The Air Force Recruiting Service and the Air Force Public Affairs Agency teamed up and held another Tweet Chat session! We helped answer countless Air Force related questions such as, “Should I join the Air National Guard? Or go active duty?” and “Do I have to cut my hair if I join?” If you didn’t catch our recent session, click “Continue reading” to see what you missed out on!
Q1: Is it true that you have to get a 60 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery if you have a high school diploma? Is a 50 enough to join?
A1: No, the minimum Air Force Qualification Test score requirement is 36, but majority of those waiting for Basic Military Training scored a 50 or better.
Q2: If you took three years of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, do you enlist with a higher rank?
A2: Yes, you can earn advanced rank for completing JROTC. 2 yrs =E-2 and 3 yrs =E-3
Q3: Is the Air Force concerned about having a less mission ready force due to having a more relaxed Basic Military Training?
A3: No, we are conducting BMT as usual to ensure we are ready across the globe.
Q4: Are there any height disqualifications for joining the Air Force?
A4: Yes, 4’10 minimum or 6’8 maximum. All AF applicants must meet the height and weight requirements before contacting a recruiter.
Q5: I have yet to be able to find a full or almost full list of jobs for someone who has scored a 73 on the ASVAB. Help?
A5: You have to take both your ASVAB and physical exam to determine your career options, but a 73 is a great score.
Q6: I used to have asthma and eczema, but I can get a doctor to prove I don’t have them anymore; will this hurt my chances to join?
A6: Both are potentially disqualifying. The doctor at Military Entrance Processing Station will determine that. Your recruiter can have your med records pre-screened.
Q7: What is the wait time before you get your ship date?
A7: From the date you enlist until the day you depart for BMT is approximately 3 to 9 months.
Q8: I have two small tattoos on my wrist. What is the tattoo policy?
A8: Check out the frequently asked questions about tattoos and piercings here: http://bit.ly/15KYpPs.
Q9: Can the Air Force help with student loans?
A9: The Enlisted College Loan Repayment Program (ECLRP) has been suspended. We will provide details once they are available.
Q10: Do you have an officer commissioning program that competes with the United States Marine Corps Platoon Leader Class?
A10: We don’t have the information for other branches to compare. Find out about AF Officer Training here: bit.ly/18CZNH4
Q11: Do you have to be born in the United States to join?
A11: No, but foreign nationals legally residing in the U.S. who want to enlist must possess a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services registration or green card.
Q12: If I’m enlisted and I apply to Airman Education and Commissioning Program, when I finished my degree, will I become an officer in my study area?
A12: Yes, if you’re qualified to apply and you meet all of the program requirements.
Q13: Is there a rank requirement to be a pilot in the United States Air Force?
A13: No, all Air Force officers have a bachelor’s degree and normally start out as an O-1.
Q14: How long are deployments?
A14: On average, Air Force deployments are 4-6 months long.
Q15: I noticed you have loosened your qualification requirements. Would a Reenlistment Eligibility 2C with 7 year grievance be able to get back in?
A15: Prior service applicants must not have a break in service exceeding 6 years.
Q16: How long does a moral waiver take to process?
A16: It may take anywhere from 2 weeks-2 months. Since waivers are an exception to policy, a thorough evaluation is required.
Q17: Does a gall-bladder operation disqualify you?
A17: MEPS doctors (not recruiters) will determine if you are medically qualified to join the AF and any career limitations.
Q18: What is the service commitment for a tactical air control party officer?
A18: Depending on your commissioning source, non-flying officers have a 4- or 5-year service obligation.
Q19: Can I join the Air Force with an entry-level separation from the Army National Guard? It was for failure to ship.
A19: Please contact an AF Recruiter nearest to you to discuss qualifying, options and opportunities. http://bit.ly/11uA68V
Q20: Which, if any, career fields are accepting prior-enlisted Airmen? Would I retain my rank?
A20: The Air Force’s Prior Service program is open at this time to limited jobs. Please contact an Air Force Recruiter to discuss qualifying, options, and opportunities.
Q21: Can a college graduate still apply for Pararescue Jumper school as an officer?
A21: No, PJ is an enlisted career but they can apply to be Combat Rescue Officer.
Q22: Is it possible to enlist out of the city I live in?
A22: Please contact the Air Force Recruiter nearest to you to discuss qualifying, options and opportunities.
Q23: Do I have to cut my hair if I join?
A23: All males must have their hair cut. Females must wear their hair up within standards. http://1.usa.gov/1NS4iAs
Q24: What are the physical qualifications and minimum ASVAB score for a Special Missions Aviator?
A24: You must be a US citizen with an ASVAB score of Mechanical 60 or General 57. Please reach out to a recruiter for physical requirements.
Q25: Can you specify what you want to fly as a pilot?
A25: Top graduate traditionally selects the type of aircraft they want to fly. However, the type of aircraft you will fly, is based upon your choice, Commander’s recommendation, and needs of the Air Force.
Q26: If you’re in the Reserves, can you transfer to Active Duty?
A26: It depends on the Active Duty needs of the AF. Your local recruiter can tell you what’s available. bit.ly/11uA68V
Q27: If I enlist at 28 yrs old and work hard, will I still have a shot at admission into the Air Force Academy?
