By the Air Force Public Affairs Agency
The Air Force Recruiting Service and the Air Force social media team participated in their monthly tweet chat Jan. 8 and received 86 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, the teams answered questions about enlistment requirements, the Delayed Enlistment Program and other career field-specific questions. If you weren’t able to join the conversation, here are all the questions and answers from the chat!
Q1: When can I start my recruitment after getting my green card? Is it before or after the two-year conditional period ends?
A1: Potentially, but you must meet these reqs: http://bit.ly/12yNTco and legally reside in the U.S. with a “Green Card.”
Q2: If I do Air Force ROTC, do I have to serve in the Air Force afterward, or can I serve in another branch instead?
A2: Generally, if the Air Force gives you an ROTC scholarship, you serve in the AF. But, there can be exceptions.
Q3: How long do you have to be in security forces to train for Raven? What bases have Raven training?
A3: You must be a 5 skill level, complete all upgrade training and be selected. Raven training is conducted at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
Q4: Do you go to SERE school for Raven?
A4: Yes, you need to go to SERE training.
Q5: If I finish college with a 3.0 GPA and a bachelor’s degree in business, could I still be a pilot?
A5: Yes, if you meet the general requirements & obtain a degree, you can apply for commission. Learn more: http://bit.ly/12KwCAu.
Q6: What are the minimum requirements to be an Air Force pararescueman?
A6: Min scores of AFQT-36, Gen-41. Must also pass the PAST test. Check out PJ page on: http://bit.ly/1m81vV9.
Q8: How long does it usually take to receive your leave date for BMT?
A8: It takes about two to three months to process, then another three to nine months to ship to BMT.
Q10: If I want to join the Air Force, can I take something to see what jobs I could possibly have before I join?
A10: No, only applicants who are 100% ready to join active duty complete all processing.
Q11: Approximately how long would an Airman be in tech school after BMT?
A11: Tech School varies depending on your career field. On average, it lasts 3 months.
Q12: Can a non-American work as an engineer for the Air Force?
A12: Potentially, but you must meet the reqs: http://bit.ly/12yNTco, and legally reside in the US with a “Green Card.”
Q13: I’m a mother of 3 children going through a divorce. Am I eligible in any way to join the AF whether it’s active or reserve?
A13: Dependency requirements have changed. Please see your Air Force recruiter for information and guidance.
Q14: Any suggestions for students planning to attend the Air Force Academy?
A14: USAF Academy is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Click here to learn more: http://bit.ly/1iAXZCd.
Q15: Is there a guarantee that I will get to work with the audiology program after I get my bachelor’s degree in speech pathology?
A15: It depends on the needs of the AF and your qualifications. Contact a health professions recruiter.
Q16: What are the manning levels for the Air Force load master career field?
A16: That info changes often. Your ASVAB test, physical exam, citizenship and moral standards determine your job qualifications.
Q17: I booked a job as a sensor operator. How long is tech school?
A17: Fourteen days at JBSA Lackland & 22 days at JBSA Randolph in San Antonio, Texas.
Q19: Can you have any bachelor’s degree to become any officer or do you have to have certain degrees for certain jobs?
A19: You may apply for OTS with most any college degree, but your job depends on the needs of the AF and your qualifications.
Q20: How often does airborne ISR or special missions aviation open up?
A20: That info changes often. Your ASVAB test, physical exam, citizenship and moral standards determine your job qualifications.
Q21: Can a prior-service honorably discharged U.S. Army re-enlist in the Air Force?
A21: There are very few jobs for prior service. Contact an Air Force recruiter to determine your qualifications.
Q22: If I join the reserves in one branch, but do ROTC for a different branch, which branch would I serve in after grad?
A22: Whichever branch paid for your college (ROTC).
Q23: Are there jobs in the AF that could be beneficial to a business career? And is it in the reserves or active?
A23: Nearly all active duty AF careers can transition into civilian jobs.
Q24: Are there snipers in the Air Force?
A24: Yes, they are a part of the security forces career field.
Q25: What is the minimum score to receive on the AFOQT to be eligible for the Air Force?
A25: We suggest aiming for 70s/80s and a composite of 210 minimum, but a 240 or higher is more competitive.
Q26: What officer jobs would be available to a person with a degree in exercise sports science?
A26: It will depend on all of your qualifications. Please contact a recruiter for more info.
Q27: Is there a good chance I’ll get a lot of deployments when I commission through ROTC if I have an accounting major?
A27: Every member of USAF can be called upon to deploy anywhere worldwide to protect people, resources and interests of the U.S.
Q28: Where is OCS? Can I go through the program following college?
A28: The AF has OTS in Montgomery, AL; applicants must be U.S. citizens, age 18-35 and have a bachelors degree.
Q30: What is the most important quality a sophomore in AFROTC trying to get an EA should have?
A30: This site is for active duty. Please contact ROTC for their info. http://bit.ly/13d5048
Q31: What are the requirements to be a military working dog handler? And can I continue that for the rest of my security forces career?
