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Each time service members go up in rank, they receive a raise 61 in pay. Typically, this occurs every two years. Individuals can advance more rapidly based on their job performance, training, ongoing education, and promotion points, among other things. As pilots go up in rank, they can advance to flight leaders—officers who command several aircraft on a mission—then to command pilots—officers who command and lead whole squadrons and/or air facilities. What Is the Future Outlook for Pilots? The services employ about sixteen thousand airplane pilots and sixtyfive hundred helicopter pilots.

On average, this occurs every two years. However, individuals can advance more rapidly depending on their years in the military, job performance, military training, ongoing education, promotion points, and civilian certifications. By taking college classes at the military’s expense; opting for advanced military training in culinary skills, menu planning, nutrition, leadership and management, accounting, budgeting, and finance, among other subjects; and by gaining civilian certification, food service specialists can advance rapidly.

Simulator and flight training is specific to each recruit’s assigned specialty. For instance, helicopter pilot trainees spend time in a spinning chair that simulates the spinning movement of a helicopter. To- 58 tal actual in-flight training ranges from 108 to 228 hours, and total simulator training ranges from 12 to 109 hours. Flight instructors evaluate trainees during actual and virtual flights. Inadequate performance can lead to a trainee being removed from the program. One Air Force pilot reports that out of the twenty-nine individuals he trained with, only seventeen finished the program.

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