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Our first Facebook Q & A: Security forces

By Tanya Schusler
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

If you love security forces, you’re in luck because our first-ever Facebook Q & A will focus on it. Follow along or ask questions on the official Air Force Facebook page April 24 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. CDT. The conversation will continue on the Air Force Recruiting Service Facebook page from 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. CDT. The chat will feature Staff Sgt. Steven D. Koster, 343rd Training Squadron security forces technical training instructor, and Capt. Gilbert S. Wyche II, 343rd TRS operations officer for security forces ground combat training.

SF FB chat 4.2014

Koster is assigned to the 343rd TRS at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.  After graduating from basic military training and technical training, his first duty assignment was the 30th Security Forces Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. During this assignment, Koster was certified in a variety of duty positions, including response force member and leader, installation patrolman, base defense operations center controller, noncommissioned officer in charge of police services, crime prevention officer, bike patrol flight chief, and Raven RQ 11B pilot. He has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and to the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

Wyche is assigned to the 343rd TRS at Camp Bullis, Texas. He oversees the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center accredited initial skills training courses for all security forces officers and enlisted Airmen at Camp Bullis. He also manages 10 geographically separated training areas spread across 29,000 acres and accounts for $10 million in equipment. Wyche entered the Air Force in 2006 after graduating as a distinguished graduate from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Clemson University. He completed Security Forces Officer Technical School in 2006 as well. He has served as a flight commander, officer in charge of logistics and resources and operations officer at various stateside and overseas bases. As a security forces officer, Wyche has deployed on three joint expeditionary taskings with the U.S. Army in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

AFRS tweetchat with AF flight surgeon

The Air Force Public Affairs Agency and Air Force Recruiting Service hosted a tweet chat with Lt. Col. (Dr.) David Duval, Air Education and Training Command’s medical standards branch chief and senior flight surgeon, Mar. 20 and received 29 questions from Twitter followers. During the 45-minute Web event, Duval answered questions about becoming an Air Force flight surgeon and nurse practitioner as well as and other medical career field-specific questions. The first 13 questions were answered during the tweet chat, but in case you missed it, here are all the questions and answers from the chat. Stay tuned for our next event, and follow us on Twitter.

Q1:  Do you accept applications from other nations to join the Air Force?  How do I get a Reserve recruiter to call me back?  I’ve called six times and left messages.

A1:  Yes, provided the individual has been residing legally in the U.S. for 2 years or longer, and possesses a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Registration Card, commonly called a “Green Card” (INS Form I-151/551).  Applicants must be between 17-27, meet the mental, moral and physical standards for enlistment and speak, read and write English fluently.  To apply for officer programs, you must be a U.S. citizen.  You may contact the Air National Guard at http://bit.ly/15P3wjP and Air Force Reserve at http://bit.ly/13d58AD.  Both have live-chat options on their website to answer your questions.

Q2:  What are the qualifications to becoming an Air Force surgeon?

A2:  You must not exceed 48 years of age, be credentialed in your specialized area and be otherwise qualified.  Please talk to an Air Force health professions recruiter for more guidance and information.

Q3:  For an upcoming high school senior, what is the best route to become a nurse practitioner in the Air Force?

A3:  While serving in the Air Force, you can apply for our Nurse Education and Commissioning Program (NECP).

Q4:  What are some good classes to take if I want to pursue this career field?

A4:  Medical schools publish their prerequisites, and accept various types of degrees to apply. Courses in math and science are good.

Q5:  Are tattoos on forearms and wrists a deal breaker?

A5:  No, as long as the tattoo does not exceed 25 percent or more of an exposed area, and is not offensive in nature.  Your recruiter will evaluate your tattoo(s) to determine eligibility.

Q6:  Are there scholarships other than AFROTC?

A6:  There are not any other scholarship programs for undergraduate degrees.

Q7:  Dr. Duval, what other fields/AFSCs have you been in and how did you get to where you are today?

A7:  I’ve been a physical therapy technician, nurse’s aide, lab technician and anesthesia technician. I earned my undergraduate degree on my own, and received a scholarship from the Health Professions Scholarship Program.

Q8:  What is the most realistic, achievable way of commissioning after enlistment?

A8:  Graduate from college, then apply for Officers Training School.

Q9:  Is an astigmatism a deal breaker?

A9:  No, it is not a deal breaker.  However, your vision will be evaluated to determine your enlistment eligibility.

Q10:  Can you join the Air Force as an officer if you are a single parent?  How about as an enlisted member?

A10:  Yes, you can be a single parent joining as an officer or enlisted member if you are otherwise qualified.

Q11:  How do I study for the DLAB?

A11:  There is no study material for the Defense Language Aptitude Battery.

Q12:  What is the demand for medical jobs in the Air Force right now?

A12:  The need for medical jobs is ever-changing, so there is no way of knowing. Check with you recruiter for your best options.