A31: You must already be in AF, have 5-skill level, meet requirements and then apply.
Q32: Does the Air Force offer a career in oncology?
A32: Learn what AF Healthcare Careers are available here: http://bit.ly/13QG6Nf.
Q33: I switched branches & already did MEPS. How long will it take before I can swear in? They already did a 680 for my info.
A33: Recommend contacting your recruiter for updates on your situation.
Q34: If I join the Air Force enlisted, but with a bachelors degree, with what rank do I join?
A34: If you have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, you would enlist with advanced rank of E-3.
Q35: Is the position of loadmaster in high demand?
A35: Requirements in a specific job are ever changing, and are based on the needs of the AF. Please see your AF Recruiter for more information.
Q36: What is the age limit to join the Air Force as a nurse with a BSN? Are there any waivers for the age limit?
A36: The age limit for a nurse is 42. However, with experience and education, you may qualify up to age 48.
Q37: Can you quick ship if you already have a contract?
A37: It may not be possible to quick ship if you have a job, however, please speak to your recruiter for information.
Q38: What are the requirements for careers in the special operations field?
A38: Go to http://www.afsoc.af.mil/specialtactics/ for more info.
Q39: Can I obtain a security clearance as a commissioning officer if I have both U.S. and Canadian passports? Dual citizenship?
A39: You must give up your dual citizenship to be qualified.
Q40: Would scoliosis prevent me from enlisting?
A40: You may need a chief medical officer (CMO) review your case at MEPS and provide you an eligibility determination or waiver.
Q41: If I took a job as an Air Force photojournalist, would combat camera be volunteer or is it assigned?
A41: As a still photography apprentice, you will perform a variety of photographic assignments, including deployments.
Q42: Will mild color blindness effect joining the Air Force and working in intelligence?
A42: Provided you meet vision requirements, your recruiter has a list of jobs which you may qualify for.
Q43: I’ve been unsure about my recruiter’s answer regarding a height limit to be considered for pararescueman training. Is there a height limit?
A43: Check out basic requirements here: http://bit.ly/18q1gDB and here: http://tiny.cc/bwgf0w.
Q44: Do CRO and pararescuemen go through the same training besides the 22 weeks of medical training?
A44: Yes, both go through the same, and/or similar training. Please see your recruiter for more info. You may also want to review: http://specialtactics.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/?p=1.
Q45: When I joined in ’85 I went under general and ended up in supply. My son is interested in joining can he go in with specific job?
A45: Your son must qualify to train and serve in a specific job; If your son meets all the requirements and the job he is interested in is available, he may have that job.
Q46: How old is the average recruit at BMT and how do they decide what flight your in?
A46: Individuals enlist between ages 17 and 39. The flight you are assigned to is based on random selection and needs of the AF.
Q47: How long is tech school for flight engineer on C-130?
A47: You’ll attend Aircrew Fundamentals (9-day course), Basic Flight Engineer Course (24 training days). Depending on the type of C-130, approx 57 – 97 training days. This does not include any other type of specialty training, i.e, SERE, etc.
Q48: Where are developmental engineers usually stationed?
A48: We can’t predict as needs are ever changing, but you’ll be notified of your first duty station toward the end of tech school.
Q49: If I have a degree in civil engineering, but I want to become an ALO, are there careers that allow me to combine both? What are they?
A49: To better optimize Air Force personnel, you will serve in one specific area. Retraining may be an option you can pursue.
Q50: Do you have any workout recommendations for someone who wants to be a PJ?
A50: Please contact an AF recruiter nearest you to discuss qualifying on the Physical Ability Stamina Test (PAST). http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/airforcejoin/a/parapast.htm
Q51: Do you currently have any info/links about the track of certain careers opening to women?
A51: Females are eligible for all career fields except for PJ, CCT, TACP, SOWT.
Q52: Can I be a PJ/CRO if I go to ROTC?
A52 You can be a combat rescue officer or special tactics officer. Learn more here: http://1.usa.gov/15E3PMP.
Q53: For combat rescue officers, how big of a role does your specific college degree have in the selection process?
A53: You can apply with most any degree. The more technical the degree you earn, the better your chances are of being selected. Talk with a recruiter for more info.
Q54: I have a bachelor’s degree and am interested in OTS. How long are the contracts one has to work upon graduation?
A54: If you are selected, and accept a commission, you will incur a 4-year active duty service commitment.
Q55: How long must you serve on a 6 year enlistment contract before you are eligible to become Reserve or Guard?
A55: This is an active duty site. You would need to contact the Reserve or Guard to inquire. http://bit.ly/13d58AD.
Q56: How difficult is basic training and what activities do you do?
A56: Each individual has different experiences at basic military training, but it’s not considered easy.
Q57: I’m trying to join the Air Force, but I’m currently serving in the Navy, is that possible?
A57: Please contact an Air Force recruiter nearest to you to inquire about our prior service program.
Q58: How important are high school grades if you are going in straight from high school?
A58: If you have a high school diploma, you will meet the educational requirements to enlist. Having earned 20 college credits or more may qualify you for advanced rank.
