Got my Wings in C-130 Community Announcements & Promotions Posted October 14, 2010 Correct to a point. Basic : Aircrew member awarded temporaly 3 level upon completion awarding courses and are permently awarded after successfully completing IQT IAW AFI 11-402 What paragraph are you quoting? Chapter 7 spells it out: 7.4. Permanent Award of Aircrew Member Badges to US Air Force Members. A USAF CEA, non-rated officer aircrew member, or non-CEA enlisted aircrew member may qualify for an aircrew member badge if he or she is: (a) qualified for USAF aviation service, ( assigned an active or inactive FSC (not separated, suspended, or disqualified from aviation service) and © not considered a rated asset in the ARC. See also paragraph 7.2. 7.4.1. Permanently award the basic aircrew member badge to a CEA or other nonrated aircrew member effective the date he or she satisfies the requirement listed in Table 7.1. or meets one of the requirements in paragraphs 126.96.36.199. – 188.8.131.52. below: 184.108.40.206. Member was medically disqualified for further performance of aircrew member duty as a result of wounds received in action while in a designated combat zone and performing primary duty as an aircrew member. The effective date for award of the badge is the same as the effective date of the AO that assigned ASC 03. 220.127.116.11. Member was medically disqualified for further performance of aircrew member duty as a result of injuries received in an aircraft mishap while performing primary duty as an aircrew member. The effective date for award of the badge is the same as the effective date of the AO that assigned ASC 03. 18.104.22.168. Member participated in at least 10 combat missions as a primary aircrew member in a designated combat zone (Combat support missions do not qualify for purposes of this computation. See AFI 11-401 for explanation of missions), or… 22.214.171.124. Member was assigned to perform aircrew member duties and completed a minimum of one operational mission in space (50 miles above the earth). In addition to eligibility for permanent award of the aircrew member badge, the individual is eligible for the astronaut qualifier. Submit application for award of the astronaut qualifier (Attachment 2). Table 7.1 refers you back to Chapter 7, but also has this blurp: 36 paid months of Operational Flying. OP: Congrats, welcome to one of the best enlisted gigs in the AF.