By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency
The Air Force Recruiting Service participated in its 10th “office hours” tweet chat, #AsktheAF on @usairforce, June 5 and received 82 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, AFRS officials and the Air Force Social Media Team answered questions about assignments, enlistment requirements, the Delayed Enlistment Program and other career field-specific questions. In case you missed it, here are all the questions and answers from the chat.
Q1: Can one become an officer in the AF and then be a PJ or JTAC, and then a few years down the road become a pilot?
A1: To become a PJ/Special Tactics, you need to enlist. As an officer, pilot slots, other than remotely piloted aircraft, are limited.
Q2: If I join through AFROTC, how much impact will my college major have on my AFSC assignment?
A2: The job will depend on your degree unless you want a rated position. Talk with one of our chatters at http://airforce.com.
Q3: What would be the benefits of commissioning into the Air Force be after I finish getting my bachelor’s degree in nursing?
A3: You can serve as an officer and serve your country. Tangible benefits include medical care, retirement, 30 days vacation, etc.
Q4: Can I fly an aircraft or chopper if I wear glasses?
A4: Please refer to the pilot requirements at the following link: http://bit.ly/12KwCAu.
Q5: How much does it cost to fuel one plane flight?
A5: It varies by aircraft.
Q6: Does the Vogelweh Military Complex in Germany have dorms?
A6: Individuals being assigned to the dormitory campus at Ramstein Air Base and Kapaun Air Station consists of 15 dormitories within walking distance to dining facilities.
Q7: If I had a dislocated knee cap, would that possibly affect me getting through MEPs?
A7: You may need a chief medical officer review your injury at a military entrance processing station who will provide you an eligibility determination or waiver to enlist.
Q8: What’s the best ASVAB score to get a great job in the Air Force?
A8: It is recommended you score a 50 or higher to be competitive for enlistment as well as qualifying in one of the aptitude areas, i.e., Mechanical, Administrative, General, and Electronics. The better the aptitude score(s), the more jobs will be available to you.
Q9: Once you become a pilot in the Air Force, do you decide what planes you fly or is it assigned to you?
A9: Class ranking, commander’s recommendation, ratings, and needs of the Air Force determine the type of aircraft you will fly.
Q10: How long do you stay in the Delayed Enlistment Program before you get your job assigned?
A10: The wait time for basic military training is approximately 3 to 9 months.
Q11: Can someone join the Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team without being 5’10″ with parade shoes on?
A11: Desired height requirement for males is 5’10” and for females it is 5’6″.
Q12: When should I talk to a recruiter about becoming an officer? I just graduated high school.
A12: We recommend talking to a recruiter now about your options. If you’re going to college, look into AFROTC.
Q13: Can the Recruiting Assistance Program be anywhere or only from the initial recruiting sight?
A13: With recruiter approval, RAP can take place anywhere.
Q14: Is there college loan repayment assistance for enlisted Airmen and those who decide to pursue a commission as an officer?
A14: The Enlisted College Loan Repayment Program is not currently offered, but it’s under review.
Q15: I’m a sophomore. Is it too early to talk with a recruiter, and what questions should I ask?
A15: To speak with a recruiter, you must be a junior in high school and at least 17 years old.
Q16: If I have a bachelor’s degree, can I join as an officer? Or if joining by enlistment, which rank will I have?
A16: If you qualify, you may apply for Officer’s Training School (OTS). If you enlist, you may qualify for advanced rank of E-3.
Q17: What age can I join the Air Force?
A17: To enlist you must be 17 years old, with parental consent.
Q18: How long do you have to stay in the Air Force?
A18: Your initial enlistment is 4-6 years.
Q19: Do my student loans disqualify me from trying to do EOD?
A19: Student loans themselves won’t. Credit checks are completed on all applicants, and you must be in good financial standing.
Q20: I was honorably discharged in 1982 and all my paperwork was lost in a fire. How can I get copies?
A20: You can call or send a request to the National Archives and Records Administration. Go to http://archives.gov.
Q21: I have a small tattoo on my wrist. Can I still join the Air Force?
A21: It varies based on the imagery, message, size, and location. Check out http://bit.ly/111YFdA for more info.
Q22: If I have a bachelor’s degree. Should I enlist or become an officer?
A22: If you have a qualifying GPA, and meet requirements, you may apply for Officer’s Training School (OTS). Recommend talking to a recruiter about your options.
Q23: What must I get on my AFOQT and ASVAB for a career in biomedical equipment?
A23: Biomedical Equipment is an enlisted job, and requires aptitude area scores of Mechanical 60, and Electronics 70.
Q24: Who is in control of space, USSTRATCOM or NORAD?
A24: Day-to-day mission, it’s Air Force Space Command. USSTRATCOM, depending on the mission, may direct operational priorities.
Q25: What does the OTS board suspension mean for current applicants?
A25: Please contact a line officer recruiter for details.
Q26: How may I receive my commission if I already joined as enlisted?
