Joint training for all USAF and US Army helicopter pilots
Graduates select UH-1, HH-60, CV-22, FAIP
Merit Assignment Selection System Process - How do you pick your
At completion of Phase-3 advanced training, students are rank
ordered based on merit
Flying, academic, and military performance scores
Compete for aircraft compatible with their specialized tracks (i.e.
Numbers for each Major Weapon System (MWS) are determined by USAF
Wing Commander approves assignment
Graduates progress to follow-on FTU/RTU specific MWS training
Students also attend Land Survival, Water Survival, and any other
schools required at this time
The Path to Pilot Wings
All Air Force pilot candidates begin
their flying training with introductory flight screening (IFS). Civilian flight
instructors in Pueblo, Colorado administer the new flight screening
program. Students fly the Mitsubishi Diamond DA-20 in their
training. The program is a 40 day program that
includes ground school and a 25 flight-hour flight screening course for
up to 1700 students annually.
The next step in the process is joint specialized undergraduate pilot
training, which prepares student pilots for the full spectrum of aircraft
and flying missions. The term "Joint" denotes training with sister
services such as the Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.
candidates then attend either
Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) or
joint specialized undergraduate pilot training (JSUPT).
ENJJPT is located at
Sheppard AFB, Texas. The entire course lasts about 54 weeks.
Students learn with, and are taught by, U.S. Air Force officers and
officers from various air forces of our European allies. Student pilots
first fly the T-37 mastering contact, instrument, low-level and
formation flying. Next, they strap on the supersonic T-38 and continue
building the skills necessary to become a fighter pilot.
Joint specialized undergraduate pilot training began at Reese Air Force
Base, Texas, in July 1992 following the arrival of the T-1A Jayhawk.
Undergraduate pilot training continued training all students in the T-37B
Tweet and T-38A Talon until the T-1A arrived at each pilot training base.
JSUPT was completely in place after the last UPT class graduated at
Columbus AFB, Miss., in 1997.
The JSUPT program is accomplished through the cooperative efforts of the
Air Force and the Navy. Joint training for Air Force and Navy students is
conducted at Vance AFB, Okla., and
Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. Students complete primary flight
training at these locations in the Air Force’s T-6 Texan II and Navy’s T-34 Turbomentor.
Other students complete the primary training at
Columbus AFB, Miss., or
Laughlin AFB, Texas, flying the
T-6 Texan II. The USAF was first to phase in the T-6 as a
replacement to the (now retired) T-37 Tweet. The first base to
transition was Moody AFB, GA (no longer a UPT base) and the last base to
transition was the ENJJPT program at Sheppard AFB, TX.
Following the primary phase of JSUPT, students move on to advanced
training in one of several tracks. Students selected for fighter-bomber
assignments fly the T-38A, concentrating on low-level tactics, instrument
procedures, 2- and 4-ship formation flying and navigation training.
Prospective airlift and tanker pilots complete their advanced training in the
T-1A at Columbus AFB, Miss., Laughlin AFB, Texas, and Vance AFB, Okla.,
where they are introduced to crew resource management techniques,
air-to-air refueling, airdrop missions and radar positioning and
Students selected for the multi-engine turboprop track will eventually fly
the C-130 Hercules and train at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas,
in the T-44 or C-12 turboprop trainer. The training profiles closely resemble
typical missions flown by the C-130.
Other students are selected to fly helicopters and complete their advanced
training at Fort Rucker, Ala., in the UH-1 Huey. The helicopter syllabus
includes operational skills such as low-level flying and combat tactics
Academic and Military Training When student pilots are not flying or in simulators, much of their duty
day is taken up with academic classes, officer development, self-study and
physical conditioning. Academics include conventional classes where
contractor and active-duty military serve as instructors.
Additionally, classroom instruction is augmented by computer-assisted
Officer development topics include Air Force doctrine, rated officer
duties, flying assignments, and perspectives of senior noncommissioned
officers and senior officers.
The JSUPT program lasts approximately 52 weeks. After successfully
completing JSUPT, officers receive their silver wings and are awarded the
aeronautical rating of pilot. They attend follow-on training in their
assigned aircraft at various bases known as Formal Training Units (FTUs) around the country.
Nineteenth Air Force also provides follow-on
training for most Air Force pilots in their assigned aircraft. Pilots
assigned to fighter aircraft complete the introduction to fighter
fundamentals course at Randolph AFB or Sheppard AFB, Texas, or Moody
AFB, Ga., flying the AT-38B, and then move on to train in either the
F-15 Eagle at Tyndall AFB, Fla., the F-15E Strike Eagle at
Seymour-Johnson AFB, NC., or the F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke
AFB, Ariz. Altus AFB, Okla., hosts training for pilots assigned to the KC-135 Stratotanker
and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The C-5
training center has moved from Altus to Lackland AFB, TX. Aircrews
assigned to fly the C-130 train at Little Rock AFB, Ark.
or Dobbins ARB, GA, and pilots
assigned to fly MC-130 Combat Talon, HC-130 aircraft, UH-1N, HH-60 Pave Hawk,
and CV-22 Osprey pilots receive their training at Kirtland AFB,
N.M. Keesler AFB, Miss., provides training for pilots assigned to the
C-21. A schoolhouse is being stood-up at Canon AFB, NM for the NSAv
fleet and the U-28 schoolhouse is at Hurlburt Field, FL. The new
MC-12 schoolhouse (MQT course) is in Meridian, MS, preceded by a
simulator course for IQT.