Rated Preparatory Program now accepting applications for FY21 Fall class

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Active duty Air Force officers and enlisted personnel interested in becoming rated officers have until May 25, 2021 to apply for the Fall 2021 Rated Preparatory Program that is scheduled to be held Sept. 11-25, 2021.

The Rated Preparatory Program provides qualified Airmen interested in cross-training to an Air Force rated career field an opportunity to gain and strengthen basic aviation skills.

“We recently completed the third iteration of RPP, with 40 officers and 20 enlisted personnel in attendance,” said Maj. Sean Stumpf, Aircrew Task Force branch chief. “The inclusion of enlisted personnel in the program marked a significant milestone and helps cast a wide net to attract the best the Air Force has to offer and is another step toward expanding the program. We plan to continue to grow in FY22 and FY23, ultimately peaking at 240 students per year.”

Applicants selected for RPP will first complete a self-paced, online ground course followed by a one-week, in-resident course to introduce them to aviation fundamentals. Program participants will garner approximately seven to 10 flight hours, ground instruction and additional training time in a Federal Aviation Administration-approved flight simulator.

Officers who complete the program are required to apply to the next available Undergraduate Flying Training selection board. Enlisted participants are required to apply to at least one of the three Air Force commissioning sources: U.S. Air Force Academy, Reserve Officer Training Corps or Officer Training School.

“The Rated Preparatory Program is a unique opportunity for officers and enlisted,” said Col. John O’Dell, Aircrew Task Force deputy director. “For anyone who is considering pursuing a career as a rated officer, and wants to gain basic aviation skills to become more competitive, RPP can make a significant difference. The experiences gained in RPP will help members compete at Undergraduate Flying Training boards.”

Senior Airman Dell Fonda, radar airfield and weather systems technician, who recently participated in the Spring 2021 class agreed.

“The opportunity to participate in this program reaffirmed my desire to be a rated officer and what I need to do to achieve it,” Fonda said. “The Rated Preparatory Program has been intense but has given me the insight on how to prepare a successful OTS package, as well as what to expect in Undergraduate Pilot Training if I get selected to be a pilot.”

The Air Force's Rated Preparatory Program is supported by the Civil Air Patrol, Air Education & Training Command and the Aircrew Task Force.

Interested applicants can find additional information on how to apply through PSDM 21-31 on the MyPers website at https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/50176.

For additional questions, please e-mail AF.Rated.PrepProgramworkflow@us.af.mil with the subject line: Attn: Rated Prep Program, or call 703-697-0578 or 703-692-7595.