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 March 12 and received 90 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, the teams answered questions about promotions, deployments 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: Is there a way for a Brazilian to become an officer in the Air Force?
A1: You must meet the requirements: bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in the U.S. with a “Green Card.”
Q2: Will corrective eye surgery disqualify me from active duty service?
A2: Corrective eye surgery is potentially medically disqualifying. Your Air Force Recruiter will have your medical records reviewed by a doctor at the MEPS and provide you an eligibility determination.
Q3: If you could, would you ever perform formation flying with the Red Arrows?
A3: That may be a possibility.
Q4: Will a traffic arrest as a minor disqualify me from enlisting?
A4: All law violations are evaluated for qualifications; your Recruiter will provide you an eligibility determination.
Q5: My son washed out of Spec Ops Training in 2012. He wants to rejoin. Is he limited to only Spec Ops careers now?
A5: Your son will need to contact a recruiter to see if he meets the requirements to apply for our prior service program. We are offering limited prior service careers at this time.
Q6: Can a Security Forces officer become a dog handler?
A6: You must already be in the Air Force, have 5-skill level, meet the requirements and then apply.
Q7: Im trying to lose weight to get in, I’m a couple pounds away. Would I be able to go to MEPS and take my ASVAB being over?
A7: You must meet the height and weight requirements to go to MEPS. Please visit bit.ly/13I6Tq4 for details.
Q8: Do seniors bully new recruits in Air Force?
A8: We do not allow any bullying in the Air Force, no matter how long they’ve been in.
Q9: How do I become a pilot in the Air Force?
A9: Meet the general requirements bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree on your own or earn one after enlisting, then apply for commission.
Q10: Is it possible for a French guy to join the U.S. Army especially to be a pilot? Thx’!
A10: You must be a U.S. citizen to be an Air Force officer. For Army info, contact their site.
Q11: What would be a good military school for a 14 year old that wants to join after high school?
A11: Sorry, we can’t recommend a school but your son can speak to a recruiter once he’s eligible to join the Air Force.
Q12: Will joining CAP before the air force be of any advantage/use?
A12: Yes; if you earned Billy Mitchell, Amelia Earhart or Carl Spaatz Award, you qualify as an E-3.
Q13: Are there any opportunities for those Airmen cut via Force Shaping Boards in 2014 to reenter active duty?
A13: In some career fields. Please contact a recruiter for info and requirements.
Q14: Is Airborne Missions Systems a good job?
A14: As long as you meet the requirements to enlist, and qualify to train and serve in a job which you like, it is a good choice.
Q15: How bad can my vision be if I want to be a pilot?
A15: Pilot’s distance vision no worse than 20/70, correctable to 20/20. Near vision must be 20/20 uncorrected.
Q16: When joining, do we make a wish list of where we liked to be stationed?
A16: You will select your preferred locations which will be taken into consideration. bit.ly/15KYpPs
Q17: Will sequestration potentially shut down the Air Force Twitter account?
A17: We will leave that up to you guys.
Q18: Is Operations Intelligence training hard?
A18: Each individual has different experiences, but learn more about Air Force careers on Airforce.com.
Q19: I’m still in college……what is the cut-off age to be an Officer?
A19: You must apply, be selected, graduate from Officers Training School (OTS), and be commissioned prior to your 35th birthday.
Q20: Does having a bachelor’s degree in Mexico work for entering the Air Force?
A20: All foreign degrees must be evaluated by NACES. Please contact a recruiter for info.
Q21: How many new uniform studies will the Air Force waste money on since, you know, we’re broke?
A21: That’s a topic you may want to address through your chain of command, not in a recruiting chat.
Q22: How long does it take to promote from E-2 to E-3?
A22: E-2 to E-3 promotion normally about 10 months. Please contact a recruiter for details about your situation.
Q23: Can you send pictures to someone in the Air Force?
A23: Normally, yes.
Q24: If you break a bone during DEP, but you get range motion before basic can you be disqualified for your job?
A24: Yes, you can be disqualified. You must remain qualified the entire time in DEP.
Q25: Where can EOD techs deploy?
