UPT Hiring board
April UTA we will be conducting our annual UPT hiring event. There will be a combined promotion and pilot recruitment party the afternoon of April 4th on the back porch of the squadron. All interested pilot recruits are invited to the Saturday event. The UPT hiring board will be conducted on April 5th at 8am and is invitation only. Invitations for interviews will be sent out via email or personal phone calls. Please make sure that you sign up below for email updates as that is how I plan to communicate directions, location, changes etc.
If you'd like to become an Air Force Reserve pilot in the 465th ARS (Air Refueling Squadron) you've landed in the right place. This website will walk you through our pilot selection process. If you follow the guidance here, you'll be well on your way to becoming a SH OKIE.
I’m sure you’re aware, that it's a great time to be a pilot - both in the Air Force Reserve and in the civilian world. All of our pilots are ‘citizen airmen’ - we are either “full time” technicians (DoD employees that effectively run the squadron every day), or traditional reservists with other civilian jobs; airline/freight/corporate pilots. We even have a few Okies that are local business professionals, and they get to go fly the reliable tanker a few times a month to impress their co-workers. Regardless, we have expectations of all our pilots:
- Participate at the UTA (Unit Training Assembly), also known as drill weekend. While many of us are at the squadron several times a month to fly, drill weekends are really the only chance every month where we are all together. Yes, we work a lot, but UTA’s also prove to be a great time for Okie camaraderie!
- Two to four off-station trips per year. We go to some great places, and these are great opportunities to see the world! These trips can last a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the location and the mission. There’s usually something for everyone.
- Deployments. Until the geo-political landscape changes for the better, we are expected to deploy when called up. The one benefit is that you will be going with all your friends and we always make the best of the situation!
- Last but not least, while we need our reservists to be exceptional aviators and officers, we understand that family and civilian life are just as important as (if not more than) your Okie reserve life. In this respect, learning to balance a reserve career with everything else going on can be daunting - but there’s a reason we pride ourselves on being a family, and the best squadron around. We all look out for each other, and you’ll make lifelong friends that you’ll do anything for, and they’ll do the same for you!
While we require our candidates to be competitive, it is incredibly important to the squadron that each candidate is going to be someone that wants to be an Okie for a long time! We are a squadron with character because we have a squadron of characters, from all ends of the spectrum. However, what is most important is that we are a family. Most of us have been in the squadron for over a decade, and the vast majority of our pilots and booms elect to finish their careers with us!