The U.S. Air ForceÂ hasÂ employed a phased approach to implement changes that would allow moreÂ active-duty enlisted airmen to apply for the service branch’s training program on a Northrop Grumman-developed remotely piloted aircraft.
Sgt. Kimberly Pollard, RPA enlisted specialty manager, noted theÂ RQ-4 Global Hawk RPA programÂ has expanded theÂ eligibility pool from only career-enlisted aviators to include all Air Force specialty codes and setÂ a revised timelineÂ for examinations, the Air Force said Monday.
Pollard added airmen will have an extended preparation time to complete flight physicals and prepare for the computer-based Air Force Enlisted Pilot Qualifying Test and the Test of Basic Aviation SkillsÂ scheduled from Sept. 1 to Oct. 14.
TheÂ Air Force Personnel Center will announce a pool of up to 300 candidates based on test scores who can move to the second phase of the application for the RPAÂ program.
Selected phase two candidatesÂ will be required to submitÂ all application documentation as well as undergo an Air Force initial flying class II physical examination.
The service branch noted applicants will have until Jan. 27 to provide a certified flight physical to the AFPC.
The results of the inaugural enlisted RPA pilot selection board will be released in late February 2017.