A26: First, you must earn a bachelor’s degree. Air Force members can go to the BOT Program website on the Air Force Portal to apply, and see the most current information on the program.
Q27: Can you be a part of the Air Force while working on a 4-year degree?
A27: Yes, you can attend college while serving on active duty.
Q28: During BMT, what are you allowed to carry on you such as hand sanitizer, etc?
A28: You may be permitted to carry hand sanitizer, chapstick, etc. Your BMT instructor will provide you individual guidance. Visit: http://tiny.cc/wxgf0w for more info.
Q29: Can someone get out on a medical discharge, then get back in if they are medically fit again?
A29: A medical review would be required. Contact a recruiter about your specific situation.
Q31: Will you be able to choose your MOS or will the Air Force choose it for you?
A31: Yes, your ASVAB scores, physical exam, citizenship, and moral standards will determine what jobs/careers you qualify for, as well as the needs of the Air Force.
Q32: How long does becoming a pararescue jumper take in total?
A32: Eighteen months of tech school training with upgrade training just prior to deployment. Your training may be longer based on specialized training.
Q33: Is it required to know how to swim to be a TACP?
A33: No, knowing how to swim is not required for TACP. Learn more here: http://1.usa.gov/1j83V93.
Q34: How many female chopper pilots are there? Is this a career path the AF would encourage for women?
A34: The exact number is not known. The Air Force would encourage it for qualified applicants.
Q35: How hard is it to transfer from Air National Guard to active Air Force?
A35: Contact a recruiter for eligibility details on applying for our prior service program.
Q36: If you have a tattoo on the right side of your chest can you still enlist?
A36: It varies based on the imagery, message, size, and location. Check out http://bit.ly/111YFdA for more info.
Q37: What’s the best base to be deployed to?
A37: That varies on each person’s preference.
Q38: I leave for basic July 15 when would I graduate BMT?
A38: Count eight Fridays from the Friday you arrive for the date you would graduate.
Q39: How do active orders in the Kansas Air National Guard work?
A39: If you are wanting to serve active duty in the Air National Guard, please contact your unit military personnel flight.
Q40: Is there a reliable source/link for PAST updated requirements for CCT?
A40: Your Air Force recruiter will provide you current PAST requirements. An unofficial site you may refer to is http://www.specialtactics.com.
Q41: What is the availability for a PJ slot?
A41: Availability depends on the needs of the Air Force, but your job/career qualifications are based on a myriad of factors.
Q42: Is there any possibility of a foreigner becoming a member of USAF?
A42: You must meet these requirements here: http://bit.ly/12yNTco, and legally reside in the U.S. with a “Green Card.”
Q43: Are PJ’s in high demand with the war simmering down?
A43: Special Operation careers are in demand often.
Q44: How competitive is OCS for college option for non aviation? Does an MS help?
A44: Officers Training School (OTS) is highly competitive for non-rated (aviation jobs). Yes, a Master’s Degree will increase your chances. By contacting an Air Force Recruiter, you will receive guidance, and more information.
Q45: The college I’m attending only offers Naval ROTC can I take that course and still go in the Air Force as an officer?
A45: You may ask to apply for our “Cross Town” program. This program allows you to apply for Air Force ROTC, yet attend college where there is not an Air Force ROTC Program.
Q46: When will PJs be officially open to women? And why the delay?
A46: Women serving in Air Force Special Tactics is under review, and not complete.
Q47: What books should I be studying for Air Force BMT?
A47: Check out this link for BMT workout prep: http://1.usa.gov/14ARYDs.
Q48: What is the least amount of time one must spend in CCT training before he can retrain after washing out?
A48: Provided retraining is an option, and needs of the Air Force, if you are eliminated from CCT training, will determine if you will be reclassified.
Q49: What is the cut off age for enlistment?
A49: Non-prior service applicants must be at least 17 to apply and in Basic Military Training before their 28th birthday.
Q50: What is the age cut off to be an officer?
A50: You must be commissioned prior to your 35th birthday. Health professions have different age requirements.
Q51: Is there a certain major that the USAF looks for when assigning commissions?
A51: The more technical the degree, the better your chances are of being selected.
Q52: What type of pre-training should you do before you go to basic?
A52: Check out this link for BMT workout prep: http://1.usa.gov/1lqTpdb.
Q53: In order to qualify to be an aircraft environmental and electrical engineer, what do you have to score on the ASVAB?
A53: To serve as an Aircraft Environmental and Electrical Systems Apprentice, you must qualify on the ASVAB with a Mechanical Aptitude Area score of 41, and an Electrical score of 61.
Q54: Can a single mother of two join without signing over rights?
A54: Dependency requirements have changed. Please see your Air Force recruiter for information and guidance.
Q55: Where is the biomedical equipment tech school?
A55: Biomedical Equipment Apprentice training is held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.
Q56: Can you please provide info for my son who is interested in the military dog handler program?
A56: You must already be on active duty, meet the requirements, be 5-skill level, submit an application and be selected to become a MWD handler.
