DIVERSE MISSIONS REQUIRE A DIVERSE WORKFORCE
America owes its strength and resiliency to the vivid tapestry of cultures, beliefs, and lifestyles interwoven throughout its core. That is why a reflection of that same diversity in the Department of the Air Force is vital to mission success.
Through championing diversity and inclusion, the Department of the Air Force and nation benefit from the individual strengths and diverse perspectives, points of view, and experiences each Airman and Guardian brings to the mission, fueling the innovation and ingenuity that gives America its peerless edge. (Secretary of the Air Force, Office of Diversity and Inclusion)
U.S. AIR FORCE
Since its inception, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) has been developing the fastest, most powerful aircraft in the world. From the X-1 that first broke the sound barrier to today’s F-35 that redefines how pilot and plane interact by combining supersonic speed, advanced stealth capabilities, and integrated avionics.
The innovation goes well beyond aircraft, science, and engineering, which are at the heart of Air Force success. From lasers, nuclear engineering, robotics, and applied science, our research and development capabilities help maintain USAF superiority, not to mention the respect and admiration of friend and foe alike.
We have career opportunities for those who want to put their passion for discovery to good use in some of the most advanced laboratories in the world. If it can be imagined, the Air Force can turn it into reality. Since the Air Force is constantly developing new technologies, our engineers are some of the best in the world, with specialties ranging from aeronautical to electrical and nuclear to mechanical.
The Air Force offers incomparable on-the-job training and benefits, including 30 days of paid vacation each year, up to 100% tuition reimbursement, housing allowance, and retirement.
Great minds. Cool jobs. Awesome rewards.
U.S. SPACE FORCE
USSF is challenged every day to explore new heights. Working within the space domain, our people launch rockets, keep satellites safe and operational, and develop technology to defend our way of life through our interests in space.
Space Force responsibilities include developing Space Guardians, acquiring military space systems, maturing the military doctrine for space power, and organizing space forces to present to our Combatant Commands, all to maintain and enhance our competitive edge in space while adapting to new strategic challenges.
Our east and west coast launch facilities provide services and range safety control for the conduct of DOD, NASA, and commercial space launches. Through the command and control of all DOD satellites, satellite operators provide force-multiplying effects—continuous global coverage, low vulnerability, and autonomous operations.
Ground-based and space-based systems monitor ballistic missile launches around the world to guard against a surprise missile attack on North America. A global network of space surveillance sensors provides vital information on the location of satellites and space debris for the nation and the world. Satellites provide essential in-theater secure communications, weather, and navigational data for ground, air, and fleet operations and threat warning. Maintaining space superiority is an emerging capability required to protect U.S. space assets from hostile attacks.
Maybe your purpose on this planet isn’t on this planet. As part of the largest space program in the world, you will be a part of a team responsible for everything from tracking satellites to assisting rocket launches in occupations like space operations, space systems, cyber operations, and computer systems.
The sky is not the limit.
AIR NATIONAL GUARD
The Air Guard is a unique military branch that offers opportunities you won’t find in any other organization on the planet. Everyone has their own reason for joining—the training, the flexibility, the extra paycheck. But it’s the sense of purpose and the pride of serving your community and country that will make you want to stay.
Members of the Air Guard are dynamic individuals who lead purpose-driven lives. Most attend school or maintain a full-time career in addition to training one weekend a month and two weeks a year in the Air Guard. They typically train close to their homes, often alongside neighbors and friends, and they take immense pride in serving their local communities. They’re also proud to be a part of the Air Guard family—a community of people dedicated to supporting each other and improving the lives of others. All Air Guard members receive a comprehensive benefits package and a regular paycheck for their service. In addition to these federal benefits, the Air Guard offers unique state benefits that can range from money for college to state-specific tax benefits.
Unlike the Active Duty Air Force and Air Force Reserve, the Air Guard carries out both a federal and state mission, offering members a unique opportunity to serve their local community as well as their country. In times of global crisis or contingency, the Air Guard may be called upon by the president to be part of the Active Duty Air Force. When a regional or local disaster strikes, Air Guard units may be activated by a state governor to protect the lives of American citizens. No matter where in the world conflict arises or crises erupt, the Air Guard is able to mobilize and respond within 48 hours.
Agile. Modern. Military.
AIR FORCE RESERVE
Whether you’ve experienced military life before or not, the Air Force Reserve gives you the opportunity to serve your country, earn extra income, and gain health, education, and other benefits. You serve where you live without interrupting your civilian career or higher education. From Pilots and Mechanics to Healthcare and Cyber careers, part-time jobs with full-time benefits are available in the Air Force Reserve.
Serving in the Air Force Reserve will allow you to go places and do things that are just not possible as a civilian. You will meet people, make lifelong friendships, and experience the sense of camaraderie typical of military service.
The Air Force Reserve provides a wide range of benefits similar to those you would receive if you were on active duty with one major addition: the benefit of time—time to be with your family, time to continue your civilian career, and time to serve your country.
Empower Yourself. Protect Your Community.
AIR FORCE CIVILIAN SERVICE
It takes thousands of dedicated and talented civilians to keep the United States Air Force powerful and effective. At 170,000 strong, AFCS is a force to be reckoned with, filling roles from the routine to rocket science and everything in between. We fill more than 600 different occupations at facilities across the country and around the globe, including occupations at the U.S. Space Force.
We come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, investing our energy and skills with passion and dedication. Our contributions as civilians are indispensable as we support and sustain the United States Air Force and their mission in air, space, and cyberspace.
Working shoulder to shoulder with the men and women in uniform, we help keep the Air Force ready for action, ready for anything.
AIR FORCE ROTC
Offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country, Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) develops the leaders of tomorrow by preparing students to become officers in the U.S. Air Force while earning a college degree.
In AFROTC, you’ll not only build lifelong friendships, but you may also have the opportunity to pay for school through our scholarship programs. Most importantly, unlike many other college students, you’ll have a rewarding career waiting for you after graduation.
In Air Force ROTC, you will learn the principles of leadership in the classroom and put them into practice through hands-on management experience and valuable leadership-building exercises. Cadets also take courses that focus on the importance of effective leadership, the application of leadership concepts, and the role of a military leader in today’s society.
Joining AFROTC gives you the opportunity to enter the Air Force as an officer and leader, which means you will have the responsibility of a management position straight out of college. Upon completion, a commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force is awarded.
When you enter the Air Force after AFROTC, you’ll be able to take advantage of ongoing educational opportunities and advanced career and leadership training. You will also receive excellent pay and benefits, including healthcare, a housing allowance, and travel opportunities.
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY
Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy receive a world-class education that prepares them for careers as leaders working for the most advanced air and space forces in the world. In fact, every student majors in the future. No matter what you major in at USAFA, you will help shape the future of this country.
The Air Force Academy is one of the top universities in the country and develops outstanding leaders and officers of character who exemplify courage, dedication, and a desire to serve others as they make a difference in the Air Force, Space Force, and the world.
Our graduates go on to become leaders in their fields. Whether they decide to make a career out of the military, or enter a civilian industry after their initial service, they have the specialized skills and experience needed to be successful.
At the U.S. Air Force Academy, we look at more than grades. We look at the whole person, including character and leadership potential. This is higher education that can propel you to new heights and prepare you for success after the Academy.