By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency
The Air Force Recruiting Service and the AF social media team participated in their 11th tweet chat on July 10 and received 93 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, the teams 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: Do I need to be off birth control for a full year before being able to enlist? It’s not for medical reasons.
A1: No. Birth control is the only authorized medication an applicant can be on to process and go to basic military training.
Q2: As a TACP, what are all the optional advanced training that you can take and how long is training for you to become a TACP?
A2: That varies based on the needs of the AF. Your supervisor will inform you of what training you’re elgible for.
Q3: If I don’t exceed the weight requirements to enlist, will I still be measured for BMI/body fat at MEPS?
A3: Yes, based on you being physically fit, and at the recruiter’s discretion.
Q4: If I select a job that the Air Force really needs, such as EOD or PJ, will that get me to basic training faster?
A4: The more flexible you are and the more jobs you list, the better your chances are to ship faster.
Q5: What weapons systems do new recruits train with? Is BMT difficult for a 24-year-old? Why can’t I take my Citalopram anymore?
A5: New recruits train with M-16s; difficulty varies for each person. As for your second question, required meds are disqualifying.
Q6: Do Eagle Scouts get a higher rank?
A6: For Boy or Girl Scouts, Eagle Scout or Gold Award = E-2 (one stripe).
Q7: Are there specific ROTC majors that are looked for during the selection process for CROs?
A7: There is no college major/discipline which leads to commissioning as a combat rescue officer (CRO). You must be physically fit, have the AF ROTC Detachment Commander’s recommendation, excel in pre-selection training, and apply for CRO as a special duty assignment.
Q8: Is security forces a physically demanding AFSC compared to pararescue?
A8: PJ is VERY physically demanding. SF isn’t as physically challenging as PJ, but it is more demanding than BMT and most other career fields.
Q9: May I enlist? I have an A.S. Computer Information of Sciences Networking degree.
A9: You can enlist as long as you meet all the requirements. I suggest you contact a recruiter for more info.
Q10: How long is the wait time for medical clearance? My recruiter told me I need to wait for 2 months, is that normal?
A10: Depends on what the medical issue is. I would inquire with your recruiter for specifics.
Q11: What C-5 bases are overseas?
A11: C-5 aircraft are not located overseas. However, C-5 aircraft are staged at overseas Air Force bases, depending on mission requirements.
Q12: How long does it take for a recruiter to get in contact with you? I have sent emails, called, talked to someone at the 1-800 number.
A12: Recruiters are allowed five business days to return calls. If you have not been contacted, please call our national toll free call center at 1-800-423-USAF, or go to www.airforce.com and chat with an online advisor. An advisor can assist you with locating and contacting an Air Force recruiter nearest to you.
Q13: What happens if my DEP contract expires and I still have no BOT class date?
A13: BOT does not have a DEP, so please reach out to your recruiter for clarification.
Q14: What is the score to pass the ASVAB to join the AF?
A14: Due to the high number of people who are already qualified and waiting, you must qualify with a 50 or higher on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) to enlist.
Q15: What is the status of the MAVNI program in the Air Force? Is it open? If so, what languages?
A15: There’s only one Persian Dari spot available. If you don’t speak Dari, you will have to wait until Oct 1, 2014 for more openings.
Q16: When is the best time to visit a recruiter at their office?
A16: Any time is good to begin, but since recruiters are often out of the office, it’s best to call and schedule an appointment.
Q17: Can you send me a link to the exact physical requirements to join? Would my local recruiter have answers to all my questions?
A17: The physical requirements are on www.airforce.com, and yes your recruiter should have the answers you need.
Q18: If one serves with a foreign air force and wants to join USAF, would one have to do the whole training process?
A18: Any person who serves in another country’s military is not eligible for the USAF.
Q19: Can I get any size back tattoo (as long as it’s appropriate) since it won’t be seen in any uniform?
A19: Potentially, but your tattoo cannot exceed more than 25% of your exposed body part. Learn more here: bit.ly/111YFdA.
Q20: Do security forces tend to get more leave time since they are deployed more often?
A20: Every Airman earns 2.5 days per month.
Q21: Since the enlistment age has been raised to 39, are there waivers for prior service?
A21: There are no age waivers. Everyone must meet the age requirements for non-prior service and prior service.
Q22: I’m in the DEP, will I have to go through MEPS again before I ship out?
A22: On ship day all DEPers will do a medical inspection which is a shortened version of the full physical.
Q23: What is the best way to become a pilot?
