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US Air Force Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
4,655 Reviews
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free medical and dental care for yourself and extremely cheap dental care for your family (in 132 reviews)

  • The Air Force has great benefits for during and after your time in the service (in 293 reviews)


Cons
  • The only thing i can think of as a negative is the time spent away from family (in 315 reviews)

  • Some long hours at times, but thats more than to be expected in this career field (in 384 reviews)

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  1.  

    Challenging Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Master Sergeant (Superintendent) in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Master Sergeant (Superintendent) in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Leadership training and job progression in a timely basis. Very satisfying occupation that contributes to the security of this nation. Job security is a huge bonus especially in the current economy.

    Cons

    Deployments can be difficult to adjust to and hard on families. Sometimes makes planning your vacation, family time, and other events a challenge depending on your particular occupation and world events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your people. Leadership development is highly effective in ensuring a quality force that can meet the demands of the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Aim High ... it's more than just a slogan.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Division Chief in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Division Chief in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Great career opportunity and benefits. Almost unlimited potential for advancement if you're willing to do the work. That said, there is always some measure of luck involved but the cliché of "luck is where opportunity meets preparation" has never been truer. You can definitely make your own luck in the AF.

    Cons

    Deployments and time away form family are always difficult, particularly for "stressed" career fields. We need to actually stop trying to do more with less... We risk our nation's security by refusing to accept the fact that we have real limitations right now. Leadership understands this but our folks get making it happen somehow and this ability to pull a rabbit out of our hat every time masks real underlying resource (manpower and funding) issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above... Stop trying to do more with less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Actvie Duty Air Force Enlisted

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Medical, pay, 30 days paid vacation, training, opportunity to lead.

    Cons

    Salary doesn't always match civilian world and definitely doesn't correlate with employee quality all the time. The hard working guy gets paid just as much as the guy doing the bare minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix rating system to promote based on performance not some irrelevant test. I know, easier said than done.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Very good Comradery. Feels like family

    Cons

    Did like the deployment and being gone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Loved working for the USAF! Retired after 24 years doing aircraft maintenance.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and travel opportunities. Busy schedule depending on the job you sign up for. Aircraft maintenance is the busiest and most under appreciated.

    Cons

    Deployments... Depending on the job you could deploy up to 6+months a year, over and over. Most of the places to go are not bad and the extra pay is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    USAF Employment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Air Force

    Pros

    Great people with a great mission.

    Cons

    Defining its role in the face of everchanging global threats.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let Congress define service resources to address threats.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    This Review is Specific to my Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 1A371 in Offutt AFB, NE
    Current Employee - 1A371 in Offutt AFB, NE

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent training, Leave time, work-to-home time, medical and educational benefits are some of the best I know of.

    Cons

    Little control over your placement in jobs, where you live, missing celebratory events because of work or not being off on holidays can be rough.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think the Air Force is doing well, I hope they get all of the programs they are using for force shaping under control, but my personal experience was positive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Continious Carreer Progression
    Current Employee - Continious Carreer Progression

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

    Pros

    World Travel, great vacation time benefits

    Cons

    Unstable working conditions depending on world activities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt to todays new recruits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Like no other. I wouldn't trade my time in the Air Force for anything.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Enlisted Military in Langley AFB, VA
    Former Employee - Enlisted Military in Langley AFB, VA

    I worked at US Air Force as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great way to learn a trade, build professionalism, and discipline. Education benefits are through the roof and you're constantly pushed to excel and better yourself.

    Cons

    Constant change, whether your at the same base for 6 years or move around every other year the constant change makes it hard to settle into anything. Also your medical benefits aren't that great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Well worth the benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cyber Systems Operator in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Cyber Systems Operator in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pride
    Free gym
    Free healthcare
    Tuition Assistance
    GI Bill
    Local Discounts
    The list goes on and on

    Cons

    Biggest con would have to be deployments. Being away from family is hard. Some enjoy the extra money though. Also, flexible schedule is a must. Sometimes you work nights, sometimes days, sometimes weekends, sometimes holidays...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take pride in your troops. Don't take the credit for their work. Motivate them, and that doesn't mean awards at promotion ceremonies. Remember where you came from.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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