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Applying for an Officer Position

Applying for an Officer Position: In order to apply for an Officer Position you should be preparing a package well in advance. This will provide you with some basic information to get you started.

Posting for Newly Appointed Officer Vacancies can be found on our Careers page under Current Officer Vacancies. These are the positions for part-time guard status officers. Each wing will post their own announcements on their homepage; Full-time positions will still be listed at the Joint Force Headquarters site. http://dmna.ny.gov/jobs/ Contact information for each position is listed on the announcement.

Submitting Packages: Packages should be forwarded to the contact on each announcement by the closing date. Contact for all 109th Officer Packages will be Tech. Sgt. Daniel Roth, daniel.roth@ang.af.mil

General Application Requirements

FIRST STEPS:

To apply you will need to complete an AFOQT (Air Force Officers Qualifying Test) NOTE: The AFOQT can only be taken twice, EVER, and you must wait 6 months to retake. We highly recommend that you study for this test; there are study guides online as well as books at your local bookstores. You can schedule the AFOQT with recruiting once you are prepared to take the test. The test is given on the first and third Tuesday of every month at MEPS in Albany and must be scheduled two weeks in advance in recruiting. Please call to set up an appointment to schedule your test.

THE APPLICATION:

1. You must submit an application form AF Form 24. Click here for an online fillable form or here for a downloadable PDF. Be sure to save the editable form in case you need to make changes.

2. Review the privacy act statement regarding your application.

3. Include the ANG Officer Statement of Understanding.

4. Include a copy of official college transcripts.

5. We HIGHLY recommend including three letters of recommendation.

6. We HIGHLY recommend including a cover letter, addressed to the selecting official if possible.

7. Prior Service applicants need to submit a copy of their Record Review Rip and DD 214's.

8. Submit this package to the point of contact on the vacancy announcement. Make additional copies of your package to bring to the board interview.

Officer candidates will be interviewed by a board, usually consisting of five members currently in that career field. Be prepared to answer general interview questions and talk about why you are applying for the position. If you have never been interviewed by more than one person, practice with friends and family. It can be an uncomfortable experience your first time, although the interviewers will try to put you at ease.

To increase your chances of being selected, we advise you to research the unit and make a visit or two prior to applying. Networking is a great asset and is often overlooked by applicants. Those who are currently members of the unit often have an advantage as they have been able to develop relationships and prove their skills and abilities. Even for on-base members, networking is critical. Be sure to show your interest in positions prior to applying. Meet those you could be working with, as well as those who could become your superiors.

* Undergraduate Flying Applicants must include the results of their TBAS test, which is combined with their AFOQT scores to form a Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score.
* If you have flying hours, include a copy of the last page of your flying log book.
* If you have a pilot's license, include a copy with your package.

Officer Eligibility Requirements

Citizenship:
All applicants must submit proof of citizenship and be citizens of the United States (US) IAW Title 32, USC, Section 313.

Education and AFOQT Requirements:
A baccalaureate or higher degree from an educational institution listed in the current Accredited Institutions of Post Secondary Education is required for all appointments. Some positions require specific education requirements which will be listed on the job announcement.

Physical Requirements:
All applicants must be medically qualified in accordance with AFI 48-123 and must meet the fitness requirements of AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program.

Age:
For initial non-rated line appointment, applicants must be 18 years or older and complete initial officer training, a six-week course called the Academy of Military Science at Maxwell Air Force Base prior to their 35th birthday. Due to the lengthy application process you must be under 33 1/2 years to apply for a non-rated position.

*Age waivers are the exception and not the policy, they are not common and very difficult to obtain. You must be Prior Service and able to provide strong letters of recommendation and reason as to why you did not apply earlier. You must have completed a year of enlistment for each year being waived not to exceed 5 years for AMS.

Pre-commissioning Training Requirements:
Line officer(regular officers)- applicants who have not held a commission in the Armed Forces must complete the Academy of Military Science (AMS) or other pre-commissioning officer training programs identified in AFI 36-2013, Officer Training School (OTS) and Airman Commissioning Programs.

Other Requirements for Aviators

Age:
Undergraduate Flying Training applicants (pilots and navigators) must be less than 30 years of age prior to entering into formal training (after AMS). You must be under 27 1/2 in order to apply for these positions due to the lengthy application process.

Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS):
Pilots require a TBAS test. You need your AFOQT scores in hand to take the test. You can schedule by calling (518) 276-6236 or Google TBAS to find a location near you. Click here to learn more information about the TBAS.

Physical Requirements:
All applicants must be medically qualified in accordance with AFI 48-123 and must meet the fitness requirements of AFI 36-2905, Fitness Program. Common issues that can disqualify a candidate from pilot selection include eye sight issues which are covered in the AFI 48-123.

Pre-commissioning Training Requirements:
Applicants who have not held a commission in the Armed Forces must complete the Academy of Military Science (AMS) or other pre-commissioning officer training programs identified in AFI 36-2013,
Officer Training School (OTS) and Airman Commissioning Programs. If you are selected for a pilot or navigator position in the Air National Guard, you will attend AMS.

*Age waivers are the exception and not the policy, they are not common and very difficult to obtain. You must be Prior Service and able to provide
strong letters of recommendation and reason as to why you did not apply earlier. You must have completed a year of enlistment for each year being waived not to exceed 5 years for AMS.

Other Professional Officers

Age:
Maximum age for initial appointment in a health professional specialty designated by HQ USAF/SG as a "specialty critically needed in wartime" is less than 47 years.

Commissioned Officer Training:
Professional officers (Nurses, Doctors, Lawyers and Chaplains) are exempt from pre-commissioning training requirements. All officers initially appointed in professional specialties must agree to complete a 5 week COT course normally within 12 months of appointment.