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November recruitment tweet chat

By 1st. Lt. Victoria Hight and Staff Sgt. Jarrod Chavana
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force Recruiting Service participated in its fourth “office hours” tweet chat, #AsktheAF on @usairforce, Nov. 7 and received more than 50 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, AFRS officials and the Air Force Social Media Team answered questions about enlistment eligibility requirements, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test scores and other career field-specific questions. The first 30 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!

Q1. Have new BMT dorms been built?
A1: Yes, some are already built. Check out http://youtu.be/XcvPCX4V-4g for more information.

Q2. When and where will be the next OTS?
A2: Rated/Non-Rated board date: 19 Dec 2013. Applications must be submitted to OTS recruiter. Est release date: 27 Feb 2014.

Q3. What main medical jobs are there, and how do you go about becoming member of the PJs?
A3: Jobs are based on your ASVAB score and physical. Here is a list of medical jobs: http://bit.ly/1evBhIq. You can also check out our PJ page here: http://bit.ly/120tKPv.

Q4. What are the requirements for being a pilot?
A4: You can find the requirements for becoming a pilot here http://bit.ly/12KwCAu.

Q5: I’m a freshman in AFROTC, so what should I be doing now in order to pick up a pilot slot?
A5: Aim for a high GPA, 3.4 GPA or higher makes you very competitive to be selected.

Q6. Where is the aerospace maintenance tech school located?
A6: Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas.

Q7: Do all enlistees go in the Delayed Entry Program?
A7: All enlistees join the DEP. You will swear into the DEP after you process, before entering active duty and going to BMT.

Q8. Are there any programs to accommodate those with special needs?
A8: All applicants must meet all the minimum requirements to join. Check with your local recruiter for more info.

Q9: I’m currently a 2X since I volunteered for Force Reshaping in 04? How can I change my re-entry code on my 214?
A9: Unfortunately, you exceeded the six year time gap and are not eligible to re-enter.

Q10: What percentage of the Air Force are pilots?
A10: Less than four percent.

Q11: How often do fire protection jobs open after you sign?
A11: It varies based on when you DEP in and when we have openings for it.

Q12: I want to go back active duty. I was told no because I have a little girl. Why is that? I’m the noncustodial parent.
A12: The policy for single parents is changing but hasn’t been implemented just yet. Contact your recruiter for more info.

Q13: What career paths are there for a person with a computer science degree in the Air Force?
A13: There are many career fields available for that degree, please contact a local OTS recruiter for more info.

Q14: Is BMI more important than weight when enlisting?
A14: You must meet height/weight requirements found here: http://bit.ly/13I6Tq4. Contact your recruiter: http://bit.ly11uA68V.

Q15: What are the requirements for being accepted into an Air Force ROTC program in college?
A15: You can learn more about Air Force ROTC requirements here: http://www.afrotc.com/how-to-join/high-school/requirements-standards/.

Q16: What is the preferred route to get a degree while being enlisted in the Air Force and then your graduate degree?
A16: Learn more about education benefits here: http://www.airforce.com/benefits/enlisted-education/.

Q17: What jobs are there for cargo pilots?
A17: You are assigned your aircraft based on qualifications and needs of the AF.

Q18: How does the Air Force Reserve work for high school juniors?
A18: Please contact AF Reserve on their website. They have a Live Chat to answer your questions at http://www.afreserve.com.

Q19: What are the LSAT and GPA requirements for the graduate JAG ROTC program?
A19: Learn more about JAG programs here: http://bit.ly/18mMOZJ.

Q20: What does being in security forces entail?
A20: You can find more information about what being in security forces entails here: http://bit.ly/147JvSE.

Q21: Can you go back to MEPs once you’ve had corrected vision?
A21: Correction of visual acuity by PRK or LASIK may be considered 1 yr from date of the operation.

Q22: Why can I only join the Guard if I’m married to someone in active duty?
A22: Spouses of military members with children are not eligible to enlist in the US Air Force. Those without children can. You could join the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserves or explore commissioning opportunities.

Q23: How does someone prepare for BMT?
A23: Check out this link for BMT workout prep: http://www.basictraining.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=15719.

Q24: I was denied enlistment for a minor shoulder injury, and now I need a waiver in order to enlist. How does that work?
A24: Take all medical records to your recruiter & they’ll submit for the doctor at MEPS to review. Takes approx 30 days for decision.

Q25: Of that four percent that are pilots, how many are drone pilots?
A25: Sorry, that information isn’t releasable.

