The 133rd Air Refueling Squadron (133rd ARS) is a subordinate unit of the 157th Air Refueling Wing's 157th Operations Group. The 133rd ARS proudly flies the KC-135R Stratotanker and will soon take delivery of the Air Force's newest tanker, the KC-46A Pegasus.
For more than 50 years, the KC-135 has provided Global Reach and Power through aerial refueling support to Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nation aircraft.
Other missions of the 133rd ARS include aeromedical evacuation, cargo transport and passenger transport (Space A Travel).
The New Hampshire Air National Guard is now accepting Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training applications through August 31, 2018. The Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training hiring board will be held October 12 through October 14, 2018. This will be a selection board to hire new KC-46 air refueling tanker pilots into the New Hampshire Air National Guard.
Pilot application packages must be submitted in full by noon on August 31, 2018. The New Hampshire Air National Guard will not accept partial packages. All contents must be accounted for upon delivery to the 133rd Air Refueling Squadron. Candidates will be notified if they are selected for an interview based on the candidate's ability to meet the outlined prerequisites and the competitiveness of their application. All interviews will be held at the 133rd Air Refueling Squadron located in Portsmouth, N.H.
Summary of Selection Process and Pilot Training
This hiring board will select applicants for pilot training and follow on KC-46 training. Once selected, applicants will be scheduled for a U.S. Air Force Class 1 Flight Physical at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, in Dayton, Ohio. A current U.S. Federal Aviation Administration physical does not meet U.S. Air Force standards. When the physical is complete, packages are sent to higher headquarters for approval and assignment of dates for the Air National Guard Officer Training School, Introductory Flight Screening and Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training. It typically takes six to 12 months to complete the process to start officer training school. It will take approximately 18 months to complete Officer Training School, Introductory Flight Screening and Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training.
After completion of specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, new pilots will attend Land Survival and Water Survival. These two courses take approximately six weeks to complete. Finally, pilots will attend the KC-46 Pilot Initial Qualification Course for approximately 6 months at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma.
Upon completion, pilots will return to the New Hampshire Air National Guard where they will complete their initial Mission Continuation Training. During this training, pilots will continue to further their skills to become combat ready pilots. After completion of all Mission Continuation Training requirements, the now combat-ready KC-46 pilot has the opportunity to revert to a Drill Status Guardsman part-time status or compete for a full time position, if one is available. Pilots are required to perform monthly ground and flying duties as required for flying currency and minimum training standards, or as directed by the unit commander. This entire process will take approximately three years.
FOR RATED PILOTS
Due to delays with the delivery schedule for the KC-46, we are postponing our plans to hold a rated hiring board. Once the updated delivery and training schedule is finalized, we will open the application window. As of mid-July, we are estimating opening the rated pilot application window in February, 2019