Q13:  What’s better – ground or airborne linguist?

A13:  It’s up to you to decide if you prefer cryptologic linguist apprentice or an airborne cryptologic language analyst apprentice.

Q14:  Is the Air Force downsizing like the Army?

A14:  Yes, we are downsizing using various force management programs.

Q15:  If you can physically pass the PT test, but you’re overweight, can you still become an officer?

A15:  You must meet weight requirements based upon your height to qualify.

Q16:  Could I commission in the Reserves as a public health officer or is active duty the only option for this career field?

A16:  You must contact the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve to learn more about their specific eligibility requirements.  Regular Air Force offers opportunities in the public health officer career field provided you are otherwise qualified.

Q17:  My recruiter said there’s a zero tolerance policy on single parents joining the Air Force. Is this true?

A17:  Recent changes have been made it possible for single parents to join the Air Force.  Please contact an Air Force recruiter, chat with an Air Force advisor on http://www.airforce.com, or call our National Toll Free Call Center at 1-800-423-USAF.

Q18:  Are there any extra benefits to entering the Air Force with a master’s degree as compared to a bachelor’s degree?

A18: Officer Training School boards have been suspended until fiscal year 2015.  You may contact an Air Force line officer recruiter for mmore information and guidance.  Applying for OTS requires a bachelor’s degree with a qualifying GPA of 3.0 or better.  http://bit.ly/15P53GT

Q19:  Why can’t you get any recruiters in the Kansas City area to return a phone call?

A19:  You may call our National Toll Free Call Center at 1-800-423-USAF, or visit login to http://www.airforce.com and chat with an advisor who will assist you in locating and contacting an Air Force recruiter nearest to you.

Q20:  Why aren’t there fighters at Hanscom Air Force Base?

A20:  Strategic decisions to place fighter aircraft units in specific areas is made by the Pentagon and our elected officials.

Q21:  What ASVAB score do I need in order to qualify for Special Missions Aviation?

A21:  You will need to qualify with an Armed Forces Qualification Test score of 50, a mechanical aptitude score of 60 and a general aptitude score of 57.

Q22:  How does it work if a recruit wanted to change residency to a different state?

A22:  If you are in the Delayed Entry Program, please notify your recruiter you are moving, and that you would like to request a courtesy ship.  Your recruiter will obtain the information, and your files can be transferred to your new location.

Q23:  I’m 14 years old and I’m interested in joining the U.S. Air Force. How can I join?

A23:  While you are still too young to enlist, it’s never too early to start preparing.  Study hard, graduate from high school and get the best grades you can.  Say no to drugs, and get an early start on meeting our physical fitness requirements.

Q24:  Does the Air Force even “need” more medical personnel?  I was thinking of joining after this semester, but I was thinking of doing something in the infantry field.

A24:  The Air Force is always looking for the best qualified people to join our service.  If you meet the requirements, and the job you want is available, you can have that job.  The Air Force does not offer “infantry,” but it does have over 140 jobs to choose from.

Q25:  I have a master’s degree in history and I served in the Air Force in the mid-90s.  Is there a historian position in the Air Force Reserves for someone under the age of 40?

A25:  To apply for the Reserves, please contact the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve. They both have qualified recruiters to assist you.

Q26:  I’m British and I tried to join the Air Force when I lived in El Paso, Texas. I was told I couldn’t work on aircraft because I’m not a U.S. citizen. Is this true?

A26:  You must meet U.S. citizenship requirements.  If you meet the requirements to apply, not being a U.S. citizen will limit you to jobs you may qualify to train and serve in.

Q27:  My daughter wants to be a military nurse and help those with PTSD.  Should she join the Air Force or Army?

A27:  To find out if your daughter meets the requirements to apply as nurse in the Air Force, please ask her to contact an Air Force health professions recruiter.  She will need to contact the U.S. Army to apply for their nursing program.

Q28:  What are the chances of getting one of the 10 AFSCs you’ve chosen at MEPS?

A28:  After meeting our ASVAB and physical requirements, and the job you qualify for is available, then you can have that job.

Q29:  I’m an associate graduate of Aeronautics here in the Philippines, and I want to be part of the U.S. Air Force. How do I join?

A29:  You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for Officers Training School.  If you are a U.S. citizen, OTS selection boards have been suspended until fiscal year 2015.  Please contact an Air Force line officer recruiter near you for future OTS boards.

March recruitment tweet chat

By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force Public Affairs Agency and Air Force Recruiting Service hosted its monthly recruitment tweet chat Mar. 6 and received 83 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, AFRS officials and the Air Force Social Media Team answered questions about Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test scores, basic training, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps opportunities and other career field-specific questions. The first 37 questions were answered during the tweet chat, but in case you missed it, here are all the questions and answers from the chat. Stay tuned for our next event, and follow us on Twitter.