A25: Qualified EOD technicians can be deployed worldwide, based on the needs of the Air Force.
Q26: Is there a limit for concussions?
26: Concussions are potentially a disqualifying matter. We recommend you contact your local recruiter for specific info.
Q27: How long is the average waiting period to be sent to BMT?
A27: From the date you enlist, till the day you depart for Basic Military Training is approximately three to nine months.
Q28: What is the cut off age for enlistment? Then who should be picking me up?
A28: You must enlist, and be in Basic Military Training Prior to your 40th Birthday. Official transportation will be arranged by your recruiter and the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS).
Q29: If you have a VA disability can you still rejoin? If so, what is the max VA disability?
A29: No, you are disqualified from joining with a VA disability.
Q30: I just booked 1N231 as my job. Any advice on what I’m up against?
A30: Congratulations! Learn more about your job at http://bit.ly/1yjN3A2.
Q31: Would I need my Bachelor’s Degree to be in the Air Force?
A31: If you are planning on applying for Officers Training School, then yes. If you are enlisting in the Air Force, you will need a high school diploma.
Q32: Are you allowed to enlist and enter the delayed entry program even if you do not yet meet weight requirements?
A32: No, all applicants must meet weight requirements before contacting a recruiter.
Q33: Can I join the Air Force after or if I go to a military academy in high school?
A33: If qualified, you can sign up during school but you won’t go to basic until after you graduate.
Q34: Are there any specific careers in demand right now?
A34: In-demand careers change depending on Air Force needs. Your job is determined by what you qualify for.
Q35: If I have a confirmed case of Ulcerative Colitis, am I medically DQed?
A35:This is potentially medically disqualifying. Please contact a recruiter for info.
Q36: If I do not pass my color vision test, can I still become a drone pilot?
A36: You must have normal color vision to be a pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Q37: I applied online 2 weeks ago and have yet to receive a call from a recruiter. Should I visit my local recruiting station or wait?
A37: You can contact an Air Force recruiter nearest you, log into Airforce.com and chat with an on-line adviser, or call 1-800-423-USAF (8723) and an Air Force adviser can answer your questions and provide guidance.
Q38: Can people with minor cataracts become pilots?
A38: It’s potentially disqualifying. A doctor at the MEPS will evaluate your records and provide you an eligibility determination.
Q39: What is the maximum age limit to enroll?
A39: You must enlist and be in Basic Military Training prior to your 40th birthday. To apply for Officers Training School (OTS), you must apply, be selected, graduate from OTS, and be commissioned prior to your 35th birthday.
Q40: Is there a way to change recruiters?
A40: Please contact your recruiter and discuss your decision to change. You may also speak to the Recruiting Supervisor to request a change.
Q41: Is the Airborne Mission Systems Apprentice a good/exciting job? A41: Yes, but each individual has different experiences. Learn more about Air Force careers on Airforce.com.
Q42: Can I become a lawyer thru the Air Force if I have a degree and go thru AFROTC or do I have to already have a law degree?
A42: Please contact JAG for their info: http://www.airforce.com/jag/contact_JAG.
Q43: Are there any opportunities for prior Air Force officers cut via the unprecedented 2014 force shaping boards to return to active duty?
A43: If you were separated you are ineligible for active duty. You may contact the Reserve or Guard.
Q44: How much would joining the reserves or ROTC help my chances of being a pilot?
A44: The Air Force Reserve is a military branch and ROTC is a source of commissioning. You must meet these qualifications to be a pilot: bit.ly/12KwCAu.
Q45: Requirements for AFROTC?
A45: You can learn more about AFROTC and its requirements here: http://www.afrotc.com.
Q46: Is there any mechanic jobs there?
A46: Yes, there are. Please visit Airforce.com to research mechanical careers.
Q47: What careers are available if you have a 4-year degree? Do you still go through BMT?
A47: Careers are determined by your qualifications, which program you are applying for, and the needs of the Air Force.
Q48: Do graduates of Air Force Academy have a higher chance of becoming a pilot?
A48: Yes, they do as they are already qualified for the Air Force and have a service commitment.
Q49: I’m a student ambassador for the United States through People to People, would that be an advantage for me when and if I join?
