Army Air Corps: Staff

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 21st October 2021.

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Photo of Fleur Anderson Fleur Anderson Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will reconsider the Army Air Corps’ minimum height requirement for pilots of 5 feet 4 and a half inches in line with the US Air Force's decision to remove this height requirement last year.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

Army Air Corps (AAC) pilot selection is based upon an assessment of the British Army's principal aircraft (Wildcat and Apache). AAC policy is not comparable to that of the US Air Force, whose requirements will be based upon their individual aircraft fleet. The anthropometric standards for AAC pilots will be reviewed in line with any changes to the aircraft fleet to ensure the AAC can continue to recruit from the widest talent base, whilst ensuring pilots can operate the aircraft safely.

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