A23: Meet general requirements listed here: bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a technical degree, and a private pilot’s license. These will increase your chances of being selected. However, you may apply with most any type of bachelor’s degree.
Q24: Is it a good idea to go from security forces to OSI?
A24: That is a personal choice and you must be selected for it. Visit 1.usa.gov/1cqMdp5 for application procedures and board deadline information.
Q25: How long before graduation should I contact a recruiter about OTS?
A25: You should reach out to your recruiter during your Senior year of college to learn about OTS.
Q26: I will be graduating with my BS in Applied Mathematics and EE in August 2015. What programs would I qualify for?
A26: It would depend on your GPA, AFOQT scores and if you meet all other requirements. Contact an OTS recruiter in Spring of 2015.
Q27: How strict are the weight requirements?
A27: All applicants must meet the height and weight requirements otherwise they cannot process.
Q28: What is the training required to be a PJ? I have heard from many people that it’s the most intensive training?
A28: Yes, it is intense. Learn more here: http://1.usa.gov/1i626rR.
Q29: How likely am I to get the job I want after BMT like airborne operations?
A29: Based on the jobs you qualify for, you will list 5+ jobs, and we’ll match you with one of those choices.
Q30: What is the enlistment process to joining the US Air Force?
A30: You must be mentally, morally and medically qualified. Please call us at 1-800-423-USAF or go to AIRFORCE.COM so that we can answer your questions and direct you to an Air Force recruiter nearest to you.
Q31: How likely is it that someone out of high school will get a job as a cryptologist with an ASVAB score of 82?
A31: If you meet the requirements to enlist, you must take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) test to be eligible for cryptologist linguist. If you score a 105 or higher, chances are high you will receive this job.
Q32: Is there a need for officers in Air Force combat control?
A32: CCT is an enlisted job. Officers are special tactics officers. Check 1.usa.gov/1i626rR for more info.
Q33: What are the requirements to get into officer training school after you get your bachelors degree?
A33: Minimum 3.0 GPA, qualifying physical and AFOQT scores, and much more. I suggest calling an OTS recruiter to learn more.
Q34: Is there any other requirements to enlist other than ASVAB testing?
A34: Physical, background check, credit check and a few other factors.
Q35: Can current ANG members try to go back active duty with the new enlistment age?
A35: Your adjusted age must be less than 39. To get your adjusted age, take your chronological age, subtract actual time in service credit; the result will be your adjusted age.
Q36: Why has the job list been so minimal lately?
A36: All FY2014 jobs have been filled, so DEPpers are now being booked for FY2015. Please contact your recruiter for more info
Q37: Out of curiousity. Do you guys take Canadian AF avionics techs?
A37: Any person who serves in another country’s military is not eligible for the USAF.
Q38: Can you choose where you’re stationed?
A38: You will fill out your assignment preference worksheet for your suggested locations. We take that into account, but AF needs come first.
Q39: I’m from South Africa and really want to join. If I get a U.S working visa will I be able to join? Or should I be a permanent resident?
A39: Potentially, but you must meet the requirements listed here: bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in the US with a “Green Card.”
Q40: Have you updated this? What’s the height and weight requirements for someone 6’7″?
A40: For someone who is 6’7”, your maximum allowable weight is 244 lbs.
Q41: What is the full training process to become a PJ? What comes first, last, etc.
A41: Indoc-45 days (9 weeks). Additional training & locations vary with it lasting up to 370 days (74 weeks).
Q42: So where is Lebron going?
A42: Lebron is taking his talents to Lackland AFB according to sources.
Q43: What is the difference between TACP and CCT?
A43: Learn more here: 1.usa.gov/15E3PMP.
Q44: With my job being either contracting or weather would I be able to get stationed overseas?
A44: You can list overseas bases as options when you submit your preferences while at BMT. You’ll receive your orders a few weeks before graduating technical training school.
Q45: I’m in the Reserves. Is it ever possible for reservist to switch to AD?
A45: Yes, but varies on AFSC; please contact an Air Force Recruiter nearest you for information and guidance.
Q46: Can I join if I took ADHD medicine?
A46: You must be off medication for a minimum of two years, cleared by a doctor, and be medically cleared by the doctor at the MEPS.
Q47: Can recruits bring their cell phones to basic? If so, when can they use them?
A47: Yes. You will use them to make personal calls when allowed. Guaranteed calls are weeks four and seven. All others are at your TI’s discretion.
Q48: What does a chaplain do on the daily basis?
A48: Chaplains provide ministry, counseling, and moral support to those of any faith.
