Aircrew Officer Pilot

Aircrew Officer Pilot United Kingdom

Royal Navy
Full Time United Kingdom 27000 GBP ANNUAL 2023-10-07
Job description

High demand role

This is a highly competitive role with a potential long lead time to join.

You may wish to consider joining the Royal Navy as a Warfare Officer or a Warfare Officer (Submariner).


The role at a glance

Loan on buying a house


Your minimum salary from day one


Your approximate salary after two years

6 weeks

Of paid holiday every year


Medical and dental care


All around the world

What you’ll do

Can you think on your feet while you’re in mid-air? You’ll need to as Pilot in the Royal Navy. At all times, and wherever you are in the world, whether you’re flying in pitch black, or carrying out a daytime search and rescue operation. This is a role that’s all about aptitude at altitude, and it goes without saying it takes a special kind of person to do it. Whether you’re flying a Wildcat helicopter or being one of the first to fly the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, you’ll become a master of mission-focused flying. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, TALK TO US

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Your role
Extend our reach on global missions, pushing our cutting-edge aircraft to the limit.
Specialise in fixed wing or rotary aircraft flying after general flying training, and have all the support and flight time you need to become a world-class pilot.
Become a key part of our most essential missions, from delivering Royal Marines behind enemy lines in a Merlin Mk3 or Mk4, to providing lifesaving humanitarian aid in the Med.
Pass rigorous tests to master the skill of mission-focused flying.

What you’ll get
Skills for life
Qualifications you'll gain
Study for GCSEs, A-Levels, NVQs or even a degree, with funding from us
Gain a free foundation degree in Aviation Systems Management at 'wing', and BSc of the same name when on the Front Line
Skills you'll develop
How to fly state-of-the-art aviation machines on global missions
The ability to use your quick reaction times and work under pressure
Pay and benefits
A starting salary of at least £27,000
Earn up to £33,000 within two years
Earn additional flying pay
Accelerated training and responsibility from day one
Six weeks of paid holiday every year
Free medical and dental care
Subsidised travel and accommodation
Adventurous training
Excellent pension scheme

Career progression

Sub-Lieutenant to Lieutenant. Build flying experience in diverse and challenging environments as a member of a front line squadron, whilst managing and supervising your small team. Opportunities to train as an instructor


Lieutenant to Lieutenant Commander. Develop flying expertise whilst taking on managerial roles within a front line squadron or headquarters environment


Following initial Naval Officer Training, study the academics of flight before progressing onto aircraft to develop aircraft handling and mission planning skills. Move onto a front line aircraft type to become qualified aircrew

What you'll need
You must be aged 18 to 26
You’ll need a minimum of 72 UCAS points. These can be accrued from either GCE A/AS levels (or equivalent) or National Diplomas (e.g., BTEC)
You’ll need at least 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4) (or Scottish equivalent), which must include English and Mathematics
A British and/or Dual British/USA only who has lived in the UK continuously for the 5 years prior to applying
A minimum height of 151.5cm
A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18 and 28 (between 17 and 27 if under 18)
Must pass CBAT. Specialist Aviation Medical at OASC, RAF Cranwell post AIB.
Pass the Naval Swimming Test

Skills and interests
Able to thrive on responsibility
Calm under pressure
A love of aviation and flying
Able to learn new skills quickly

Starting your career
Joining process
Initial training
Professional training

Once you’ve confirmed your eligibility, the joining process is as follows:

Submit an application

Once you’ve registered your interest, we’ll be in touch to discuss your options

Defence Aptitude Assessment (DAA)

You’ll be tested on: Verbal Reasoning, Numerical Reasoning, Work Rate, Spatial Reasoning, Electrical Comprehension and Mechanical Comprehension.
To prepare, you can practise the DAA


A formal interview to talk through your suitability for the role

Medical and eye tests

These are quite comprehensive and must be completed by one of our Ministry of Defence-approved doctors

Pre-Joining Fitness Test (PJFT)

This involves completing a 2.4km run on a treadmill within a certain time, at a fitness centre near you


You’ll have a short interview to assess your suitability for a career in the Royal Navy, and to ensure you’re ready for the Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

Admiralty Interview Board (AIB)

This stage is unique to officers and takes place in two parts. A Pre Recorded Interview (PRI) is an online assessment which assesses your motivation to join the Royal Navy as an officer and your awareness of the Royal Navy. The Group Planning Exercise (GPE) is the second stage of the AIB and is an online competency based assessment which will take place on a separate day to the PRI. It will be conducted in a virtual group environment and you will be assessed on your contribution to the team based on your individual performance

Aircrew Officer Pilot
Royal Navy
Holywood, United Kingdom
Sir Jonathon Band
$5 to $25 million (USD)
5001 to 10000 Employees
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