Flying branch officers have to opt for a permanent commission of 20 years. Short Service commission of seven years is offered for all other branches.
Your career growth usually takes this route:
• Commissioning rank- Flying Officer
• 5 years-Flight Lieutenant
• 11 years -Squadron Leader
• 16-21 years - Wing Commander
• 22 years - Group Captain
• 24 year - Air Commodore
• 26 years - Air Vice Marshal
• 28 years - Air Chief Marshal
Money & Other Benefits
Flying Officer Rs 8,500 - 10,050
Flight Lt. Rs 9,600 - 11,400
Sq. Leader Rs 11,600 - 14,850
Wing Commander Rs 13,500 - 17,100
Group Captain Rs 15,100 - 17,350
Air Commander Rs 16,700 - 18,050
Air Vice Marshal Rs 18,400 - 22,400
Air marshal Rs 22,400 - 24,500
Air Chief Marshal Rs 30,000
In addition to the above fighter pilots get flying pay of Rs 9,000 per month. For helicopter and transport pilots, it is Rs 7,000.
Other facilities include leave benefits, travel concessions, dearness allowance, furnished accommodations, soft loans, group insurance scheme and free ration and medical treatment.
To make the IAF more attractive, the Short Service Commission for men across all divisions is being introduced so one can earn while they learn.
Air force pilots after retirement can move on to commercial airlines. This is true for all other branches as the civilian airline industry mirrors the defence one. With flying clubs and adventure sports gaining popularity there is a need for qualified personnel in these areas too.