Does the Air Force Academy get more pilot slots?

The likelihood of getting a pilot slot is dependent upon how many pilots the Air Force needs. Several years ago the Air Force had a pilot “excess,” rather than “shortage.” As a result, they culled their applicants with requirements for 20/20 vision, and they also favored USAFA graduates, which was one of the benefits of Academy attendance. Now, though, the Air Force has had such a need for pilots in recent years that virtually anyone (Academy, ROTC, OTS) who has wanted to get a slot could, assuming they were somewhat medically qualified. That may not always be the case. Like most things in the military, it will probably be cyclical.

Statistically speaking, the US Air Force Academy has more pilot slots than the US Naval Academy.


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