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Selection and Training

Federal Flight Deck Officers

Selection for FFDO Training

To be selected for Federal Flight Deck Officer (FFDO) training by TSA you must:

  • Successfully complete all selection assessments including any specified psychological, medical or physical ability requirements.
  • Be determined to meet all established standards by the Federal Air Marshal Service.
  • Be available to attend the FFDO training program in its entirety on your own time and at your own expense within one year from your acceptance in the program (the cost of the training and equipment are covered by TSA and the Federal Air Marshal Service; volunteers are responsible for their own travel, lodging, and daily expenses).


Initial training will be conducted in a one-week session that will typically require volunteers to arrive mid-afternoon on a Sunday and remain through the conclusion of training the following Saturday afternoon.

  • All trainees must remain and be present for the entire training session.
  • All trainees must attend the training on their own time and at their own expense (out-of-pocket expenses are estimated to be $200, plus travel).
  • The training is physically demanding. It is recommended that volunteers for the FFDO program be of average to above average physical fitness to avoid any potential for injury. A recommended pre-training fitness program will be made available upon request after acceptance in the program.
  • All trainees must participate and successfully pass required bi-annual firearms re-qualification activities on their own time and at their own expense.

Successful completion of all training curriculum is required for deputation.

Latest revision: 16 December 2012