5 Reasons You Want to Be a Marine Corps Pilot

There are many reasons why you should become a Marine Corps pilot. In fact there are more reasons than I could reasonably expect to list in this article so I'll give you a few that are usually high on everyone's list.

1. Being A Marine- The Marine Corps has a reputation that precedes it. The Corps also has a long and proud history beginning with its founding at Tun Tavern, in Philadelphia, PA. Marine aviation also has a long history beginning with the first marine aviator, 1st LT Alfred A. Cunningham, and continuing with the men and women flying today.

2. Travel- Being an expeditionary force … there is always a Marine presence just off the coast of potential trouble spots. Marines pilots deploy aboard navy ships and they can also operate from shore bases. This gives the Corps flexibility when planning missions.

3. The Osprey- The MV-22 Tilt Rotor is the Marine Corps newest aircraft. It is either an airplane or a helicopter. It's classified as a powered lift aircraft which means its able to take off and land vertically (like a helicopter), but when in cruise flight it behaves like an airplane. The Osprey has many advantages over the helicopter it's replacing as well as other helicopters in general. The Osprey can fly twice as fast, cruise at altitudes as high as 25,000 ft, and has a range six times that of the helicopter its replacing.

4. They Pay You- Believe it or not, the Marine Corps will actually pay you to fly their aircraft. In fact, the pay is quite good. Additionally you'll receive 30 paid vacation days per year.

5. Being part of the Team- You'll receive much satisfaction knowing that you're part of the Marine Corps Air-Ground Team.

Source by Kevin Crockett

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