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Air Force aeronautical ratings are military aviation skill standards established and awarded by the United States Air Force for commissioned officers participating in “regular and frequent flight”, [n 1] either aerially or in space, in performance of their duties.

USAF aeronautical badgescommonly referred to as “wings” from their shape and their historical legacy, are awarded by the Air Force in recognition of degrees 11-042 achievement and experience. Officers earning these badges and maintaining their requirements are classified as rated officers and receive additional pay and allowances. The division of ratings into multiple skill levels and 11-02 began in and expanded during World War I. With minor variations in numbers and titles of ratings, the system remained largely unchanged untilwhen the current system of pilot ratings was introduced.

USAF ratings gradually expanded until seven categories and 21 ratings exist currently.

Although in much smaller numbers, enlisted personnel were historically eligible to be rated until Since the later s, highly-trained enlisted personnel, along with officers whose duties do not include 11-4022, are recognized by the awarding of Air Force Occupational Badges. For all categories of aeronautical ratings, to be eligible for the rating and to wear the appropriate badge, an officer must be medically qualified to fly and also be qualified by flying status proficiency.

DNIF may be temporary or permanent. Officers placed on permanent DNIF status are either cross-trained afii another career field, or separated from the Air Force, depending on the severity of their medical condition. The Astronaut “qualifier” zfi awarded only by the Air Force Chief of Staff for rated officers formally qualified to perform duties at least 50 miles above af earth’s surface and who have participated in at least one operational mission, and has a distinctive Astronaut Badge 11-4402, consisting of adi “shooting star” qualifier device superimposed on their rated badge.

The aif categories of aeronautical ratings, as authorized by Title 10, U. Arnold, wearing both Command Pilot and Military Aviator badges. Provided further, that any officer attached to the aviation section of the signal corps for any military duty requiring him to make regular and frequent flights shall receive an increase of 25 per centum of the pay of his grade and length of service under his commission.

Signal Corps soloed by the “short hop method” also known as “grass-cutting”in which student pilots, flying alone, learned to handle airplane controls on the ground, taxied in further practice until just short of takeoff speeds, and finally took off to a height of just ten feet, gradually working up to higher altitudes and turns. The practice resulted in the first pilot death only a month into training.

At least three of these pilots had been previously instructed by Glen Curtiss at North Island fieldCalifornia. Concurrently, two pilots Henry H. To establish formal standards of certification, the Army created the Military Aviator rating afj published requirements on 20 April Arnoldon 5 July War Department General Order No. A number of designs for the badge were considered before the War Department chose a design of an eagle holding Signal Corps flags in its talons, suspended from a bar embossed with “Military Aviator”, and had the dies manufactured.

A group of 14 aviators still detailed to the Signal Corps was recommended on 29 September to receive the badge, and the two gold proofs were issued 16 Octoberto Captain 1-1402 DeF. Millingboth of whom had also received the first ratings with Arnold on 5 July All 24 officers certified by G.

InCongress established the Aviation Section, U. Signal Corpsincorporating, expanding and superseding the Aeronautical Division. Two levels of qualification were specified in War Department Bulletin No. Similar ratings were created for the lighter-than-air branch of aviationtermed Military Aeronaut.

Ironically, the change automatically reduced the ratings of all 24 existing Military Aviators because of a prerequisite of three years experience as a JMA before becoming eligible for MA. By 11-4402 the Army had in place a policy of awarding aviation-rated lieutenants and captains who flew “regularly and avi the rank, pay, and allowances of the next higher grade.


Junior Military Aviator badge, Initially badges were 114-02 and Junior Military Aviator and Reserve Military Aviator badges had only one wing to the wearer’s left. The Military Aviator badge was replaced on 22 June by authorization of a new embroidered “wings” badge, the first sketches of which are attributed to Arnold.

An additional rating, Reserve Military Aviatorwas created on 3 June for all pilots rated during World War I 11-420, with all ranks and grades being temporary. Afj RMA rating for balloon pilots was also created, [10] as was the rating of Observers applicable to either branch, bringing 11-4002 total number of aeronautical ratings to seven.

After the creation by executive order in of the Army Air Servicea standard wings-and-shield design for the rating badge, still in use today, was created by Herbert Adams of the Federal Commission of Fine Arts and approved on 25 January The new ratings, however, proved to be only a demobilization expedient and lasted less than nine months. The policy of awarding rated officers a temporary advancement in grade was also terminated. To qualify for command of a unit, an officer was required by law to be rated.

The eleven ratings were reduced to four: Officers with the remaining two ratings re-qualified automatically.

In the Air Service also revised its pilot training program, adopting the “A Plan”, which divided pilot ratings between Junior Airplane Pilot completion of primary training, normally an enlisted rating and Airplane Pilot completion of advanced training.

In addition about 51 enlisted men have the rating of airplane pilot, junior airplane pilot, or airship pilot. Inthe new Air Corps discarded the A Plan in favor of the B Plan, which awarded only a single rating, Airplane Pilot, requiring completion of all phases of a year-long, three-school Primary, Basic, and Advanced flying training course.

However the latter requirement was so utterly impractical it was circumvented by the Air Corps with the tacit approval of the War Department. Those remaining as enlisted men in the Regular Army held reserve officer commissions in the event fai war.

Andrewscommanding the GHQ Air Forcepromulgated a policy requiring newly minted pilots to spend a year flying single-engined aircraft and accruing logged flight hours as a prerequisite to becoming a bomber pilot. Seven years of military flying experience and 2, logged hours qualified a pilot as an “airplane commander” in the GHQAF.

