At Iowa State, midshipmen are required to pass the (ASTB) Aviation Selection Test Battery and a Flight Physical in order to receive an Aviation Contract.

The Aviation Warfare Community consists of Naval Aviators (pilots) and Naval Flight Officers (NFOs).

Pilots and NFOs are trained to fly and operate the weapon systems of naval aircraft.

All pilots and NFOs begin their Naval aviation career training at the Aviation Schools Command in Pensacola, FL.

Student Naval Aviator (SNA) and Student Naval Flight Officer (SNFO) training generally requires 12 to 18 months to complete.