Q1: Is it true you can pet “Shamu” after you graduate basic training for free as Sea World?
A1: You will have to contact Sea World. #AsktheAF

Q2: Would a 68 on the ASVAB qualify me for the Air Force?
A2: Yes, a 68 is a qualifying score to enter. But, your position will be determined by your line scores. #AsktheAF

Q3: How do you train to become a PJ?
A3: If you meet the requirements and qualify on the PAST test, then you can be selected for this career field. #AsktheAF

Q4: @usairforce can you change your AFSC if you go from Air National Guard to active duty?
A4: We’re only taking prior-service members for nine specific career fields right now. Please inquire with a recruiter to see if you qualify. #AsktheAF

Q5: When did the rules change for single parents?
A5: A couple of months ago. #AsktheAF

Q6: How long does it take after BMT to go to your first station?
A6: Once you complete BMT and tech school, you’ll go to your first duty station. The timing depends on the length of your tech school. #AsktheAF

Q7: Besides ROTC, is there another way to become an officer in the Air Force?
A7: The Air Force Academy and ROTC, but OTS boards are currently suspended until FY2015. #AsktheAF

Q8: Is there an age limit for certain jobs in the Air Force Reserve? Air traffic controller? I’m 27.
A8: This is an active duty site. You would need to contact the Air Force Reserve to ask about their age requirements. http://bit.ly/13d58AD #AsktheAF

Q9: For those wanting to be pilots, do you attend a regular basic training then go to advanced pilot training or just pilot training?
A9: You’ll attend OTS first and then go to SUPT. #AsktheAF

Q10: Is there anything that the Air Force can offer me that the Army can’t? What are the major differences between the two?
A10: Pay and benefits are the same, but the main differences are in the mission, jobs and overall lifestyle. #AsktheAF

Q11: On a scale of 1-10, how “dangerous” is in-flight refueling?
A11: There are always risks, but as long as everyone does their job correctly, then the risks are very low. #AsktheAF

Q12: What is minimum enlistment time you serve?
A12: The minimum enlistment time is 4 years. #AsktheAF

Q13: What happens of you get too sick to go to BMT? Do they move your ship date or are you disqualified?
A13: It varies. The doctor will determine the course of action, but DQ is a possibility. #AsktheAF

Q14: What rank will I receive if I have 44 hours of college credits?
A14: You’ll receive an E-2 rank. #AsktheAF

Q15: What are some fun things that can happen at basic training?
A15: BMT is a transformational experience. Learn more here http://tiny.cc/wxgf0w #AsktheAF

Q16? How likely is it that I could become TACP?
A16: If you meet the requirements and qualify on the PAST test, then you can get it. #AsktheAF

Q17: Why is the AF still recruiting if it’s cutting 20,000 Airmen? Will that affect any new recruits?
A17: The challenge before us is to size our force with the right balance of skills to meet Air Force mission requirements. We will continue to focus on retaining high performing Airmen while reducing over-manned career fields.

Q18: Can girls keep their hair long?
A18: Yes, but it must be in a bun above the bottom of your uniform collar, and no more than 3 inches in bulk. #AsktheAF

Q19: If I have 30 college hours from four years ago what will my rank be after BMT?
A19: You’ll receive an E-2 rank. #AsktheAF

Q20: Can trainees in basic training receive care packages?
A20: No, trainees are not allowed to receive care packages during BMT. #AsktheAF

Q21: After serving a six-year enlistment, is it hard to reenlist?
A21: As long as you perform well at your job and stay out of trouble, you should be good to go. #AsktheAF

Q22: Should my recruiter be screaming and cussing at people in the DEP program?
A22: Recruiters should remain professional at all times. Please call 1-800-423-USAF so we can further assist. #AsktheAF

Q23: Has the Air Force moved BMT back to six weeks?
A23: BMT is currently 8 1/2 weeks. #AsktheAF

Q24: What’s the Air Force tattoo policy?
A24: The answer is too long to post here, but log onto our chat at http://www.airforce.com. They can tell you more. #AsktheAF

Q25: What GPA do you need to join? Do you let girls join the Air Force?
A25: A high school diploma is required to enlist, but for OTS, you need a 3.0 GPA or higher. Yes you can join as a female. #AsktheAF

Q26: Do SOWR’s go to their own indoc or go with CCT’s to CCOC?
A26: No, SOWRs go through the same indoc as CCTs. #AsktheAF

Q27: At what age should I start talking to a recruiter? I’m currently 14.
A27: You can speak with a recruiter as early as 17 with parental consent. Usually midway through jr year of high school. #AsktheAF

Q28: What other financial assistance is offered to high school grads to attend college other than an AFROTC scholarship?
A28: The Air Force offers tuition assistance, GI Bill and other scholarship programs tailored to specific fields, so there are many. #AsktheAF

