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Life as an Aviation Officer

Aviation Officer (15)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level


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


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.


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


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.


Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at

  • AT&T, Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Time Customer Service, Inc.
  • Walgreen Co.


Hi my name is Captain Julie Opfer; I am a 15 Bravo which is an Aviation Officer, more specifically a UH 60 black hawk pilot. Before I joined the military I had absolutely zero flight experience, so I don’t want you to think you need an extensive aviation background to be able to do this. Flight school is at Fort Rucker, Alabama and they will send you there and they give you great training. The training lasts for about a year to two years. I started out as a flight operations specialist, so just being around a bunch of pilots in an aviation, you know at an airport. I just decided you know what this is something that I think I can do, this is something I want to do. So I put in an application, I applied for it and I was accepted and I’ve loved every minute of it. One of my favorite things about being an aviation officer is the variety, every day is different. One day you may go into work and one of the maintenance test pilots wants you to go on a test flight with him, so you’ll go fly for a couple of hours, another day you’ll be working on different types of aviation paper work, approving flight schedules, things of that nature. Other days you’ll actually be going out on training missions, could be doing night vision goggle training in the evening or just a daily flight transporting personnel or Soldiers. So every day is absolutely different. One of my favorite assignments that I had was actually working with the DEA, Drug Enforcement Agency, in the Bahamas where I was stationed there. For three months off and on for approximately two years and we did drug addiction, basically flying almost every day trying to fight the war on drugs. I guess my favorite thing would be that it’s not a typical nine to five job and that your hours are flexible and you do different things every day, so there’s never a dull moment, there’s just a lot of different opportunities and different things to do.