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16 Jan 2018

Traditional Guardsmen C-130J pilot

115th Airlift Aquadron / 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands ANGS – Posted by pilothiring115as Port Hueneme, California, United States

Job Description

Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, 146th Airlift Wing.

 The 115th Airlift Squadron (the Hollywood Guard), is located in Port Hueneme, approximately halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara on the California coast. If you are familiar with NAS Point Mugu, we share the airfield with them, right off Pacific Coast Highway. Our missions include: worldwide theater airlift delivery of equipment and personnel via tactical airland,  airdrop (to include formation, low-level, NVG, and short field/unimproved LZ operations) and aeromedical evacuation. In addition we have a state/federal aerial firefighting mission (MAFFS). We participate in exercises across the globe and deploy in support of contingency operations. This is the perfect opportunity to fly C-130s right on the beach in sunny SoCal!



We are currently accepting applications from all prior rated pilots  Prior rated C-130 pilots are given priority over non-prior C-130. Position is for both traditional (part-time) and limited full-time (technician/ART) pilots. Starting pay for full time technician is at GS-13 pay scale.

Preferred qualifications: Experienced C-130J Pilots, preferably Instructor/Evaluator Pilots and Mission Pilots. C-130J flight time highly desired (but not mandatory) over legacy C-130H time. We are currently accepting applications from other Major Weapons Systems.  Other service components (Navy, Coast Guard, Marines) are welcome, but USAF is desired due to extensive inter-service transfer timelines.  Preferred Rank: 0-3 and below is highly desired, 0-4 with less than 2 years time in grade is acceptable. Mid-level 0-4 and 0-5 are on a case-by-case basis, but due to career progression limitations, very rare. There is currently a 6-month to 1-year backlog on ANG C-130J school slots, so new hires can expect delays prior to attending training. Residence in Southern California is greatly preferred for traditional pilots and required for technicians. 

All prior rated pilot can expect to meet an interview board prior to hiring. Multiple visits to the unit during Unit Training Assemblies (drill weekends) is highly encouraged. If you cannot come out during the weekend, visiting during the week (Tuesday through Thursday preferably) is better than nothing at all.

Here is the list of requirements for prior rated military pilots:


Cover Letter


Last 3 OPR’s

USAF Flying Class 1 Physical

3 letters of recommendation with contact information (1 must be from current commander or supervisor)

USAF RIP or equivalent personnel history report

Air Force Form 942 and most recent Form 8 or equivalent

PREREQUISITES: NO UCMJ ACTIONS, DWI/DUI or a history of drug or substance abuse.

Last military flight was no more than 6 months ago.



The window for 2018 prospective UPT candidates is closed. We are accepting application packages for prospective Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) candidates for 2019 and will be interviewing next Spring 2018. That means you will most likely not attend pilot training prior to Spring 2019. All of the details for UPT candidates are listed below:

UPT Selection board: April 6, 2018

ALL Applications must be received by 1 Mar 2018

All packages will include:

Cover Letter


OPR/EPR (if applicable)


Official College Transcripts and diploma

Medical screening is handled after selection

Driving record

3 Letters of recommendation with contact information

Civilian ratings, certificates and logbooks


Current member of the 146th AW, CA ANG is always a plus, but we will consider applications from all non-prior service individuals depending on qualifications.

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited university or college. Successful completion of a background check required for a secret clearance.

The Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) is a tool used to predict the ability of a prospective pilot candidate to complete Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT). Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) test scores are combined with the candidate’s Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT) scores, and total number of flying hours to produce a Pilot Candidate Selection Method (PCSM) score. The PCSM score provides a measure of a candidate’s aptitude for pilot training.

AFOQT Qualifying scores: Pilots need minimum Pilot score of 25 in order to qualify for UPT.

Minimum PCSM Scores – 70 or greater.

Competitive PCSM Scores  – 85 or greater. 

No UCMJ actions, DWI/DUI, or a history of drug or substance abuse.

UPT students MUST be in formal pilot training by their 30th birthday per Air Force regulation. Age waivers are NOT being considered/pursued at this time.

The Air National Guard is about a lot more than numbers, especially considering you are going to work for us your entire career. We look at you in the context that (if we hire you) you are going to be flying, working, socializing, and going to war with us for a long time. First and foremost, we are going to want someone who is going to make it through UPT and C-130J Initial Qual. Your PCSM and flying experience add greatly to that. Second, we want someone who is a “good fit”. We will ask you a lot of questions in the interview and your answers (and how you answer) mean a lot. Also, your interview starts before you even set foot on the base. Visiting the unit before the interview during a Unit Training Assembly (Drill Weekend) is highly encouraged so we can get to know you in a more informal setting. Any phone calls you make, people you interact with, etc. are all fair game and expect members on the board to ask around to see what others think of you, even if you aren’t being formally interviewed. So, best advice – be yourself!


How to Apply

For more information and questions, please contact: LtCol Joseph Sanduk or Capt Ben Vail at  (805) 986-7554 or (805) 986-7590.  Email either at (note, all prior email correspondence is deleted the day after the hiring board). The address section of your package should be addressed to: Captain Ben Vail,  115th Airlift Squadron,  CA Air National Guard,  106 Mulcahey Drive, Port Hueneme, CA 93041

Job Categories: Pilot. Job Types: Traditional Guardsmen. Job Tags: AGR, C-130, c-130j, C-130j pilot, c130j, CA, CA ANG, California, channel islands, CIANGS, DSG, EP, evaluator, hiring board, Hollywood Guard, instructor pilot, IP, MAFFS, NAS Pt Mugu, Pilot, Pt Hueneme, Pt Mugu, reservist, technician, traditional guardsman, and UPT. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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