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The mission of the US Department of the Air Force is to fly, fight, and win -- in air, space, and cyberspace. Along with the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, the US Air Force is a major military branch of the US Department of Defense responsible for defending the US and its ... Read more

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

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    Camaraderie is superb. There is no other place like it.

    Cons

    Deployments are now too frequent.

    Advice to Management

    The EPR rework needs to be looked at.

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at US Air Force (Akron, OH) in October 2010.

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    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.

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    • 5. Do you have films or literature about military life and particular jobs?

      Most recruiters have videos and literature about their branch and particular jobs. In most cases you can either check the videos out or watch them at the recruiting station. Remember these are promotional materials.

      6. How long is basic training? Where is it? What is it like?
      Air Force basic training is a little over 6 weeks at Lackland AFB, Texas.
      Army boot camp is 9 weeks and occurs at a variety of places based on your specialties.
      Coast Guard recruit training is 8 weeks at the Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J.
      Marine recruit training is 13 weeks at Marine Corp Training Depots at Parris Island, S.C. and San Diego, Calif.
      Navy basic training is 8 weeks at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, Il.

      7. What physical fitness requirements must I meet to enter the military and succeed in basic training?

      Physical standards vary from service to service. Have your recruiter spell it out for you.

      8. What jobs are available?

      Ask your recruiter about openings in these and related fields. Then, use the delayed entry program to get the training you want. Training programs are related to the job specialty that you are assigned to. You should ask your recruiter about the entire career path in that chosen field. Most military specialties have follow-on training as you gain expertise and rise in rank.

      9. What are the possibilities for remote or overseas duty stations?

      All services have overseas opportunities. Overseas service is often considered a "square to fill" for advancement. Ask your recruiter.

      10. What are the training and advancement opportunities for jobs that I'm eligible for?

      Military promotions are based on performance, time in grade and job knowledge. While the system is objective, certain specialties seem to fare better in promotion rates. Ask your recruiter how the promotion rates are in your chosen field and compare them to several other fields you may choose from.
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US Air Force Awards & Accolades

  • Best Employers for Latinos to Work For in the West, Latinos For Hire, 2012
  • National Top 50 Green Companies, Green Power Partnership, 2010
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