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Naval Flight Officer Candidate (NFOC)

Flight Officer Candidate School Program

The basic requirements for selection to the Flight Officer Candidate indoctrination and training for college graduates. The program will ultimately lead to an appointment on active duty as a Navy Ensign, designator 1320.

Those selected will attend Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, and will initially be commissioned as a Student Naval Flight Officer, designator 1370, and after commissioning they will attend the designator-specific training as prescribed by the Chief of Naval Air Training (CNATRA) located in Pensacola, FL.

NFOC Qualifications

Applicants must be a citizen of the United States. Applicants must be at least 19 years old and not have passed their 32nd birthday on commissioning.


Applicants must possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university.


The Aviation Selection Test Battery (ASTB) minimum score of a 5 Academic Qualification Rating (AQR) and a Flight Officer Flight Aptitude Rating (FOFAR) of 6.


Applicants must be physically qualified and aeronautically adapted in accordance with the physical standards established by the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (CHBUMED). Active duty military members accepted as candidates must obtain an aviation physical exam from a qualified flight surgeon to determine aeronautical adaptability. Candidates must meet the physical fitness weight and/or percentage of body fat standards at the time of application and at time of commissioning.

Source of Flight Officer Applicants

Civilians who have not disenrolled previously from any military flight training program for reasons other than minor medical conditions which were temporarily disqualifying.

Enlisted members of Navy (active or reserve) who have not disenrolled previously from any military flight program.

Enlisted members of other branches of the armed services (active or reserve) who have not disenrolled previously from any military flight program. Additionally, these applicants must either be released conditionally from the parent branch or be authorized in writing by a cognizant official of the parent branch to apply for the program.

Officers or former officers of other branches of the armed services (active or reserve) are not eligible to apply for the Officer Candidate program under this program.

Active Duty Obligation

Candidates shall serve a minimum of six years on active duty from the date of designation as a Naval Flight Officer (Designator 1320). Candidates disenrolled from flight training prior to designation shall serve on active duty in accordance with MILPERSMAN 1540-010.

Commissioned Naval Flight Officers are paid allowances (BAH, BAS, etc. if eligible), billet pay (flight pay, sea pay, etc. if eligible), and basic officer military pay based on years of service and paygrade.

Information obtained from Naval Flight Officer Program Authorization 106 dated April 2019. See an Officer Recruiter for further details.

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