The Pilot Utilization Field encompasses all functions performed by rated pilot officers to conduct or directly support flying operations, including combat, combat support, and training missions. Inherently included are supervisory and staff functions such as inspection, contingency planning, and policy formulation.
Specific instruction on use of certain AFSCs:
Identify pilots with 11XX specialties appropriate to the type of missions and weapon system involved. Use the following prefixes to identify additional rated qualifications and experience, and unit manpower document positions that require these capabilities:
B - Squadron Operations/Maintenance Officer.
C - Commander.
F - Aircraft Systems Flight Evaluation.
G - Automated Systems Program Designer.
H - Military Consultant to the Surgeon General.
K - Instructor for weapon system designated by AFSC.
L - Life Support.
M - Medical Service Specialist (Physiological Training Instructor).
P - Pilot Required.
Q - Standardization or Flight Examiner for Weapon system designated by AFSC.
S - Safety.
T - Formal Training Instructor.
V - Automated Functional Applications Analyst.
W - Weapons and Tactics Instructor.
Y - Analytical Studies Officer.
Identify pilots serving as instructor pilots in undergraduate pilot training and formal training units (FTU) with a T prefix. Do not award a T prefix to instructor pilots in operational units. Prefix K identifies these instructors and authorizations.
In each fixed-wing major weapon system (MWS) specialty, use suffix R to identify pilots serving as Flight Screening Program instructors in the T-3 or T-4.
Use suffix S to identify pilots serving as Undergraduate Pilot Training Phase II instructors (T- 34/T-37). Use suffix T to identify pilots serving as Undergraduate Pilot Training Phase III instructors (T-1, T-38, or T-44). For classification purposes, Europe-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) and Pilot Instructor Training (PIT) duty is included in the S and T suffixes.
Pilots assigned to duty as Aerospace Physiology Instructors, after completion of formal training, may be identified by prefix M. The Chief, Flight Medicine, Air Force Medical Operations Agency, validates positions and awards the AFSC.
Identify requirements for staff officers above wing level with a staff AFSC (11X4). Award individuals possessing a qualified AFSC (11X3) or a staff AFSC (11X4) upon assignment to a position so identified.
Qualification level 3 designates a pilot qualified as an aircraft commander in the assigned specialty or credit. Level 2 identifies qualification as a copilot, if appropriate, for a specific system. Level 1 identifies rated pilots at the entry level for their specialty.
Current aeronautical rating and qualification for aviation service according to AFI 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges are mandatory for award and retention of pilot AFSCs. See AFI 36-2101, Classifying Military Personnel (Officers and Airmen) for policy on retention or withdrawal of rated AFSCs for personnel disqualified from aviation service or placed in an inactive status. The following is a complete listing of AFSC for the Pilot Utilization Field.
- 11AX - AIRLIFT PILOT
- 11BX - BOMBER PILOT
- 11EX - EXPERIMENTAL TEST PILOT
- 11FX - FIGHTER PILOT
- 11GX - GENERALIST PILOT
- 11HX - HELICOPTER PILOT
- 11KX - TRAINER PILOT
- 11RX - RECONNAISSANCE/SURVEILLANCE/ELECTRONIC WARFARE PILOT
- 11SX - SPECIAL OPERATIONS PILOT
- 11TX - TANKER PILOT