“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”:
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.
- 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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