- Pilot Officer
Pilot Officer (Plt Off officially in the RAF; PLTOFF in the RAAF and RNZAF; P/O in the former RCAF and frequently in the RAF) is the lowest commissioned rank in the
Royal Air Force[cite web |url=http://www.raf.mod.uk/structure/commissionedranks.cfm |title=Ranks and Badges of the Royal Air Force |accessdate= 2007-12-01 |year=2007 |publisher= Royal Air Force] and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries. It ranks immediately below Flying Officer. It normally denotes an Officer who has elected to join as a non-graduate direct entrant Officer, as those with degrees usually only serve a week at the rank after graduation from the RAF College Cranwell. Some newly commissioned officers hold the lower grade of Acting Pilot Officer.
It has a
NATOranking code of OF-1 and is equivalent to a Second Lieutenantin the British Armyor the Royal Marines. The Royal Navyhas no exactly equivalent rank, and a Pilot Officer is senior to a Royal Navy Midshipmanand junior to a Royal Navy Sub-Lieutenant.
The equivalent rank in the
Women's Auxiliary Air Force(WAAF) was Assistant Section Officer.
1 April 1918, the newly created RAF adopted its officer rank titles from the British Army, with Royal Flying CorpsSecond Lieutenants becoming Second Lieutenants in the RAF. Consideration was given to renaming Second Lieutenants as Ensigns. However, when the RAF's own rank structure was introduced on 1 August 1919, RAF Second Lieutenants were re-titled as Pilot Officers, a rank which has been in continuous use ever since.
The rank title does not imply that an officer in the rank of Pilot Officer is a pilot. Some Pilot Officers are aircrew, whilst many are ground branch officers. A ground branch Pilot Officer rarely may have command of a flight.
insigniaconsists of a thin blue band on slightly wider black band. This is worn on both the lower sleeves of the tunic or on the shoulders of the flying suitor the casual uniform.
Although no Royal Navy rank has an insignia of a single half width ring, a pilot officer's mess insignia of one thin band of gold running around each cuff is similar to the general naval pattern. As with the mess insignia for other RAF officer ranks, the band of gold does not have the Royal Navy's loop.
Other air forces
The rank of Pilot Officer is also used in a number of the air forces in the Commonwealth, including the
Bangladesh Air Force, Pakistan Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal New Zealand Air Forceand Sri Lanka Air Force. The rank is no longer used by the Indian Air Force.
Royal Canadian Air Forceused the rank until the three armed services were unified into the Canadian Forcesin 1968 and Army-type ranks were adopted. A Canadian Pilot Officer then became a Second Lieutenant. In official French Canadian usage, a pilot officer's rank title was "sous-lieutenant d'aviation".
RAF officer ranks
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