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Program May Offer Civilian Pilots an Advantage for a USAF Career


”It is not a ‘waiver’ program,” said Aryn Lockhart, a spokeswoman for the 19th Air Force, part of AETC, in an email. “Candidates who volunteer for the program have their flying skills validated by the 19th Air Force and are then placed in training programs applicable to their skillsets.” The program applies only to pilots of fixed-wing and heavy aircraft, such as the C-17 Globemaster III. Pilots interested in flying fighters must still attend traditional undergraduate pilot training. “Applicants are screened on a set of demonstrated piloting skills, along with written and oral exams to hopefully accelerate their training in the aviation pipeline since it builds off their prior flight background,” Lockhart said. “Well-qualified applicants will take part in the Accelerated Path to Wings program, which is shorter than traditional training.”



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