Q29: Can you be in the Air Force traveling band and still get a college education at the same time?
A29: You can take college classes during you’re off duty time to obtain your degree. #AsktheAF

Q30: What is the current wait time in the DEP and what is the AF doing to reduce the wait time?
A30: There’s a 3-9 month wait time after you process until going to BMT. #AsktheAF

Q31: For an airborne linguist job, when will I know what language I will be studying?
A31: You’ll learn what language you’ll be studying when you get to tech school. #AsktheAF

Q32: If you enlist with a college degree and later decide to become an officer, what’s the earliest you could go to OTS?
A32: 12 months after you get to your first base, you can apply for OTS if you meet the requirements. #AsktheAF

Q33: Are civilians qualified to apply for the Air Force physician’s assistant program?
A33: Must be a citizen enrolled or accepted in an accredited school. The commitment is 3 yrs and begins after finishing school. #AsktheAF

Q34: What are the requirements to join for a person with a GED?
A34: You can apply with an in-class GED. #AsktheAF

Q35: When are OTS boards starting back up?
A35: FY2015, but we do not have firm dates yet. #AsktheAF

Q36: How many routes are there for an enlisted member to become an officer?
A36: Too many to list here. You can log onto http://www.airforce.com and chat with our advisers about it. #AsktheAF

Q37: Will the Air Force pay to correct your vision or is it better to have it done yourself?
A37: If an Air Force doctor refers you, then it will be paid for. #AsktheAF

Q38: How many bases are available for special mission aviators?
A38: While SMAs are assigned to specific aircraft, they may be assigned to any base worldwide in support of mission requirements. #AsktheAF

Q39: Are reenlistment bonuses for demanding/undermanned jobs other than direct combat roles going to ever make a comeback?
A39: Some jobs had bonuses to retain people in hard to fill positions. With current manning, there’s no need to offer that. #AsktheAF

Q40: Do you have to be in college to become an Air Force pilot?
A40: To apply for OTS & pilot tng must have or be w/in 1 yr of degree & GPA of 2.5 or >. For more info visit bit.ly/12KwCAu. #AsktheAF

Q41: If I get into security forces, what kind of jobs can I get out in the civilian world?
A41: Law enforcement jobs, and education you get while in the Air Force, may help you meet the requirements to apply for the FBI & other security agencies. #AsktheAF

Q42: Will I be able to work on my engineering skills while being a fighter pilot?
A42: Serving as pilot is demanding, but there are opportunities to pursue higher education in an engineering discipline too. #AsktheAF

Q43: My recruiter was a rookie, took her time and then left. There’s “no record” of me attempting to enlist. What do I do?
A43: Info on everyone processing into the Air Force is entered in a database. Ask your current recruiter or their flight chief for help. #AsktheAF

Q44: I have dual nationality with the U.S. and Great Britain. Would this stop me from seeking a commission with the Air Force?
A44: Yes, as you must give up your dual citizenship to be qualified. #AsktheAF

Q45: Are plane maintenance jobs reserved for enlisted or the officer ranks?
A45: Enlisted aircraft maintenance jobs can be guaranteed if the applicant meets our enlistment requirements and the job is available. #AsktheAF

Q46: How difficult is it to get into an intelligence job? What is the training like to become an officer?
A46: OTS selection very competitive. When you submit your OTS application, you’ll select Intel Officer as one of 3 choices. Visit http://bit.ly/1iBejY3 for more information. #AsktheAF

Q47: Is it hard to get a PJ slot?
A47: AFQT 50, Gen 44. Must also meet requirements to enlist & pass the PAST test. Check out this page for more info: http://bit.ly/1m81vV9. #AsktheAF

Q48: Will the intelligence officer AFSC still be critically manned in FY15?
A48: Air Force manning is ever-changing. We do not know manning in a specific AFSC will be for FY15. #AsktheAF

Q49: How many jobs will be open this spring for load masters and airborne linguist?
A49: We don’t have numbers. If you meet qualifications and loadmaster or airborne linguist job is available, you can be selected for that job. #AsktheAF

Q50: I want to be an Air Force photographer. Where is the schooling for that?
A50: Provided you meet the requirements to enlist, train and serve as still photography apprentice, the technical school is at Ft. Meade, MD. #AsktheAF

Q51: I got a 92 on my ASVAB. Is that good?
A51: Yes, 92 is very high. Your aptitude area scores, as well as your physical exam, will determine what career fields you are qualified for. #AsktheAF

Q52: What is the average size of an ROTC scholarship for a non-technical field?
A52: You may contact Air Force ROTC direct at here: http://bit.ly/13d5048 #AsktheAF

Q53: Are aerial gunners included in the Special Mission Aviation career?
A53: Yes, Special Missions Aviation encompasses three AFSCs including aerial gunner. SMA jobs are available if you qualify. #AsktheAF

