How to Become a U.S. Air Force (USAF) Reserve Pilot

Pilot Jobs Available

Knowing how to become a USAF reserve pilot can offer great flying (and job) opportunities with today’s grim job prospects for airline pilots.

The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) is looking for pilots!

Current USAF Reserve pilot requirements
USAF Reserve Pilot basic requirements. USAF.

Opportunities in the USAF Reserve for airline pilots

Tens of thousands of U.S. airline pilots are in danger of being laid off in the near future amid the coronavirus crisis.

If you wish to continue flying until getting called back to active status with your airline you should find out if you qualify for the Air Force Reserve.

Job opportunities for students and aspiring pilots too

Three months ago, student pilots and aspiring pilots were in a premier position to quickly move up the ladder to fill vacant pilot positions in a world increasingly desperate from filling a looming airline pilot shortage.

With pilot dreams being shattered for the foreseeable future, young aspiring pilots may want to look into adjusting their career plans and dreams of how to become future airline pilots.

The airline industry will return to normal again. However, it will take time. Instead of sitting idle for perhaps the next three to four years awaiting the recovery of the coronavirus devastation on airlines, how about letting the U.S. Government secure your pilot-future?

The AFR is a rewarding opportunity

Becoming a pilot in the Air Force Reserve can be a challenging yet rewarding career opportunity and it is available to more people than one might think.

If someone has an interest in flying for the Air Force Reserve, there are more than 100 units out there looking for qualified, motivated individuals! 

1. Laid off airline pilots who are former military pilots

A situation applicable to many airline pilots, the U.S. Air Force Reserve (AFR) has hundreds of part- and full-time positions available for previously active military pilots.

A wide variety of flying positions are available across the full spectrum of aircraft types, geographical locations, and job statuses.

To qualify for a direct accession, you must have completed U.S. Air Force or U.S. Navy primary fixed-wing training. The actual timeline for joining will depend on your individual qualifications, training, and health.

To learn more, download the USAF Pilot Opportunities Guidebook by clicking the picture below:

become USAF reserve pilot, AFRC Pilot Opportunities Guidebook

You can contact Air Force Reserve Aircrew Accessions at hqafrc.a3rb.aircrewaccessions@us.af.mil or you can call 478-327-0338.

2. If you have no military pilot experience

The AFR also has opportunities to become a commissioned officer and go to Undergraduate Flying Training (UFT), which would include up to two years of paid full-time training. There are physical standards and an age limit of 33 years for entry into the UFT.

To learn more, download the Undergraduate Flying Training Guidebook by clicking the picture below:

becoming an air force pilot, AFRC UPT Guidebook

Not previously a military pilot?

What’s the process for becoming an Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) pilot for pilots who did not previously actively serve in the military?

Check out the video below:

C. W. Lemoine offers lots of useful insights into becoming a USAF Reserve pilot in this video. C.W. Lemoine/YouTube.

What is USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) like?

To get a sample of what a typical training day in the US Air Force Undergraduate Pilot Training training is like, check out the story here.

Do you have “the right stuff” to become a military pilot?

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Featured Image: The world’s most advanced fighter jet, F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, is flown by pilots from the Air Force Reserve Command. Picture: USAF.

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