Join the U.S. Air Force and you can train to become a cook, a medical technician or a policeman - or you can apply to work on the world's most sophisticated airplanes.
Things You'll Need
- Internet Access
- Spiral Notebooks
- Career Counseling
- Laptop Computer
- Academic Counselings
- Pens And Pencils
- Book On Careers
- Internet Explorer
- GED Study Guides
- Online Career Search
- Desert Storm: Original Air Footage Videos
Think about the U.S. Air Force's ultimate purpose - defending our national interests through warfare. Every member, including the noncombatant, is dedicated to that purpose.
Discuss your possible enlistment with family and friends who are Air Force veterans.
Listen to their personal experiences, but make your own judgments.
Understand that you may be devoting four years to an assignment away from your family, friends and home.
Understand, too, you may have many opportunities for traveling overseas while in the U.S. Air Force.
Consider whether you want to request special training when joining.
Remember, the Air Force can make an assignment after aptitude testing.
Visit an Air Force recruiter.
Take thorough notes.
Ask for literature. Study it carefully.
Establish rapport with the recruiter.
Understand that the recruiter needs to fill a quota, but he is also anxious to see your questions answered so that you can make an informed decision.
Clearly specify your desire to seek assignment to a particular military occupation specialty.
Ask your school counselor or a recruiter to schedule you for the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test.
Remember, all branches of the U.S. military strive to be drug-free. A drug test will be administered while you undergo physical examination.
Understand also that you will be subjected to a criminal background check.
Make no legal commitment until you're absolutely sure of your decision to join.
Tips & Warnings
- The U.S. Air Force is the youngest of our military services, having been formed from the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1947.
- The Internet is an excellent resource to learn about Air Force history and opportunities and to keep in touch with your family once you've enlisted.
- Do your best every day and treat military life as an adventure.
- Consider joining the Reserves or the National Guard if you don't want to make such a four-year commitment.
- When you're taking the ASVAB, remember that higher scores provide better opportunities.