Q57: I have moderate red-green colorblindness. Is there any way to get around that in order to become an AF pilot?
A57: You will be administered a thorough vision examination. You cannot be color blind to train and serve as an Air Force pilot.
Q58: Can having asthma disqualify you from enlisting?
A58: Asthma is potentially disqualifying. Ask your recruiter to have a MEPS doctor prescreen your med records for a preliminary ruling.
Q59: I’m close to finishing my bachelors, and I don’t want to miss school for BMT. Is BMT required as soon as one would enlist?
A59: From the date you enlist until the day you depart for Basic Military Training is approximately three to nine months.
Q60: Is there a certain time of the year when more jobs become available to enlist?
A60: No. Jobs are based upon your successful qualifying, availability of the job you want and the needs of the Air Force.
Q61: Can an Austrian girl go to the USAF too? What did I need to do? What challenges come up to me?
A61: You must meet these requirements http://bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in the U.S. with a “Green Card.”
Q62: After BMT do you get to go home at all?
A62: After BMT you go straight to technical school. You’ll get orders to your first base about two to three weeks before graduating from technical school.
Q63: How does it feel to fly a fighter jet?
A63: Fighter aircraft exert gravity forces and what you experience may be a lot different from others.
Q64: Out of all the students who apply, how many get in? How hard is it to get into flight school?
A64: Competition is fierce. You must meet all general requirements http://bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree and then apply for a commission.
Q65: I leave in July as a 1a3. I’ve heard that the 1a3 & 1a4 jobs are merging. Is this true? When would this come into affect?
A65: There has been discussion to merge these career fields, but no determination has been made at this time.
Q66: What are the requirements to become a medical officer and do they get deployed overseas often?
A66: Every member of the Air Force can be called upon to deploy anywhere worldwide to protect people, resources and interests of the U.S.
Q67: What if you’re a junior in high school, but not 17. Are you still allowed to talk to a recruiter?
A67: Your recruiter may speak to you, but they cannot process you till you meet the minimum eligibility requirements.
Q68: I turn 28 next week and know I can’t join the active force. Are there any entry level flight careers in the Air Force Reserves?
A68: You may contact the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve on their respective web sites. Both have a live chat feature to answer your questions.
Q69: How can I increase my chances in getting the enlisted job I want (ex: Airborne Operations)?
A69: Meet the requirements, successfully qualify on the ASVAB and pass a physical examination. If you meet all the requirements, and the job you want is available, you can have that job.
Q70: What percentage of the entire Air Force is pilots?
A70: Less than 5%.
Q71: How long on average will I be in the DEP program before actually going to basic?
A71: The average wait time for someone who is in the DEP to go to basic training is 3-9 months.
Q72: What opportunities does a 44-year-old civilian have with the Air Force?
A72: If you are a credentialed health professional, please contact an Air Force health professions recruiter. Otherwise, you have exceeded the maximum allowable age to apply.
Q73: What is the likelihood of an officer out of OTS getting a pilot slot? Given that they studied a technical major in college.
A73: Competition is fierce. You must meet all general requirements http://bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree, and then apply for a commission.
Q74: If someone has been accepted into a joint JD/MD program, is he/she eligible for both the HPSP & the Student Program?
A74: No, you must have earned you bachelor’s degree to apply for our HPSP. Please see an Air Force health professions recruiter for more information.
Q75: I’m not a U.S. citizen. Can I join the Air Force?
A75: You must meet these requirements http://bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in the U.S. with a “Green Card.”
Q76: In what capacity can a Air Force brat (civilian) help the Air Force out?
A76: You may want to contact the Civil Air Patrol and volunteer, depending on your age. You may also choose to volunteer for other veterans organizations.
Q77: I have a question. If I’m in the middle of doing school and decided to join the Air Force, am I still eligible?
A77: You may be eligible. However, if you are in college, you will need to attend Basic Military Training and technical training before you can enroll in a college nearest to the base you are assigned to continue pursuing your degree in your off duty time.
Q78: What are USAF recruiting and service policies for those with ADHD?
A78: If you have been diagnosed by a doctor as having ADD/ADHD, you must meet the following requirements in order to apply: Be off medication for minimum two years. Have a current note from primary care provider validating stable status with condition, must summarize the diagnosis, history of treatment, and should rule out any residual of ADD/ADHD. Show evidence of successful academic and work endeavors while off medication. Show evidence applicant was not provided classroom aids such as private study area, special tutors, additional time to complete assignments or tests.
Q79: Any news anytime soon about a B2 successor or there is none yet even planned?
A79: We have no news or information to provide you at this time.
Q80: Do you guys have a base in Colorado & Arizona?
A80: The following link provides you with a map of all the stateside bases in the United States: http://bit.ly/15NFDIA.
Q81: Personally, why did you join the Air Force?
A81: The reasons I joined the Air Force may not be the same reasons you are considering.
Q82. How many C-17 Globemaster IIIs are there in the USAF fleet?
A82: There are approximately 187 in the active Air Force and 26 in the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.