Q26: How does partial BAH work?
A26: This answer is too lengthy for Twitter. Please contact an online chatter here: http://bit.ly/14epz4G.

Q27: How do you join as a foreigner?
A27: You must meet the reqs http://bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in the US with a “Green Card.”

Q28: What are the requirements for GPA and ACT of a high student wanting to attend the AF Academy?
A28: A28: Contact the AF Academy Liaison Officer nearest to your area for assistance. http://bit.ly/1hmK7il.

Q29: If I wanted to be a loadmasters how long is the technical school, and is a lot of math required?
A29: 34 Training days (6.4 weeks) at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Texas, to include follow on training at a designated location.

Q30: Can I still join if I have a metal plate in my leg?
A30: Take all medical records to your recruiter & they’ll submit for the dotor at MEPS to review. Takes approx 30 days for decision.

Q31: What is the most important fighter jet in the Air Force today?
A31: That might be a matter of opinion. But I would say the F-22 and F-35 are pretty awesome.

Q32: What should I do to prepare myself for combat rescue training?
A32: Exceed the PAST test requirements and be mentally prepared. Check out http://1.usa.gov/15E3PMP for more information.

Q33: How does one qualify for Officer Training School?
A33: You may apply for OTS with most any college degree (minimum 3.0 GPA ). See bit.ly/18CZNH4 for more info.

Q34: Do you need 20/20 vision to become a pilot, drone pilot,etc?
A34: A pilot’s distance vision can be no worse than 20/70, correctable to 20/20. Near vision must be 20/20, uncorrected.

Q35: What ASVAB score do you need to join?
A35: Min AFQT score req is 36, but majority of those waiting for BMT scored > 50. Contact your recruiter to discuss your scores.

Q36: My contract says Open Electrical, what are the chances I’ll get a 3D job?
A36: Your electrical score determines what you qualify for in that area. Check out http://mil-com.me/1b8GvIi for more info.

Q37: Where can I find minimum weight requirements for the Air Force?
A37: Please visit http://bit.ly/13I6Tq4 for height and weight requirements.

Q38: Are there age waivers for OTS, if you’re going in just after your 30th birthday?
A38: No waiver needed, but you must be commissioned prior to your 35th birthday, after completing 9.5 weeks of Officer Training School.

Q39: How often does TACP get to cross train to PJs or CCT?
A39: We don’t track those stats, but they must meet minimum requirements & can apply 13 months before their enlistment ends.

Q40: Does the AF do color blind treatment while enlisted?
A40: No, this doesn’t exist.

Q41: How hard is it to be a pilot in the AF, I’m going into college in ROTC and have done AFJROTC, is nearly impossible?
A41: Competition is fierce. You must meet all gen reqs http://bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree, & then apply for commission.

Q42: Does the Air Force offer split training options?
A42: You will go to tech school for the job you book. You may be able to cross train later on if interested in another career field.

Q43: Is 17 the minimum enlistment age?
A43: Yes, non-prior service applicants must be at least 17 with parental consent & in Basic Military Training before their 28th birthday.

Q44: How is BMT different for Battlefield Airmen?
A44: BFA must meet all mandatory requirements like everyone else, but you will be doing more PT to prepare for tech school.

Q45: I’m in the Army as a medic now, but I wish to switch to the Air Force and try to be a PJ, how would this be possible and would it be worth it?
A45: You aren’t currently eligible. Contact a recruiter after beginning of the year to see if Prior Service program is open.

Q46: When do the October DAP results for lawyers come back?
A46: Please contact your POC for that.

Q47: After you’ve gotten in, can you get LASIK? What if you have gone through MEPS and signed a contract already?
A47: Your Air Force eye doctor will inform you if you are a candidate for corrective surgery.

Q48: Once I graduate from an ROTC program in college, will I be a 1st or 2nd lieutenant?
A48: OTS officers come in as a second lieutenant if selected.

Q49: What physical impairments limits one from being a pilot?
A49: There are too many to list as pilots are required to be in excellent medical condition. Contact your recruiter for more info.

Q50: Do you have any jobs for me in Las Vegas?
A50: Your scores from your ASVAB determine jobs you’re qualified for along w/ physical & moral standards for each career.

Q51: Are there diet therapy tech schools available over the summer?
A51: We do not publish school dates, you would need to discuss your job options with your recruiter once you process.

Q52: What are the requirements to get into and pass BMT?
A52: Please check out http://tiny.cc/wxgf0w for more BMT info.

