Frequently Asked Questions


  1. How long is the academy?
  2. What is per diem?
  3. What is the pay at the academy?
  4. Where can I find the class schedule for the academy?
  5. What is the work schedule?
  6. Do we get holidays off?
  7. Where can I find housing at the academy?
  8. How are you graded?
  9. What is the pass rate?
  10. What about basics?
  11. What is the dress code?
  12. How much time do I get to report to my facility?
  13. How do I select my facility?
  14. Academy Student Services
  15. COVID Changes
  16. Online Basics Course & Pre-course


  1. General Information
  2. How do I apply for a DoD job?
  3. What is the hiring process like?
  4. How much does a DoD controller make?
  5. 2019 GS Special Salary Rate Tables
  6. Is there save pay?


  1. NCEPT Terms
  2. NCEPT process overview
  3. When is a facility eligible to release someone?
  4. How are available slots determined?
  5. What do I need to do to file/remove an ERR?
  6. What factors are considered?
  7. How long will I have to wait to be selected somewhere?
  8. What happens if someone turns down an offer?
  9. Are swaps effected?
  10. What is my pay when I transfer?
  11. Do you have to attend the academy if you change career tracks (en route/terminal)?


  1. What is OTS?
  2. What is VRA?
  3. What is a TOL?
  4. What is a FOL?
  5. What is a CIL?
  6. What is the AT-SA?
  7. What is the MMPI-2?
  8. What is a Tier 2?
  9. What is TETRA?
  10. What are Credit Hours?
  11. How much leave will I earn?
  12. When does my seniority start?
  13. What health care plans are available?


  1. What are the eligibility requirements for All Source (OTS) Bid?
  2. What are the prior experience requirements?
  3. CPC Reinstatements
  4. Retired Military Controller (RMC) Program
  5. What is the age requirement?
  6. How many people is the FAA hiring?
  7. What is the OTS hiring process like?
  8. What is the prior experience hiring process like?
  9. What is the Biographical Assessment (BA) (aka Biographical Questionnaire (BQ))?
  10. I have not graduated college, can I use to apply based on college experience?
  11. I only work part-time, can I use that to apply based on work experience?
  12. What are the advantages of getting a Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) degree?
  13. Can I apply with a drug/alcohol background?
  14. What do I need to include on my resume while applying?
  15. What is the process for the security background check?
  16. What is a conditional security clearance?
  17. What is the process for medical?
  18. How long does the hiring process take?
  19. How long is the BioQ/ATSA/etc. good for?
  20. What happens if I have a TOL and apply to a new bid?

Pay and Retirement

  1. General info
  2. How much do FAA controllers make?
  3. How does pay work with transferring different facility?
  4. When can you retire?
  5. How is retirement pay calculated?
  6. Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
  7. How does save pay work?
  8. Paycheck Calculator

Veteran Information

  1. What is veterans preference?
  2. What does it mean to buy back my military time?
  3. How do I buy back military time?
  4. What will my pay be after being hired?
  5. Do I earn extra leave?
  6. GI Bill
  7. Military Leave (Guard/Reserve Duty)
  8. Disabled Veteran Leave

Updated 16-Oct-2020

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