What is the U.S.
The U.S. Air Force is one of the five
branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. It defends the
United States through control and exploitation of air and space.
What is the cut-off
age for joining the Air Force?
Non-prior service applicants must be
in Basic Military Training before their 28th birthday. Officer
Training School applicants must be commissioned prior to their
35th birthday. Physician, Nurse and Allied Health applicants
must be in Commissioned Officer Training before their 40th birthday.
Prior service applicant age limitations may differ from what
is stated above. Prior service applicants should contact their
local recruiter for age cut-offs.
The ASVAB is a test that measures your aptitudes. It consists
of ten short individual tests covering word knowledge, paragraph
comprehension, arithmetic reasoning, mathematics knowledge,
general science, auto and shop information, mechanical comprehension,
electronics information, numerical operations and coding speed.
When you take the ASVAB prior to enlisting, not only do you
receive scores on each of these individual tests, but several
individual test results are combined to yield three academic
composite scores: verbal, math and academic ability.
How do I
If you are in high school, your first concern should be your
education. Stay in school and graduate. Say no to drugs, keep
yourself physically fit and stay out of trouble. Remember, take
the hard classes (i.e. , upper level Math, English and Science,
some benefits of joining?
Income: You are paid twice a month, on the
1st and 15th, every month, based on your pay grade and service
You are promoted based on job knowledge, your performance,
time in pay grade and service requirements.
Vacation: You earn 2.5 days paid vacation per
month for a total of 30 days each year up to 60 days.
You choose your career path based on your aptitude,
physical abilities, security clearance, motivation and determination.
All specialties are open to women - including combat roles.
Care: While on active duty, you will receive
complete medical and dental care at no cost.
Insurance: Active duty members select up to
$200,000 in term life insurance for $18 per month.
You may also receive additional tax-free money for Basic
Allowance for Housing (BAH) if government housing is not
available; Basic Allowance for Subsistence (BAS), if government
food facilities are not available in the area you are stationed;
and a uniform allowance (for enlisted personnel only) to
help maintain your uniform.
Advantage: Only your basic monthly pay is subject
to Federal or State income tax.
Bill: The Montgomery GI Bill will help pay
for college education or vocational training.
Assistance: While on active duty, you may continue
your education, and may be helped in defraying the cost
of college-accredited courses.
Benefits: There are exchange and commissary
privileges, moving allowances, temporary lodging expenses,
travel, survivor benefits, Veterans Administration home
loans and more.
the Air Force take people with prior service?
Yes. The service accepts prior-service people.
if I am not a U.S. citizen?
Only U.S. citizens or foreign nationals legally residing in
the United States with an Immigration and Naturalization Service
Alien Registration Card ("Green Card" -- INS Form
I-151/551) may apply. Applicants must speak, write and read
military help me obtain U.S. citizenship?
No. The U.S. military cannot assist
foreign nationals in obtaining admittance into the United States.
I live overseas?
Regulations prohibit the forwarding of recruiting information
through international mail, even to U.S. citizens living in
foreign countries. Use
our online form to reach a recruiter electronically.
is boot camp or Basic Military Training?
What is BMT
The United States Air Force Basic Military Training Program
(often called BMT
for short), consists of 6 weeks of intense training intended
to release the potential within an individual and produce the
best Airman possible.
I do anything before I go to BMT?
Yes. The more fit you are when you arrive, the better your chances
are for avoiding injury and graduating from Basic
Military Training. Start out slowly and
work out at least 3 times a week. Focus your training
program on situps, pushups, and running two miles.
How do I become
You can become an officer through
the U.S. Air Force Academy, ROTC, OTS, the Airmen Education
and Commissioning Program, or Direct Commissioning programs. See
our officer programs page.
What is the
Airman Education and Commissioning Program?
The Airman Education and Commissioning Program is for active-duty
airmen who have already completed at least 45 semester hours
of college credit. With such a head start, you may apply for
this very competitive program. AECP gives active-duty airmen
the opportunity to attend a full-time course of study in fields
the Air Force determines are most critical -- such as computer
engineering, computer science, electronic engineering, meteorology
While enrolled in school, AECP participants are promoted to
the grade of Staff Sergeant (E-5) and receive their full Air
Force pay and benefits plus money for tuition and books.
the U.S. Air Force Academy?
The U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs trains prepares
young men and women to lead as Air Force officers. Cadets
complete four years of studies leading to a bachelor of science
degree. Emphasis is given to academics, military training, athletic
conditioning, and spiritual and ethical development. Academics
includes classes in the basic sciences, engineering, the humanities
and the social sciences. Within this framework, all cadets complete
a core curriculum consisting of 91.5 semester hours. They can
specialize in any of 25 academic major.
I apply to the academy?
