We Guard America's Skies!

We are the Air National Guard... part of the best fighting team in the United States Air Force. We play a vital role in accomplishing the day to day missions of the Air Force. That's right, the old concept of the "weekend warrior" is a thing of the past.

Undergraduate Pilot Training

Undergraduate Pilot Candidates: 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a fighter pilot with the 177th Fighter Wing! The next UPT board will be held during UTA 03-05 May of 2024, and application packets will be due 23 Feb 2024 at 1700 EST. At this time, we are unable to accommodate individual pilot candidate visits to the squadron.


Contact with questions. If you are interested in other opportunities with the 177th Fighter Wing, contact​.


Best wishes in your endeavor to become a fighter pilot for the New Jersey Air National Guard!

UPT Application Package Contents

  •  Cover Letter (you may address it to the 119FS/CC or to the UPT Selection Board)
  •  Resume
  •  Pilot Applicant Questionnaire (Download here: Questionnaire)
  •  College transcripts
  •  Letters of Recommendation (3)
  •  AFOQT Scores
  •  PCSM / TBAS Scores
  •  AF Form 24 Application for appointment (Download here:  AF FORM 24)
  •  AF IMT 2030 Drug and alcohol abuse certificate (Download here:  AF IMT 2030 )
  •  Photocopies of civilian pilot ratings, certificates, and last page of logbook
  •  Corrective Eye Surgery (PRK/LASIK/LASEK) Waiver criteria checklist if applicable (Download here: Corrective Eye Surgery)
  •  Statement of Intent to Graduate with Bachelor’s Degree if applicable (Download here: Statement of Intent to Graduate)
  •  If a member of the military, include copies of last three performance appraisals, RIP (Air component only), current Point Summary (ANG/ARC only)  and current Fitness Test results


  • Click here for a UPT Guide and Factsheet: UPT Guide and Factsheet-2020
  • Applications can be emailed or mailed, but email is preferred.
  • Ensure ALL the UPT Application Package Contents are included, in the order listed above.
  • Please don’t prepare a fancy package using expensive folders and bindings.  Save your money – we just need the facts.  The pilot screening board wants to know what will make you a great officer…and a great aviator.
  • Use the cover letter as a chance for us to help get to know you – what sets you apart from the other candidates, and why you want to be here.
  • Do not include extra documentation; submit only the items requested.
  • If submitting via email, a single PDF file is preferred.
  • If submitting via mail, use standard, letter size paper and do not use staples; use paperclips only.
  • PLAN AHEAD AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. To receive consideration for an interview, your COMPLETE package must arrive no later than the close of business on the published deadline date.

Email or mail your application to the following (email is preferred, only one or the other is required)

177 FSS/CC
400 Langley Road
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234-9500
Attn: UPT Board

Note: We’re unable to accommodate individual pilot candidate visits ahead of the interview board. This ensures a level playing field with all applicants and allows the hiring process to operate without bias.

What the 177th has to offer

We're getting more first-line missions and first-line equipment. Now we need more first-line people, people from all talent areas, all groups, and all backgrounds. And we're strong on equal opportunity. Defending America is everybody's business. 
That's where you come in. If you have prior military experience, we need your expertise. However, if you're a newcomer, we'll help you get that expertise at some of the finest technical schools available. . . and, we'll feed, clothe, house, and pay you while you learn your new trade.
It's your chance to build a better future and share in that great feeling of knowing you're contributing to your country... helping to insure the well-being of your fellow Americans. 
The whole thing is a sharing proposition where everyone Air National Guard... your civilian employer, your community...The Nation. 

Why consider joining?

By being a member of the NJ Air National Guard and coming to work here one weekend a month and only two weeks at some point during the year, you receive all these benefits. 

- Free Hunting and Fishing Licenses 

- $400,00 of Life Insurance for $29 a month 

- Ability to use Active Duty Facilities such as the Base Exchange and Commissary and

Free College Tuition at:
- NJ Institute of Technology 
- Richard Stockton College                        
- Camden County College 
- Rutgers University - Newark /New Brunswick / Camden
- Montclair state University                          
- Ramapo College 
- William Paterson University                     
- Rowan University 
- College of NJ (TCNJ)                                
- Jersey City State University 
- Thomas Edison State College                
- Kean University 
- Raritan Valley College                               
- Union County College 
- Mercer County Community College Warren County College 
- Middlesex county College and many more... 

The 177th Fighter wing is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. The 177th Fighter Wing does not charge application fees and offers no guarantee that an applicant will be hired. 

177th Fighter Wing