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Information for Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) Selection Board candidates


 Quick facts

Package Deadline: 15 June 2019
Board Date: 9-12 September 2019
Board Location: Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, AK

Thank you for your interest in becoming an Alaska Air National Guard member. The 176th Wing (based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska) and the 168th Wing (based at Eielson AFB, Alaska) will host a combined selection board. This means that all pilot positions for the Alaska Air National Guard will be selected on this board.
To qualify for Undergraduate Pilot Training selection, packages must be postmarked or received via hand delivery by this office by close of business on the date above. The Selection Board will be held in Anchorage, Alaska (note that travel to the interview is at the candidate's expense).

Your application package should include the following:

A. Resume
B. AF Form 241, 2
C. AF Form 20302
D. Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores3
E. TBAS & PCSM Scores3
F. One consolidated college transcript (unofficial OK)
G. Private pilot's license (highly recommended, but not mandatory)
H. Copy of last page of log book
I. Department of Motor Vehicles driver's record
J. Current letters of recommendation (5 maximum)
K. Electronic copy of application submitted via CD.

Cover letters are optional.

Application packages from prior/current military members should also include:

L. DD Form 214 for prior military
M. Last 5 OPRs/EPRs as applicable
N. Personnel Report (RIP) or equivalent

1 AF Form 24 blocks: 3-8, 10-12, 14, 17-29, 31, 33 (if required), and signature/date
2 Forms available at http://www.e-publishing.af.mil/
3 Contact your local Air Force/Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Recruiting office for information on testing

Electronic copy ALSO required

Please include in ONE SINGLE FILE an electronic copy (scan) of your application submitted via CD. This file will be used to generate copies of your application for review by the board members. It should be identical to the hard copy (but black -and-white is ok). Applications that require more than 2 files to be downloaded will not be considered.

Be sure that the electronic copy of the application you submit is scanned in the correct order, and that the pages are oriented correctly. In other words, the file should be ready to print correctly.

File size should be 10MB or less.

Your file will be presented to the board as it was submitted to this office. Only the UPT Board coordinator will receive the original hard copy, and it is preferred that your documents are neatly submitted in a pocket folder instead of in a binder or spiral bound.

About the process

This information will only be used to determine whether a candidate meets the minimum criteria for the interview process. Packages become the property of the Alaska Air National Guard to be retained or disposed of at our discretion. Applications will be accepted and must be postmarked/received by June 15.

The top applicants will be called for a formal interview. The UPT Selection Board will then select pilots for each aircraft (HC130, C17, KC135 & HH60). One alternate will also be selected for each position. These training slots will be for two fiscal years beyond the interview board year. For example, the 2017 board will select for fiscal year 2019 (October 2018 - September 2019). However, it may be possible, if selected, to attend training earlier than those dates. Alternates from prior boards are welcome to resubmit an application package. If a primary candidate becomes unable, or ineligible, to attend UPT then an alternate will fill the slot.

If you have any questions, contact 176wg.pilotuft@us.af.mil.

A note about planning ahead

Historically, holdups for the application package have included the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) and the Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS). Plan on an approximate two-week lead time (actual lead times may be even longer at your testing location) to schedule the AFOQT, and another two weeks to receive your scores. The AFOQT is a prerequisite for the TBAS. Therefore, obtaining a TBAS score can be a six-week (or longer!) process. Be sure to plan accordingly.
Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2205, Applying for Flying Training, Air Battle Manager, and Astronaut Programs is the governing regulation for the application process. Some areas to highlight are as follow:
- Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve applicants must not exceed their 30th birthday or 5 years beyond their Total Federal Commissioned Service Date (TFCSD)* by their assigned UPT class start date (i.e., the UPT class start date may not be later than the date of the applicant's 30th birthday).
*TFCSD starts the day you were commissioned and keeps counting unless you have resigned your commission. Even if you are on Inactive Ready Reserve your days/years continue to count against the 5 year restriction
What this means to you is that you must plan ahead. We hire two years in advance so apply early to achieve your goals.

Submit applications to:

17470 Airlifter Dr Rm 308
JBER, AK 99506



Undergraduate Pilot Training