There are six steps: knowing the basic requirements applying
for a nomination, complete a candidate
questionnaire, complete the candidate kit, secure nomination
form congressman or other qualifying authorities, and complete
General qualifications include:
- Between 17 but not yet 23
years of age by July 1 of year admitted
- A U.S. citizen at time of enrollment
(exception: foreign students nominated by agreement between
U.S. and another country)
- Not pregnant or legally obligated
to support a child
- An above-average high school
or college academic record
- Strong performance on the standardized
American College Testing (ACT) Assessment Program Exam or
the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
- Be in good physical and mental
- Pass a Medical Exam
- Above-average strength, endurance
- Adequate performance on USAFA
Physical Aptitude Exam
Officer Training School?
Air Force Officer Training School prepares selected personnel
in the fundamentals of leadership; basic military skills; instills
professional ethics; evaluates leadership potential; and commissions
those who qualify as second lieutenants in all sixteen basic
branches of the Air Force.
do I qualify for OTS?
In general terms, an officer must be a college or university
graduate prior to commissioning (except for enlisted soldiers
on active duty), is trained by the Air Force to lead and manage,
and can voluntarily leave the military if not under any officer
service obligation at the time. Officers do not "enlist"
in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve in the pure sense of
the word, but individuals can compete for an enlistment option
to go to Officers Training School to become a commissioned officer.
To qualify you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Score 110 or higher on the AFOQT
- Pass the Air Force Physical Fitness
- Score at least 850 on the Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT) or 19 in the American College Test (ACT)
- Have at least 90 college credits
- Score 80 or higher on the English
Comprehension Level Test (ECLT) if English is a second language
- Be at least 18 years old and
less than 35. Pilots must turn in their applications prior
to their 28-1/2 birthday.
- Have a complete physical exam
six months prior to application
about Direct Commissions?
As a professional lawyer, engineer, member of the clergy or
doctor, you may also qualify for a Direct Commission.
a recruiter contact you with more information.
the service promote enlistees to the officer ranks?
How do I become a
The Air Force trains pilots through its undergraduate pilot
training program. Air Force pilots are generally officers
who compete for the pilot training slots. Air Force flight
training has strict vision requirements. The vision requirements
are 20/50 for pilots and 20/200 for navigators. Vision for both
must be correctable to 20/20. Applicants who have a history
of Photo Refractive Keratectomy (PRK), Radial Keratotomy (RK),
or Laser In-Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) are ineligible for aviation
if I'm a physician or dentist?
The Air Force is also seeking qualified health professionals.
For more information about our medical programs. You can
have someone contact you about applying your medical trade in
the service by completing this
the Air Force have Reserve opportunities?
are the qualifications to join the Reserve?
You must be between 17 and 40 years old. You must not
be employed in a civilian occupation essential to U.S. interests
during time of war. You must not have served more than
13 years of active military duty.
is a drill?
This applies to Reserve and Guard
duty. Drills are periods of Inactive Duty Training (IDT),
under orders, scheduled to augment training. No more than two
drills can be performed on one calendar day, and each drill
must be at least four hours long. Most units schedule multiple
drills over one weekend each month (two drills Saturday and
two drills Sunday).
training will I receive?
Depending on the program, you will receive boot camp and maybe
technical training. Weekend or weekday drills are considered
training. Active Duty for Training (ADT) is 12 days of active
duty with your unit or in an Air Force school and is required
if I have a problem getting time off from my employer to fulfill
my military service obligations?
By law, as a member of the Reserve, you must, upon request,
be granted a leave of absence to satisfy a requirement for military
training. The Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights
Act requires employers to provide Reservists with time away
from their jobs to perform military duty. However, you must
notify your employer that you intend to take military leave.
You must be reemployed after completion of your military duty
and return to your job within a reasonable time. You must be
treated as though you had never left employment, including schedule
pay raises, promotions or credit for longevity or vacation.
Your employer only has to hold a job open for 60 months if you
accept voluntary orders. For additional information, see
the USAF Home Page.
How do I
choose my school?
Generally, you can attend any school you qualify for. The results
of your ASVAB determine your qualifications.
technical training like boot camp?
No. This is training for a specialty you have chosen. It may
involve work details and duty, but the main focus is on technical
and professional training.
I be paid while in training?
Yes, you will be paid for every day you serve according to published
pay schedules for your pay grade, in addition to any Temporary
Duty or travel allowances.
Can I talk to
someone in the service now?
Sure. Visit the Military.com Recruiting
I ask my recruiter?
Recruiters must present an accurate picture of service. You
should be aware of all aspects of military. Be sure you fully
understand the enlistment contract. You should ask about:
- Details and qualifications for
- Films or videos about training
- Boot camp
- Length and location of training
- Special enlistment programs
- Overseas assignments, remote
and long duty
- Haircut and grooming standards
- Off-duty education and educational
- Guaranteed training programs.
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