MAINE AIR NATIONAL GUARD
UNDERGRADUATE PILOT TRAINING APPLICATION WORKBOOK (subject to change)
101st Air Refueling Wing, Bangor, Maine
Last Updated: 20161118
This application workbook contains information regarding your application for Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT) with the Maine Air National Guard in Bangor. It contains the eligibility and application requirements. It also includes all of the important information that you will need to be considered for an interview.
The 101st Air Refueling Wing is located adjacent to the Bangor International Airport. Our primary mission is in-flight refueling. The unit employs both traditional Guard members and a full-time workforce. Your application is being considered for a part-time "traditional guard-member" pilot position.
In peacetime the 101st Air Refueling Wing is assigned to the State of Maine serving the Governor as our Commander in Chief. If the unit is federally activated for any reason, our Commander in Chief is the President of the United States.
If selected for a pilot position, your obligation to the Air National Guard will be 10 years of service upon completion of training. Your participation will be, at a minimum, to fly at least four sorties per month, attend one drill weekend each month and be available for off base deployments each quarter.
The Wing typically convenes a selection board once each year and will select the needed amount of primary candidates and alternates, based on the availability of training slots. Selection as an alternate does not guarantee future selection for a training slot. If you are not selected as a primary candidate, you will have to apply again and compete with all other applicants again future selection boards.
Questions regarding the application process may be directed to the Recruiting Office. The toll-free number is 800-643-2384.
Individuals must meet the requirements established by the United States Air Force and those of the Maine Air National Guard.
AGE: You should be no older than the age of 28 1/2 at the time of application. The age regulation for pilots states that a candidate must be under the age of 30 the day they begin Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, which is at the earliest, one year from the date of the interview.
EDUCATION: A bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required. Under extenuating circumstances, an individual that has not yet completed a four-year degree may be selected, and an education waiver would be required. Completion of the degree would still be required before attending a commissioning course.
AFOQT: The Air Force Officers Qualification Test is mandatory prior to your application being considered. This test takes approximately 4 hours and may be scheduled through our base personnel office at (207) 404-7395. If you do not reside in the local area, call a local Air Force Recruiter to schedule this test. Minimum Scores required are:
These scores are minimum scores required to pass the AFOQT test. The scores of this test are a factor in the interview process. It is strongly recommended that you prepare for this test. You will find study material at most bookstores and libraries that carry SAT preparatory material.
TEST OF BASIC ATTRIBUTES (TBAS) is required for consideration. The test can be scheduled by calling (781) 225-5937. Please visit the website for more information about the test http://access.afpc.af.mil/pcsmdmz/TBASInfo.html for instructions on how to schedule the test, please see Information about the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) at the end of this document (Attachment 1)
PHYSICAL: All pilot applicants must be in excellent physical and psychological health. You must include in your application the Medical Prescreening Form, DD FORM 2807-2. Minimum vision requirements are 20/70 corrected to 20/20 with no exception. You must have full hearing in both ears and meet height and weight standards. Those selected must pass both military entrance and flight physicals, which will be coordinated through with Wing representatives and/or recruiters, depending on the applicant’s military status.
MORAL STANDARD: This section involves criminal history. A local application is included in this workbook. Any law violations, including juvenile offenses and traffic violations must be documented on this application. Law violations do not necessarily disqualify an individual but non-disclosure of any offense is disqualifying. If selected, a federal background check will be initiated as part of the security clearance requirement.
APPLICATION PACKAGE: This workbook includes the items that are mandatory in your application package. A package will only be considered for an interview if it is complete. For any required item that is not included, you must attach a letter of explanation.
PILOT APPLICATION PACKAGE REQUIREMENTS
1. Cover Letter (Letter of Introduction)
3. AFOQT Test Results (If you did not receive results, call us at 800-643-2384 and we can obtain them for you. We must know the location of the test center to retrieve your scores.)
4. TBAS (Test of Basic Aviation Skills)
Visit: http://access.afpc.af.mil/pcsmdmz/TBASInfo.html for more information.
5. Official College Transcripts (Copies are sufficient for your application. If selected, you will be required to have originals mailed to: 101 FSS/CCRS, 102 Ashley Ave, Suite 489, Bangor, ME 04401)
6. Local Application - 101st ARW Pilot Application Form
7. Minimum of three Letters of Recommendation
8. If you have had prior Military Service, you must include your discharge paperwork (DD 214, NGB 22, Discharge Order, a copy of all promotion orders and a copy of all EPRs).
9. Local Application Form 24 - Application for Appointment as Reserve of the Air Force or USAF without Component (Must be typed)
10. SF 86 - Security Clearance Worksheet (Checklist)
11. AF Form 2030 - USAF Drug and Alcohol Abuse Certificate (please put all three initials in the "yes or no" blocks - x's or check marks are not accepted)
12. Air Force Form 357 - Family Care Certification All applicants must sign Section I A., HOWEVER, not everyone needs a family care plan. FAMILY CARE PLAN REQUIRED FOR:Single parents, Married to a Military Spouse with Children, Those with unique family situations.
13. AF Form dd2807-2 - Medical Prescreen of Medical History Report.
14. Statement of Agreement and Understanding.
15. af215 - Aircrew Candidate Data Summary.
NOTE: It is not mandatory, but it is desirable to have a civilian private pilot license. Please provide copies of any pertinent flying qualifications that you have.
