Recruiting at the 476th is a perpetual process. As training capacity becomes available, we may accept new applications at any time. Notifications of recruiting windows may be announced via our public forum and Twitter handle, @476th_vFG. Designated 476th members will review applications and send invites for pre-acceptance interviews. The criteria used to decide who will be invited for interview include experience, overall attitude, and how we feel an applicant will fit in our group.
Ideal applicants are self motivated and enjoy constant learning. As a trainee, you will be required to read a fair amount of material to be successful here, and to seek out your fellow squadmates for answers, practice time, and clarity on any process or procedure which you’ve read about on your own from our standards and operating instructions. Knowledge is freely provided here, and our members enjoy helping each other, but information is not spoon fed. You must be willing to seek knowledge and practice to improve.
As a trainee, you are a probationary member, and may move at your own pace through the IQT/MQT tracks. However, you have a maximum of 4 months (1.5 months for IQT and 2.5 months for MQT) to complete the entire program, and will be removed if you have not done so in this time.
In addition to these factors, an applicant’s activity level is taken into account as, while we only have a low "minimum" commitment, we want members who are active and not just names on a roster. The 476th vFighter Group is an organization that prefers quality over quantity, we would rather have 10 members who are enthusiastic, active, and dedicated to the 476th than 100 members who are not.
Once an applicant has been invited for an interview, they will have 7 days in which to make themselves available, if they do not, their application will be rejected, as we tend to have a long list of applicants, and we want to provide those who really want to be here an opportunity.
If for any reason you change your mind about joining the 476th, or real life circumstances mean you will be unable to fly on a regular basis, we ask that you cancel your application so you do not increase the waiting time for others. Any applicant that wishes to cancel their application before they are accepted by the 476th should contact a member of the 476th command staff via forum PM.
And finally, never forget that the skills need to become an expert virtual pilot can be taught, but the enthusiasm and dedication needed can not. As long as you can perform the basic minimum requirements stated below, and are eager to learn, you have the perfect foundation to develop into a proficient virtual pilot in the 476th.
If accepted you will:
A few simple rules:
476th Flight Event Schedule
In addition to the above, applicants must be able to accomplish the following before being accepted into the 476th vFG.2
1 This access is limited to training sorties only, no combat sorties are authorized until successful completion of IQT/MQT.2 While the 476th is about constant learning, if it is determined a member has applied and asserted he can perform the above basic procedures, but actually can not, he will be removed from the 476th vFG.
Recruitment of A-10C pilots is currently on hold.