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October 9 Recruitment Tweet Chat

By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force Recruiting Service and the Air Force social media team participated in their monthly tweet chat Oct. 9 and received 70 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, the teams answered questions about enlistment requirements, the Delayed Enlistment Program and other career field-specific questions. If you weren’t able to join the conversation, here are all the questions and answers from the chat.


Q1: How long is your training? I’m looking to enlist in May, but I won’t have college completed. Is #AirForceReserve possible?
A1: BMT for enlisted is 8.5 weeks. Officer training is 9.5 weeks. Please contact the Air Force Reserve at http://afreserve.com.

Q2: What OS do you use to work? Any Linux?
A2: The basic operating system for the Air Force is Windows, but it can vary depending on the needs of the mission.

Q3: I am interested in enlisting in the Air Force in 4 years, and I hope to be a pararescueman. Do I need a college degree?
A3: To become a PJ, we require a high school diploma and you must meet other requirements. An Air Force recruiter can explain your options to you when you get closer to joining.

Q4: Is the F-15 pilot who ejected in the U.K. okay?
A4: Thank you for your concern. Please contact the Air Force Public Affairs office for additional information or stay tuned to http://www.af.mil.

Q5: Will Air Force leaders implement any permanent change of station alignments to coincide with the new static close out dates?
A5: Please contact your local military personnel flight for more info.

Q6: How hard is BMT? I’m pretty scared to be honest.
A6: Learn more about how to prepare for BMT at http://1.usa.gov/14ARYDs.

Q7: What Air Force job opportunities are open for people with a degree in psychology?
A7: Non-technical careers. Contact an OTS recruiter to see if you are eligible.

Q8: If I’m trying to pull XCAS in Iraq. Why do I keep getting F/A-18s and F-22s? Can I seriously get an A-10 or A/C-130?
A8: You need to contact your leadership to discuss.

Q9: How often does AFSC 1N0X1 deploy on average?
A9: Deployments vary on many factors. Every member of the U.S. Air Force, no matter the job you are qualified to train and serve in, may deploy.

Q10: What’s the average salary of an Airman 1st Class?
A10: Pay is based on rank, and time you have served. Learn more about the enlisted pay scale at the http://bit.ly/16LxJO3.

Q11: Is it easy to transfer from being a CSO to pilot? Example: F-15E airframe.
A11: No, it is not easy because you must qualify for pilot training, and the needs of the Air Force.

Q12: Can I push the red button?
A12: The nuclear enterprise has been a strategic deterrence for 60+ years and some of the best and brightest Airmen serve in these jobs.

Q13: What are some differences between the AF and the other branches?
A13: The Air Force mission and way of life are the primary differences. Benefits and pay are virtually the same across all branches.

Q14: What are some helpful resources when preparing for the AFOQT?
A14: You can buy a study guide for Air Force Officer Qualifying Test at any major bookstore or check one out at a library.

Q15: What are the requirements for being an unmanned aircraft pilot, besides being an officer?
A15: Check out the qualifications at http://bit.ly/12KwCAu.

Q16: How long will it take me to get into security forces?
A16: About 3-9 months in the Delayed Enlistment Program before going to basic training. Technical school for security forces is 13 weeks.

Q17: Are the projected AFROTC enrollment allocations for this fiscal year increasing, decreasing, or staying relatively the same?
A17: Allocations have decreased nationally from previous years. Please contact your college’s AFROTC program.

Q18: I am a 47 year old Army Reserve CW2. If I wanted to switch over to the Air Force Reserve, do I have any options?
A18: Contact the AF Reserve at http://bit.ly/13d58AD.

Q19: What’s the difference in training between @USNavy and @usairforce pilots, if any?
A19: Differences depend on what type of aircraft is being flown. There is joint training between the services in some cases.

Q20: What’s the heaviest thing your planes have carried? How did you secure it?
A20: Check out the Air Force’s YouTube page. We have videos that help answer your questions.

Q21: My husband and I are enlisting together very soon! Is it guaranteed we will live on the same base?
A21: The Joint Spouse program makes every possible effort to assign spouses to the same base. Learn more at http://bit.ly/1483ZJk.

Q22: Do you believe there will be a day when a single joint service recruiting command will exist? Should it?
A22: Not for the foreseeable future.

Q23: I’ve heard rumors that BMT is going down to only 6 weeks starting in January…true or false?
A23: We don’t have an official answer yet. But, expect some potential changes in January 2015. BMT will remain 8.5 weeks at this time.

