HC Deb 25 May 1938 vol 336 c1204
49. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Air what are the qualifications required of young men wishing to become pilot officers in the Royal Air Force; and whether they or their parents are expected to have any financial resources before their selection can be considered?

Sir K. Wood

A young man wishing to become a pilot officer in the Royal Air Force can enter the service by permanent Commission through the Universities or the Royal Air Force College or by short service commission. These three methods of entry aim at obtaining for the service young men who are physically fit, possess character and capacity for leadership and whose educational attainments are adequate to enable them to discharge their duties with efficiency. An officer does not require to have means beyond his pay, and in making selections no regard is paid to financial position.