Q59: What is the tattoo policy for Air Force officers?
A59: It varies based on the imagery, message, size, as well as location. Check out http://bit.ly/111YFdA for more info.
Q60: Is the Air Force really in need of drone pilots?
A60: The Air Force is always looking for the best qualified, to include drone pilots.
Q61: How do you become an Air Force pilot?
A61: Meet the general requirements: http://bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree on your own or earn one after enlisting, then apply for commission.
Q62: If my local recruiter’s office is closed, how do I start my recruitment process?
A62: Click here: http://bit.ly/11uA68V for more information.
Q63: What top three jobs do most Airmen tend to choose?
A63: It depends on the needs of the Air Force and qualifications. Speak to a recruiter for opportunities.
Q64: Can one only get a bachelor’s degree at the USAF Academy?
A64: Yes, only bachelor’s degrees are granted at the USAF Academy.
Q65: Can a U.S. citizen born in Colombia apply to the USAF Academy or must he be born in U.S.?
A65: The U.S. Air Force Academy is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Admission requirements are high and the competition is intense. To be eligible, you must be an U.S. citizen.
Q66: What’s the score that’s required to pass the ASVAB?
A66: Minimum AFQT score requirement is 36, but majority of those waiting for BMT scored 50 or higher. Contact your recruiter to discuss your scores.
Q67: How hard is it to play a sport at the USAF Academy?
A67: You may contact the Academy on their website to apply. The Academy is one of the most selective colleges in the country. Admission requirements are high and competition is intense.
Q68: Are there programs to help pay for college prior to signing up? Or, as Reserve status until graduation?
A68: Yes, through the Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). http://www.afrotc.com
Q69: What do you have to do to become a sniper in the Air Force?
A69: You must be in a security forces career field, try out and be accepted. You can inquire at your active duty station.
Q70: What could I do to gain weight and get in shape for the USAF? I’m 6’0″ and only 130lbs.
A70: Please contact your doctor for information and advice.
Q71: Will the AF commission licensed professional counselors as approved mental health providers in the future?
A71: The Air Force is accepting those who have earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Q72: Will a Baker Act as a minor disqualify me from the Air Force?
A72: You will be asked to document all medical conditions when processing for enlistment. A chief medical officer will review and evaluate your history, and provide you an eligibility determination.
Q73: How long is the schooling for health care management? What should I expect to do in that job?
A73: Health services management apprentice training is approximately 36 training days at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Please contact an AF recruiter for more information.
Q74: Can you be in the Air National Guard or Reserve and ROTC at the same time?
A74: You can only serve in one military component at the same time. Please contact the Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve for more information.
Q75: What are the requirements to get onto a security forces fly away team?
A75: You must meet the requirements to enlist, train and serve as a security forces apprentice for starters.
Q76: Can you still be a pilot with a business major?
A76: Yes, along with meeting requirements to apply for OTS and pilot training, a technical degree and private pilot’s license will increase your chances.
Q77: If I want to join ROTC but my campus doesn’t offer it, how does going to another campus that does work?
A77: Contact Air Force ROTC, and inquire about our “Crosstown” program. http://www.afrotc.com
Q78: Once out of BMT, can a person wear contact lenses, and if so is it based on your job?
A78: Yes, you can wear contacts while on duty, though it may depend on the job you are trained to serve in. They may not be worn while at Basic Military Training.
Q79: What are the requirements to become a SP?
A79: You must meet the requirements to enlist, pass the ASVAB and a medical examination. If you meet all the requirements & the security forces job is available, you can have that job.
Q80: I want to become a cardio thoracic surgeon. Are there any positions in the Air Force? What are the benefits?
A80: You must meet the requirements to be an officer; educational requirements & credentials. Please contact an AF Health Professions Recruiter nearest to you, or call 1-800-423-USAF and speak to an AF advisor for more information.
Q81: What is the best thing to major in during college to become a pilot?
A81: Meeting requirements to apply for OTS and pilot training, a technical degree and private pilot’s license will increase your chances.
Q82: Can you go to any college to become an officer or do you have to go to the Air Force Academy?
A82: Must have bachelors from an accredited university and qualifying GPA to apply for OTS.
Q83: Should I do AFROTC while in college or should I wait until I have my bachelor’s first?
A83: The path to becoming an officer in the Air Force is yours to choose. ROTC or college on your own, followed by applying to Officer Training School, are sources of commissioning.
Q84: How good are my chances of retraining as a first term Airman into a critically manned job such as TACP?
A84: You must have served 3 years of a 4 year term of enlistment, or 5 years of a 6 year term of enlistment to apply for retraining, as well as meeting the ASVAB and physical requirements.
Q85: Does LASIK surgery count as “corrected vision” for a pilot?
A85: Yes it does, and you may be considered one year from the date of the operation.
Q86: I want to join as an officer after I graduate college, but I’ve had ACL reconstructive surgery twice. Is this disqualifying?
A86: This is a potentially medically disqualifying condition. The doctor at MEPS will make this determination.
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