How to Join the Air Force

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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
  • Computers
  • 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.
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