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Thank you for your interest in becoming a pilot and an officer in the Alaska Air National Guard!
Every year, we host a single combined UPT Selection Board for both the 176th Wing (located at JB Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage) and the 168th Wing (located at Eielson AFB in Fairbanks). The combined Selection Board normally meets at JBER in the fall each year to interview selected applicants.
2021 UPT applications will be accepted beginning 15 March 2021 through 14 May 2021. Applications must be postmarked no later than 14 May 2021, or hand delivered to the 176th Operations Group by close of business on 14 May 2021 to be considered.
*Late and/or incomplete packages will not be considered.
*Please follow the updated application instructions below.
2021 UPT Selection Board dates: 8-12 August 2021. The first day will be a meet-and-greet, followed by approximately four days of interviews. Applicants selected for an interview will be given the exact itinerary asap. Thelocation for the UPT Selection Board will be the 176th Wing at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Anchorage, AK. Please note, all expenses including travel and meals are the responsibility of the applicant.
Your application package should include these items in the following order:
In addition, applications from prior/current military members should also include:
1 Complete 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
4 Electronic copy format: ONE SINGLE FILE PDF on a CD, identical to the hard copy (black-and-white is fine) 10MB or less. Please be sure the electronic file is scanned in the correct order and the pages are oriented correctly. The electronic file is what the Selection Board will see, only the UPT Board coordinator will view the hard copy.
It is preferred that hard copies be printed on both sides on normal weight paper and submitted loose (not bound) in a pocket folder, thank you!
Submit applications via Mail or hand-delivery to:
AKANG UPT Board
17470 Airlifter Dr Rm 308
JBER, AK 99506
Application process: Submitted applications will be used to determine if the applicant meets the minimum criteria to meet and interview with Selection Board. (Applications become the property of the Alaska Air National Guard to be retained or properly disposed of at our discretion.)
The top applicants will be invited to meet the combined UPT Selection Board for a formal interview. The UPT Selection Board will then select applicants to attend UPT as primary candidates, as well as at least one alternate candidate, for each aircraft within the AKANG (HC-130J, C-17, KC-135 & HH-60).
Candidates should expect pilot training to begin two fiscal years beyond the selection board year, to account for the amount of time it takes to join the AKANG and complete the prerequisites. (I.e. in general, the upcoming 2020 Board will select for UPT training slots in fiscal year 2022.)
If a primary candidate becomes unable or ineligible to attend UPT, then an alternate candidate will be offered the slot. If the alternate candidate has not been offered a slot prior to the next year’s selection board, then he/she will need to apply again to be considered for the next year.
Please direct all questions/correspondence to:
176Wing.PilotHiring@gmail.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org
Be advised, it may take several or more days for us to respond due to the large amount of email traffic we receive, therefore it is highly encouraged to review the FAQ section on this website as well.
Recently the Air Force has changed the age restriction to attend UPT via a Memorandum for Record which will be incorporated into AFI 36-2105: “Only individuals who are beyond their 33rd birthday and/or have greater than 8 years of total federal commissioned service…require an exception-to-policy to be considered...this guidance is intended to increase the eligible pool of candidates from all commissioning sources and Total Force UFT boards.”