A young man must complete his work at a Navy Flight school to become an aviator, with help from a tough gunnery sergeant and his new girl friend.Zack Mayo has just signed up for Navy Aviation Officer Candidate School. He is a Navy brat with a bad attitude problem. Gunnery Sergeant Foley is there to train and evaluate him and will clearly find Zack wanting. Zack meets Paula, a girl who has little beyond family and must decide what it is he wants to do with his life.