* Changes age requirement for flight training (chap 2).
* Corrects administrative changes throughout the publication.
* Implements policy decisions regarding the aging Army aviator.
* Implements an increased service obligation of 5 years (para 1-6 b ).
* Places age restrictions upon attendance at flight training (para 2-1 f ).
* Provides for the screening of applicants by the Commander of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center prior to a student's entry into any flight related course of instruction at Fort Rucker, AL (para 3-4 d ).
This regulation sets policies and procedures for selecting officers, cadets, and officer candidates for training leading to the award of an aeronautical rating of Army aviator.
Required and related publications and prescribed and referenced forms are listed in appendix A .
Abbreviations and special terms used in this regulation are explained in the glossary .
a. The Chief, United States Army Military Personnel Center (MILPERCEN) will select and assign Active Army applicants for Army aviation flight training.
b. The Chief, National Guard Bureau (NGB) will select and assign Army National Guard applicants for Army Aviation flight training.
c. Each Chief, CONUSA will select and assign U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) applicants to Army aviation flight training.
a. The mission of Army aviation is to conduct prompt and sustained combat operations. To accomplish this, aviation units are generally organized into combat, combat support, and combat service support units.
b. Only volunteers are selected for training as Army aviators.
c. Officer students will be entered into aviation service by the Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center (CG, USAAVNC) when they begin training leading to an aeronautical rating (Army Regulation (AR) 600-105). They will remain in aviation service on a career basis unless eliminated from flight training or disqualified for medical or nonmedical reasons ( AR 600-105 ).
d. All initial entry flight training is conducted in helicopters. On successful completion of training, officers will receive the aeronautical rating of Army aviator (AR 600-105). They will also receive an appropriate aviation specialty or military occupational specialty (MOS) code ( PAM 611-21 ) and, with the exception of Medical Service Corps officers, transfer to the Aviation Branch. Officers failing to complete flight school will be transferred to an appropriate branch by the MILPERCEN.
e. Elimination from a previous course of military-sponsored flight instruction normally precludes entry or reentry into Army aviation flight training. The Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) (DAPC-OPA-CV) will consider requests for exception on a case-by-case basis.
a. Active duty officers must be in a career status (regular Army or conditional voluntary indefinite) prior to reporting to Fort Rucker, AL for any phase of initial aviation training or must submit a short-term extension in accordance with AR 135-215 prior to beginning any phase of initial aviation training at Fort Rucker, AL.
b. All Army officers selected for initial entry flight training and entered into aviation service will have a 5-year service obligation. This will be computed from the date of course completion or voluntary termination of attendance, whichever is earlier. An existing Active Duty Service Obligation is dischargeable during flight training and any previous service obligation remaining at the end of training will run concurrently with this 5-year service obligation. Officers involuntarily removed from flight training for medical disqualification or flight ineptness will have any obligation that existed before they applied for training, plus 1 added year of obligation. The added year will be computed from the last day of training. Obligations for courses attended after completing flight training, such as Aviation Logistics Officers Course (AVLOC), will be computed per AR 350-100 .
c. All aviation commissioned and warrant officers separating from active service prior to completion of their respective military service obligations (MSO) will complete their obligation in the Reserve Component (troop program unit (TPU), individual mobilization augmentee (IMA), or Army National Guard (ARNG)). They will be assigned to an aviation position, if such a position is available.
d. Subject to the needs of the Army, newly rated aviators must be utilized in operational flying duty positions immediately after successfully completing Army aviation flight training. Preferably, initial assignments should be in tables of organization and equipment (TOE) rather than tables of distribution and allowances (TDA) units. Depending on Army requirements, some students may be selected for advanced aircraft transition or other training immediately after graduation to fill positions in air ambulance, attack, medium lift, or electronic warfare units.
