Wed, May 26, 2010
There Are Currently More Student Pilots Pre-Loaded Than
In an effort to reduce and stabilize the current wait time for
training, the Navy is seeking to decrease the number of officers in
the Aviation Preflight Indoctrination (API) student pilot pre-load.
Reductions to aviation fleet requirements and recent material
challenges with training aircraft have caused the student pilot
population to exceed the optimal preload by approximately 200
"Typically, time from commissioning to API start should be three
months. The current delays have increased this time to six months,"
said Capt. Mike White, director, Aviation Officer Distribution.
To assist in reducing the number of students in the pipeline,
Navy officials have planned to offer redesignation to qualified
volunteers. "Qualified volunteers from the existing API pool will
be solicited through June," White said. "Community managers and
detailers will be available to answer questions and make
assessments of volunteers' qualifications and affinities toward
alternative paths. Following an administrative review board, those
selected will be removed from training status and administratively
redesignated. If an individual is not accepted, for whatever
reason, they will continue aviation training."
Navy officials are also planning to offer delays or deferments
via internships, graduate education, and other temporary additional
duty options, prior to moving to Pensacola, FL. "We have been
pursuing internship opportunities through various agencies in the
Washington, D.C. area for our U.S. Naval Academy graduates," White
said. "In addition, several newly commissioned officers will go
directly to Naval Postgraduate School to pursue a graduate degree
while graduates from Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) units
around the country will have the opportunity to work locally with
their unit or perhaps in recruiting."
Beginning in December, some Navy ROTC graduates may be assigned
to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) until their API start date.
"The length of time spent in the IRR will be dependent on their API
class start date," White said. "Nominally, this period will be
about three to six months."
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