Application packets to transfer to aviation must be received at Human Resources Command by April 5 for the April panel, and Oct. 4 for the October panel.
Selection panels will meet in April and October to consider the applications of Regular Army officers who want to transfer to the aviation career branch.
Transfers to the aviation branch are restricted to this process, which is separate from the Voluntary Transfer Incentive Program.
Target cohorts for the semiannual Aviation Branch Transfer panels are 2009 and 2010.
Selected officers will attend the Aviation Captains Career Course and flight training at Fort Rucker, Ala.
Upon graduation from these courses, officers will incur a six-year service obligation and be assigned to a combat aviation brigade.
To qualify, officers must hold a Regular Army appointment and be a member of the Army Competitive Category, which is the management grouping for officers of the basic line branches.
Additionally, applicants must:
• Have served three years of active federal service if assessed onto active duty as a member of the air defense, adjutant general, armor, chemical, engineer, field artillery, finance, infantry, military intelligence, military police, ordnance, quartermaster, signal or transportation branch.
• Officers who hold the rank of captain at the time the branch transfer panel convenes must obtain a waiver from the Aviation Proponency office of the Army Aviation Center, Fort Rucker.
• Have fewer than four years of active service.
• Be less than 33 years old at the time flight training begins.
• Obtain a score of at least 40 on the Selection Instrument for Flight Training, the Army's new flight aptitude test. Installation education centers can administer the SIFT.