To be eligible for selection for flight training, an applicant must:
a. Be an Active or Reserve Component warrant officer, lieutenant, or captain, or be in training for a commission.
b. Have less than 48 months of active Federal commissioned service at the start of flight training and meet the criteria established in paragraph 1-5 , above.
c. Have completed 36 months of service as a warrant officer and have entered Regular Army or Voluntary Indefinite career status before applying for flight training, if an active duty warrant officer.
d. Have a minimum score of 90 on the Flight Aptitude Selection Test (FAST). See paragraph 2-3 and AR 611-5 for testing and retesting procedures.
e. Be medically qualified. See chapter 3 of this regulation and AR 40-501 .
f. Be older than 18, but not more than 32 years of age at the start of flight training (Active component (AC), USAR, and ARNG).
a. The officers of the ARNG must have Federal recognition and comply with National Guard Regulation (NGR) 611-110.
b. Officers of the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) must be members of troop program units or be eligible for assignment to such units and be scheduled for duty in an operational flying duty position on successfully completing flight training (see AR 570-4 ).
a. Previous flying experience is not required but will be considered. Applicants with prior service who had a US military aeronautical rating of USAF pilot, naval aviator, or Army aviator will not be accepted for initial entry flight training. They should request aviation service orders (see AR 600-105 ).
b. All applicants must take the Flight Aptitude Selection Test (FAST). AR 611-5 outlines procedures for requisitioning test materials and administering this test.
c. A score of 90 or higher is required on the FAST to qualify for further processing of an applicant for flight training. Applicants who fail to score 90 may be retested only once and no sooner than 6 months after first testing. If the applicant fails an "A" version of the test, he may only be retested on the "B" version of the test. The immediate commander may approve the retest.
The CDR, U.S. Army Aeromedical Center (USAAMC), Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5333, will make the final determination of individual medical fitness for all Army initial entry flight training programs. Direct communication between medical examining facilities and the CDR, USAAMC, is authorized for this determination.
a. Applicants for initial entry flight training must meet and maintain class 1A medical fitness standards per AR 40-501 until the class to which they are assigned begins aviation training.
b. Besides meeting prescribed height and weight standards ( AR 600-9 ), all applicants must have anthropometric measurements performed according to policy established by CDR, USAAMC.
c. As an exception to a. above, applicants who have successfully completed a military flight training course must meet class 2 medical fitness standards.
a. All applicants for Army initial entry flight training will undergo a flying duty medical examination (FDME). (See AR 40-501 ). The examination is not complete until reviewed and approved by CDR, USAAMC in accordance with AR 40-501.
b. Applicants may not request a flight duty medical examination until they have a minimum passing score on the FAST. (See para 2-3 and 4-2 .)
c. Initial entry flight training applicants' FDME expires 12 months from the date of examination. Applicants pending selection or processing for a class must maintain class 1A standards and must have an update class 1A examination if their report of examination expires before they join a training class.
d. Cadets and officer candidates who have passed the FAST may request a class 1A flight duty medical examination in lieu of the medical examination required for appointment.
a. For cadets, officer candidates, and Active Army officers, the medical examining facility will send the original completed reports of medical examination directly to CDR, USAAMC, ATTN: HSXY-AER, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5333. (This includes DD Form 2808 (Report of Medical Examination), DD Form 2807-2 (Medical Prescreen of Medical History Report), OF Form 520 (Medical Record-Electrocardiographic Record), and allied medical reports.)
b. For members of the Army National Guard not on active duty, use the procedures in NGR 611-110.
c. For USAR applicants not on active duty, the medical examining facility will forward the original completed report of medical examination directly to the applicant's immediate commanding officer. That commander will endorse the application and medical report through the area commander to CDR, USAAMC, ATTN: HSXY-AER, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5333. The aeromedical review board will return medical reports through command channels to applicants.
d. Upon the arrival of the student at Fort Rucker, AL (Aviation Officer Basic or Initial Entry Rotary Wing Course), the CDR, USAAMC will verify and validate the class 1A FDME of that student prior to formal admission to the course of instruction. Once the student's class 1A FDME has been verified and validated, they may be admitted to the course and class 2 standards for medical qualification will apply for the period of flight training. If the prospective student does not meet class 1A standards, the appropriate student company must be notified to obtain reassignment instructions.
e. Requests for exceptions to class 1A medical entry standards are discouraged and not routinely granted. In exceptional cases, however, HQDA (DAPC-OPA-CV) may grant an exception to policy for minor medical disqualification when such action is clearly in the best interest of the Department of the Army. Any request for exception must be forwarded by the member's chain of command with complete justification and contain the recommendation of CDR, USAAMC prior to forwarding to HQDA (DAPC-OPA-CV), Alexandria, VA 22332-0400 or C, NGB, ATTN: NGB-ARO-ME, Edgewood Area, Aberdeen PG, MD 21010-5420. Prior telephonic coordination of such a request is encouraged by calling HQDA (DAPC-OPA-CV) at autovon 221-8156/8157.
