I decided it was time that I wrote about selection and our personal experience with this process. Although Rob selected quite a few months ago, I hope that this blog at least provides some clarity for anyone confused about how this funny process works.
What is selection?
It’s a special day after each Navy / Marine Corps student pilot completes primary flight training and finds out which aircraft platform they will be flying for the rest of their career. It always happens on a Thursday and the student naval aviator will need to have completed all primary events in order to select.
The aircraft options for Marines are helicopters, jets, ospreys or C-130s.
The aircraft options for Navy are helicopters, jets, maritime (P8s / P3s), E2/C2 and E6.
Selection is truly a day of mixed emotions for any person connected to a student naval aviator. This day will provide clarification for many regarding the different places they could be living for the next 10+ years. For some, it is looked back on as one of the happiest days of their lives and for others a day they don’t want to re-live again.
The ironic part about selection is that the student has little control over the outcome no matter how well they performed in primary flight training. There are SO many different outcomes for different students: