By Air Force Public Affairs Agency
Another great month and another great Tweet Chat! The Air Force Recruiting Service and the Air Force Public Affairs Agency members teamed up and answered more than 80 questions from Twitter followers about the life in the Air Force. Throughout the hour-long chat, the team answered questions ranging from recruitment to our favorite reflective belt color. Here are the list of questions and answers in case you missed the live chat!
Q1: Recruiting Locator will not allow me to find a recruiter near me from the looks of it because I am a College Grad?
A1: When using the Recruiter Locator, please ensure you are selecting College Student/College Graduate option, and include nearby zip codes for a broader search bit.ly/11uA68V.
Q2: Is the A-10 Warthog still in service?
A2: Yes, the A-10 is still in the Air Force inventory.
Q3: I will have a four-year degree in Healthcare Administration by Dec. 2015. Should I enlist or become a commissioned officer?
A3: That’s up to you based off your career path and interests. Please contact your Air Force Recruiter for info.
Q4: Are you disqualified from joining after having an inguinal hernia surgery? I’ve heard yes, and no. Thanks!
A4: This could be medically disqualifying. Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) doctor makes that decision. Your recruiter can have your med records prescreened.
Q5: Do I have to quit my job if I sign up for Active Duty?
A5: Yes, when it’s time to go to basic training, Active Duty becomes your full-time job.
Q6: What careers are available that apply a chemistry degree as either enlisted or officer?
A6: To see information about Air Force careers, please go to Airforce.com.
Q7: Can you join the Air Force if you wear glasses?
A7: Every applicant receives an eye exam where a doctor determines if they’re qualified. Vision requirements can vary by job.
Q8: When do the jobs for Delayed Entry Program (DEP) members come out this month?
A8: There is no way to know the exact date jobs come out. Your recruiter will contact you when you book a job.
Q9: Can the Air Force help pay off student loans if you join after college?
A9: The Enlisted College Loan Repayment Program is an Air Force educational program ONLY for enlisted applicants. For more details, please contact a local recruiter or visit www.airforce.com and have a live chat with our online advisors.
Q10: I had asthma as a kid. I’m 25 and haven’t had an attack in 7+ years. Is it possible to still join? It’s my dream to be in the Air Force.
A10: Asthma is potentially disqualifying. Ask your recruiter to have the MEPS doctor prescreen your medical records.
Q11: I want the security forces job, and I was very interested in the Phoenix Raven program. What are their job highlights? Or what do they do?
A11: You must already be in Air Force, have 5-skill level, meet the requirements and then apply. For more information, please check the factsheet: http://www.amc.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=238
Q12: What are your officer boards looking like this year?
A12: Depends on which board you want to apply to. Contact your Air Force recruiter for info and guidance to see if you qualify.
Q13: I made an 86 the first time on the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), if I take it again will the highest score count or the most previous test?
A13: The last ASVAB score is the one used. So if you score lower than 86, the lower most recent score will be used.
Q14: Besides aerospace classes and physical conditioning, what do Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets take part in through the program?
A14: You can learn more about AFROTC and its requirements here: http://www.afrotc.com/.
Q15: How high in demand are currently enlisted cross trainees into Battlefield Airmen careers?
A15. Special Operations careers are in demand. Please contact your Air Force recruiter for info and guidance bit.ly/11uA68V.
Q16: What career in the Air Force is actually boots on the ground?
A16: It varies on each career. To see all Air Force careers please go to http://airforce.com/opportunities/enlisted/careers/.
Q17: What days of the month do recruiters usually get jobs for trainees in DEP?
A17: It can vary each month. Once an applicant books a job, their recruiter informs them immediately.
Q18: What’s the Air Force policy on single moms entering the Air Force?
A18: Single parents with physical, legal custody of up to 3 kids under 18 need a waiver. Contact your Air Force recruiter for more info.
Q19: Do we get a break any time after graduating Basic Military Training (BMT) other than the tour with our family?
A19: No, Airmen cannot take leave (vacation) until after they graduate Tech School which follows BMT.
Q20: Can a Survive, Evade, Resist, Extract (SERE) specialist possess weapons?
