AVIATION OFFICER (15)

Overview

Aviation officers coordinate/lead operations using Army helicopters: OH-58 Kiowa, UH-60 Black Hawk, CH-47 Chinook and the AH-64 Apache. These operations can haul troops and carry supplies, as well as provide quick-strike and long-range target engagement.

Job Duties

  • Coordinate employment of aviation Soldiers and aircraft at all levels
  • Command and control aviation platoons
  • Provide aviation coordination
  • Instruct aviation skills at service schools and combat training centers

Requirements

Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.

Training

Job training for an aviation officer requires completing aviation school, where you study rotary-winged aircrafts and basic flying skills.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Basic flight physics and flight systems
  • Emergency procedures
  • Flight map drawing and reading

You will then begin Basic Combat Training in combat flight skills that are used by Army pilots, and eventually specialize in one of the following helicopters:

  • OH-58 Kiowa
  • UH-60 Black Hawk
  • AH-64 Apache
  • CH-47 Chinook

Helpful Skills

  • Self-discipline, confidence and intelligence
  • Physically and mentally fit to perform under pressure
  • Ability to make quick decisions
  • Capable of bearing numerous responsibilities

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education benefits.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career in fields such as business management. An officer in the Army is closely related to managerial positions in corporations.