New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

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Becoming a Pilot with the NJ ANG is one of the most competitive challenges any young person could undertake.

  1. It's best to set your sights on a career very early in high school - preferably in your junior year or before.
  2. You must excel in math and science. Being a pilot is a very demanding technical skill, and you'll need all the preparation you can get.
  3. You must be in excellent health, be a US citizen, and have a superior record of behavior and accomplishment.
  4. You need to become familiar with USAF and ANG requirements in order to be selected for a seat in one of our F-16's or KC-135's
  5. Since this is a very competitive process, we are obligated to select only the most qualified and dedicated individuals.

You must meet these minimum qualifications in order to qualify - and be considered for a New Jersey Air National Guard pilot position.


  • — For initial non rated line appointment, applicants must be 18 years or older and commissioned prior to their 35th Birthday
  • — Undergraduate Flying Training applicants must be less than 30 years of age prior to entering formal training.


A bachelors degree from an accredited 4 year college or university is required. Remember, that the selection process is a very competitive one; we only select the most qualified individuals


  • — Physically, Mentally, and Morally qualified
  • — A United States citizen
  • — Flying experience, and at least a private pilots license is a plus for pilot applications
  • — Unit member/New Jersey resident, living in the local area is desirable
  • — Completion of training carries a 10 year service obligation for pilots
  • — Height requirement between 64" - 77" (sitting height of 34" - 40")


Non Prior Service - Pilot trainee applicants must have near and distant vision of 20/20.

Prior Service Pilot applicants may have distant vision of 20/70, corrected to 20/20. Near vision must be 20/20 uncorrected. Normal color vision and depth perception standards apply. Applicants must conform to standard Air Force height/weight standards.


The Air Force Officers Qualification Test scores serve as a gauge of learning ability.

  • — The AFOQT score is powerful predictor of success in pilot training.
  • — The test is given by 305th MSS on McGuire AFB, New Jersey or by the 177th Fighter Wing, Military Personnel Flight.
  • — The test takes approximately 5 hours.
  • — USAF officer qualifying test information pamphlet (AFPT 997, 1 Jan 87), with sample questions, can be obtained at military personnel flights.
  • — The test itself is divided into 5 parts: Pilot, Navigator, Academic Aptitude, Verbal and Quantitative

Applicants should call the following individuals to ask questions or to begin the process

108th Air Refueling Wing McGuire AFB, NJ 089641-5406 Contact: Major Borden-Ealy, Director of Personnel Commercial Number: (609) 754-6081

177th Fighter Wing 400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234-9500 Contact: Lt. Colonel Williamson, Director of Personnel Commercial Number: (609) 761-6213

Please include:

  • — A complete resume (chronological statement of military/civilian experience and education)
  • — A certified college transcript with an embossed seal.
  • — SF Form 86, Questionnaire for national security positions
  • — A certified copy of your state driving record (Abstract of your driver's record)
  • — A photocopy of your Pilots license (commerical and any other license)
  • — A copy of DD from 214's if prior service (NGB form 22 - Guard Service)