Q54: How hard is it to get into the Air Force Academy and what are the requirements?
A:54: The Air Force Academy is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Admission requirements are high and competition is intense. Click here http://bit.ly/1iAXZCd to learn more. #AsktheAF

Q55: My recruiter told me they are not enlisting anyone for medical jobs right now. Is that true?
A55: If you successfully qualify and the job you want is available, you can be selected for that job. Medical jobs are popular careers and are in demand. #AsktheAF

Q56: What are the options, if any, for an E-7 retiring after 24 years to join the Guard or Reserves?
A56: You must contact Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve. They have highly qualified reps to answer your questions. #AsktheAF

Q57: How do you get an E-3 rank?
A57: You may enlist for six years or you may qualify for advanced rank. Contact an Air Force Recruiter for more info and guidance. #AsktheAF

Q58: What is the highest pay grade an Airman can attain coming out of basic training?
A58: Provided you meet requirements for advanced rank, E-3. #AsktheAF

Q59: If you’re not on active duty, will the Air Force still pay for schooling?
A59: If you earned the Post 911 GI Bill, you can use the bill to pay for college after you separate from the Air Force. #AsktheAF

Q60: What’s the best study guide sold to prepare for the ASVAB test?
A60: We can’t recommend a specific one, but there are several to choose from. You can check one out at library or buy at a bookstore. #AsktheAF

Q61: How long does it take to be a PJ, and what do I need to do to be a PJ?
A61: It takes about 18 months of school with upgrade training to become a PJ. AFQT 36, Gen 44. You must also pass the PAST test. See http://bit.ly/1m81vV9 for info. #AsktheAF

Q62: Why are dreads not allowed in the Air Force?
A62: Hair must present a neat, clean appearance and comply with Air Force standards. #AsktheAF

Q63: Could a 49 on a prescreening test be waived?
A63: Your Air Force Recruiter will determine when you take ASVAB and schedule you when your success at qualifying is best. #AsktheAF

Q64: If you work through a term of enlistment, and don’t have a 3.0 high school GPA, but have a bachelor’s degree, can you go to OTS?
A64: It is your Undergraduate GPA that is used to qualify you for OTS. #AsktheAF

Q65: Can you apply for an Air Force scholarship when you are a freshman in college?
A65: You may contact Air Force ROTC and apply. Here is a link to the AFROTC Home Page: http://bit.ly/13d5048 #AsktheAF

Q66: Can my girlfriend and I be enlisted and stationed in the same base?
A66: You can both enlist, but not being married. Individual assignments are based on your career, wants and Air Force needs. #AsktheAF

Q67: I have one year left in college and I would like to join the Air Force. How soon should I talk to a recruiter?
A67: If you are one year out from earning your bachelor’s degree, you may contact a Line Officer Recruiter and apply for OTS. #AsktheAF

Q68: I’m enlisting with 60 credits and I have an associate’s degree. Do you offer anything that can get me a bachelor’s degree, and how can I then become an officer?
A68: You must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a qualifying GPA to apply for OTS. If you enlist, you can use Air Force tuition assistance to earn your bachelor’s degree. #AsktheAF

Q69: Can I choose where to be stationed after technical school?
A69: You will be able to select your preferred locations, which will be taken into account when you are selected for an assignment. Bit.ly/15KYpPs #AsktheAF

Q70: Do I need a class III physical to retrain into TACP?
A70: A non-rated Flying Class III physical is required due to mission requirements. #AsktheAF

Q71: How can I know if I can get a job in the medical field?
A71: If you meet the requirements, and the medical job is available, you can have that job. #AsktheAF

Q72: Does the Air Force have any direct commissioning jobs?
A72: Yes, health professionals, chaplains, etc. #AsktheAF

Q73: I’m being medically discharged from Marine Corps recruit training. Is it possible for me to enlist in the Air Force if I’m cleared?
A73:  To qualify for the Air Force, the medical reason you were discharged from the Marine Corps for must not exist. #AsktheAF

Q74: What’s the training regimen for PJ trainees?
A74: Indoc Training at Lackland AFB – 45 days. Other required training varies according to location and length, up to 370 days. #AsktheAF

Q75: I’m going in as a 3E0X1, and I’m curious what duty stations can I be sent to?
A75: Though your assignment choices will be considered, you can be assigned worldwide to meet Air Force mission requirements. #AsktheAF

Q76: Are you in need of musicians? How long do they serve?
A76: The Air Force is always looking for qualified people, including musicians. Musicians serve like other Airmen, and can choose to enlist for 4 or 6 years. #AsktheAF

Q77: I’m 27. Is it to late for me to join?
A77: Provided you meet the requirements to enlist, you must enlist and be in basic training before your 28th birthday. #AsktheAF

Q78: Do you pick your own job as an officer?
A78: You will select three career choices when submitting your application for Officers Training School. #AsktheAF