Q24: I want to join pararescue, but I’m thinking about going into Intel first for 2 years. Is this a good idea?
A24: You cannot retrain into another career field until you are 13 months out from the end of your enlistment.

Q25: Where is basic training for the Air Force?
A25: BMT is at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas, and lasts for 8.5 weeks.

Q26: Why is it taking me so long to get a job?
A26: Due to the large number of people who are qualified and waiting, as well as scheduling appointments at the Military Entrance Processing Station, the process is taking longer. Average time in DEP is 3-9 months.

Q27: Do you have to go to BMT if you go through ROTC in college?
A27: No. However, AFROTC cadets go through training between their junior and senior year of college. It’s similar
to BMT and is approximately four weeks.

Q28: I know rated officers such as pilots can fly. Can non-rated officers such as engineers get flight training too?
A28: Only if you apply and are accepted into Student Undergraduate Pilot Training.

Q29: I heard the Air Force was a bit overbooked at the moment. Is this true? Just wanting to be sure.
A29: Due to the large number of people joining, it is taking slightly longer. Your patience will pay off.

Q30: Can you show the flight path of the F-15 that crashed over #Cambridge U.K. earlier in day?
A30: You need to contact the public affairs office for an official statement.

Q31: If my SO re-enlists, can he stay at his same base or does he have to re-locate?
A31: Assignments are based on the needs of the AF and will vary by each person and career field.

Q32: How can I get in contact with my recruiter? He never answers the phone.
A32: Call, leave a message with your contact info, and give them 5 business days to return your call. If no one responds, call us at 1-800-423-USAF.

Q33: What is the typical GPA required for a Type 1 AFROTC scholarship?
A33: You need a 3.0 or higher and be in the top 10% of your class, to include other factors. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/13d5048.

Q34: I’ve been enlisted since March and still have no contract. Do more contracts come available after the fiscal year?
A34: DEP is usually 3-9 months. Talk to your recruiter for more information.

Q35: After technical school, who do I talk to in order to continue my education?
A35: Once you complete upgrade training at your first base, talk to your supervisor or visit the base education office to begin taking college classes.

Q36: What are the basic necessities to become a PJ?
A36: Meet the requirements to join the Air Force and pass the PAST screening test. Talk to a recruiter for more info.

Q37: I scored an 88 on the ASVAB and my lowest mage score was an 87. I got a strength code of N. How come I couldn’t get jobs like SERE?
A37: Along with the ASVAB, other detailed testing is used to measure and determine your successful qualifying, as well as job availability for SERE.

Q38: If I request to be stationed at a particular place, what are the chances I’ll actually get stationed there?
A38: Anything is possible, but it will depend on the needs of the Air Force and where your job skill is needed.

Q39: Are you allowed to use a calculator in the ASVAB recruiting test?
A39: No, you have to do it the old-fashioned way with a paper and pencil (scratch paper).

Q40: Our teenager is studying Arabic. Is that a language in high demand in the Air Force?
A40: Languages are based on the DLAB test score, but that is a language eligible for those who qualify.

Q41: Is it rare or hard to be a dental assistant?
A41: That is a harder job to get, but it’s not impossible.

Q42: Can I fly with @AFThunderbirds at the @WONGRome air show now that I will fit?
A42: We wish we could let everyone experience a flight, but we cannot authorize flights for people.

Q43: What does it take to become an emergency medicine physician?
A43: It takes years of dedication and education. When you have applied, and are accepted to medical school, please contact an Air Force Health Professions Recruiter and apply for our Health Professions Scholarship Program.

Q44: How long is the wait from DEPS if applying for EOD?
A44: The average in DEP is 3-9 months and you must also have a passed the PAST test.

Q45: How family oriented is the Air Force?
A45: The Air Force strives to provide a quality of life conducive to all its personnel.

Q46: What are the educational and physical requirements to become a pilot?
A46: You can find the requirements for becoming a pilot here: bit.ly/12KwCAu.

Q47: What does the AF do to prevent sexual harassment among its troops?
A47: The U.S. Air Force takes an aggressive, yet proactive approach, with zero tolerance to prevent sexual harassment.

Q48: How long does it take to become a C-130 pilot after BMT? And what are the requirements?
A48: You must be commissioned as an officer, then complete a 13-month Student Undergraduate Training Program. Length and location may vary depending on type of aircraft.

