Make it to Tikkakoski through special operations forces application
You may get to be assigned to do the military service in the Air Force Academy at the call-ups or trough special operations forces application. In the call-ups, the Air Force Academy has set quotas, and applying for the air Force’s special courses requires that you undertake the special operations forces application.
Undertaking the special operations forces application means that you voluntarily apply for particular conscript training before reporting for service or while in military service.
All the Air Force’s special courses are organized in the air Force Academy in Tikkakoski.
The training available through special operations forces application always lasts for 347 days and, apart from the military driver course, includes the completion of an NCO course or a reserve officer course with conscript leader training.
In the call-ups, you will primarily be assigned to a particular brigade-level unit, and in case you get through special operations forces application on an Air Force’s special course, the regional office will change your service location as the Air Force Academy. This applies to all those concerned except for the military drivers who have been selected to serve in the Utti Jaeger Regiment.
Please apply for Air Force's special courses via Finnish Defence Forces' e-service. If the e-service does not work you can also print out the special operations forces application form for NCO Courses/Military Driver Course and/or form for Pilot Reserve Officer Course.
Air Force’s special courses
Pilot Reserve Officer Course
Offering a chance for completing military service on a one-of-a-kind flying conscript course, this annual course begins with the July contingent. The deadline for applying is 1 December.
NCO Aircraft Maintenance Programme
Offering a rewarding, versatile and demanding means for carrying out military service, this course is available for those interested in technology and aircraft. The deadline for the course that starts in January is 1 December, whereas the course starting in July invites applications by 1 March.
NCO Control Centre Programme
This course trains its students as situation picture controller NCOs in the air surveillance centre of the Air Force’s control centres complemented by training some of the conscripts starting in the July contingent in the tasks of combat command NCOs. Furthermore, this course offers its students training and skills applicable in radar surveillance. The deadline for the course starting in January is 1 September, and that of the course starting in July is 1 March.
Military Driver Course
This biannual course offers military drivers the basis for carrying out driving tasks independently in their assigned brigade-level units. While attending this course, you will complete the BECE level driving license and part of the professional qualification prerequisites for a professional driver. The deadline for the course starting in January is 1 September, and that of the course starting in July is 1 March.