I have been working at US Air Force full-time (More than 8 years)
Camaraderie is superb. There is no other place like it.
Deployments are now too frequent.
Advice to Management
The EPR rework needs to be looked at.
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at US Air Force (Akron, OH) in October 2010.
1. How long do I have to enlist for? What's the minimum commitment?
Generally the minimum is two years, but the amount of benefits you receive directly relates to your commitment.
2. Am I eligible for any special enlistment programs or bonuses?
Make sure you tell the recruiter if you have ROTC, college or even Junior ROTC experience. Some services have programs that will allow you to enter at a higher pay grade than peers with no experience.
3. What do I have to score on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test to qualify?
The minimum score varies annually based on need and candidate availability. Some specialties also require a particular score. Your recruiter should have the latest information on qualifying scores. Make sure you know what you need to score to qualify for the job you want.
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4. What are the major differences in pay, benefits and job opportunities between services?
While base pay and veteran benefits are the same across services; travel opportunities, job availability and promotion rates vary greatly. If you are considering more than one branch of the military, ask the recruiters the same questions and compare the answers.