First, you speak to recruiters. They are trained and knowledgable on all the requirements for each branch of service and can do the research for you on the specific job that you are looking at.

Additionally, birds of a feather do flock together. In high school, you can join groups like the Civil Air Patrol. The Civil Air Patrol is the auxiliary of the Air Force and many former and retired Air Force member within their ranks.