More Flight Hours = Higher PCSM
What is the PCSM ?
The Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) is a tool used to predict the ability of a prospective pilot candidate to complete Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT). The score is on a scale of 1-99, with 99 being the best. Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) test scores are combined with the candidate’s Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores, and total number of 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 is provided to pilot selection board along with other “whole-person concept” information to make decisions concerning pilot candidate selection. By using the PCSM to aid in selecting pilot candidates, in theory, a greater number of pilot-trainees will graduate and pilot training is more efficient, and there are cost savings.
The PCSM score is comprised of three parts
- Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) is a computerized psychomotor test battery. It is used as a tool for the selection of United States Air Force pilot candidates.
- Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT)
- Private (civilian) Flying Hours – The total number of flight hours count towards your score; possessing a Private Pilots’ License Rating does not factor into your score.
Minimum Requirements for USAF Flight Training
- Receive a Flying Class 1 Physical (FC1), coordinated with Air Force ROTC, that establishes you are medically certified to be a pilot or combat systems officer. This must be completed by November of your junior year.
- Take the AFOQT and achieve qualifying scores: Pilots need minimum Pilot and Combat Systems Officer scores of 25 and 10, respectively. Combat Systems Officers need minimum Pilot and Combat Systems Officer scores of 10 and 25, respectively.
How long does it take to get a PCSM score?
This depends somewhat on the person who administered your < ahref="/test-of-basic-aviation-skills-tbas/">TBAS. If the results are emailed to the PCSM Program Office, and if AFOQT scores are on file, a score should be available within 72 hours.
For more information on how to compute the Order of Merit score, check out our How to get an AFROTC Pilot Slot section.