Military Helicopter Pilots

Military Career

General Information

Description

Helicopter pilots are responsible and skilled officers who control and fly the many helicopters operated by the Services. They also perform combat maneuvers, spot and observe enemy positions, transport troops and equipment, and evacuate wounded troops.

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Work Environment

Helicopter pilots are stationed at military bases or aboard aircraft carriers around the world. They fly in all types of weather conditions. Helicopter pilots take off and land from airports, forward landing areas, and ship landing decks.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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Military Status

  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Helicopter Pilots in the Military

1,068

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Salary

Average Salary

$77,486

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 28%
  • Post-secondary certificate 25%
  • High school 23%
  • Associate's degree 17%
  • Some college 2%
  • Master's degree 2%
  • First professional degree 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Like other officers, helicopter pilots complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training for helicopter pilots consists of academic and on-the-job instruction. Flight training consists of time spent in flight simulators, classroom training, computer based training, and actual time spent flying. Training content may include: Principles of helicopter operationHelicopter inspection techniquesFlying techniques and emergency proceduresCombat skills and tacticsFlight map drawing and reading

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Knowledge

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  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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