In the Army formalized the requirement, creating 11-4022 new advanced rating of Military Airplane Pilotsetting 12 years as a rated pilot and 2, hours of flight time as 1-402 standard.

Between November and March pilot ratings were revised to the permanent three-tier system with objective standards that exists today, with a total of eight ratings overall. Navigator was recognized by the United States Army Air Forces as a rating and authorized its own badge on 4 Septemberone of a number of new wartime ratings that included Bombardierthree classes of auxiliary pilot ratingsand enlisted aircrew ratings. Combat Observer was renamed Aircraft Observer.

All of the wartime ratings except navigator were discontinued by the USAF on 26 July[12] with the badge design being changed in from that of a globe flanked by wings to that of the USAF shield flanked by wings. Beginning inthe rating of navigator was retitled, replaced by the aeronautical rating of combat systems officer CSOwith the same badge insignia as navigator. Although observer ratings were also discontinued by USAF inthe Observer title was revived in when a rating was created for otherwise non-aeronautically rated USAF officers who completed NASA mission specialist astronaut training.

Flight Surgeon s were rated and received the “aviation increase” between and The rating was discontinued inhowever, and flight surgeons as a military profession were neglected by the headquarters of the successive Army air arms until late in Arnold were adopted, standardizing ratings requirements as:. The Flight Surgeon rating received its own distinctive gold badge on 3 Marchwhich was changed to the standard oxidized silver wings in to avoid confusion with naval aviator badges. The USAF awards pilot ratings at three levels: Rating standards apply equally to both fixed-wing and helicopter pilots.

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The following additional criteria are required to be rated as a USAF pilot: The following additional criteria are required to be 111-402 as a USAF remotely piloted aircraft pilot:. The USAF awards combat systems operator ratings at three levels: The following additional criteria are required for rating as a USAF combat systems officer:.


The USAF awards navigator ratings at three levels: NavigatorSenior Navigatorand Master Navigatorfor active duty officers and officers considered “rated assets” in the Air Reserve Components. After only Combat Systems Officers receive ratings formerly awarded to navigators, as the occupational field is afu phased out. The following wfi criteria are required for rating as a USAF navigator:. The following additional criteria are required to be rated as a USAF air battle manager:.

The USAF awards observer ratings at three levels: ObserverSenior Observerand Master Observerfor active duty officers and officers considered “rated assets” in the Air Reserve Components. The following additional criteria are required to be rated as a USAF observer:.

The USAF awards flight surgeon ratings at three levels: The following additional criteria are required for rating as a USAF flight surgeon:.

The purpose of pilot-physicians is to provide “integrated operational and aerospace medicine guidance” in the research, development, testing, and evaluation of Air Force systems and missions to realize the greatest effectiveness and cost savings.

Pilot-physicians were previously assigned only to an operational flying squadron in their respective aircraft, with their main assignment as a pilot, but also with clinical duties seeing patients, usually the flight medicine clinic, depending on the pilot-physician’s medical specialty. On 21 April the Pilot-Physician Program PPP was completely revised to make “the most of the special resources of Air Force officers who are simultaneously qualified both as pilots and flight surgeons,” with a senior pilot-physician selected by the Air Force Surgeon General to be Program Director, and assignment of designated command, staff, research, training, and education billets as well as duty in operational units.

A P48VX specialty code is assigned to those on aeronautical orders as a pilot-physician and assigned to one of these designated PPP billets.

U.S. Air Force aeronautical rating

Pilot-Physicians are entitled to conditional flight pay ACIPthat is, only if assigned to an active flying position and flying a prescribed number of hours monthly. In addition to being a rated pilot and a rated flight surgeon, a pilot-physician must have completed at least three years of operational flying and one year as an operational flight surgeon, with a provision for assigning applicants without flight surgeon operational experience to a base where they would likely become a “first assignment pilot-physician”.

Pilot-physicians are eligible for advanced ratings as both flight surgeons and pilots. They may apply toward advanced pilot ratings any USAF pilot years of aviation service, months of operational flying duty, and total flying hours accrued before achieving flight surgeon status. After attaining status as a pilot-physician, all hours flown as a pilot, and months of operational flying duty credit accrued as a pilot, are “dual-credited” toward both advanced pilot and flight surgeon ratings as long as the officer is on aeronautical orders as an active pilot-physician.

Sign In Don’t have an account? Contents [ show ]. Accessed December 11, Under a program that began in the fall of to replace the “Joint Specialized Undergraduate Navigator Training” course, portions of the previous navigator and electronic warfare officer training courses were combined into a curriculum with the objective of developing an aviator with cross-flow capability between the two positions on combat aircraft. The curriculum includes a wider range of topics, with an increased emphasis on warfighting, to develop leadership, decision-making and mission management skills.

Navigators and CSOs wear identical badges. Park was killed in an accident before G. Kelly were killed together in the Philippines before theirs were delivered. Nearly all aviation cadets receiving the rating were commissioned as first lieutenantsSignal Officers Reserve Corps, awarded upon successful completion of the “Reserve Military Aviator” test, supervised by an Aviation Section officer or agent.

Only those few rated officers not assigned in orders to the “Aviation Section, Signal Reserve for regular and frequent flights” were commissioned as second lieutenants. The test in seven parts included a takeoff and climb in a constricted area, gliding and spinning, making a deadstick landing, landing over an obstacle, flying a triangular course by compass, flying a mile cross-country flight by map, and completing a minute endurance flight at 4, feet altitude.

Aviation and Aeronautical EngineeringMay 15,Vol. Naval Air Service and the U.