Q49: When can a spouse join their active duty spouse after bmt?
A49: It may be possible to join your spouse at technical training, if your spouse’s training is 20 weeks or longer and they have been granted commander’s approval.
Q50: For ANG/prior active duty members could cross training be possible?
A50: It may be possible. However, at this time, we are not retraining prior service applicants. Please see your Air Force recruiter for future changes.
Q51: Hello. I scored 85 on my ASVAB. Is that a good score to turn in to the Airforce Academy? I really want to go there.
A51: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) scores are not used to qualify one for entry into the Air Force Academy. Please contact the Air Force Academy for application/entry qualifications.
Q52: Can you do more than one job in the Air Force? For example, dietitian and fire protection?
A52: Based on your successful qualifying, you are trained in one job. However, it may be possible to apply for retraining after you have served 36 months of a 48 month term of enlistment, or 60 months of a 72 month term of enlistment.
Q53: I have a 4 year completion certificate for AFJROTC. Am I only eligible for E-3?
A53: With a 3-year completion certificate, you can graduate from Basic Military Training as an E-3.
Q54: What is tech school like for ATC, 1C1X1?
A54: Air Traffic Control Operations Apprentice Technical Training is held at Keesler AFB, Miss. – and is approximately 72 days in length. You will be trained to perform varied and complex duties in control towers and radar facilities.
Q55: Are there any opportunities for officers to become chaplain assistants, or is that strictly reserved for enlisted personnel?
A55: Chaplain assistant is an enlisted only field.
Q56: What are the odds being deployed to a base near your hometown once out of technical training?
A56: You can list preferred locations when you submit your preferences while at BMT. You’ll receive your orders a few weeks before graduating technical training school. Click here to learn more: bit.ly/15KYpPs.
Q57: What is the tattoo policy for prior service Army attempting to go TACP? I have one year of IRR from the Guard left.
A57: The Air Force tattoo policy can be found here: bit.ly/111YFdA.
Q58: How likely is it that someone out of high school will get a job as a cryptologic linguist with an ASVAB score of 82?
A58: If you meet the requirements to enlist, you must take the Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) test to be eligible for cryptologist linguist. If you score a 105 or higher, chances are high you will receive this job.
Q59: How exposing is the uniform? How big can my chest piece/collarbone tattoo be?
A59: It varies based on the imagery, message, size, as well as location. Tattoos above the collarbone are disqualifying. Check out bit.ly/111YFdA for more info.
Q60: What’s the difference between a PJ and a CRO?
A60: PJ, or Pararescue, is an enlisted position, whereas CRO, or Combat Rescue Officer, is an officer position. Please see an Air Force recruiter for information and guidance.
Q61: Would my local recruiter have information about civilian careers?
A61: No, civilian careers and jobs are located on www.usajobs.gov.
Q62: How long do you have to be in the Air Force before you can switch jobs?
A62: It may be possible to apply for retraining after you have served 36 months of a 48 month term of enlistment, or 60 months of a 72 month term of enlistment.
Q63: How come we don’t have a cool motto like Semper Fi?
A63: The Air Force’s current motto/slogan has proven to be highly successful.
Q64: What’s a good pilot score on the AFOQT?
A64: To qualify for pilot, you must have earned a minimum of 25 on the Pilot portion, and 10 on the Navigator portion, but the composite must be more than 50. Typically 70 or better in each category is competitive.
Q65: If I do ROTC in college, will I still need to go to OTS to be a commissioned officer?
A65: ROTC and OTS are separate sources of commissioning.
Q66: Who can best help me apply for the AFROTC?
A66: You can apply through the Air Force ROTC website, and if you have questions, or need assistance, a toll free number is provided. Visit here for more information: bit.ly/13d5048.
Q67: How long is the current wait to get into OTS?
A67: FY2015, but we do not have firm dates yet.
Q68: Is aerial gunner still a career on its own? What’s the chances of getting put on a helicopter and not a AC-130?
A68: Aerial gunner has merged with two other careers, and is now special mission aviation. Type of aircraft depends on recommendation, and needs of the Air Force.
Q69: How long does the recruiting process take?
A69: Length of processing depends upon your successful qualification, and available processing dates at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).
Q70: How often are computer network jobs available in the AF? And how likely am I to get those with an ASVAB score of 90?
A70: You must meet all the requirements to enlist, qualify on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), and physical examination. If you successfully qualify, and the job you want is available, you can have that job. Scoring a 90 on the ASVAB is very good.
Q71: When enlisting are jobs 100% final?