Q53: Are the Air Force Reserves good for someone who doesn’t want to move right away?
A53: Please contact AF Reserve on their website. They have a Live Chat to answer your questions at http://www.afreserve.com.

Q54: What are the benefits of joining for six years, as opposed to four?
A54: The benefits include AF rank of E-3, two extra years of job security, pay and travel.

Q55: How long before DEP do I have to decide if I want to join?
A55: You won’t be scheduled to process until you are 100 percent ready to join. But once you process, you are swearing in. You also must be in BMT prior to your 28th birthday.

Q56: What are the top three things recruiters want from a recruit?
A56: Meet the minimum standards, be motivated and be flexible.

How I became an American Airman

Amn Weckerlein and familyby Airman Basic Martin Weckerlein

Last Friday, almost 13 years after I graduated from German Army basic military training, I graduated from United States Air Force Basic Military Training.

I was a former German tank commander and military training instructor in the Bundeswehr, serving as required for my native country. Now, I will be an air transportation specialist in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, serving my adopted country.

I like the military lifestyle. It is organized and has a structure. If you work hard, you can advance faster, go through the ranks, get more responsibility, and always learn something new. You always meet new people and get to move around the world. 

I joined because I liked the military. I gave up my German military career so that my American wife, Julie, could have her U.S. Air Force career. I don’t regret my decision, as we have a beautiful family and a great life. But, I was missing the military, and I’m glad to have this opportunity to serve again.

Since I already served in the military, and since I was once an instructor myself, there weren’t really any surprises for me during U.S. Air Force BMT. I was reminded, though, about the importance of patience. Most of the trainees were much younger than me. They didn’t catch on to military lifestyle as fast as I wanted them to. I was picked as element leader in the first week, and it was easy to fall back into the instructor role. I knew I could do the things that were required, but the others were still learning. I had to slow down and be hands-on with helping others, teaching them to pay attention to detail.

There were many differences between German military basic training and U.S. Air Force basic training. At the time of my service, all young men had to serve. Not everyone wanted to be there. Eventually, everyone learned what they needed to learn and came together as a team. But in the U.S. military, everyone volunteers. While there were still attitude problems every now and then, ultimately, everyone wanted to be there, and I could sense the difference.

I am glad I have this second opportunity to serve again, and I look forward to my Air Force Reserve career.

PHOTO: Airman Basic Martin Weckerlein stands on the parade field with his family after graduating from Air Force Basic Military Training on April 12. Weckerlein was assigned to the 326th Training Squadron, Flight 270, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. (Courtesy photo)


 By Senior Airman Ulla Stromberg
99th Inpatient Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician

Being from Manhattan, Kan., an individual isn’t exposed to too terribly much. Cuisine was only as worldly as the Chinese/American buffet and entertainment rested in a dive bar or bowling alley. The one thing about this community, however, was the people. Being home to the students of Kansas State University and a great many of our soldiers from Fort Riley, the majority of the population’s faces were constantly changing. Human interaction and the life experiences heard from those soldiers and students broadened our worldly horizons.

Senior Airman StrombergAs I grew older, I was more informed and cognizant of the purpose of the military member. I loved hearing their stories and began to notice how those realities behind the tale developed their admirable character. I would watch those uniformed men and women at the local grocery store who always maintained an unwavering sense of purpose and seemed slightly more considerate of their loved ones who were with them. My eyes were opened when I realized this consideration came from the thought that the moment I had observed may have been due to this family seeing each other for one of the first or last times in the midst of a seemingly endless deployment season. I admired their sacrifice, their selflessness. To me, the uniform stood for a great many things. I hadn’t the foggiest idea what in the world occupational badges or rank insignias stood for. I just knew as an outsider looking in that the uniform stood for sacrifice. Sacrifice brought discipline and discipline brought pride and purpose. I enlisted in the United States Air Force at the earliest opportunity.

Because we are human, it is easy to fall into routine, to become complacent. However, one must always remember how they felt upon graduation from basic military training (BMT) when they received their Airman’s Coin. BMT pushes you, it brings you to hell and back but what emerges is a polished and refined individual who now sees the color of the flag in a brighter shade of red, white and blue. My advice is to always remember that moment, that character transition, and to remember that “The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.” You traded a day of your life to come into work and put on that uniform. Make it count. If you remember these things, with the aid of your wingmen and leadership, ANYTHING is attainable.

Quote by General Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1944, D-Day.

