Becoming a Pilot with the NJ ANG is one of the most competitive challenges any young person could undertake.

  • It's best to set your sights on a career very early in high school - preferably in your junior year or before.
  • You must excel in math and science. Being a pilot is a very demanding technical skill, and you'll need all the preparation you can get.
  • You must be in excellent health, be a US citizen, and have a superior record of behavior and accomplishment.
  • You need to become familiar with USAF and ANG requirements in order to be selected for a seat in one of our F-16's or KC-135's.
  • Since this is a very competitive process, we are obligated to select only the most qualified and dedicated individuals.

You must meet these minimum qualifications in order to qualify and be considered for a New Jersey Air National Guard pilot position.


  • For initial non rated line appointment, applicants must be 18 years or older and commissioned prior to their 35th Birthday.
  • Undergraduate Flying Training applicants must be less than 30 years of age prior to entering formal training.
A bachelors degree from an accredited 4 year college or university is required. Remember, that the selection process is a very competitive one; we only select the most qualified individuals
  • Physically, Mentally, and Morally qualified.
  • A United States citizen.
  • Flying experience, and at least a private pilots license is a plus for pilot applications.
  • Unit member/New Jersey resident, living in the local area is desirable.
  • Completion of training carries a 10 year service obligation for pilots.
  • Height requirement between 64" - 77" (sitting height of 34" - 40").

Non Prior Service - Pilot trainee applicants must have near and distant vision of 20/20.

Prior Service Pilot applicants may have distant vision of 20/70, corrected to 20/20. Near vision must be 20/20 uncorrected. Normal color vision and depth perception standards apply. Applicants must conform to standard Air Force height/weight standards.

The Air Force Officers Qualification Test scores serve as a gauge of learning ability.

  • The AFOQT score is powerful predictor of success in pilot training.
  • The test is given by 87 FSS on McGuire AFB, New Jersey or by the 177th Fighter Wing, Military Personnel Flight.
  • The test takes approximately 5 hours.
  • USAF officer qualifying test information pamphlet (AFPT 997, 1 Jan 87), with sample questions, can be obtained at military personnel flights.
  • The test itself is divided into 5 parts: Pilot, Navigator, Academic Aptitude, Verbal and Quantitative

Applicants should call the following individuals to ask questions or to begin the process.

108th Wing
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. 08641-5406
Master Sgt. David Diaz
Recruiting Flight Chief
Office: 609-754-4587
Cell:  609-439-8425

177th Fighter Wing
400 Langley Road, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234-9500

Please include:

  • A complete resume (chronological statement of military/civilian experience and education).
  • A certified college transcript with an embossed seal.
  • SF Form 86, Questionnaire For National Security Positions.
  • A certified copy of your state driving record (abstract of your driver's record).
  • A photocopy of your Pilots license (commerical and any other license).
  • A copy of DD from 214's if prior service (NGB form 22 - Guard Service).