The United States Air Force offers an array of career options for both female officers and female enlisted members. Air Force job categories are broken down into Aviation, Non-Technical, Technical, and Specialty tracks. Regardless of what you decide on, you can be confident that you are getting a square deal with no gender bias. Everyone gets paid the same money for the same job, and as long as you do your work efficiently regular advancement will come as a matter of course.
Women are welcome into aviation tracks. There are 10 different aviation tracks and women in the Air Force may apply to any of these. Assignment is based on aptitude and desire. These flying tracks include bomber, test, fighter, generalist, helicopter, trainer, mobility, reconnaissance/surveillance/electronic warfare, special ops, and tanker flying, in addition to a new specialty identified as remotely operated aircraft (ROA) pilot. There is no other military branch that offers more aviation opportunities to women than the Air Force.
USAF Women Officer
If you have no interest in flying as a female Air Force officer, there are a host of non-technical career options available. Some of these include health care, aircraft maintenance/production control, operations, command and control, contracts, and financial management. Not interested in a non-technical or administrative role? How about becoming part of the Judge Advocate Corps. Women can also become a chaplain, or join the Air Force's outstanding musical units. Regardless of what specialty you choose, you'll be appreciated and respected.
USAF Women Enlisted
Opportunities for enlisted women in the Air Force also offer a wide array of career choices. Job tracks follow the same track as officers, only enlisted members execute tasks while officers direct and manage. Careers for enlisted folks include refueling specialist, load master, crew chief, aviation maintenance, production control, fire response, search and recovery, special ops, administrative support, communications and information systems, intelligence, and health care specialist.
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