The importance of a completed package cannot be overstated, however, do not include additional extraneous information. The Selection Board will only review the items listed above during the selection process. Place your completed package in a lightweight folder (it is not necessary to send your information in a three ring binder) and mail or hand-carry to the 101st Air Refueling Wing Recruiting Office at the following address:
101st Air Refueling Wing
Attn: Pilot Review Board
102 Ashley Ave, Suite 489
Bangor, ME 04401
For questions call toll free: 800-643-2384, commercial: 207-404-7264, DSN: 698-7264 or email to: Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: The amount of coordination and paperwork required for a candidate can be very demanding. You must be prepared for short notice trips to the 101st to sign paperwork, provide copies of documents, testing etc. Generally the approval process can take up to 6 months, possibly longer. The approval process will go through the chain of command starting with the 101st Air Refueling Wing followed by the ME State Headquarter, Air National Guard Headquarters and United States Air Force Headquarters. Patience and flexibility will come in handy. All trips to the 101st ARW to complete the application/selection process will be at the candidate's expense.
Interviews will be conducted when allocations for Pilot Training class dates are received be the 101st ARW. Normally we will interview according to the number of applications received and the number of assigned training slots. The interview process follows:
· All Pilot packages will be prescreened for initial eligibility. The Operations Group will determine which applicants will be interviewed. Not all applicants are interviewed.
· The Operations Group Commander will convene a board of officers to interview those candidates who are being considered. The board will be charged to evaluate each applicant's suitability to be commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force and Air National Guard.
· Applicants will be rated by point values based on AFOQT results, educational experience, flying experience and personal appearance to determine the ranking of the applicants. The board will also be directed to eliminate any applicant who they conclude to be not suited for commissioning for flight training.
The applicants with the highest point ratings will have their applications forwarded through command channels for review and approval. Final approval rests with the US Air Force. To follow is the selection process:
IF SELECTED AS A PILOT CANDIDATE OR ALTERNATE
· The applicants will be required to take and pass a commissioning physical along with a full flying class I physical at a Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Military Flight Screening and a Flying Class I physical will be accomplished.
· Applicants will be required to complete and submit a Top Secret Security Clearance Survey.
· Non-Prior Service candidates will be enlisted as E-3, and will be promoted to E-5 prior to leaving for Officer Training School (OTS). Upon completion of OTS, the member will be appointed as a Second Lieutenant.
· Prior Service will be accessed at the highest rank authorized by regulation.
· The applicant with the highest point rating will receive the first school position allocated to the unit. The unit may also be offered an additional class assignment on short notice due to cancellations by other units.
PILOT TRAINING PROGRAM
If you are selected as a Pilot Candidate, you will be required to complete the mandatory initial training that will require approximately 1-1/2 years to complete. Acceptance of this commitment should not be taken lightly. Successful completion of this training program requires dedication, long hours and strong support from your family. Your family should be fully aware of and prepared for this demanding period. Feel free to make an appointment for you and your spouse (if applicable) to talk with someone at the unit about the pilot training program. The following is a breakdown of this training.
Enhanced Flight Screening - Flying Class I physical along with a secondary review of both the commissioning physical and intense medical screening. 3 days (could be extended if any medical issues are present)
Officer Training School (OTS) – OTS is an 8 week commissioning course. Please click the following link for more information: OTS Fact Sheet
JSUPT (Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training) Initial Flight School including academic preparation and training in the T-1 aircraft. 52 weeks (permanent change of station to either Vance, Laughlin, or Columbus Air Force Base)
Survival Training (Training courses, location and duration are subject to change. The following are accomplished in no particular order, before or after JSUPT)
1. Combat Survival Training (SERE) 17 days 2. Water Survival - 5 days
3. Emergency Parachute Training - 1 day
Pilot Initial Qualification (PIQ) KC-135R Altus Air Force Base Altus Oklahoma. 18 - 20 weeks
Seasoning Training - continued training at the 101st Air Refueling Wing
This is a permanent change of station (PCS) move, therefore, spouses and dependents may be allowed to accompany the member. Please talk with your training manager for specific entitlements.
Training is conducted in several locations throughout the nation, and is subject to change. You will be informed of locations should you be selected.
Completion of the above training program carries a 10 year obligation with the Air National Guard.
It is preferred that you reside or plan to live within 50-100 miles of the base upon returning from training.
Information about the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) (Formerly known as BAT)
***You must have taken your Air Force Officer Qualification Test (AFOQT) before you can take your TBAS Test!***
The TBAS is a computerized test battery. It is used as an aid in the selection of United States Air Force pilot candidates. TBAS scores are combined with the candidate's Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), pilot composite score and flying hours to produce a Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score. The PCSM score provides a measure of a candidate's aptitude for pilot training. This PCSM score will be given to the pilot selection board along with other "whole-person concept" information to make decisions concerning pilot candidate selection.
Where do I test?
There are several test locations across the United States. Please visit: https://access.afpc.af.mil/pcsmdmz/TBASInfo.html for the location nearest you. For testers in the New England Region, the closest location is Hanscom AFB, MA.
Travel to and from the test, lodging (if necessary), and meals are at your own expense. There is no charge to take the test.
For testers in the New England Region, please contact the test administrators:
DSN 478-5937, COMM (781) 225-5937
They will schedule the test for you and review what to bring, where to go, and directions for travel.
If you test at another location, other than Hanscom AFB, MA, please coordinate with the respective test site administrator and follow their guidance for testing procedures.
Test results are available on-line at the URL listed above at "Where do I test". Results are usually available within five business days, if not sooner. If you have any questions, contact MSgt Goddard. Email Daniel.email@example.com or DSN 698-7264, Commercial 207-404-7264.