Pilot officer

Pilot officer (Plt Off officially in the RAF; PLTOFF in the RAAF and RNZAF; formerly P/O in all services, and still often used in the RAF) is the lowest commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force[1] and the air forces of many other Commonwealth countries. It ranks immediately below flying officer.

Pilot officer
Shoulder and sleeve insignia
of a pilot officer from the Royal Air Force
Service branchAir forces
AbbreviationPlt Off / PLTOFF
NATO rank codeOF-1
Non-NATO rankO-1
Formation1 April 1918 (1918-04-01) (RAF)
Next higher rankFlying officer
Next lower rankActing pilot officer
Equivalent ranks
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HistoryRoyal Naval Air Service

It has a NATO ranking code of OF-1 and is equivalent to a second lieutenant in the British Army or the Royal Marines. The Royal Navy has no exact equivalent rank, and a pilot officer is senior to a Royal Navy midshipman and junior to a Royal Navy sub-lieutenant. In the Australian Armed Forces, the rank of pilot officer is equivalent to acting sub lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy.

The equivalent rank in the Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) was "assistant section officer".