R 082030Z DEC 22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/FISCAL YEAR 2024-01 TEST PILOT SCHOOL (TPS) SELECTION PANEL ANNOUNCEMENT//
REF/A/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20190530//
REF/B/MSGID: DOC/CMC/YMD: 20210510//
NARR/REF A IS MCO 1542.3D, UNITED STATES NAVY/UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TEST PILOT SCHOOLS. REF B IS MCO 1300.8 CH 1, MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT POLICY.//
POC/J. TAYLOR/MAJ/EXECUTIVE OFFICER/MAD PATUXENT RIVER/ TEL: (301) 342-1421, DSN: 342-1421/EMAIL: JOSEPH.E.TAYLOR110.MIL@US.NAVY.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. The FY24-01 TPS Selection Panel will convene on or about 23 February 2023.
1.a. Major timeline milestones are:
Date Milestone Note
Release of this message TPS questionnaire open 1
09 February 2023 Completed questionnaire due 2
23 February 2023 FY24-01 TPS Panel Convenes
Note 1: Refer to paragraph 9 of this message for additional details regarding questionnaire completion.
Note 2: Applicants must complete the questionnaire by 2359 EST on 09 February 2023.
2. The FY24-01 TPS Selection Panel will consider applicants for assignment to United States Naval Test Pilot School (NTPS) Class 165 and United States Air Force Test Pilot School (AFTPS) Class 24-A convening on or about January 2024.
3. Aviators from the following type-model-series MOSs are highly encouraged to apply (read in four columns):
MOS TYPE CLASS QUANTITY
7557 KC-130 NTPS CLASS 165 1
7566 CH-53 NTPS CLASS 165 1
7532 MV-22 NTPS CLASS 165 1
7509/23 F/A-18 AFTPS CLASS 22-A 1
4.a. Eligibility criteria.
4.a.1. Active component commissioned officers on active duty.
4.a.2. Regular commissioned officers in the rank of First Lieutenant and above.
4.a.3. Designated Naval Aviators or Naval Flight Officers.
4.a.4. Have a minimum of 750 flight hours by the projected class convening date.
4.a.5. Must have successfully completed college physics or mechanics and college level mathematics through calculus. Although not a requirement, a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, physical science, computer science, or mathematics fields is highly desirable.
4.a.6. Must meet anthropometric requirements for TPS syllabus aircraft. Applicants that fall outside the below requirements may contact the Marine Aviation Detachment for additional guidance.
4.a.6.a. Weight: 136-213 lbs (may be waved up to 103-245 lbs).
4.a.6.b. Sitting height: 32.0" through 40.9".
4.a.6.c. Buttock-knee length: 21.0" through 27.4".
4.a.7. All Captain candidates shall be Professional Military Education (PME) complete for grade by the projected class convening date.
4.a.8. Security clearance: All selected officers must have at least a Secret clearance that will not expire during the next four Fiscal Years, and all selected officers must be eligible for a Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI).
4.a.9. Must meet the time on station requirements described in paragraph 5.
4.b. Ineligibility criteria.
4.b.1. Reserve component commissioned officers.
4.b.2. Officers in the above-zone for promotion on the convening date of the TPS 165 selection board.
4.b.3. Officers serving in a joint billet that have not met their minimum time on station requirements at least three months prior to class convening date.
4.b.4. Officers pending any medical or legal action that would preclude successful completion of the period of instruction and subsequent tour of duty.
4.b.5. Officers who have not completed their Commandants Career- Level Education Board (CCLEB) utilization tour by 31 December 2023.
4.b.6. Officers who do not meet the time on station requirements described in paragraph (5).
5. Time on station requirements:
5.a. Applicants must meet the minimum 24-months time-on-station requirement for continental United States (CONUS) assignment or be able to complete their tour control factor for outside the continental United States (OCONUS) assignments. If an applicant does not meet time-on-station requirements, they must submit a command-endorsed waiver, via NAVMC 10274 (AA-Form), with the application. Transfer inside of the normal 24-months permanent change of station time-on-station obligation will result in a gap for that command until the 24-month period has concluded. If an officer is selected prior to his/her normal rotation date, Manpower Management Officer Assignments branch will attempt to provide a backfill. A commander's endorsement of the applicant’s letter of intent is considered acknowledgement of this situation.