A49: Every individual must meet the same requirements to join the U.S. Air Force. No, it would not be an advantage.
Q50: Are your pilot contracts guaranteed through OCS as I know the @USMC’s are.
A50: You may be selected for commissioning, and pilot training through the Air Force Academy, ROTC and Officers Training School (OTS).
Q51: Recruiters say it’s harder for Air Guard members to go active duty, is that true?
A51: Guard members may apply for the Air Force’s Prior Service Program, and if they meet the requirements, there are limited careers available. Please contact an Air Force recruiter nearest you for information.
Q52: I am a 14 years old and I am strongly considering joining. Any tips on how to prepare physically and mentally?
A52: Stay out of trouble, stay off drugs, stay in school. For more info, refer to www.basictraining.af.mil/questions/index.asp.
Q53: Requirements for AFROTC?
A53: You can learn more about AFROTC and its requirements here: http://www.afrotc.com.
Q54: Can I join with this tattoo on my hand?
A54: It varies based on the imagery, message, size, as well as location. Check out bit.ly/111YFdA for more info.
Q55: What can you do while on civil air patrol?
A55: See http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/cap_home/teens.
Q56: Will a traffic arrest as a minor disqualify me from enlisting?
A56: Your recruiter will evaluate your history and provide you an eligibility determination.
Q57: When do this month’s jobs come out for DEP members?
A57: Possibly the first of a selected month. Your recruiter will have that information.
Q58: What are the fitness requirements for females in BMT?
A58: Check out this link for BMT workout prep: http://1.usa.gov/1lqTpdb.
Q59: What types of jobs are available right now? I’m trying to do medical.
A59: Jobs in demand are ever-changing based upon needs of the Air Force. Critical career fields include special ops and linguists.
Q60: What kind of on-the-ground combat jobs do you have?
A60: Every job in the Air Force can be deployed if called upon; however, PJ, CCT, etc., are directly related combat jobs.
Q61: How many times can you take the PAST?
A61: You are given two opportunities to qualify on the PAST.
Q62: Can I use contacts/glasses if I want to be a pararescuemen?
A62: Vision requirements are: pass color vision test, have uncorrected vision (20/70-20/200) and corrected vision (20/20) for each eye.
Q63: Which jobs qualify for the student loan debt repayment program?
A63: Weather, Cyber Systems Operations, Cyber Surety, Computer Systems Programming, Client Systems, Cyber Transport Systems and Cardiopulmonary Laboratory.
Q64: What are the different positions aboard an AWACS aircraft?
A64: Pilot, CSO, Airborne Operations, Airborne Crypto linguist, Mission Crew Commander, Flight Engineer, Electronic Combat Officer and possible others depending upon mission requirements.
Q65: What’s the washout rate for USAF pararescue?
A65: Due to an extremely high training tempo, pararescue experiences a higher than normal elimination rate. However, approximately two out of five individuals may not qualify the Indoctrination course.
Q66: How accurate is the dream sheet? I would love to be close to my home base.
A66: You can list a base close to your home as an option when you submit your preferences while at BMT. You’ll receive your orders a few weeks before graduating from technical training school.
Q67: Is there any chance for an interested international candidate?
A67: Potentially, but you must meet the requirements, which you can find here bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in the U.S. with a “Green Card” to enlist.
Q68: How much time in service does an Airman have to serve before they can apply to become an officer, (already has BS)? A68: You may apply for Officers Training School (OTS) 12 months after you have completed your initial training.
Q69: Are you allowed to enlist and enter the delayed entry program even if you do not yet meet weight requirements?
A69: You must meet the height and weight requirements to go to MEPS. Please visit bit.ly/13I6Tq4 for details.
Q70: Does having a concussion effect my chances of becoming a pilot?
A70: Concussions are potentially a disqualifying matter. We recommend you contact your local recruiter for specific info.
Q71: How long is the average waiting period to be sent to BMT?
A71: From the date you enlist, till the day you depart for Basic Military Training is approximately 3 to 9 months.
Q72: What is the process once you’re at MEPS?