Application procedures may vary slightly, depending upon the status and location of applicants. Commanders may establish application procedures to meet local requirements. Ordinarily, applicants should prepare a DA Form 4187 (Personnel Action) with necessary enclosures. See figure 4-1 .
a. Active duty officer.
(1) Officers in all branches, except Medical Service Corps, should apply through command channels and the servicing MILPO to HQDA (DAPC-OPE-V), Alexandria, VA 22332-0400.
(2) Medical Service Corps officers should apply to HQDA (DAPC-OPH-MS), Washington, DC 20310-2300.
b. Reserve Component officers not on active duty.
(1) The USAR members will apply through channels to the proper CONUSA commander.
(2) The ARNG members will apply through channels to Chief, National Guard Bureau (NGR 611-110).
Cadets, officer candidates, and ROTC cadets.
Cadets and officer candidates who meet the prerequisites of
notify their chain of command that they intend to apply for flight training.
All aviation specialties are entry specialties that may be designated on
commissioning. For ROTC cadets, request for an aviation specialty on DA Form
7011 (OTC Cadet Evaluation and Management Worksheet) constitutes application
for flight training. Applicants with prior aviation training should attach
a statement of that training and experience. Procedures are contained in
letters of instruction issued annually by MILPERCEN to posts and schools
with precommissioning programs.
a. In section IV of DA Form 4187 , use the format shown in figure 4-1 . Information may be neatly written or printed by hand.
b. Add a copy of DD Form 2808 , stamped by USAAMC, as enclosure 1. (Do not send the original, which should be filed in the applicant's medical records upon return from USAAMC.)
c. Add a copy of DA Form 6256 (Flight Aptitude Selection Test (FAST) Scoring Worksheet) as enclosure 2.
d. If the answer to paragraph 2, section IV, Remarks, of DA Form 4187 is "Yes," enclose a statement with the following:
(1) Date, location, and nature of course. (Include USMA cadet flight training conducted at Fort Rucker, AL, if applicable.)
(2) Reason for elimination. (Include any written notification received from flight training authorities.)
(3) Total flying time accrued in course.
e. If applicable to paragraph 3, section IV, Remarks, of DA Form 4187, enclose a statement with the following:
(1) Hours flown as student pilot, pilot or copilot (military or civilian).
(2) Ratings or certificates (Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or military).
(3) Participation in military flight training programs leading to solo flight for example, United States Military Academy (USMA) Cadet flight training at Fort Rucker, AL.
(4) Aircraft engineering or mechanical experience, to include academic and technical training.
(5) Other aviation experience.
f. Reserve Component officers should make the following substitution in paragraph 4 of section IV, DA Form 4187: change "remain on active duty" to "serve in an ARNG or USAR TOE/TDA troop unit."
g. Comments by commanders (such as CMT 2 or 3) to transmit DA Form 4187 are encouraged. Commanders should address the applicant's professionalism, leadership potential, and physical fitness. Commanders, rather than their adjutants or action officers, should sign recommendations.
a. Test control officers will —
(1) Closely monitor the scheduling, administration, scoring, and security of the FAST per AR 611-5 .
(2) Ensure that, before administration of the test, examiners are certain there are no examinees who should not be tested because they have personal problems that could interfere with test performance (AR 611-5). Add the following to the test administration statement: "I have had sufficient time to review the FAST Information Pamphlet."
(3) Require that testing personnel strictly follow the instructions for administration and scoring found in DA Pam 611-256 and DA Pam 611-256-1.
(4) Complete two copies of DA Form 6256.
(a) Send one copy of the DA Form 6256 to the office responsible for the individual's military personnel records. When records are not maintained (as for nonprior service civilians being processed at a Military Enlistment Processing Station (MEPS)), one copy of DA Form 6256 will be held for 1 year by the activity administering the FAST.
(b) Mail the second copy of DA Form 6256 and the scored answer sheet, regardless of score achieved, to the proponent for the FAST test (Chief, U.S. Army Research Institute Field Unit, P.O. Box 339, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5354) by the last day of each month. Do not forward copies to MILPERCEN or the U.S. Army Soldier Support Center.
