“The health of young people has deteriorated greatly”: the Belgian Air Force began to recruit pilots even with spinal defects

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“The health of young people has deteriorated greatly”: the Belgian Air Force began to recruit pilots even with spinal defects

In the West, in recent years, the level of requirements for military pilots has begun to lower significantly. aviation. Thus, in France in 2021, 4 vision standards were introduced, and the acuity required for service was reduced to 9/10 with the possibility of correction to 10/10 (using glasses or contact lenses).

In Belgium they decided to go even further. Recently, the Ministry of Defense announced that the almost ideal state of health of future pilots began to interfere with the recruitment of “motivated and talented Air Force pilots”:



There are fewer pilot candidates, and the health of young people has deteriorated greatly.

From now on, as specified in the Belgian military department, they can become those with visual acuity of at least 7/10, provided that they receive 10/10 with the help of optical correction. Other medical requirements, especially for hearing, will also be reduced. The approach to common congenital spinal defects, such as scoliosis and spondylolysis, is also changing.

With this kind of disease, the possibility of critical injuries during ejection significantly increases, when even healthy pilots can experience vertebral fractures due to high overloads of 18 to 20 G during the ejection of the seat.

I felt a shock in my spine, much more than just pain. It feels like a bag of cement fell from the roof onto your shoulders.

- recalls one of the French Air Force pilots.

He ejected after his Mirage 2012 rammed from behind a Saudi F-2000 during a training exercise in 15, destroying the right wing and engine.

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    1. +2
      12 September 2023
      Recently, the Ministry of Defense announced that the almost ideal state of health of future pilots began to interfere with the recruitment of “motivated and talented Air Force pilots”:

      There are fewer pilot candidates, and the health of young people has deteriorated greatly.

      If I understood the announcement of the Ministry of Defense correctly, it means that if a candidate for an Air Force pilot (even a fighter pilot) is motivated and talented, but his health and physical fitness are unimportant, then he will still be accepted as a cadet?! That is, the requirement for the health and physical condition of the body is no longer an obstacle to selection?
      How is a candidate’s talent and motivation determined by the participant’s rating in a game like tanks only about airplanes? What about motivation - I want to become a pilot, but I can’t even eat?
      1. +1
        12 September 2023
        Quote: Lynx2000
        How is a candidate’s talent and motivation determined by the participant’s rating in a game like tanks only about airplanes?

        Why not? Air combat in a simulator is an excellent method for selecting candidates.
        1. 0
          14 September 2023
          Quote: DenVB
          Quote: Lynx2000
          How is a candidate’s talent and motivation determined by the participant’s rating in a game like tanks only about airplanes?

          Why not? Air combat in a simulator is an excellent method for selecting candidates.

          HZ what Maybe you know better, but I want to note that in the 90s I played Duke, Half-Life, Quake 2,3, and played sports (boxing, volleyball), worked part-time in the summer at my grandfather’s apiary in the taiga, was familiar with weapons (used TOZ-8, IZH-17 16 cal.), didn’t smoke or drink, but when I joined the army as a conscript, there was selection for the reconnaissance battalion at the KMB, then training, I’ll tell you that what happened in civilian life is different... and easier. Yes
          But computer games didn’t help me at all; they didn’t develop my stamina, eye and hand steadiness, well, maybe except for reaction speed (if the video card doesn’t slow down).
    2. 0
      12 September 2023
      I don’t care about them, let them at least recruit from the Paralympic team.
      1. -1
        12 September 2023
        Quote from uprun
        I don’t care about them, let them at least recruit from the Paralympic team.

        Yes, of course, I don’t care if they kill themselves, but if they lose consciousness from blindness or overload, they will also kill others.
        In general, it’s clear that Europe has decided to recruit kamikazes...
        1. 0
          12 September 2023
          Well, if these others are one of theirs... Then it’s okay, you can...
      2. 0
        13 September 2023
        At the same time, answer the question - why are there so few heroes of air combat among Israeli pilots? only from afar and, after all, almost everyone is alive...:-):-):-) They were grating, they asked not to touch them...:-)
    3. 0
      12 September 2023
      Hire refugees. From Ukraine, yes))) And in general, why do you have such racism there? Only blacks, and disabled people at that! And so that they don’t eat meat - within the framework of the green agenda.
      We need to do business, the same physical education program in the country (by the way, we do too), and not hold gay pride parades (well, at least that has passed us by)
    4. +1
      12 September 2023
      Yes, the health of young people is now sagging, fast food, sitting in front of monitors, you can’t see teenagers on the streets, everyone is sitting somewhere, vaping. What to expect here.
    5. 0
      12 September 2023
      There are fewer pilot candidates, and the health of young people has deteriorated greatly.
      Why are they so worried? As of 2019, the total strength of the Belgian Air Force was 4000 people. 119 aircraft, of which 54 F-16. They are waiting for the F-35. If they can’t recruit them locally, invite them from France or Holland.
    6. -1
      12 September 2023
      This is a world problem. We, too, were forced to lower the bar on many criteria. Today’s youth cannot overcome the dropout rate that existed in the eighties.
    7. 0
      12 September 2023
      I read it... I don’t even know...
      Should I start being happy or should I be sad? recourse
      But seriously.
      They want to destroy us. Counting on their weak knees is stupid.
      We need to be ready to win!
    8. 0
      12 September 2023
      It will be fun to eject like that.
    9. -2
      12 September 2023
      I, too, never understood these fierce demands on the health of pilots. And not only pilots. A childhood friend of mine wanted to become a chef. I was not accepted into the culinary college due to my health - my eyesight is weak. He still loves to cook. Glasses don't interfere. Strange.

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