The U.S. Air Force (USAF) is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven American uniformed services. Initially, it was part of the United States Army but was formed as a separate branch of the military on 18 September 1947 after President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947.
The U.S. Air Force has become the world’s leading aerospace force. Its mission is to defend the nation through the control and exploitation of air and space. The Air Force is also the largest and one of the world’s most technologically advanced air forces.
The USAF’s core functions as Nuclear Deterrence Operations, Special Operations, Air Superiority, Global Integrated ISR, Space Superiority, Command and Control, Cyberspace Superiority, Personnel Recovery, Global Precision Attack, Building Partnerships, Rapid Global Mobility and Agile Combat Support.
The Air Force operates more than 5,137 military aircraft, 450 ICBMs and 63 military satellites. It has 307,001 active duty personnel, 177,221 civilian personnel, 69,200 Air Force Reserve personnel, and 105,500 Air National Guard personnel.
There are more than 64 bases in the continental U.S. and more than 20 locations in other countries.
A new recruits starts as an E-1 Airman Basic. As an enlisted Airman, the Navy provides opportunities and training to earn a degree and work towards becoming an Air Force Officer.
During Basic Military Training (BMT), enlisted Airmen will have a chance to list 16 location preferences by base, state, region or country. Airmen have the chance to list their top eight choices in your order of preference. These will be considered and he or she will be notified of their assignment around the time of graduation from Technical Training.
A Personnel Officer must have a bachelor’s degree in one of the following: mathematics, industrial engineering, management engineering, business administration, management or operations research and analysis and be between the ages of 18 and 34. He or she must also have knowledge of various core competencies as related to personnel management. A Personnel Officer must complete Officer Training School (OTS), Air Force Academy (AFA) or Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC).
Base pay in the Air Force is calculated on an individual basis for each Airman and depends on numerous factors, including rank and years of service.
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