A27: No, the max age to enter the USAF Academy is 23.
Q28: Are you still able to join if you’re a single parent with two kids?
A28: A single parent who has physical, legal custody of up to three children (under 18 and incapable of self-care) requires a waiver.
Q29: If you have astigmatism, but your vision can be corrected to 20/20 with glasses, can you still join?
A29: You will need a chief medical officer review at the MEPS to provide you an eligibility determination.
Q30: How is basic training for the Air Force different than the other branches?
A30: BMT is 8.5 weeks in duration (which includes Airmen’s Week) and takes place at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
Q31: Any tips and advice for BMT leaving in October and wanted to know should I focus on running or strength?
A31: Know reporting statement, chain of Command, Airmen’s Creed and the Air Force song. Be at or close to BMT Physical Training graduation level before you go. TEAMWORK!
Q32: What kind of opportunities does the AF have for students seeking to attend medical school?
A32: Health Professions Scholarship Program are available for full tuition and all required fees. Please contact an Health Professions recruiter for application steps.
Q33: If I sign my contract as an E-3, does that mean I get paid as an E-3 at BMT?
A33: All trainees are paid as an E-1, but you’ll receive back pay for your entry rank.
Q34: What are the rules on makeup for women?
A34: No makeup is allowed at Basic. After BMT, it must be conservative and natural looking.
Q35: The rank with a bachelor’s degree is E-3 for enlisted people, and what is for officers?
A35: If you are selected for Officer’s Training School (OTS), you will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (0-1).
Q36: What are the requirements for pararescue?
A36: Minimum scores of AFQT-36, Gen-41. You must also pass the Physical Ability and Stamina Test. Check out the PJ page here http://bit.ly/1m81vV9 for more info
Q37: What is training like after Air Force ROTC but before commission?
A37: You can contact AFROTC on their web site to answer your questions, and provide you guidance. http://www.afrotc.com
Q38: Why is my recruiter Missing In Action from his office and phone for 3 weeks?
A38: There is no way of knowing why your recruiter is not at his office, but may be away for official training, leave, or attending the Non-Commissioned Officer Academy. Please call our 1-800 National Toll Free Call Center at 1-800-423-USAF for assistance in locating, and contacting an Air Force Recruiter nearest to you.
Q39: Are you required to speak English perfectly? Because my friends in the Air Force don’t speak perfect but the recruiter told me otherwise.
A39: You must be able to read, write, and speak English fluently to enlist in the U.S. Air Force.
Q40: Should I join the Air National Guard or go active duty?
A40: It’s really a personal preference. To decide which is for you, meet with a recruiter from each. Prepare questions and goals, and gather as much info as possible. Weigh pros and cons, make your decision and don’t look back.
Q41: If you get a plane license before joining the Air Force, will it help?
A41: Having earned a Private Pilot’s License, and Instrumentation Ratings will increase your chances of being selected for flight school.
Q42: Is the jumpstart program still happening?
A42: The Air Force Recruiting Ambassador Program (AFRAP) is the official name for this program. Please contact an Air Force Recruiter to discuss options, and opportunities.
Q43: What will my son take to BMT and will he come home before technical school or will I have to ship him more clothes
A43: Your son’s recruiter will provide him a list of things to take, and what not to take to BMT. Upon completion of BMT, your son will depart immediately for his technical training with no leave permitted en route.
Q44: If I join the pararescue program, is it easy to move on to medical school after?
A44: Provided you meet the requirements to apply for Medical School and selected, you may apply for our HPS. You may be required to serve your commitment, but applying for a release to medical school may be granted.
Q45: I have a ventricular septal defect , but wondering if you will still accept me? Doesn’t affect my ability to do rigorous activities.
A45: It’s potentially disqualifying. A doctor at the MEPS will evaluate your records and provide you an eligibility determination.
Q46: I’m a Junior in high school and planning on joining the USAF to become a pilot. Is there a way to maximize my chances of becoming a pilot?
A46: High grade point average, high pilot/navigator test scores and overall highly qualified.
Q47: At what age can someone decide to join and do the training? I’m 15 and thinking about it.
A47: You can speak with a recruiter as early as 17 with parental consent, usually midway through your junior year of high school.
Q48: What is the minimum age to join the USAF Academy?
A48: At least 17, but less than 23 years of age by July 1 of the year you would enter. The age requirement is public law and cannot be waived.
Q49: If I go in the Air Force with a bachelor’s degree, do I have to pick a job that goes with my degree?
A49: No, but the more technical your degree is increases your chance of being selected for OTS. You will select three career choices when applying for OTS. Officer careers can be found at: http://www.airforce.com/careers/ Please see an Air Force recruiter to discuss options, and opportunities.
Q50: Is being an Honor Guard member a job available straight out of basic training?
A50: Yes, it is possible to serve as an Honor Guard member out of Basic Military Training.
Q51: What is the percentage of Airmen graduating as hawks from BMT?
A51: I believe you are referring to the Warhawk fitness standard at BMT. Unfortunately, we do not have the data you are requesting.
That’s it for July’s Tweet Chat session. Stay tuned for more in the future by following our Twitter!