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Army raising service commitment for future aviators to 10 years

Soldiers who want to fly Army helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft will be required to serve at least a decade, the same active-duty service commitment expected of Air Force fighter pilots and four more years than the current policy.

The 10-year service obligation kicks in after graduation from flight training and does not apply to personnel currently in training, Army officials said this week.

The policy takes effect in October and also applies to part-time Army Reserve and National Guard personnel, Chief Warrant Officer 5 William S. Kearns, aviation and officer policy integrator for the Army’s personnel office, said in a statement.

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