Special Note: This job used to be closed to new recruits, unless they already possessed a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Engineer Certificate. However, the Air Force has changed this policy, effective sometime in January 2003. The job opportunity is now open to new recruits (1A131C only).
Added note: According to this article, from the Air Force News Service, the Air Force has stopped taking non-prior service into this career field, regardless of shreadout, starting in November 2006.
For entry, award, and retention of these AFSCs:
Physical qualification for aircrew duty according to AFI 48-123, Medical Examination and Standards, Class III medical standards.
Qualification for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges.
For 1A131C: Prior qualification at the 5- or 7-skill level in the 1A0, 1A2, 1A5, 2AXXX, or 2M0 career field ladder, or possession of a valid Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Engineer certificate, FAA private pilot license, or valid FAA aircraft and power plant license or Aircraft Maintenance Technician license.
Suffix Portion of AFS to Which Related
C Performance Qualified
Shredouts B and C are applicable to the 1- and 3-skill levels only.
Strength Req: K
Physical Profile XXX1XX
Required Appitude Score:
1A1X1B: M-44 or E-33 (Changes to M-47 or E-28 after 1 Jul 04)
1A1X1C: G-55 (Changes to G-57 after 1 Jul 04)
- Enlisted Aircrew Undergraduate Course, Lackland AFB, TX, 2 weeks, 3 days
- Combat Survival Training Course, Fairchild AFB, WA, 17 days
- (Fixed Wing Flight Engineers): Water Survival-Parachuting Course, Pensacola NAS, FL, 4 days
- (Helicopter Flight Engineers): Non-Parachuting Water Survival Course, Fairchild AFB, WA, 2 days.
- Basic Flight Engineer (BFE) Course, Lackland AFB, TX (about six months)
Note: This career field requires initial training at the Enlisted Aircrew Undergraduate Course.