US Air Force Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
4,072 Reviews
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 121 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 268 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 301 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 357 reviews)

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  1.  

    Career of a lifetime

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    Former Employee - Acquisition Program Manager  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Acquisition Program Manager in Dayton, OH

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Awesome opportunity for personal growth and promotions based on personal merit.
    Core Values of Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do are rules to live by.
    Great benefits and retirement if can stick it out for 20 years

    Cons

    Travel and deployment requirements can take a heavy toll on the family.
    Erosion of benefits and job insecurity due to Congressional and Presidential political and financial game-playing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to enforce standards and do not kowtow to public culture of accepting mediocrity and liberal softening of ideals for political gain

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Best thing I've ever done.

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    Former Employee - Non-commissioned Officer-In-Charge  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Non-commissioned Officer-In-Charge in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great assignments, quick promotions, competitive pay.

    Cons

    Deployments, work-life balance, less control over assignment placement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    All the best and the worst in one job!

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    Current Employee - Acquisition Test Manager  in  Wright Patterson AFB, OH
    Current Employee - Acquisition Test Manager in Wright Patterson AFB, OH

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work/life balance is achievable. 3 hr. PT time per week is great.

    Cons

    Synergy in communication and standardization is non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much power on the Acquisition Chain side of the house.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Best decision at that moment in my life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time

    Pros

    Serving your Country...what else? Money for school, travel, new friendships

    Cons

    Time away from family and austere locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower more...less micromanaging

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    The Air Force provides an outstanding opportunity for Americans to serve and learn!

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    Former Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel  in  Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - O6 - Air Force - Colonel in Colorado Springs, CO

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Being a part of protecting the United States; a fulfilling sense of service! Training is probably the best in the world. Excellent pay and benefits, especially for the officer and senior enlisted ranks.

    Cons

    Subject to the whims of Congress. Sequestration is significantly hurting the military and this country's national defense. Frequent moves can be challenging yet with the right attitude this is a positive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold true to benefits of those who served. If you need to change, change for those entering the military.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Best decision ever!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Enjoyed the travel, benefits, and had the opportunity to work with some of the best individuals in the world!

    Cons

    I joined when the force was 650,000 strong. Although we lost half of the personnel, the work increased at the same rate. Civilians remained in garrison while the Blue Suitors were forced to take on more deployments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Core Values are for ALL members. Walk the walk.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great opportunity to gain experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent Educational Benefits and Medical Benefits

    Cons

    Salary not commiserate with amount of work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Civilians have a hard time moving up within the same organization

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    Current Employee - CSS  in  Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - CSS in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    3 hours paid fitness leave

    Cons

    difficult to move up organization without moving

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    An experience you can't buy

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    Former Employee - USAF Pilot  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - USAF Pilot in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Incredible access to responsibilities at a young age, world travel (I went to 98 countries), great camaraderie, total adventure in the right

    Cons

    "in-the-box" promotion system, deployments for up to six months, budget cuts are driving things down, assignment system can push you to some poor locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moral is dropping over the current "diversity" push.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great career opportunity for those who are serious about serving a cause greater than themselves.

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    Current Employee - Command Chief Master Sergeant
    Current Employee - Command Chief Master Sergeant

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A chance to see the world and experience things and places others only read about.

    Cons

    Deployments can be difficult on families that don't have realistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people in the field and implement ways to deliberately develop leaders of all ranks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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