Space Test Fundamentals Program
1. USAF Test Pilot School (TPS) is currently accepting applications for individuals to attend the Space Test Fundamentals Course. This is an approximately 4-month hands-on program to train personnel in the fundamentals of space domain test and evaluation as part of the USSF effort to increase the trained cadre of T&E professionals. The suspense for all application packages is 23 Aug 2021.
2. The program is open to all Department of Defense officers, enlisted and civilian personnel who meet the eligibility criteria.
3. Eligibility Criteria
4. Application Procedures
Electronic submission is required; contact USAF TPS at USAFTPS.STF.Applications@us.af.mil if unable to provide transcripts as part of the file. The formal PSDM can be found at MyPers at: https://mypers.af.mil/app/answers/detail/a_id/50929. Applicants will submit three electronic files containing the following documents to USAFTPS.STF.Applications@us.af.mil:
Military applicants will also provide documentation of career field release to attend the training. There is no required format for the Release. A copy of a simple email from the applicable AFPC career manager will suffice. The file will be named using the following convention: “LastName_FirstName_STF_CY22_Release.pdf”
5. Application Timeline (all dates tentative)
6. Send all questions to USAFTPS.STF.Applications@us.af.mil.
Space Test Fundamentals FAQs
Applications are now being accepted for the USAF Test Pilot School (Test Falcon) Selection Board, which will convene on 26 -30 July 2021. Please refer to PSDM 21-15, dated 9 February 21, for instructions on how to apply on MyPers. Applications must be submitted to AFMC/A3F. Suspense for all applications and waiver requests is NLT 1600 EDT on 16 April 2021. Applications received after the cut-off date will not be considered. Applicants must use the new forms attached to the PSDM rather than the forms posted on the Air Force e-Publishing website from previous years.
Annual application process and timeline for year 2021:
February 2021 - USAF Test Pilot School Selection Board announcement is released in a PSDM calling for applications with a deadline in June for classes beginning in July 2022 (22B) and January 2023 (23A).
April 2021 - USAF Test Pilot School applications are due as specified in the PSDM.
July 2021 - Selection Board members convene to choose top candidates to attend the Comprehensive Candidate Evaluation Program (CCEP) at TPS.
October 2021 - CCEP events occur at TPS to make final selections of candidates admitted to TPS.
December 2021- Final selection results for both 22B and 23A are posted on MyPers.
The only firm date at this point is the application submission closeout date of 16 April 2021. All others are still subject to change. Updated dates will be posted here.
The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School selection board convenes annually in July. Those interested in becoming a test pilot, test combat systems officer, test remotely piloted aircraft pilot or flight test engineer are encouraged to apply. Applicants from all aircraft types and backgrounds must have strong academic and technical experience.
Detailed information about the application and selection process may be viewed at AFI 99-107.
TPS is soliciting application packages to select officers for the TPS Faculty-Pipeline PhD program. This opportunity is available to all active duty Air Force graduates of a formal military test pilot school. For instructions on how to apply and specifics on eligibility, click here. Package Suspense 31 Jul 2021
To update your Alumni information, please send a message to USAFTPS.Alumni.Alumni@us.af.mil with the e-mail subject “Alumni Update.”
To register on the new USAF TPS Alumni website, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your given name and TPS class number. The site is located at https://www.usaftpsalumni.com/