Photo:U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ulla Stromberg, a 99th Inpatient Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, takes the blood pressure of Airman 1st Class Matthew Lancaster, a 99th Air Base Wing photographer, April 4, 2011, at Mike O’Callaghan Federal Hospital at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Stromberg was recently named one of the Air Forces’ 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. The Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon is awarded to 12 enlisted Airmen who display superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements throughout the year. Air Force Association officials will honor the 12 recipients September 2011 during the Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Rubi)


 By Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool
Air Force Recruiting Service

While on an aircraft recently my seven-year-old son pointed out the window and asked me what was below. As I replied “mountains” he got a strange look on his face and said “that’s funny, they don’t look so tall from up here.” Senior Master Sgt. McCool

As I reflected on what he said I realized his statement mirrored my career. As I was looking ahead at each challenge I faced, the mountains appeared so tall, but as I climbed them and looked back down I discovered they weren’t as tall as I thought they were.

My first “mountain” came on the morning of Aug. 3, 1995, when my dad drove me to the Military Entrance Processing Station in Phoenix, Ariz. I can remember it as if it was yesterday — standing under the fluorescent lights outside the building. The fear that had been building over the last year in the Delayed Entry Program was now staring me in the face. I was leaving home for the first time to attend Basic Military Training (BMT). The “mountain” seemed enormous and I almost begged my dad to take me back home, but his words of encouragement were the reason I was able to walk into the building that morning and survive the next six weeks of basic.

It wasn’t until three years later when I returned to BMT that I realized the “mountain” didn’t seem so tall. These experiences continued throughout my career as a health services apprentice, a member of the base honor guard, a military training instructor and here in recruiting duty. I have been fortunate to have many mentors and peers along the way who made the climb much more enjoyable. As you face mountains, find someone to help with your climb and know that someday you will be able to look back on each “mountain” in a different light.

Photo: U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kathleen McCool (right), Air Force Recruiting Service recruiter screening team superintendent, counsels a prospective recruiter. She was recognized as the Air Education and Training Command senior noncommissioned officer of the year for 2010. (courtesy photo)

To be stereotyped as an Airman

By Lt. Col. Chris Callaghan
71st Operations Support Squadron

When we hear the word stereotype, we tend to attach negative connotations to it. After a conversation I had a few months ago, that word changed for me.

Lt. Col. Chris Callaghan In late March, my wife Kelly and I attended a course at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, as part of our preparation for squadron command. The course was a week long, and on the last day, we attended a Basic Military Training graduation at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Following the graduation, we had lunch with trainees who were just one week from graduation themselves.

We ate with a female trainee from southern California. She didn’t have her assignment yet, but wanted to be in either air traffic control or acquisitions. I, of course, encouraged her to become an air traffic controller and join us here at Vance AFB.

We talked about why she joined the Air Force. She didn’t run through a variety of great reasons many of us have for joining: service, patriotism, opportunities, education or experience. Instead, she told us that she joined the Air Force because she wanted to be “stereotyped as an Airman.”

She explained that in her hometown of Compton, Calif., there are stereotypes and expectations that seem to go along with whether you are male or female, your national origin, and what part of town you are from.

As she learned about the Air Force, it became apparent to her that, as an Airman, none of that “stuff” mattered. What does matter is our mission, our commitment, our professionalism, the core values by which we live, and the freedoms and ideals we defend.

This explanation by an 18-year-old Airman about to join our ranks absolutely floored my wife and me, and has had us talking about it ever since. There is a lot we can take away from what this Airman said.

First, it reinforces that our reputation as the world’s most dominant and most respected air, space and cyberspace force reaches far and wide.

Second, it tells us that our reputation is based on our people who serve something greater than themselves.

Third, it should convey to all of us that the impression we make on others translates into a calling for many to serve our country.

Her words reflect the trust and confidence that the American people have in us, and how important that trust is in defining us as Airmen and defining what we stand for.

By joining the Air Force, that young woman from southern California earned the label of “Airman” in the hopes of being stereotyped with us, her fellow Airmen, for the integrity, service and excellence for which we are known. When she goes home to Compton, wearing her uniform, she will return mostly as the girl they all knew, but she will also be the Airman she has become.

She won’t fit the stereotype someone else had for her; she will have changed in their eyes. By deciding to serve and put on the uniform of her country, that Airman has become something far greater than the superficial expectation someone used to have for her.

When I think of the American dream, I think of Airmen like her who are living it. To me, being considered by others as a stereotypical Airman is a tremendous honor. That’s a label we should strive to attain every day.

Photo: Lt. Col. Chris Callaghan, 71st Operations Support Squadron commander. (U.S. Air Force photo)