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ICYMI: SecAF’s first town hall

By Tanya Schusler
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James held her first live town hall, Open Door, Dec. 16, in which she answered questions from social media and Airmen around the world and in the audience. She addressed the Air Force budget, the importance of family support and her first year as secretary, among other topics. She also announced that there would be no involuntary force shaping in fiscal year 2015.

If you missed the broadcast, you can watch it on our YouTube channel. Lucky for you, we also have our notable tweets from Open Door.

Safeguarding your digital footprint

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

Social media is a great resource for Airmen and their families to share information and stay connected to relatives at home and abroad.

Although many depend on these wonderful tools, recent events have encouraged us to re-evaluate our digital footprint to ensure our personal and professional information is protected from online predators and individuals who want to do us harm.


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Top 6 Air Force pride posts for 2014

By Staff Sgt. Antonio Gonzalez
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

Over the past week, we looked at the analytics from our Facebook page and compiled the top six Air Force pride posts from 2014. Our Saturday pride posts consist of an inspirational quote, a thought-provoking verse from a memorable song, or even a creative photo or graphic highlighting our Airmen and mission.

Check out our top pride posts, and tell us which one is your favorite!

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May 8 recruitment tweet chat

By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force Recruiting Service participated in its ninth “office hours” tweet chat, #AsktheAF on @usairforce, May 8 and received 32 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. In case you missed it, here are all the questions and answers from the chat.

AF recruiting

Q1: Can I get a tattoo sleeve while in the Air Force?
A1: The tattoo policy applies to getting in and while you’re in. Check out http://bit.ly/111YFdA for more info.

Q2: How closely will the USAF and RCAF be able to work in the future, with both countries flying F-35s?
A2: Unfortunately, we cannot predict future joint missions.

Q3: What’s going to happen to the A-10s?
A3: You’ll have to stay posted for more information.

Q4: What are the current honor grad requirements for BMT?
A4: You’ll need to score a 90% or higher on all testable items & be in the top 10% of all graduates.

Q5: What are the current thunderbolt PT requirements?
A5: Males-1.5 mi in 9:30 >; 55 push-ups, 60 sit-ups; 5 pull-ups. Females – 1.5 mi in 12:00>; 32 push-ups; 55 sit-ups, 2 pull-ups.

Q6: What is the average timeframe for someone in the DEP to go to basic training?
A6: There’s a 3-9 month wait time after you process until you go to BMT.

Q7: Is there any way to get a degree while going active duty?
A7: Yes, after completing BMT, tech school and upgrade training, you can take college classes.

Q8. Does the Air Force still use the MAVNI program? If so, what are languages open?
A8: MAVNI is open for French (from African countries). Talk to a recruiter for more info.

Q9: I am green card holder and 30 years old can I enlist the Air Force?
A9: You exceed the age limit, and we do not give age waivers.

Q10: What kind of nursing options are there in the Air Force?
A10: You must have a BSN to be considered, and then you’ll be placed into a specific field based on current needs.

Q11: How many students can go directly into pre-med after they graduate from the Academy?
A11: Contact Academy officials for your answer: http://bit.ly/1obC6iC

Q12: Do we need a certain ASVAB score to be selected for PJ training?
A12: For PJ training, you will need to score AFQT: 50, Gen: 44.

Q13: What are some combat related jobs I can get into after ROTC besides security forces?
A13: You can be a combat rescue officer or special tactics officer. Learn more here: http://1.usa.gov/15E3PMP

Q14: What are the qualifications to become a USAF security forces officer?
A14: Along with being selected, you need a BA, 3.0 GPA, be a U.S. citizen, & more, but OTS boards are currently suspended.

Q15: Are you allowed to make phone calls at BMT?
A15: Phone calls can be made upon arrival, at week 4 and week 7. Other than that, it’s up to your TI.

Q16: I’m from Ghana and want to know how I can apply to enter the Air Force.
A16: You must live in the U.S. for two years, have a valid visa and meet all other requirements.

Q17: What year will the F-35 enter full production?
A17: The F-35 has already been produced as a joint aircraft.

Q18. What is the TACP PAST test? Standard and SOF if possible.
A18: Please refer to the following link: http://1.usa.gov/15E3PMP

Q19: How many times do you have to pass the PAST test before going to basic and your tech school?
A19: Your recruiter will brief you on their standards.

Q20: Is a high school diploma necessary to join the Air Force or will a GED suffice?
A20: If you got your GED through an in-class program, you can enter. If you tested for it you must also have 15 college credits.

Q21: Is there any chance that the A-10 fleet will remain in active service?
A21: The A-10 remains a viable weapon system. No firm determination has been made on the future of this aircraft.

Q22: What type of jobs will crypto linguists be doing in the Air Force?
A22: You will be proficient in transcribing, recording, and analyzing voice communication signals/transcripts

Q23: Can siblings enlist at the same time?
A23: Provided both siblings are qualified, they may enlist at the same time.

Q24: I am a legal resident and 30 years old, I took the ASVAB and had a 77 on the AFQT. Can I enlist in the Air Force?
A24: Non-prior service applicants must be at least 17 to apply and in Basic Military Training before their 28th birthday.

Q25: Is the Air Force prior service program open to all military branches?
A25: Yes, it’s open to all military branches when it is active provided you’re otherwise qualified. At this time, Prior Service program is suspended with exception of pararescue.

Q26: With the rise of FBW, CPUs and unmanned crafts, how does USAF ensure stick-and-rudder skills are still being learned?
A26: Basic flying skills are taught, and based upon the type of aircraft you will rate, will depend upon the system(s) you will learn.

Q27: Is tactical aircraft maintenance a good job?
A27: If you have displayed the aptitude, it is an extremely good job.

Q28: Are microdermal piercings allowed in the Air Force if they are not visible with clothes on?
A28: Check out the FAQ about tattoos and piercings here: http://bit.ly/15KYpPs.

Q29: What are the requirements of ARC Airmen while on MPA orders to their ARC unit?
A29: This chat is for active duty AF. You will need to contact your Reserve unit for that info.

Q30: Can community college grads w/associates degrees become a commissioned officer?
A30: Must have Bachelors from an accredited university and qualifying GPA to apply for OTS.

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.