Q49: Which language is most needed at this time?
A49: The type of language we need is ever-changing. However, we are looking for those individuals who are proficient in Persian Dahri.

Q51: My recruiter says that MEPS is only processing security forces. How long does it usually take to go back to normal?
A51: An Air Force recruiter is required to recruit people for specific jobs based on the needs of the Air Force. The MEPS permits only a specific number of applicants to process per month by service.

Q52: Where is the stargate?
A52: In the Sci-Fi series “Stargate,” it was located at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado.

Q53: Would it be quicker/easier to enlist and transfer over to officer than going through the officer commissioning process?
A53: The decision to enlist is yours to make. Many individuals have enlisted and applied for Officer Training School as enlisted members, and have been selected.

Q54: What rank do I need to be to become K-9 handler?
A54: You must already be on active duty, meet the requirements, be 5-skill level, submit an application and be selected.

Q55: What is your take regarding the Air Force in comparison with the air forces of other superpower nations?

A55: Contact an Air Force public affairs office for additional information or stay tuned to http://www.af.mil.

Q56: Are you taking any prior service members at this time?
A56: The Prior Service Program is open at this time for a limited number of jobs. Please contact an Air Force recruiter for more information and guidance.

Q57: I’m 17 years old and have asthma, but haven’t had a true attack since I was 12 years old. Can I enlist or join AROTC in college?
A57: Asthma is potentially disqualifying. Ask your recruiter to have a MEPS doctor prescreen your medical records for a preliminary ruling.

Q57: How long is it typically to go to basic training after your job becomes available?
A57: From the date you enlist until the day you depart for Basic Military Training is approximately 3 to 9 months. The actual date you ship to BMT is determined by the needs of the Air Force.

Q58: After graduating high school, what are the steps to becoming a fighter pilot? Does the Air Force pay for college after high school?
A58: Meet general requirements listed at bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree on your own or earn one after enlisting, then apply for a commission. You can take advantage of our Tuition Assistance Program once you have completed basic training, technical training and upgrade training.

Q59: Can you have tattoos in the Air Force?
A59: Check out our FAQ about tattoos and piercings here: http://bit.ly/15KYpPs.

Q60: What are the requirements to become a Tactical Air Controller or TACP/JTAC?
A60: You must meet the requirements to enlist in the Air Force, and pass a Physical Abilities Stamina Test. Please see an Air Force recruiter for information and guidance.

Q61: I’m thinking about joining, should I go right after high school or enroll in an AFROTC program?
A61: You may enlist in the Air Force directly out of high school, and begin taking advantage of our many benefits right away. You can also choose to enroll in AFROTC and receive a commission after you complete your undergraduate degree.

Q62: Is it true that you get paid by your rank?
A62: Pay is based on rank and the time you have served. Learn more about the enlisted pay scale at bit.ly/16LxJO3.

Q63: If I have a high school diploma, do I have to have college credits to enlist in the Air Force?
A63: If you have a high school diploma, you will meet the educational requirements to enlist. Earning 20 college credits or more may qualify you for advanced rank.

Q64: I’m thinking about joining, should I go right after high school or enroll in an AFROTC program?
A64: You may enlist in the Air Force directly out of high school, and begin taking advantage of our many benefits right away. You can also chose to enroll in AFROTC and receive a commission after you complete your undergraduate degree.

Q65: I would like a fly along in a B-52. How can we make this happen?
A65: We wish we could let everyone experience a flight, but we cannot authorize that.

Q66: What’s the best way to get in touch with a recruiter?
A66: You can get in touch with a recruiter in your area here: bit.ly/11uA68V.

Q67: What is the age limit or cut off to enlist?
A67: Non-prior service applicants must be at least 17 to apply and in Basic Military Training before their 40th birthday.

Q68: Is it possible for someone to enlist if they are mentally capable to join, but not physically capable?
A68: You must be mentally, physically and morally (i.e., law violations, etc.) qualified to join the U.S. Air Force.

Q69: What does the commissioning staff of the Air Force Academy look for to get accepted? I’m enlisted right now.
A69: Your SAT/ACT scores, Prior Academic Record, which is your academic composite score, and your activities in high school, community service and work, including any unusual accomplishments in, or out of school, is your Extracurricular Composite score. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1zhPqIR.

Q70: What’s the most reliable fighter available to the USAF?
A70: The U.S. Air Force has many diverse weapon systems to choose from. The conflict will determine the type of aircraft used for the best outcome.