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US Air Force Reviews

Updated May 23, 2017
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US Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark A. Welsh
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  1. "Think hard before you commit."

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    Former Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant
    Former Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, major healthcare benefits, and the ability to travel the world. A guaranteed pay check the first and fifteenth.

    Cons

    Weak leadership, caustic work environments due to the erosion of rank structure, and a false idea of brotherhood and camaraderie. The Air Force has been force shaped into a hask of its former self which means that every Airmen is expected to do a job that years earlier would have taken 6 Airmen to accomplish, yet are expected to give timely efficient results of their tasks. The Air Force does not hold its leaders accountable for their action unless it must "Save face" to the public. Overall, the Air Force is a difficult career to succeed in. Due to the new Enlisted Performance Report (EPR) the Air Force has turned into a "one mistake and you're done" work environment, breeding unnecessary and caustic relationships between coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    The Air Force needs an entire rehall from the ground up. My advice is to stop allowing high ranking officers to get away with crimes, provide manning to critical careerfields, and scrap the broken EPR system.


  2. "Great Benefits, Great Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Yuba City, CA
    Current Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Yuba City, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good income and ability to move up in the Air Force. Everyone I came across cared about what they were doing and those who didn't left pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Hard work and always on call. It is the military after all. Schedules can fluctuate and deployments can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Give your juniors more opportunity to lead teams.


  3. "Awesome Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Promotion potential, leadership opportunities, mentorship opportunities for both supervisors and subordinates.

    Cons

    Long hours, short notice taskers, deployments can take a toll on families.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


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  5. "supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Forks, ND
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Forks, ND

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time

    Pros

    full time pay and benefits

    Cons

    travel take me from home


  6. "Awesome opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Air Force full-time

    Pros

    A great way to develop as a leader. You'll always make a difference. I've been in for 24 years and haven't regretted a day of it.

    Cons

    Like any large organization, dealing with bureaucracies is frustrating at times.

    Advice to Management

    I realize that the changing geopolitical and budgetary landscapes make this difficult, but what your 300K+ people want is predictability.


  7. "Come for the benefits, but don't stick around unless you like Kool-Aid"

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    Current Employee - Integrated Avionics Craftsman in Hurlburt Field, FL
    Current Employee - Integrated Avionics Craftsman in Hurlburt Field, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The active duty military is probably one of the best places to go straight out of high school or with a basic college education for a decent paycheck and good benefits. The Post-9/11 GI Bill and health benefits combined with a decent paycheck and free training make for a great career start for anyone. If you lack structure in your life and don't mind uprooting everything you've lived for at that point, I highly recommend *ONE* tour of active duty to see how the military fits you. That being said, if you find that you like the benefits more than the politics, there's always the Guard and Reserve to continue receiving benefits.

    Cons

    *This opinion is purely from an enlisted perspective. I realize that officers have their own share of issues and I cannot comment on those without personal experience, so if you plan on commissioning, the following paragraph may not apply to you, but will most likely apply to your subordinates.*

    Senior leadership pretends to care about everyone but ultimately enlisted are just cogs in the system until they make at least E-7. Expect to give up free time on a regular basis, be overworked constantly, probably get at least one divorce, get passed over for awards/decorations (which help with promotions) by the guys that drank the "Kool-Aid", and realize every additional duty and volunteer effort is far more important than actually knowing your job. If you find that you like this lifestyle, then, by all means, do 20+ years and make it your career, but if you find you're going to get burned out, you should realize that most of your benefits only take a few years to activate and civilian pay is competitive, if not greater than, many jobs that the Air Force will try to get you to sign up for. In this current climate, I do not recommend serving more than one tour of active duty to anyone unless they clearly enjoy the total, complete military lifestyle.

    Also, TRICARE medical coverage is decent, but not great.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending to care about your people and actually do something about it. The Air Force is bleeding out at crucial spots, and reviews like this won't help potential careerists make an informed decision without some input on the other end.


  8. "Combat Readiness & Resources"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great working environment. You are able to network with various units and/or organizations across the base. If you are attached to another sister service, you will also be able to network and communicate with other commands.

    Cons

    Hours may vary based upon mission. If you are working an exercise, you can sometimes work 12 - 13 hours shifts. You have to very flexible with your work and personal life.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your people and always listen. never under estimate what other input in which you may receive from others. Be willing to learn from your your mistakes and press forward.


  9. "Aircraft Maintenance Technician"

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    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic
    Former Employee - Aircraft Mechanic
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable job and income with easy healthcare. Very little hassle. Do your job and go home.

    Cons

    Long hours at work can keep you away from family and home life. Deployments create stress among everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at people as numbers and more as human beings. Treat everyone the same.


  10. "Flight Superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Training, People and Retirement plan.

    Cons

    its 24-7 365 days a year job. Which is hard when you have a family


  11. "Good benefits"

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    Former Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Dyess AFB, TX
    Former Employee - E5 - Air Force - Staff Sergeant in Dyess AFB, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at US Air Force full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, tons of benefits, travel

    Cons

    Strict physical standards, Possibility of shooting/getting shot, Likely terrible hours/location, Lots of bureaucracy to deal with

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key


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