Programs such as RPP provide important opportunities to those who may have encountered barriers or obstacles to aviation previously. Often, these barriers and obstacles are out of an individual’s control such as financial cost, lack of aviation exposure, lack of personal influencers to mentor in aviation.
“Not only does RPP help the Air Force increase the diversity of its rated officer corps but it also helps identify talented Airmen who have proven their commitment and talents on active duty and positions them as a valuable addition to our rated force,” Hall said.
Lewis expressed her favorite experience during RPP was when she first executed power on/off stalls in the Cessna 182T. She said she was initially scared to stall the aircraft and recover but the training and her instructor got her through it and she asked to do it again.
“My overall experience was gratifying,” she said. “As an enlisted aircraft maintainer, we don't often have opportunities to participate in programs like RPP. Even if I don't get selected for rated, at least I can use this experience to help the next maintainer with similar aspirations to follow their dreams.”
“The goal of RPP is to enhance an Airman’s competitiveness to successfully cross train into a rated career field,” Hall said. “Although successful completion of this program does not guarantee a participant will be selected for a rated position, our intent is to increase both an Airman’s desire and ability to pursue a rated opportunity.”
For those interested in the RPP or for more information, email AETC.RDI.Workflow@us.af.mil with “Attn: Rated Prep Program” as the subject line.