Q79: I applied for the December nonrated board and haven’t heard back. When will I know?
A79: You will need to contact your Line Officer Recruiter to obtain the results of the December nonrated board. #AsktheAF

Q80: Will I get a signing bonus?
A80: You may receive a signing bonus if you’re qualified to enlist,  the job you’re qualified for is on Initial Enlistment Bonus list and your term of enlistment is 6 years. #AsktheAF

Q81: Are there any duty stations in California?
A81: Yes, there are. Click here http://bit.ly/15NFDIA for more information. #AsktheAF

Q82: What happens if I graduate from college, but I’m not commissioned? Can I enter the Air Force as a noncommissioned officer?
A82: If you graduate from college and weren’t selected for OTS, you may choose to enlist, provided you are otherwise qualified. #AsktheAF

Q83: Can you change your AFSC if you go from the Air National Guard to active duty?
A83: You can change your career field if you meet the requirements for our Prior Service program and we are offering retraining opportunities. #AsktheAF

Collaboration is the key!

1st Lt Tori Hight
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The world changes at a rapid pace. Every day we hear news about natural disasters, economic changes and new technological breakthroughs in air, space and cyberspace.

Have you ever found yourself sitting on the couch, watching everything unfold and wonder how you can be a part of the change?

The Air Force Collaboratory is your opportunity to take action and make a difference in solving real-world problems.

The collaboratory is an initiative that encourages science, technology, engineering and math-inclined students, influencers and young people to engage and collaborate with the Air Force to solve real-world challenges in an online community.

The current challenges focus on current and future Air Force technologies for search-and-rescue operations, software coding for unmanned quadrotor drones and calculating precise coordinates for the newest GPS satellite launch.

Users begin by creating a profile and can even link their profile to their Facebook page. The next step is to choose a project. Each project contains a mission brief and materials to help you understand the issue. Users will have the opportunity to find solutions to the challenges alongside real Airmen, who will provide feedback and direction along the way. Collaborators will have to rely on the same critical thinking and problem solving skills as their Airmen counterparts as they work together to develop ideas…ideas that may save lives.

AFRS July tweetchat

Carissa PictureThe Air Force Recruiting Service participated in its second tweetchat July 18 and received nearly 100 recruitment questions from online participants. During the hour-long Web event, AFRS officials answered questions about enlistment eligibility requirements, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test scores and other career field-specific questions. The first 20 questions were answered during the tweetchat. The rest of the unanswered questions are below. AFRS will host monthly tweetchats showcasing Airmen from different career fields who will share their Air Force experiences.

PHOTO: Carissa, Air Force Recruiting Service online advisor

Q21: Is the best flight training through the AF or a college?
A21: If you want to be an AF pilot, go through the AF. You get paid, while getting the best training to fly the most advanced aircraft.

Q22 I’m on a quick ship out contract and I’ve been waiting 7 months to leave for a security forces job. Is there a cut back on jobs?
A22: No, we have 8K+ people waiting for jobs, we book 2,200 a month. There may be a delay with the large number of people joining.

Q23 How long does it usually take to transfer from guard to active?
A23: Depends on qualifications & jobs available in Prior Service program. Contact AF Live Chat for details here.

Q24: Is it true that basic training is going to be shortened to 6 weeks again?
A24: No, it will remain 8 1/2 weeks in length.

Q25: What is the stance on #PriorService members trying to rejoin? Are #PriorService members encouraged to reenlist?
A25: The program will access approx. 250 applicants in 2013. Please visit here for more details.

Q26: How exactly does BMI work when there are already weight requirements?
A26: No BMI, must meet height/weight requirements.

Q27: I got an 87 on my ASVAB but wanted a higher score. Would it change anything if I took it again and got around a 90?
A27: 87 is very high>You won’t qualify for more jobs with a higher score. Your physical will determine the rest.

Q28: Do you have to run 20 miles in a certain amount of time?
A28: PT for MALES: 1.5 Mile Run — < 30 years of age – 1.5 mile run in <11:57 & FEMALES: 1.5 Mile Run — < 30 years of age – <14:26

Q29: Is it better to be active duty right away, or join the reserves?
A29: Depends on what your goals are. It’s hard to go from Guard/Reserve to active duty & very limited.

Q30: What exactly does the Chow Runner do?
A30: Chow Runners request permission for their flights to eat their meals in Basic Military Training.

Q31: Can you elucidate whether the recruits could be Americans or whether they could be foreign nationals as well?
A31: You must meet the reqs http://bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in US with a “Green Card.”

Q32: How difficult is it to get into MWD after you join and get a SF contract?
A32: You must be in for 2 years, meet qualifications, apply & be selected.

Q33: What is the main difference between an AF Academy education compared to a Division I ROTC program?
A33: They are both great opportunities to earn a degree and get commissioned. Apply for both & see where it takes you.

