Pilot training is a 1 year deal. It could be a few months longer if you initially start at Pensacola/Whiting Field.
student pilots must first complete the first half of pilot training flying either a T6
, T37 or T34. It is at this time you track select; meaning you either go to the "fighter bomber" track, "C130 C12" track, "heavy" track, or "helicopter" track. You will submit a preference to your flight commander and then depending on your class ranking, you are given a particular track.
During the last half of pilot training, for heavy pilots (AMC), you will fly the T-1 which is a Beech 400A business jet. If you are a C130 pilot, you will most likely train on the C12 in Corpus Christi NAS
. However, when C130 slots are needed, T-1 students may see C130s coming to their drop.
Near the end of pilot training, you will receive a list of airplanes in your particular drop. All aircraft may be available, some may not. The aircraft available are based on air force needs. You will submit your top three preferences to your flight commander. You then will attend "selection night". It is at this time you find out what aircraft and base you will be assigned to. Fighter guys I believe only find out what aircraft and what training base they will be sent to.
I can only speak for AMC guys. Currently, the AFPC guys want AMC pilots to do two Major Weapon System (MWS) tours and an Operational Support Aircraft or Undergraduate Pilot Training Instructor tour (OSA/UPT IP). So that means one of the following three situations for your first 10-12 years of flying:
1. MWS -- MWS -- OSA/UPT IP
2. MWS -- OSA/UPT UP
3. OSA/UPT IP -- MWS -- MWS
After that, you will most likely be given a desk job otherwise known as a staff tour. However, some people are lucky and stay in the cockpit their entire 20 years.
As an officer, after being on station for 2 years at a particular base, you are put on the vulnerable Movers List (VML). This means, by about your third year time on station, you should be looking for your next job. Most likely, you will have to move. So you can expect to move every 3-4 years if you are a heavy pilot.
I hope this helps ...