A20: Yes, if deployed. Normally they do not deal with weapons.
Q21: Which Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) has the highest ASVAB requirements, and what are those requirements?
A21. Technical Applications Apprentice – ASVAB, Mech 88 & Elec 85; a 57 on Electronic Data Processing Test; and be a US citizen.
Q22: As a college grad and a Pararescue Jumper (PJ) hopeful, what are some tips you can provide in preparation for training?
A22: Safely practice, and prepare yourself for the Pararescue Indoctrination Course, etc.
Q23: What’s the weight requirement for a 5’8” female?
A23: With a height of 68 inches (5ft 8in), your max weight must not exceed 180lbs.
Q24: How do I increase my chances of being enlisted?
A24: Stay out of trouble, stay off drugs, stay in school. For more info, refer to www.basictraining.af.mil/questions/index.asp.
Q25: If I wash out of basic training, can and how many times can I retry?
A25: Your reenlistment code will determine if you’re allowed to rejoin the AF.
Q26: What options do I have for having a B.S in Business Administration?
A26. Depends if you are applying for enlisted or officer. Officers must be US citizens, ages 18-35, w/bachelor degree & 3.0 Grade Point Average.
Q27: What jobs qualify for the student loan repayment program?
A27: The Air Force Specialty Codes eligible for this program currently are limited. Please contact a recruiter for more info.
Q28: I recently joined the Air National Guard. What are the steps for joining active duty Air Force for someone that’s in the guard?
A28. Air National Guard may apply for our Prior Service Program if you have completed Basic Military Training; limited careers are available. If you have not attended Basic Training, you may contact an Air Force Recruiter to ensure you meet the requirements, and apply. Contact a recruiter for more info.
Q29: Can a cataract disqualify me from becoming a pilot?
A29: It’s potentially disqualifying. A doctor at the MEPS will evaluate your records & provide you an eligibility determination.
Q30: Does high functioning autism or Asperger’s disorder disqualify you from joining the Air Force?
A30: This is potentially disqualifying but a doctor at MEPS makes that determination. Your recruiter can have your records prescreened.
Q31: What percentage of the Air Force actually fly anything?
A31: Roughly 4% of AF members have flying careers.
Q32: What is the minimum score to pass the officer exam???
A32: I would suggest aiming for 70s/80s, also aim for a composite of 210 minimum, suggest 240 or higher to be competitive.
Q33: When I enlist where would I be sent? Lackland Air Force Base or USAF academy?
A33: BMT is 7.5 weeks long, followed by 1 week of Capstone at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Q34: How much does the Air Force deploy compared to other services?
A34: The average Air Force deployments are 4-6 months per 12-15 month cycle.
Q35: What jobs are available for the colorblind?
A35: Provided you meet the basic vision requirements, your Recruiter has a list of jobs which you may qualify for.
Q36: What would be a good college major? I’m looking into Combat Control.
A36: Combat Control (CCT) is an enlisted career, so it does not require a college degree.
Q37: Can you still take care of your younger brother when you join the Air Force at 18?
A37: Only if they are your legal dependent. Please contact us at 1-800-423-USAF for more details.
Q38: What’s the conditions with dual branching?
A38: The Air Force does not recognize or have dual branching. A person is in one military branch at a time.
Q39: Can you wear contacts through basic?
A39: No, trainees must wear glasses during basic training.
Q40: Are you allowed to have any pets while in the military?
A40: It depends on the pet. Single Airmen are limited on what type of pets they may have in the dorms.
Q41: What happens if I don’t make the weight requirements?
A41: You must be within weight standards based upon your height to process with a recruiter. http://www.airforce.com/height-weight/
Q42: Does the Air Force pay for graduate school?
A42: Yes, the Air Force offers tuition assistance and the Post 9/11 GI Bill to assist with continued education.
Q43: Are full rides available to college for High School students interested in the Air Force?
A43: The Air Force offers tuition assistance which can cover up to 100% of college tuition for active duty Air Force members.
Q44: What are the requirements needed to become a pilot?
A44: Meet the general requirements bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree on your own or earn one after enlisting, then apply for commission.
Q45: What are the pros and cons of RPA vs Pilot in the ROTC Commissioning Perspective?
