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Undergraduate Flight Training

Serving as a military pilot or a combat systems officer (CSO) is an exacting profession that requires a high level of training. But if you pursue your dream of becoming a "rated" officer (that is, an officer qualified for flight duty) you will not be disappointed. You will receive the world's best aviation training and quickly be at the controls of complex aircraft, flying demanding and rewarding missions in Alaska and around the world.


As a pilot, you will be at the flight controls of the aircraft. Directing the crew to meet mission objectives.


As a CSO, you will control supporting systems on the aircraft. These systems support the combat and civil search and rescue missions of the HC-130 Combat King II.


You will also be an officer. You will be expected to lead, and will be given training and opportunities to grow as a leader. You, and others like you, will provide the leadership that takes the Alaska Air National Guard into the future.

Our rated officers are selected at an annual selection board which convenes in Anchorage, Alaska. The board is a combined board that selects candidates for both the 176th Wing, based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, and the 168th Wing, based at Eielson Air Force Base. All pilot selections for the Alaska Air National Guard are made at this board.



UPT Application Information

UNT Application Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Guide to Becoming an Officer in the Air National Guard

Information about the aircraft we fly:

HC-130 "Combat King II"  (combat search and rescue/aerial refueling)
HH-60 "Pavehawk"  (combat search and rescue)
C-17 "Globemaster III"  (strategic airlift)
KC-135 "Stratotanker"  (mobility aircraft)


Undergraduate Pilot Training

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