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Officer overview

The Army Air Corps may be a flying corps however its officers still require essential qualities, as in any other branch of the British Army. 

These essential qualities are:

  • Selfless Commitment
  • Courage
  • Discipline
  • Integrity
  • Loyalty
  • Respect for others
  • A sense of responsibility
  • Leadership
  • Mental agility

An additional characteristic necessary within the AAC is a willingness to learn, along with an eagerness to put skills and training into practice.

To be an officer in the Corps you can join either as a Pilot Officer or an Aviation Support Officer. First and foremost we are looking for good officers that can either be trained to be a competent pilot and become one of our Pilot Officers, or trained to command Ground Support Flights as an Aviation Support Officer. Therefore your first priority is to gain a place on the Commissioning Course at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

Before entering RMAS, potential Pilot Officer candidates will be sent to RAF Cranwell to sit aircrew aptitude tests and have an aircrew medical. If successful, you will be invited to a 48 hour familiarisation visit where you will be briefed about the Corps, take a look at its equipment and may even go on a flight. You will also have a chance to meet some of our young officers before discussing your options and the way ahead with our Recruit Liaison Officer. Those interested in the Aviation Support Officer role will be selected for a visit to Middle Wallop before RMAS.

The Commissioning Course at RMAS will teach you about being an Officer in the British Army and consists of a number of different elements. During the demanding 44-week course, you will be taught leadership in challenging situations, strategic analysis and battlefield discipline, the value of military doctrine, personnel administration/management and personal organisation.