The History and Roles of the Air Force

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F-35A Lightning II test aircraft assigned to the 31st Test Evaluation Squadron
F-35A Lightning II test aircraft assigned to the 31st Test Evaluation Squadron from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (U.S. AIr Force)

The Air Force is the youngest of all five services. It became a separate service on Sept. 18, 1947 after President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947.

In its more than 65 years of existence, the Air Force has become the world's premier aerospace force. Its mission simply put is to defend the nation through the control and exploitation of air and space. Although obviously tasked with flying missions, most personnel work on the ground in various construction, support, and technical capacities.

The Air Force focuses on these areas:

Aerospace Superiority: The ability to control what moves through air and space ensures freedom of action.

Information Superiority: The ability to control and exploit information to our nation's advantage ensures decision dominance.

Global Attack: The ability to engage adversary targets anywhere, anytime, holds any adversary at risk.

Precision Engagement: The ability to deliver desired effects with minimal risk and collateral damage, denies the enemy sanctuary.

Rapid Global Mobility: The ability to rapidly position forces anywhere in the world, ensures unprecedented responsiveness.

Agile Combat Support: The ability to sustain flexible and efficient combat operations is the foundation of success.

The Bottom Line: The Air Force is focused on flying. There are also plenty of other opportunities on land, though. If you like flying and/or working with flight systems and technology, the Air Force may be for you.

If you want to push yourself to the limits then you need to talking with a recruiter.

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