Q34: Does the USAFA automatically disqualify applicants with a record of a broken bone?
A34: If you do not meet the physical requirements, it is for the safety &health concern for the applicant. Safety first.

Q35: I was told I could go to college with an ROTC program first and sign a contract with the AF so they will pay for it. is this true?
A35: There are scholarship opportunities through the AFROTC program here.

Q36: I heard a rumor that BMT is being shortened to 7.5 wks, combining weapons training/BEAST; is this true?
A36: No, it will remain 8 1/2 weeks in length.

Q37: If I go through AFROTC or the AFA, what are the options for getting a masters degree if I still want to be a pilot?
A37: Tuition Assistance, GI Bill, AFIT & other educational programs are available to achieve your educational goals.

Q38: Does being blind in one eye still disqualify one from serving in the Air Force or all branches of the military?
A38: Yes, that would be disqualifying.

Q39: So if the job somebody wants isn’t open in the AF they have to go on a waiting list?
A39: You will list 5+ jobs once you process based on what you qual for, we will guarantee you one of your choices.

Q40: What are the chances of me getting my #1 pick which was Security Forces? Also, is that job in demand?
A40: SF is one of our largest career fields, so your chances are great as long as it’s open and you qualify.

Q41: Can you obtain a waiver for an injury if you want to commission as an officer?
A41: Possibly…depends on what the waiver request is for.

Q42: What’s the wash out rate for TACP training? And if you do wash out can you try again?
A4: It’s about 60-70%. If you wash out or self-eliminate, there is no guarantee you can stay in the AF.

Q43: is air transportation a dangerous job?
A43: No, there is minimal exposure to hazardous environments. Go here for more info.

Q44: I have a very small VSD that does not affect my ability to perform high physical tasks. Am I able to join the Air Force with it?
A44: Heart conditions may be disqualifying, but the Dr at MEPS will make that determination. Ask your recruiter to have the MEPS Dr prescreen your medical records for a preliminary ruling.

Q45: I heard that women are allowed to be in the PJs now. Is that true?
A45: We’re still awaiting policy changes from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Check updates here.

Q46: Does the air force accept people that have had kidney stones?
A46: Kidney stones are potentially medically disqualifying, but the Dr at MEPS will make that determination. Ask your recruiter to have the MEPS Dr prescreen your medical records for a preliminary ruling.

Q47: What’s a good job field to get into in the AF?
A47: You will get a list of jobs you are eligible for. You will list 5+ choices and we will guarantee you one of those.

Q48: Is there an age range to become an AF pilot?
A48: You must meet the selection board prior to age 28.

Q49 How long is the actual training for a PJ before deployment?
A49: 18 months of tech school training, with upgrade training just prior to deployment.

Q50: I’m interested in becoming a pararescue. What are the requirements?
A50: AFQT-36, General-41. You must also pass the PAST test. Check out the PJ page here for more info.

Q51: What’s the most common job in the Air Force, like Army has infantry & marines have infantry?
A51: Security Forces is the largest career field in the AF.

Q52: What’s the best way to explain TACP?
A52: TACP deploy to battlefield areas in support of Special Operations Forces. Find more info here.

Q53: How can you become an officer in the Air Force?
A53: You may apply for OTS with most any college degree, go thru AF ROTC or attend AF Academy.

Q54: How can I be a fuel specialist?
A54: ASVAB, Mechanical-47 and General-38. Must pass color/vision test, be a US cit, have valid driver’s license & pass PT req.

Q55: Why have we been stuck at Holloman AFB for almost 5 years. We’re ready to goooooooo!
A55: Please contact your MPF assignments. Assignments are different for every career.

Q56: Would I be sent to Lackland AFB because I live in Texas or could I be sent to another base?
A56: All Air Force enlisted members will go to Lackland AFB for BMT, after that, your assignment depends on your preferences, job and needs of the AF among other factors.

Q57: Where can I find the full physical requirements?
A57: You can find information on physical requirements here.

Q58: What are possible Duty Stations for UAS Sensor Operator?
A58: You will be provided a list of bases for your career field at BMT. Click here for more information.

Q59: Do you have plans to reinstate the AECP program?
A59: Please contact your education office on base. They are in charge of that program.

Q60: How long would you have to wait to see if you’re qualified to work with military dogs? When you’re already in security forces?
A60: One you get your 5-skill level, Airman 1st Class, you can apply to work with MWD. It’s about 2 yrs from when you join.

Q61: Also, is it possible to switch languages with someone at DLI as long as you both qualify for each other’s language?
A61: No, each person is interviewed and slotted for each language. Once assigned, that is what the Airman is selected for.

Q62: At what age can you join the Air Force?
A62: Non-prior service applicants must be at least 17 to apply and in Basic Military Training before their 28th birthday.