5.b. Those officers in a joint billet must meet their minimum time -on-station requirements by 31 December 2023.
5.c. Weapons and Tactics Instructors (WTIs) must serve a minimum of 18 months in their unit upon successful completion of Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course prior to executing a PCS or PCA. This requirement does not preclude WTIs from applying to TPS, and orders can be adjusted on a case-by-case basis to ensure this prerequisite is satisfied.
6. Because of extensive pre-arrival training requirements associated with this curriculum, officers selected for TPS should expect to receive orders to report for duty approximately four months prior to the official course convening date provided in paragraph (2).
7. Officers should plan to report with a current Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) and instrument check in their primary Type/Model/Series.
8. Eligibility Waivers. If a waiver is required for section 4.a requirements, it shall be annotated on the online application questionnaire mentioned in paragraph 9.a. All waivers will be processed during the selection board. The requirement for a waiver should not be considered a disqualifier for favorable endorsements by the chain of command.
9. Application Requirements.
9.a. Applicants shall complete the entire online application questionnaire by navigating to: https:(slash)(slash)go.max.gov/TPS
9.a.1. Applicants shall disclose if they were subject to a Field Flight Performance Board and the results of the board.
9.a.2. Applicants shall electronically submit a scanned "Letter of Intent" to apply for TPS to the Commanding Officer, Marine Aviation Detachment, Patuxent River. The letter of intent shall be submitted via the applicant’s chain of command with endorsements through the first colonel (or O-6 equivalent) in Naval letter format. A sample letter of intent is provided in the survey containing the online application questionnaire.
9.a.3. Command endorsements should specifically address the flying abilities and aviation leadership qualities of the applicant. In cases where the endorsing officer has no firsthand knowledge of the applicant's flying ability, a letter of recommendation shall be included from one or more officers who have supervised the applicant in an operational flying billet within the past three years.
9.a.4. In the event an officer submits an application and is subsequently transferred, endorsements from the gaining command shall also be forwarded.
9.b. Digital copies of the following documents shall be uploaded via the applicable fields in the online application questionnaire:
9.b.1. 1-page applicant military biography. Summarize military school experience, operational, flight and leadership experience, as well as other noteworthy personal experiences that would be of interest to the selection board.
9.b.2. Email correspondence from PMOS monitor confirming applicant's eligibility.
9.b.3. Legible copies of official college transcript(s). There is no requirement to have official copies sent directly to the selection board from the educational institutions. Transcript(s) shall show type of degree conferred and date conferred. Do not submit copies of diplomas.
9.b.4. Letter of intent (refer to paragraph 9.a.2) and all endorsements.
9.b.5. Letters of recommendation (optional, maximum of three).
9.b.6. All digital documents shall be combined into a single PDF document and uploaded to the survey with the nomenclature: EDIPI_Last Name.
10. Application procedures.
10.a. The application deadline is 2359 Eastern Standard Time on 09 February 2023.
10.b. Those applicants unable to submit applications online may submit an administrative action form application to the Executive Officer, Marine Aviation Detachment, Patuxent River, listed in the POC paragraph. Submit hard copy applications to:
Marine Aviation Detachment
Attn: FY24-01 TPS Selection Board
22401 Cedar Point Road, Building 102
Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland 20670-1186
11. Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Executive Officer, Marine Aviation Detachment, Patuxent River for assistance during the application preparation process.
12. All applicants shall submit a complete application package. Information contained in previous applications is not retained after the selection panel.
13. Points of contact:
Fixed Wing Majors Monitor
Major Jordan Blake
Comm: (703) 784-9267
Fixed Wing Company Grade Monitor
Major Anthony Gutierrez
Comm: (703) 784-9267
Rotary Wing Majors Monitor
Major Kyleigh Cullen
Comm: (703) 784-9267
Rotary Wing Company Grade Monitor
Captain James Turner III
Comm: (703) 784-9267
14. This MARADMIN is not applicable to the Marine Corps Reserve.
15. Release authorized by MajGen Michael J. Borgschulte, Director, Manpower Management Division.//