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Are Pilots Graduating SUPT Today Meeting AMC's Current and Future Needs

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Technical Report

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Air War College Air University Maxwell AFB United States

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The purpose of this study is to examine if Air Education and Training Command AETC is adequately training military pilots to meet the current and future needs of Air Mobility Command AMC. The study is divided into four main sections Pilot Training History and Evolution, Pilot Training Today, Future, and ConclusionRecommendations.The History section covers the evolution of pilot training from 1950 to present. During this period, pilot training went from a multi-track, to a single track, then back to a multi-track system. There were several rationales for alternating from one system to the other. This study provides a basic foundation as to why AETC is currently using a multi-track system.The Pilot Training Today section describes how AETC gets the training requirements from the various major commands MAJCOMS. Additionally, the skill sets taught at pilot training as well as the grading criteria used to evaluate the student pilots are discussed. Furthermore, the four methods used in this study to evaluate AETCs success are defined.The Future section discusses what mobility pilots in the future may expect. The future operating environment is expected to be characterized by uncertainty, complexity, rapid change and persistent conflict. As these conditions change, AETC must keep pace. AETC must also constantly evaluate that the proper skill sets are being taught and if instructors and training devices are capable of conducting the training.The conclusion and recommendations are the final section. The study concludes that AETC is currently meeting AMCs requirements. However, there are several recommendations for AETC to conduct further analysis and research on. Most importantly, AETC should place additional emphasis on human factors, situational awareness, and crew resource management training during the advanced phase of pilot training.

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