MILPER Number: 17-201
Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Aviation Branch Transfer Panel
B. AR 350-100 (Officer Active Duty Service Obligations), 8 Aug 07 (RAR 10 Aug 09).
C. AR 614-100 (Officer Assignment Policies, Details and Transfers), 10 Jan 06.
D. AR 600-9 (The Army Body Composition Program), 28 Jun 13.
E. DA Pam 600-3 (Commissioned Officer Professional Development and Career Management), 3 Dec 14.
1. This message expires 30 Oct 17.
2. This message announces the procedures for officers requesting a transfer-in to aviation branch. Aviation Branch, Officer Personnel Management Directorate (OPMD), Human Resources Command (HRC) will conduct a branch transfer panel from 2 to 27 Oct 17. The panel will select officers for transfer-in to aviation branch in accordance with (IAW) Reference A.
3. Transferring into aviation branch meets the future needs of the branch while providing a select group of officers the opportunity to continue their service as army aviators. Officers selected through this program will attend the Aviation Captain’s Career Course (AVCCC), and Initial Entry Rotary Wing (IERW) training at Fort Rucker, Alabama. These officers will subsequently be assigned to a Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) based on Army requirements. The end state is a program which infuses aviation branch with high quality officers from across the Army.
4. Eligibility. Officers must meet the following criteria:
a. Be an active duty, Regular Army (RA) commissioned officer.
b. Be an Army Competitive Category (ACC) commissioned officer.
c. Army Reserve officers and National Guard officers (including AGR), are not eligible for this program.
d. 2015 is the targeted year group for the FY18 panel. Officers not in YG15, will be considered on a case by case basis.
e. Officers who hold the rank of captain when the panel convenes must obtain a waiver through aviation proponency (see paragraph 6 for waiver application procedures.)
f. Completed less than 48 months of AFCS upon the start date of IERW. Officers can apply for a waiver to this prerequisite through aviation proponency (see paragraph 6 for waiver application procedures.)
g. Less than 32 years of age upon the start date of IERW. Officers can apply for an age waiver to this prerequisite through aviation proponency (see paragraph 6 for waiver application procedures.)
h. Score 40 or greater on the Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT). Local education centers can administer the SIFT. Officers must ensure they receive a printed copy of the SIFT results as this information is not always maintained by each education center and is difficult to retrieve.
i. Must be physically qualified for flying duty within 18 months of the panel date. Military medical facilities can schedule Class 1A flight physicals. Flight physicals are automatically sent to Fort Rucker for final approval at the Army Aviation Aeromedical Activity (AAMA).
j. Due to the time required to complete AVCCC and IERW at Fort Rucker, aviation branch officers operate under a constrained professional timeline. Although, year group restrictions are a guideline when determining whether an officer has time to professionally develop, officers will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine their ability to meet this criterion. The Aviation Branch Transfer Panel is the final approval authority. Aircraft selection may be based on the officer’s individual timeline and ability to progress professionally. Army requirements may supersede the officer order of merit in flight school.
k. Officers who have undergone or are pending an unfavorable action are not eligible for this program. Unfavorable actions include but are not limited to: pending UCMJ action or have been found guilty under any form of UCMJ action as a commissioned officer; received a General Officer Letter or Memorandum of Reprimand (GOLOR/GOMAR); two time non-select for promotion; failing to meet Army Physical Fitness standards or Army height/weight standards IAW AR 600-9; and officers who have received a referred OER or AER.
l. Call to active duty and inter-service officers are eligible to participate in this program after serving at least 36 months on active duty in the branch they were designated. Refer to paragraph 4.g, above for the 48 months of total AFCS limit.
m. Eligibility for future panels will be indicated in a subsequent MILPER message.
5. Guidelines. Officers requesting to participate in the panel will:
a. Meet the established criteria before any packets will be accepted by aviation branch.
b. Submit a DA Form 4187 requesting consideration for transfer into the aviation branch signed by the first colonel (O6) in the officer’s chain of command.
c. Submit a DA Form 4187 requesting conditional release from officer’s basic branch for transfer to aviation branch signed by the officer’s HRC branch chief.
d. Submit a letter to the panel indicating what qualities they would contribute to the aviation branch. This letter should be in letter format per AR 25-50, and addressed to the president of the board.
e. Provide letters of recommendation (in memorandum or letter format) addressed to the chief, aviation branch, officer assignments, human resources command.
f. DA photo current within the last 12 months.
g. Submit a copy of all OERs and AERs.
h. Provide a copy of college transcripts. Transcripts do not have to be certified, but must be legible.
i. Copy of private pilot’s license and logbook (if applicable).
j. Coordinate the submission of all waivers and their class 1A flight physical between aviation branch, aviation proponency, and the applicant.
k. Adhere to the Army’s stop move policy.
l. Submit applications for the panel before the suspense date of 1 Oct 17. Packets received after 1 Oct 17 will not be considered for this panel and will receive no action. All packets will consist of one PDF document (do not include multiple individual attachments in one email). Address issues of file size or other concerns to the point of contact email listed below. Applicants will submit their packets via electronic mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Waivers. Waivers will be submitted directly to aviation proponency at Fort Rucker, AL via electronic mail to: email@example.com.
a. All waiver packets will consist of the following:
(1) Current ORB.
(2) Letter of recommendation from the officer’s current brigade commander or higher.
(3) Personal resume.
(4) All OERs and AERs.
(5) SIFT score sheet.
(6) Class 1A flight physical with an approved stamp from the AAMA, current within 18 months of application.
(7) Copy of private pilot’s license and logbook (if applicable).
b. If waivers are approved, they will be included in the officer’s branch transfer packet. All waivers must be received by 15 Aug 17.
c. The approval authority for the rank waiver is the Commanding General, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. Rank waivers take approximately four weeks for processing. Consider additional processing time when submitting rank waivers.
d. The approval authority for the age requirement and the AFCS is the Deputy Chief of Staff, G1. These waivers take up to eight weeks for processing and are routed through Aviation Proponency, Fort Rucker, AL.
e. Waiver examples (DA Form 4187) are available on the aviation branch transfer webpage at: https://www.hrc.army.mil/content/Aviation%20Branch%20Transfer%20and%20Call%20to%20Active%20Duty%20Program.
7. Selected officers:
a. Selected officers will receive approved transfer notification via the email address listed on their ORB from AHRC-OPA-V outlining the transfer date into aviation.
b. Officers will have the option to accept or decline transfer by replying to the notification No Later Than (NLT) 45 days after the email sent date.
c. Upon final approval, officers will branch transfer to aviation branch. Aviation branch will work directly with approved officers for assignment to Fort Rucker, AL for AVCCC and IERW. If an officer is eliminated or self-eliminates from flight training, they will immediately revert to their original branch for reassignment based on Army requirements.
d. IAW REF b, upon graduation or voluntary termination from IERW, officers will incur a six year Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO).
8. Aviation branch will process and forward all completed packets received on or before the suspense date of 1 Oct 17 to the Aviation Branch Transfer Panel for final selection.
a. Answers to most questions can be found at the HRC, aviation branch webpage: https://www.hrc.army.mil/officer/aviation%20branch%20transfer.
b. The point of contact for this message is aviation branch, OPMD, HRC (AHRC-OPA-V) at 502-513-5156 or firstname.lastname@example.org.