Skip to Main Content

Home Explore Careers

Military Pilots

Overview

Military pilots fly various types of specialized aircraft to transport troops and equipment and to execute combat missions. Military aircraft make up of one of the world's largest fleets of specialized airplanes.

The U.S. Armed Forces are composed of five separate military services: the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard (which is now part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Pilots within these branches train, organize, and equip the nation's air services to support the national and international policies of the government.

Those who choose to join the armed forces dedicate their lives to protecting their fellow Americans. In May 2015, more than 1.3 million people served on active duty in the armed forces.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

None

Outlook

About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On

Realistic

Technical

Career Ladder
Command Pilot

Flight Leader

Senior Pilot

Pilot