141st - Wings Over Washington (WOW)

Flying Opportunity 

Do you want a flying career after college?

This program will help you do both.

This is an opportunity for students who recently completed their junior year of high school to grab the inside track towards becoming a professional pilot. Join the Washington Air National Guard and receive benefits to include financial aid and a part-time job to assist with the high costs of college. After college, you will attend the best flight schools in the world and return to Spokane where you can continue your civilian career path while flying for the 116th Air Refueling Squadron.

Leadership, Challenge, Opportunity, World Travel, Scholarships, Teamwork, Professional Development, Competitive Pay/Benefits.....WINGS OVER WASHINGTON (WOW).....Takeoff into the future.....Experience the exhiliration of flight....The thrill of the fight....Go where the action is....Experience it all right here in the Washington Air National Guard....Start now by completing the Flight Plan below! 

Application Process

Physical Requirements:

Height must be 64" to 77"

Sitting height must be 34" to 40"

Buttocks to knee measurement must not be more than 27"

Must weigh more than 102 pounds

Distant eyesight must be not less than 20/70 correctable to 20/20 in each eye; near vision 20/30 correctable to 20/20.

Eligibility Requirements:

High School Junior Year

Applicant is interested in the program

Prescreening Qualification - Contact a Washington ANG (509) 247-7810 recruiter for details

Complete the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test (If not previously accomplished).

Complete a Military Entrance Processing (MEPS) physical.

Complete an application and single page essay on "Why I want to join the Washington Air National Guard."


Submit essay, ASVAB, MEPS Physical, high school transcripts, application and any letters of recommendation to the Washington ANG recruiting office.

All candidate packages are reviewed.

Top applicants will be selected to meet the interview board. 

Selection board convened and interviews conducted.

High School Senior Year 


Selected applicants will enlist for six years in the Washington ANG. Carreer field selection will be based on available career fields within the 141 ARW, and the individuals qualifications and personal preferences.

Begin senior year of High School by attending drill one weekend per month with pay.

Following High School graduation WOW candidates will submit their H.S. diploma for promotion eligibility.
Candidate attends basic training and technical training.

WOW candidate attends Basic Military Training (BMT) after graduation and prior to attending college/university.

Candidates will undergo bi-annual review of job performance with a designated representative from the Operations Group.


After military technical training, the WOW selectee will enroll in a four-year college degree program. College enrollment will be no later than the first fall semester/quarter following military technical training. Participants will be expected to complete their Baccalaureate degree in four years or less from their enrollment date in a course of study of their choosing.

Attend college and UTA weekends, complete annual training.

Yearly college transcript review by Operations Group Board.

After graduation Operations Group board determines SUPT attendance.

Participants are not obligated to attend SUPT if their career plans change. Any obligations incurred due to enlistment or Active Duty Service Commitment (ADSC) associated with technical training will be served unless released by appropriate command authority. 

Preparation for SUPT

Achieve a minimum composite score of 50 on the Air Force Qualifying Test (AFOQT) when adding both "Pilot" and "Nav" scores together. Scores cannot be in the 25th percentile or lower in the pilot category and 10th percentile or lower in the navigator composite. Your local ANG recruiter can provide information on completing the test.

Basic Attributes Test (BATS) - The tests are set up like a video game to test your basic hand/eye coordination skills.

Able to obtain a top secret clearance and meet security requirements.

Willing to incur a ten year Military Service Obligation (MSO).

Able to enter formal training within 18 months and attend approximately two years of required training outside of WA State.

Complete commissioning physical.

Enter SUPT Pipeline

Qualify medically and successfully complete Flying Class 1 (FC1) physical. 

Meet fitness requirements.

Complete Initial Flight Screening (IFS).

Obtain a commission by graduating from the Academy of Military Science (AMS).

Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (54 weeks)

Six weeks of academics.

Five months in the T-6 Texan II trainer introducing flight acrobatics and instrument flight.

Five months training covering advanced navigation, and mission familiarization in a T-1A "Jay hawk".

Possible locations include: Vance AFB, OK; Laughlin AFB, TX; Columbus AFB, MS.

Water Survival School

Academics and practical training in surviving an over water bailout. Course includes parachute landings and helicopter rescue in the water. One week at Pensacola NAS, Pensacola FL.

Land Survival

Academics and practical training in surviving an overland mishap. Escape and evading enemy forces on the ground and resistance training in a POW camp. Three weeks at Fairchild AFB, Spokane WA.

KC-135 Training

Combat Crew Training School (CCTS) - Aircrew qualification training for KC-135 crews, lasting approximately 6 months at Altus AFB, OK. The course includes academics, simulators, and 3 flights in the KC-135R.

Local checkout at Fairchild AFB including two or three flights to familiarize crewmembers with local procedures. 

Return to Spokane and become Mission Qualified in the 141 ARW mission.

45-day local checkout at Fairchild AFB.

Live within a 2-hour drive of Fairchild AFB, WA.

Fly a minimum of four times a month, attend monthly drills, and perform a minimum of 15 days of annual training away from home station.

Participate in deployments, inspections, and evaluations as required. 

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