Instructor candidates (pilot and boom operator) must complete the computer-based training lessons, the pre-course workbook and the required training listed in 11-2KC-135 vol 1, KC-135 Aircrew Training prior to the class start date.  All prerequisites will be documented in the candidates Pre-Instructor Training folder.  Bring the completed workbook and training folder (with waivers, if applicable) to Altus. These will be collected during check-in.

 This course is for instructor qualification only.  Candidates may not realign their QUAL/INST checkrides at Altus.


View the full slideshow for incoming students here:


Inprocessing and Checklists

Visit https://etca.randolph.af.mil/default1.asp for course-specific information and prerequisite checklists.

  • All students MUST email completed Formal Training Prerequisite checklist corresponding to your specific course one-week prior to arrival at Altus to 97trs.inprocessing@us.af.mil

  • Find the prerequisite checklist and required documents for your course by going to https://etca.randolph.af.mil/default1.asp

    • Click on AETC and under the location dropdown - choose Altus AFB, and then click go.

    • Click on your appropriate class.

    • Under the "Prerequisites" section, there will be a link to your course pre-requisite checklist with the required items.

    • Send us your documents electronically 97TRS.Inprocessing@us.af.mil

    • Students arriving without completed checklists verifying course prerequisites will be unable to start training and may be returned to home station.

  • For questions regarding prerequisite checklists or prerequisite waivers, contact the 97th TRS Student Admin at

    DSN 866-7446 or 580-481-7446. 

  • All students arrive at Altus AFB

    • NO EARLIER and NO LATER than one day prior to class start date

    • Check-in with Altus billeting whether you plan to stay on base or not

    • If on-base lodging is not available, students should be provided a non-A and directed to a reduced rate facility off-base.

    • The reduced rate will be some percentage of full rate lodging, depending on the length of the TDY

    • Make reservations for on-base lodging at the Red River Inn prior to your arrival by calling DSN 866-7356 or (580) 481-7356


  • Report to Bldg 87, Room 103 (Student Administration) at 0715 on class start date for inprocessing briefings

  • Bring the following required items:

    • Medical: if PCS enroute, bring entire medical records folder

    • Flight Records: if PCS enroute, bring entire Flight Records Folder

    • iPad/Checklist: if previously issued, bring your own.

    • Instructor courses only:  AF Form 4022 for Pre-attendance Training and Sq/CC signed pre-attendance workbook

    • NOTE: Per 11-2KC-135V1 5.4.3 outdated workbooks WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED; the current workbook can be found at https://train.kc135ats.net/WebKC135SMSApp/GettingStarted.aspx


  • Notes:

    • Excess Baggage should be authorized to accommodate for aviation publications / professional equipment required for this course.

    • NOTE:  No follow-on training out-and-backs from Altus.

    • No government transportation is available to Altus from the local civilian airports 

      • Information on ground transportation from Lawton Regional or Will Rogers Airports can be obtained from Altus AFB TMO DSN 866-7282 or (580) 481-7282

      • Commercial ground transportation can cost up to $100 each way 

      • Cash and Gov credit card are the only means of payment

    • Instructor courses only:  AF Form 4022 for Pre-attendance Training and Sq/CC signed pre-attendance workbook.  NOTE: Per 11-2KC-135V1 5.4.3 outdated workbooks WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED; the current workbook can be found at https://train.kc135ats.net/WebKC135SMSApp/GettingStarted.aspx.



Billeting and Meals

All students should plan to arrive at Altus AFB one day prior to class start date and check-in with Altus billeting regardless of whether they plan to stay on base or not.


Hangar 97 Dining Facility is available for meals.

Fitness and Uniforms

Per AETCI 36-2205 VOL 7 Altus Sup, students will not attend training while enrolled in the Fitness Improvement Program (FIP).

 For any course less than 6 weeks (under 42 calendar days), students will have a fitness assessment on record that does not expire until at least two weeks after their course graduation date.

For all others, testing is available at Altus, but it is recommended that assessments be accomplished at home station prior to starting class, as not to detract from the training timeline.

PT gear will be worn in accordance with AFI 36-2903.

The Altus Exchange has a limited supply of uniform items. Students should bring all necessary uniform items with them

 ◾Blues are not required on a regular basis. It is highly recommended that students bring their blues uniform to Altus in the event that circumstances arise which would require wearing blues   

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