• Stuka

    Recruiting at the 476th vFG is fundamental to our growth and ongoing improvement. We accept new applicants as training capacity becomes available within individual squadrons of the group. Training for each of our four squadrons is structured, extensive and takes a substantial amount of time and dedication - from both the trainee, and the squadron members, to successfully complete. Therefore, available training slots are typically limited.

    Applicants decide for which one of the v476th supported aircraft they wish to train, and their training is then coordinated by the corresponding squadron (76th, 510th, 421st or 7th) within the v476th. Once training begins, the trainee has up to three months to complete the Initial Qualification Training (IQT) portion of the training program, followed by an additional nine months to complete the Mission Qualification Training (MQT) portion (or 1 year for multirole aircraft). Successful IQT/MQT completion results in full squadron membership. During the first year, new members are limited to membership in only one squadron. After one year, a member can optionally apply for training with a second squadron within the v476th, if dual squad membership is desired.

    Applicants must be able to accomplish the following in their chosen aircraft before being accepted into the 476th vFG:

    • Perform a full ramp start, in accordance with 476th vFG approved aircrew checklists. (See Downloads Section of our website)
    • Safety taxi, takeoff, and land.
    • Safely perform an Instrument approach and landing (TACAN for F/A-18C and TACAN/ILS for A-10C II, F-16C, and UH-1H).
    • Deploy all weapons carried by the aircraft.
    • Safely perform in-flight refueling (fixed-wing, only).
    • Perform all of the above at night, and/or in poor weather.

    The above requirements are necessary to ensure that trainees begin our training with the necessary level of knowledge and skills. This base level of expertise is not part of our training, but rather an assumed prerequisite from which to start IQT/MQT training. All of these requirements can be learned by self-study and practice in single player mode. Once these are learned, the trainee is well-positioned for a successful and enjoyable training experience within the v476th.

    Designated v476th members will review applications and arrange pre-acceptance interviews. The criteria used to decide who will be interviewed and accepted into training include experience, attitude, motivation, and interpersonal skills

    The v476th IQT/MQT training is well documented, but is self-paced. Trainees are required to read a substantial amount of v476th material, and fly a significant number of training flights. Knowledge is freely provided here, and our members enjoy helping each other, but the trainees must actively seek help from squad members with training questions and for flight scheduling during training.
    Successful training completion requires considerable time and effort, but we’re certain that you’ll find the results are well worth it.
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