Every year, thousands of Air Force ROTC cadets eagerly wait to hear if they are selected to become an Air Force pilot. The number of pilots selected is typically close to 1,400, but it varies every year and depends on how many pilots the Air Force needs.
Some of these cadets have waited their entire lives for this moment. Cadet Mitchell McKenzie says that he has wanted to be a pilot since high school. He says, “It’s an excellent feeling to be selected.”
This year, Embry-Riddle Air Force ROTC received 19 rated selections, a majority of which are pilot slots. This is a significant improvement over previous years, where only 10 of 25 were selected.
After these cadets finish their ROTC careers and commission, they will go on to pilot training, either for basic training at Columbus AFB, Miss., Laughlin AFB, Texas, or Vance AFB, Okla. A select few will complete Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) at Sheppard AFB, Texas. ENJJPT pilot slots are the most difficult to attain, but they lead to an almost guaranteed fighter pilot position within the Air Force.
Cadet Anthony Munden says he cannot wait to commission and go to pilot training. Munden said he is “so excited to fly for the Air Force and serve our country. I’ve wanted to my whole life.”