Q63: Why did you join the Air Force?
A63: I wasn’t interested in college & knew the awesome opportunities & benefits the AF offered. Plus, I wanted to see the world.

Q64: Can you go to PJ school after basic training or do you have to serve as something before?
A64: This job is determined prior to BMT. You can apply if you qualify and pass the physical test for it. Check out more info here.

Q65: What is the minimum weight required for a male who is 6′ 1? Is BMI considered?
A65: No BMI. You must be at least 5 lbs. under your max weight for your recruiter to process you. Your max for 6’1″ is 208 lbs. The minimum allowable weight is 144lbs.

Q66: I’m interested in doing Operation Intelligence What’s the minimum ASVAB score?
A66: The minimum score required is General 57. Recommend studying for higher score to be competitive.

Q67: What jobs see combat?
A67: The most combat-related jobs are PJ, TACP, CCT.

Q68: I already took my ASVAB. Do I find out when I leave and my job at MEPS?
A68: Please contact your local recruiter to find out when you leave and what job you’ll have.

Q69: How likely is it to get a job with K-9 units? How do you become a handler?
A69: You must meet requirements and then apply. Must be 5-skill level, submit application and be selected.

Q70: Are tattoos allowed? If so where shouldn’t you have them?
A70: It varies based on the imagery, message, size, as well as location. Check here  for more info.

Q71: When can I switch bases when I arrive at my first duty station?
A71: You can update your “dream sheet” and once you fulfill your time on station be eligible to move.

Q72: How long do pilots have to be in flight school?
A73: UPT is 12 to 18 months.

Q73: What are the benefits of joining the Air Force as an Officer?
A73: The benefits include higher pay and different career opportunities. Read more here.

Q74: Is it better for a college graduate to enlist in the reserves or active duty?
A74: Depends on what your goals are. It’s hard to go from guard/reserve to active duty and very limited.

Q75: What is the TACP pipeline schedule?
A56: Schedules are not published. If selected for TACP, you will get orders with dates for BMT and tech school.

Q76: When the USAAF was suffering the highest causality rate in WWII, did it ever have to turn to non-volunteer draftees?
Q76: Yes, during WWII the Army Air Corps issued a draft. The nation hasn’t had a draft in 35 years.

Q77: I know there’s a height requirement to be a pilot, but what about other airborne jobs? Like airborne cryptologist?
A77: The minimum height for an airborne cryptologist is 64 in / 5 ft 4 in.

Q78: How often does a transfer from guard to active usually take?
A78: It varies. The prior service program is limited & it’s hard to transfer into active duty. Contact a recruiter for details.

Q79: How can I become an officer with a nursing degree?
A79: You will need a BSN or BAN degree from an accredited institution. Find additional info here.

Q80: Can I legally photograph AF aircraft from the roadside adjacent to a base?
A80: Normally yes, but don’t be surprised if you’re approached by base/local police to ask about your intentions. Ask base PA first.

Q81: Can your wife enlist and have the possibility of being stationed with you?
A81: The Joint Spouse program makes every possible effort to assign spouses to the same base. Learn more here.

Q82: What score do you need to receive on the ASVAB for combat control?
A82: The minimum scores required are Mechanical 55 and General 57. Recommend studying for higher score to be competitive.

Q83: What are the chances of becoming an aerial gunner?
A83: If you qualify and it’s available, then you can list it among the other 4+ jobs you are interested in.

Q84: Can I please join the #stargate program at Cheyenne mountain?
A84: While you can serve as an Airman at Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, the Stargate Program is fictional.

Q85: Does everybody go through D.E.P after signing or is that optional?
A85: You will swear into the DEP after you process, before entering active duty and going to BMT. It’s mandatory.

Q86: If I wanted to go for loadmaster but got switched to HVAC, will I be able to switch to loadmaster at basic if a position opens up?
A86: No, you will not be able to switch at BMT. Once you sign a contract for your job, that’s the tech school and job you do.

Q87: How can being color blind affect my eligibility?
A87: It limits the jobs you are eligible to perform.

Q88: I’m going in 20 Aug as open mechanical how good is that?
A88: Good thing about going to BMT in open area is you get to see jobs not even offered at MEPS. Some jobs only offered at BMT!

Q89: I thought TACP was open to women? 13L ALO?
A89: We’re still awaiting policy changes from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Check updates here.

Q90: Do I have a better chance of becoming a pilot if I already have my license to fly prior to joining?
A90: A private pilot’s license will increase your chances; along w/meeting reqs to apply for OTS & pilot training.

Q91: Can we switch bases?
A91: When you arrive at your first base, go to MPF and talk to the assignment people about your options for your next assignment.

Q92: Is pilot training in the Air Force different from that of the Navy’s or Army’s such as time flown in pre flight?
A92: Each branch has different qualifications. You would need to ask the Navy and the Army what their requirements are.