A72: You may be administered various tests required to enlist, as well as qualify for the job you are wanting to train and serve in. Your recruiter will schedule you to take your physical at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). You will take a complete physical exam to include, hearing, eye and range of motion tests. You will be given blood tests and a urinalysis test as well. Sometimes additional medical consultations are required to ensure your eligibility so your physical may take more than one day.
Q73: How does one become a Pararescue Jumper, and how much do they get paid?
A73: The requirements are AFQT-36. To be competitive, you may be required to qualify with an AFQT of 50 or better. Also a General Aptitude area of 44 or better is required. You must also pass the PAST test. Check out the pararescue career page for more info: bit.ly/120tKPv. Pay depends on the rank.
Q74: If I enlist with a Bachelor’s degree, does it have any advantages?
A74: If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, you will qualify for advanced rank of E-3.
Q75: Can you retire after a certain age in the Air Force?
A75: At this time, you must complete 20 satisfactory years in the U.S. Air Force to be retirement eligible.
Q76: What is the acceptance rate to Officer Training School?
A76: Out of a pool of highly qualified applicants for Officers Training School, 50.3% were selected/accepted.
Q77: Is there a list of Army bases that TACPs can be stationed at?
A77: TACPs can be assigned to most any base worldwide.
Q78: Is it possible to become an officer with just a bachelor’s degree and no ROTC experience?
A78: You may apply for OTS with most any college degree (minimum 3.0 GPA). Click here bit.ly/18CZNH4 for more info. You may apply for a rated position if you have earned a GPA of 2.5 or better. To be competitive, the average GPA from the last rated selection board was 3.1.
Q79: I’ve done the background, ASVAB, and MEPS with the army. How hard is it to transfer my progress to the Air Force?
A79: As long as you are not a member of the Army DEP, you may contact an Air Force Recruiter to discuss processing from the Army to the Air Force.
Q80: Why serve so much processed food at the DFAC? I never understood that.
A80: The U.S. Air Force provides balanced, nutritious meals, and gives its patrons multiple options in their food and diet selection.
Q81: Is there a way to go from reserve status back to full time active duty?
A81: The Air Force’s Prior Service Program is open at this time with limited careers. Please contact an Air Force recruiter nearest you to discuss qualifying, options and opportunities.
Q82: If under the age cutoff is 48, can you become a commissioned officer w/ an honorary degree?
A82: You must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the United States to apply for Officer’s Training School (OTS). Also, you must apply, be selected, graduate from OTS and be commissioned prior to your 35th birthday.
Q83: If you have asthma, will that affect being in the Air Force?
A83: Asthma is potentially disqualifying. Ask your recruiter to have MEPS doctor prescreen your med records for preliminary ruling.
Q84: if I go in the Air Guard during college, can I transfer into active duty once I graduate to become an officer?
A84: Provided you meet the requirements to apply for Officers Training School (OTS) and have a signed/approved DD Form 368 (Request for Conditional Release).
Q85: I would like to be a drone pilot. Is it in demand?
A85: The Air Force is always looking for the best qualified Airmen, to include drone pilots. Pilot requirements are ever-changing.
Q86: Does the Air Force have any Combat Arms Jobs?
A86: Yes. However, this is not an entry-level job. You must already be serving in the U.S. Air Force and apply to retrain.
Q87: What careers are available with a Chemistry degree as a commissioned officer?
A87: You may qualify as a science officer, developmental engineer and other non-technical jobs. Please see officer careers at http://www.airforce.com.
Q88: Is there jobs for journalism available?
A88: Yes, there are 140 careers available in the Air Force, including photojournalist and broadcast journalist. Please see an Air Force recruiter for more information.
Q89: As a black woman with really thick hair that won’t slick down completely. How can I wear it during basic?
A89: Microbraids and cornrows may be worn as an option, and hair must not exceed three inches in bulk. Your training instructor will provide additional information upon arrival at Basic Military Training.
Q90: Has the worldwide need for Cybersec created open billets for prior service of any age?
A90: The Air Force’s Prior Service Program is open to limited careers. Rlease see an Air Force recruiter nearest to you to see if you meet the requirements.
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