A45: This site can answer active duty information. Please contact the ROTC at the college you plan to attend for ROTC information.
Q46: How does getting a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) assigned work in the Air Force?
A46: The Air Force does not have MOS as that is for other branches. For careers we have Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs). Your ASVAB test, physical exam, citizenship and moral standards determine your job/career qualifications. Until you have taken both your ASVAB test and completed your physical exam, the Air Force does not know what jobs/careers you would qualify for. To see information on Air Force careers, here is a link: http://airforce.com/opportunities/enlisted/careers/.
Q47: Can I join the Air Force even if I’m not a U.S. citizen?
A47: Potentially, but you must meet the requirements bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in the US with a “Green Card.”
Q48: Will Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) help with getting in the Air Force?
A48: Advanced rank can be earned through many different channels for your accomplishments prior to entering the Air Force. JROTC= 2yr certification of completion = E-2, 3yr cert of completion = E-3 or you can earn E-3 after 20 weeks of training for a 6 Year, Active duty commitment.
Q49: Is there any height restrictions in order to become a pilot?
A49: Height Requirements for pilots- Standing must be between 64 and 77 inches Sitting must be between 33 and 40 inches
Q50: What jobs offer bonuses?
A50: FY 15 Air Force AFSCs (careers) that have bonuses (with a 6 year enlistment): 1A8X1 (Airborne Linguist) =$11,000, 1C2X1 (CCT) =$15,000, 1C4X1 (TACP) =$14,000, 1N3X1 (Crypto Linguist)= $11,000, 1N4X1 (Fusion Analyst) =$7,000, 1T2X1(PJ)=$15,000, 1W0X2(SOWT)=$13,000, 3E8X1(EOD)=$13,000, and 1T0X1 (SERE)=$13,000, 4H0X1 (Cardiopulmonary) = $8,000, 3D0X2 (Cyber Sys. Ops) & 3D0X3 (Cyber Surety), = $3,000, and 3D1X3 (RF Trans. Sys.) = $3,000. You MUST enlist for 6 years to receive the bonus.
Q51: If I sign up in the Air Force Reserve, can I keep my current job?
A51: This is an active duty site. You would need to contact the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard to inquire. http://bit.ly/13d58AD.
Q52: I’m three pounds underweight but I’m a long distance runner. Is that potentially disqualifying?
A52: It is disqualifying. Please contact an Air Force recruiter once you meet the minimum requirement.
Q53: Can I put my sister as a dependent?
A53: Yes, if you are providing support.
Q54: How long is the pipeline for EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) and which bases are open for assignments of new techs?
A54: Approximate length of Technical Training is 162 days. Assignment is determined by your preferred location, and needs of the Air Force.
Q55: Do I have Saturday and Sunday free during tech school?
A55: Usually, yes. However, class schedule, and additional duties, determine if you will be free on weekends.
Q56: I know there’s not many, but what medical jobs are available so I can put them on my list of jobs when I go to MEPS?
A56: Availability is constantly changing based off the needs of the Air Force. Medical fields are more difficult to book, so contact an Air Force Recruiter for more information.
Q57: Are drill weekends scheduled or a weekend of your choice?
A57: This is an active duty Air Force site. You may contact the Air National Guard, or Air Force Reserve, both Reserve Components of the United States Air Force on their web sites. Both have a Live Chat to answer your questions. Links: http://www.goang.com and http://www.afreserve.com.
Q58: Any helpful tips to pass MEPS?
A58: Follow the detailed instructions provided by your Air Force Recruiter. If your Recruiter instructs you to take specific medical documents with you, please do so.
Q59: I landed the Airborne Missions Systems Apprentice job, is that a good career?
A59: 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.
Q60: For Air Force ROTC, I received a scholarship. What’s the easiest way to get a medical examination performed?
A60: Air Force ROTC will contact you with detailed instructions on how to complete processing, including a physical examination.
Q61: Is it possible to join if you have astigmatism?
A61: You may need a Chief Medical Officer review at the MEPS to provide you an eligibility determination or possibly a waiver.
Q62: I’m interested in medical equipment technician, is this job available?