(5) Ensure that all applicants have a copy of the FAST Information Pamphlet before testing.
Ensure that testing personnel records retests on DA Form
6256 by entering the word
and the year and month of the previous test date in the top right
and indicate the version of the test; version A or B. An example is
b. Military personnel officers in charges of records will —
(1) Ensure that the FAST scores are recorded in item 10, DA Form 2-1 (Personnel Qualifications Records-Part II), for the Active Army, or the National Guard, and the Army Reserve applicants.
Record the revised FAST scores according to the example in
(3) Include one copy of the DA Form 6256 with the application for aviation training.
a. Flight training quotas are established to meet Army requirements. The number of fully qualified applicants usually exceeds available training quotas. Applicants are selected on a best-qualified basis.
b. Flight training selection boards are convened at MILPERCEN as needed to consider cadet, candidates, and active duty officers for initial entry rotary wing flight training. Application periods for active duty applicants will be announced by DA message.
c. Boards consider the following:
(1) Prerequisites outlined in chapter 2 .
(2) The FAST results.
(3) Academic qualifications.
(4) Aviation experience.
(5) Demonstrated performance and potential.
(6) Permanent change of station (PCS) constraints, months of active Federal commissioned service, and applicants' availability for flight training.
d. Applicants selected by the board will be scheduled to fill available quotas.
e. The C,NGB is final selection authority for the ARNG applicants.
a. An applicant selected to attend Army aviation flight training will be notified by orders assigning them to a class. Those not selected will be informed by the return of their applications with a letter.
b. Active duty officers selected for Army aviation flight training will be ordered to the U.S. Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5000, with a PCS. The Army National Guard and the Army Reserve officers not on active duty or on active duty for training who are selected for this training will be ordered to active duty for training and attached to the U.S. Army Aviation Center for the time needed for training and travel.
An officer ordered to Army aviation flight training will deliver the following records to the U.S. Army Aviation Center:
a. Two copies of orders assigning the officer to the course.
b. U.S. Army Aeromedical Center approved report of medical examination, DD Forms 2808 and 2807-2 .
c. DA Form 3444, Treatment Record-Medical and Dental.
d. PHS 731, International Certificate of Vaccination.
e. Finance records.
f. DA Form 201, Military Personnel Records Jacket U.S. Army.
(See AR 600-105 and AR 350-1 .)
a. The Active Army officers who are eliminated from flight training will be reported by message to CDR, MILPERCEN ALEX VA//DAPC-OPE-V// or, for MSC officers, to DA WASHDC//DASG-MS// with information copy to DA WASHDC//DAPC-OPH-MS//, with a request for immediate reassignment instructions. Message will include:
(1) Name, grade, branch, and social security number (SSN).
(2) Reason for and date of elimination.
(3) Assignment preferences.
(4) Days leave enroute desired.
b. The officers of the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve participating in an attached active duty for training status who are eliminated from flight training will be released from attached status and returned to their home station. A message report of elimination from flight training will be forwarded to the appropriate Reserve Component unit commander. It will include the date the officer leaves for the home station.
(1) For ARNG officers, forward information copies to C,NGB, ATTN: NGB-ARO-ME, Edgewood Area, Aberdeen PG, MD 21010-5420 and appropriate State adjutants general.
(2) For USAR officers, information copies will be forwarded to HQDA (DAAR-OT), Washington, DC 20310-2400, and CDR, RCPAC, ATTN: AGUZ-RMR-R, 9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132-5260.
c. On completion of each rotary wing training class, the student personnel office will forward to the U.S. Army Research Institute Field Unit, ATTN: PERI-OA, Box 339, Fort Rucker, AL 36362-5354, the following information, which may be in roster form:
(1) Title of course.
(2) Starting date of course or training phase.
(3) Name, grade, or rank, and SSN of each class member with an indication of:
(a) Withdrawal or elimination — give reason.
(b) Turn back-give new class number.
(c) Pass-give course grade.
(d) Other-describe any action which would change anticipated training completion date.
d. Normally, graduates will be assigned to initial utilization tours in operational flying duty positions, preferably in TOE aviation units. Assignment instructions will be issued by the aviation career management branch.
A related publication is merely a source of additional information. The user does not have to read it to understand the regulation.
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