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FYI: Air Force Astronaut Nomination Program

September 13, 2019


WANT TO GO TO SPACE? WELL,
IF YOU’RE AN ACTIVE DUTY OFFICER OR ENLISTED
MEMBER– IT MAY NOT BE AS OUT OF REACH AS YOU THINK.
IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE, DON’T WORRY–IVE GOT THE
STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW. HI, I’M TECH SERGEANT
HOLLY ROBERTS-DAVIS AND THIS IS FYI. THE AIR FORCE AFFECTS
BILLIONS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE GLOBE WITH its
OPERATIONS IN SPACE. WHILE MOST OF THESE OPERATIONS
INVOLVE AIRMEN ON THE GROUND, THERE ARE
OPPORTUNITIES FOR AIRMEN TO ACTUALLY GO TO
SPACE–AND ONE OF THEM IS THE AIR FORCE ASTRONAUT
PROGRAM. AIR FORCE TV RECENTLY SENT A TEAM DOWN
TO HOUSTON TO CHECK OUT SOME AIRMEN WHO ARE PART
OF THE SPACE PROGRAM AT NASA, SO IF YOU HAVEN’T
SEEN THAT EPISODE OF BLUE YET–YOU SHOULD. BUT
SERIOUSLY….STOP WATCHING ME AND GO CHECK IT OUT,
THERE’S A LINK IN THE DESCRIPTION–GO AHEAD,
ILL BE HERE WHEN YOU’RE FINISHED. ALRIGHT, IF YOU HAVE SEEN
THE EPISODE AND YOU’RE WONDERING HOW YOU CAN GO
TO SPACE, THEN YOU’RE IN LUCK. ACTIVE DUTY AIR
FORCE OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEMBERS HAVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR PILOT AND MISSION
SPECIALIST CREW POSITIONS WITH THE NATIONS SPACE
PROGRAM THROUGH THE AIR FORCE ASTRONAUT
NOMINATION PROGRAM. IF SELECTED AS AN AIR
FORCE SPACE PROGRAM NOMINEE, YOU’LL MOVE
ON TO COMPETE WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE
OTHER SERVICES FOR THE CHANCE TO BECOME AN
ASTRONAUT CANDIDATE AND SERVE A 5-YEAR
TOUR WITH NASA. NOW, ENLISTED MEMBERS ARE
ONLY ELIGIBLE FOR THE MISSION SPECIALIST CREW
POSITION. TO QUALIFY FOR NOMINATION TO NASA IN
THE MISSION SPECIALIST ASTRONAUT CATEGORY,
THERE ARE SOME MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS THAT YOU MUST
MEET. THESE REQUIREMENTS ARE SET BY NASA, SO THEY
ARE NOT WAIVERABLE. FIRST OF ALL, YOU MUST BE
ON ACTIVE DUTY AND YOU MUST ALSO BE A US.
CITIZEN. YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT FLYING CLASS II
PHYSICAL AND YOUR HEIGHT MUST BE BETWEEN
62 AND 75 INCHES. IF YOU’VE GOT THESE BOXES
CHECKED, HERE COMES THE TOUGH PART. YOU MUST HAVE
EARNED A BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN ENGINEERING,
MATHEMATICS, OR BIOLOGICAL OR PHYSICAL SCIENCES.
UNFORTUNATELY, DEGREES IN TECHNOLOGY OR MANAGEMENT
DON’T COUNT, SUCH AS AVIATION MANAGEMENT,
AVIATION TECHNOLOGY, OR ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY. BUT, IF YOU’VE GOT ONE OF
THE ELIGIBLE DEGREES, YOU ALSO NEED EXPERIENCE. SO,
YOU HAVE TO HAVE AT LEAST THREE YEARS OF DEGREE
RELATED EXPERIENCE AFTER YOU WERE AWARDED YOUR
DEGREE, OR AN ADVANCED DEGREE THAT CAN BE
SUBSTITUTED FOR SOME OR ALL OF THE EXPERIENCE. THE
GOOD NEWS–OFFICER AND ENLISTED AIR CREW DUTY
COUNTS TOWARD THAT EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT. IF EVERYTHING I JUST
DESCRIBED SOUNDS LIKE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW,
HERE’S WHAT YOU OR THEY NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE
REST OF THE PROCESS. INTERESTED AIRMEN ARE
GOING TO HAVE TO SUBMIT TWO APPLICATION PACKAGES,
ONE TO NASA USING USAJOBS AND A SEPARATE APPLICATION
PACKAGE TO THE AIR FORCE ASTRONAUT NOMINATION BOARD
USING THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE MYPERS WEBSITE. BOTH
PACKAGES ARE DUE BY MID FEBRUARY. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
THE APPLICATION PROCESS OR THE CRITERIA FOR THE PILOT
PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO OFFICERS, CHECK OUT MYPERS
AND THE LINKS IN THE DESCRIPTION. AND, IF
YOU DIDN’T LISTEN TO ME EARLIER ABOUT WATCHING
THAT EPISODE OF BLUE, THERE’S A LINK FOR THAT IN
THE DESCRIPTION AS WELL. FOR FYI, I’M TECH SERGEANT
HOLLY ROBERTS-DAVIS.

2 Comments

  • Reply Jemuel Mixon July 21, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Do you need a Bachelors Degree or at least Bachelors Degree. I will try to achieve a Phd in Aerospace Engineering.

  • Reply Eterna Pesadilla May 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I like how there's so many prerequisits but in the end all that matters is that you know what your doing xD i find the irony of burocracy absurd to some degree.

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