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  • History of U.S. Air Force Uniforms

    Airmen at attention.

    The Air Force did not officially become its own branch of the military until 1947, but distinct uniforms were being designed as early as 1945. By 1946, the leaders of the fledgling organization determined that Air Force uniforms would be blue. Although President Truman approved the plan in 1948, Congress struck down the idea citing expenses as a primary concern. Initial plans for the Air Force uniform included a preference for minimalism... more

  • Air Force Officer Ranks

    Officers Generals  Air Force Officers Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt)(O1) The rank of Second Lieutenant is shown through a single gold bar. Proper forms of address include “Second Lieutenant” or “Lieutenant.” Commissioned Airman may sometimes skip this rank. First Lieutenant (1st Lt)(O2) First Lieutenants have roughly the same responsibilities as a Second Lieutenant, but receive higher pay and are given more responsibility. Ca... more

  • Spec Ops Profile: Air Force Pararescue Jumpers

    Air Force Pararescue Jumpers

    Just about anything can happen during a mission and standard exfiltration isn't always an option. If an operation has gone south, Air Force Pararescuemen are the specialists you'll want to call when recovery and medical treatment are needed immediately. Of the 22 enlisted Air Force Cross recipients, 12 of them are PJs. With a track record of excellence and selflessness, they certainly live up to their creed -- "It is my duty as a Pararescueman... more

  • Special Missions and Law Enforcement PFT

    Special Missions and Law Enforcement PFT

    Physical fitness requirements in the Coast Guard are often linked directly specific job requirements. Coast Guard men and women who serve on Law Enforcement, Port Security or Maritime Safety and Security Teams, must comply with specific physical standards. The following chart shows the Coast Guard's Physical Fitness requirements for serving on these elite teams: Men Push-ups Sit & rea... more

  • New Army PRT and CRT

    New Army PRT and CRT

    For decades, the Army has assessed physical fitness through the standard fitness test that many branches of the military / law enforcement use:  Pushups, sit-ups, 2 mile run (though most groups use the 1.5 mile run for cardio fitness test).  Many have argued over the years that this test is not a good indicator of whether or not someone will be a good soldier.  At best, the Army PFT is a Health and Fitness Test - not a job performance test.  N... more

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