A62: Availability is constantly changing based off the needs of the Air Force. Medical fields are more difficult to book, so contact an Air Force Recruiter for more information.
Q63: What collage benefits do you get in the Air Force
A63: Enlisting in the U.S. Air Force, you will have access to our Tuition Assistance program, and Community College of the Air Force for starters. Please contact an Air Force Recruiter for more information.
Q64: Where in Elkhart, IN can I talk to a recruiter?
A64: Click here bit.ly/11uA68V to find a recruiter in your area.
Q65: Why should I join the Air Force over other branches?
A65: It’s really a personal preference. To decide which branch is for you, meet with a recruiter from each branch. Prepare questions, goals and gather as much info as possible. Weigh pros and cons, make your decision and don’t look back.
Q66: Will the Air Force still cover college tuition if I enlist during college?
A66: You will be serving in the Air Force, and not attending college full time. However, after completion of training, you can attend college in your off duty time, and take advantage of our Tuition Assistance program. Please see an Air Force Recruiter for more information.
Q67: What is the required amount of time to serve after doing ROTC through college?
A67: If you receive a commission in the U.S. Air Force through ROTC, you will incur a 4 year active duty service commitment.
Q68: I graduated with a diploma from a tier 2 high school what do I need to have to join the Air Force?
A68: Your recruiter will evaluate your diploma, and provide you an eligibility determination.
Q69: Can I earn a college degree through the Air Force? Is yes how?
A69: Yes, in fact, the Air Force is the only service in the Department of Defense with a regional accredited community college that is exclusive to its members.
Q70: What’s your favorite reflective belt color?
A70: You will be wearing yellow reflective belts during Basic Military Training. Personally, I like green.
Q71: Which is the best fighter have you ever built?
A71: Though it is still in development, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
Q72: What are the eyesight requirements for special operations? Is it possible to get waivers to go to training first then get surgery?
A72: It varies. Vision requirements for Pararescue specialists are: pass color vision test, have uncorrected vision 20/70-20/200, corrected vision 20/20 each eye. 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.
Q73: What are the requirements to get into the K-9 unit once you have finished tech school?
A73: You must already be in the Air Force, have 5-skill level, meet requirements and then apply.
Q74: Does the Air Force take care of your entire loans or just some?
A74: The Air Force offers a College Loan Repayment Program to qualified individuals enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. It does not pay any other type of loans.
Q75: If I start with one recruiter in New York City, can I move to a different state and continue with a new recruiter?
A75: It’s possible, just talk it over with your recruiter and they can assist you.
Q76: What does Special Mission Aviators do?
A76: Special Missions Aviation encompasses three AFSCs including aerial gunner. If you qualify, ask your Recruiter about Special Mission Aviation. You can read more about this job at: http://bit.ly/YTOvxq.
Q77: Can you ever switch your MOS?
A77: If you enlisted with a 4 year military service obligation, you can apply to retrain after you have served 36 months; If you enlisted with a 6 year military service obligation, you can apply to retrain after you have served 60 months.
Q78: Is it too late to join if you’re about to graduate high school?
A78: It’s not too late. Speak to your local recruiter to see if you’re qualified and to learn what opportunities await you. bit.ly/11uA68V
Q79: What’s a passing score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT)?
A79: Minimum AFQT score requirement is 36, but majority of those waiting for BMT scored more than 50. Contact your recruiter to discuss your scores.
Q80: If I wanted to be a trauma nurse, should I enlist or can I become an officer first?
A80: It depends on the needs of the Air Force, your qualifications and your ultimate goals. Contact a health professions recruiter.
Q81: What do you call the top most command rank of the Air Force?
A81: Secretary of the Air Force, Air Force Chief of Staff (General); Enlisted top rank – Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.
Q82: Are pilots in demand for the Air Force? I hear yes but I also know it is competitive. If it is competitive, why are they in demand?
A82: Due to attrition, we are always looking for the best qualified. You can apply for Officer’s Training School (OTS), and Pilot Training with most any type of college degree. However, the more technical the degree the better your chances are of being selected. Having earned a Private Pilot’s License, and Instrumentation Ratings will also increase your chances.
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