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What happens after jet pilot gets his wings

Va. Meg

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Can someone please explain the life of a Marine Corps Jet Pilot after he gets his wings? My daughter is engaged to a fine young man that is headed to Mississipi for Jet school
I have tried researching and am getting very confused. How many tours are they required to do and how long are the tours? I would so appreciate any information you can give me.


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That's a pilot/nfo career timeline for the Navy, not the Marine Corps. While there are some similarities, there are also some significant differences...

These two threads are more what you're looking for:


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Cliffs notes:

1) He gets his wings at the conclusion of the syllabus in Meridian.
2) He goes to the FRS (Fleet Replacement Squadron) for whatever jet he will be flying
3) He reports to his first operational/fleet squadron.....this tour is about 3 years, give or take a few months. How many deployments depends on the deployment cycle for whatever squadron he ends up in. Could be several deployments, or could be less.
4) He will be obligated for 8 years of active duty service starting the day that he earns his wings at the chapel in Meridian. Not all of those years have to be in deployable units, but many will. He will have the option of getting off active duty when this obligation expires. Overall, it is a little over 10 years of active duty service for most Marine jet guys at a minimum, counting the time he spends in flight school, TBS, and various periods of waiting for different schools to begin. For example, I had about 2 months of doing nothing before I started in Meridian, and I had about 5 months of sitting around before I started the Hornet FRS. The good thing is that as soon as he wings, his clock starts ticking in terms of his service obligation.