Undergraduate Pilot Program

The 142nd Wing is always looking for the best. Routinely, the 142nd Wing hires qualified candidates to attend Undergraduate Pilot Training. Unlike active duty F-15 Eagle pilots, the wing's pilots are a mix of full time, part time and Air Sovereignty Alert pilots allowing flexibility with full time jobs and other careers. All are dedicated to the base's mission... providing the highest caliber F-15 squadron in the world.

Undergraduate Pilot Training

The 142nd Wing routinely hires candidates to attend UPT. The mission of the 123rd Fighter Squadron "Redhawks" is to provide Air Sovereignty Alert for the Northwestern United States as well as projecting air power to foreign theaters as an expeditionary arm of the US Air Force. The normal flow of events for a UPT hire is to attend officer school (if necessary), complete UPT, complete Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals, complete F-15 Eagle Formal Training Unit at Kingsley Field and then come back to Portland for approximately two years of seasoning/upgrades. After that, the needs of the base and the performance of the pilot will dictate what jobs he/she will flow on to.

General Pilot Training Information

The link provided is an additional resource for generalized information concerning U.S. Air Force UPT.
Link: http://www.baseops.net/archive/archiveupt.html
This link is not sponsored by the 142nd Wing or the Air National Guard. Information provided by the Base Ops web site if for reference only.

Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS)

The Test of Basic Aviation Skills (TBAS) is a computerized psychomotor test battery. It is used as a tool for the selection of United States Air Force pilot candidates. TBAS scores are combined with the candidate's Air Force Officer Qualifying Test (AFOQT), and 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. This PCSM score is provided to pilot selection board along with other "whole-person concept" information to make decisions concerning pilot candidate selection.

Complete the TBAS Candidate Worksheet, and bring it with you on the day of the test. You should also bring a valid form of ID, your Social Security card, your current college transcript, and your logbook if you have any flying experience. The TBAS test will be mentally challenging, and it is recommended that you get a good night's sleep before the test. If you experience some condition that is genuinely stressful, or if you are too ill/tired to take the TBAS, you will need to reschedule for another time. There is no penalty for rescheduling.

When you are ready to begin the test you will be seated at the TBAS station and asked to enter the data from your completed Candidate Worksheet into the TBAS for use in processing and tracking your test scores. The test administrator will then read a standard instruction briefing to you. Detailed instructions for each of the nine subtests will appear on the computer screen. Take all the time you need to make sure you understand these instructions. You will not be penalized for time spent on instructions.

The TBAS consists of ten subtests that measure psychomotor skills and cognitive aptitude. The test takes approximately 1 hour. After you have completed the test, the test administrator will send the raw data to a central scoring facility. Provided you have already taken the AFOQT, you should be able to check your PCSM score via the Internet within 1-2 days after we receive your TBAS test. Please check with your Test Control Officer (TCO) as to when they will send the TBAS test.

It is very important that you do not discuss the contents of the test with anyone other than the test administrator. If you do discuss the test with anyone else you will be held responsible for violating a legal regulation, Air Force Instruction 36-2605, Air Force Military Personnel Testing System. You will also be disqualified from consideration for Air Force pilot training.
For more information you can go to https://pcsm.aetc.af.mil/BatInfoPage/BatInfo.htm.


The TBAS is available in the Pacific NW at the following locations.
-McChord AFB, WA
(253) 982-2162

-Oregon State University Corvallis, Oregon

Or your nearest testing facility

Next UPT Hiring Board Date

Thank you for your interest in the Oregon Air National Guard. The 2024 Undergraduate Pilot Training (UPT) window will open on January 1st, 2024 and close January 31st.  We expect to interview selected candidates in the spring of 2024.

The Oregon Air National Guard UPT Selection Board selects highly qualified applicants for interviews.  Not all applicants will get an interview.  This year selected interviewees are assigned a UPT slot only for the 142nd Wing, Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland, Oregon.

Please submit applications to Mil Recruiterhttps://milrecruiter.com/

Log in, or Sign Up > Once signed in select “All Squadrons” tab on top right > under “Squadron Name” type in “123rd Fighter Squadron” > select UPT hiring tab > follow the application questionnaire.

Point-of-contact for information regarding Oregon's UPT Selection Board is Lt. Jordan “Zorro” Zamora, email: 142.WG.123.FS.UPT.HB@us.af.mil

If you are a member of the Oregon Air National Guard applying for a UPT slot, please notify us at 142.WG.123.FS.UPT.HB@us.af.mil with “ORANG Member Applicant” in the subject line after submitting your application.



The next hiring board for pilots who are already rated via a military pilot training program will be in February 2022.  Unfortunately, due to training limitations, we are only considering applicants who are currently qualified in the F-15C/E, F-22, F-35, F-16, F/A-18E/F or previously qualified in the F-15C/E.  Pilots who meet these requirements should e-mail Lt Col Jon “Sick” Friedman at jonathan.friedman.4@us.af.mil for more information.