1. General Information
1.1. Overview. The Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) Undergraduate Flying Training (UFT) Program is the official flying training program of the Air Force Reserve (AFR), supporting the Air Force’s total-force effort to select and train high-quality rated officers. The AFRC UFT program is managed by the Aircrew Management Branch (A3RB) of the Resources Division (A3R) in AFR’s Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Directorate (A3/10). This website serves as the primary source of information for the program and provides guidance for individuals seeking to serve in the AFR as a pilot, Combat Systems Officer (CSO), Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) pilot, or Air Battle Manager (ABM). Please see below for more information on each of these rated positions.
1.2. Pilot. Pilots operate flight controls to employ aircraft in a wide variety of missions. Air Force Reserve pilots can be qualified to fly any aircraft in the AFR inventory.
1.3. CSO. Combat Systems Officers (CSO) manage the navigation, electronic warfare, and/or weapon systems onboard various aircraft. Air Force Reserve CSOs fly the AC-130J Ghostrider, B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, H/C-130H/J Hercules, E-3C/G Sentry, MC-130H/J Combat Talon II, or the U-28 Draco.
1.4. RPA Pilot. Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) pilots employ unmanned aircraft from remote locations to conduct armed intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Air Force Reserve RPA pilots fly the MQ-9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk.
1.5. ABM. Air Battle Managers utilize knowledge of aircraft, weapon systems and surveillance to manage aerial warfare through radar control. Air Force Reserve ABMs fly the E-3C/G Sentry.