A71: If you complete the job search, and select a job, you are locked into that job.
Q72: Are the M-16s we train with single round, 3 round, and automatic? What about sidearms and explosives? Flight training?
A72: M-16s have single round, semi-automatic, and automatic capability. Depending upon the type of job you hold, and rank, will determine the type of sidearm. Explosives are handled by highly trained, and skilled EOD personnel. You must qualify to apply for Officer Training School (OTS), and pilot training.
Q73: Does AF (and the rest of the military) take IMG physicians into residency programs?
A73: For the U.S. Air Force, international medical graduates must possess a degree equivalent to graduates of US schools and have permanent certification by the ECFMG or a Fifth Pathway certification. Contact an Air Force Health Professions Recruiter for information and guidance.
Q74: What would be the best major to have if i wanted to be a PJ?
A74: Pararescue or PJ is an enlisted career, and does not require a specific major.
Q75: How do I get in touch with a recruiter if I‘m not in the United States?
A75: If you meet the requirements to enlist in the U.S. Air Force, you can contact one of our overseas recruiters at: http://bit.ly/11uA68V.
Q76: What are the requirements to join if you’re from another country?
A76: You must meet the requirements listed here: bit.ly/12yNTco, and legally reside in the US with a “Green Card.”
Q77: I want to get into the career of live TV production off-camera. Can the Air Force provide this?
A77: Yes. Ask an Air Force recruiter if you qualify for our broadcast journalist job.
Q78: I’m 42 years old, have a MBA, former enlisted with 10 years in the Air Force, any chance of getting back in?
A78: You have exceeded the maximum allowable age.
Q79: Are you taking prior service starting in the new fiscal year?
A79: Prior service information has not been released, and we will not know until we get closer to the start of the new fiscal year.
Q80: I wish to be an Air Force pilot, but my eyesight is horrible. Is laser eye surgery permitted?
A80: Correction of visual acuity by PRK or LASIK may be considered one year from date of the operation.
Q81: Would I take the DLAB before or after basic training?
A81: The Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) is required before Basic Military Training.
Q82: Two questions, as a college graduate will I have to take the ASVAB and second will my degree determine my job?
A82: The ASVAB is required only if you enlist in the Air Force. Your degree is taken into consideration, when submitting an application for Officer Training School.
Q83: Does AF (and the rest of the military) take IMG physicians (who are US citizens) into residency programs?
A83: For the U.S. Air Force, International medical graduates must possess a degree equivalent to graduates of US school and have permanent certification by the ECFMG or a Fifth Pathway certification. Contact an Air Force Health Professions Recruiter for information, and guidance.
Q84: 46 year old vet who has been out of active duty for over 20 years but want to get back in. Can I?
A84: No, you cannot have a break in service of six years or more.
Q85: Is Aerial gunner still a career field on its own? What are the chances of getting put on a helicopter and not an AC-130?
A85: Aerial gunner has merged with two other career fields, and is now special mission aviation. Type of aircraft depends on recommendation, and needs of the Air Force.
Q86: Are PJs enlisted only? Or can officers become PJs?
A86: Pararescue or PJ is an enlisted career field. Those wanting to serve as an officer in this area are referred to as Combat Rescue Officers (CRO).
Q87: Is there a large need for combat rescue officers?
A87: Manning requirements are ever changing, and there is no way of knowing at this time.
Q88: I recently heard Air Force wasn’t accepting any applicants until 2015, is that true?
A88: We are actively recruiting the best qualified applicants. Please contact an Air Force recruiter nearest to you.
Q89: What kind of job do you have where you have sit around and tweet all day?
A89: There is no such job in the U.S. Air Force Classification Guide.
Q90: Can somebody with glasses/contacts join?
A90: You can have an eye refraction level of no worse than + or – 8.0. When applying for enlistment or commission, your vision will be fully evaluated when getting your pre-entry qualification physical. Individual jobs have stricter vision requirements in many cases.
Q91: I’m currently in the DEP with a contract for 3E7X1, I’ve heard the fire protection PT test is no longer timed. Is that true?
A91: You must meet all physical training requirements to successfully complete the 3E7X1 Technical Training.
Q92: I was denied access to MEPS for the Marines due to me suffering from anxiety, is there a chance to join the AF?
A92: If you were disqualified for anxiety for the Marines, you will not qualify for the U.S. Air Force.
Q93: I am from India, can I apply?
A93: You must meet the requirements listed here: bit.ly/12yNTco, and legally reside in the US with a “Green Card.”