The Air Force Recruiting Service participated in its third “office hours” tweet chat, #AsktheAF on @usairforce, Aug. 8 and received over 130 recruitment questions from Twitter followers. During the hour-long Web event, AFRS officials and the Air Force Social Media Team answered questions about enlistment eligibility requirements, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test scores and other career field-specific questions. The first 26 questions were answered during the tweet chat, and the rest of the unanswered questions are below.
The next recruitment tweet chat takes place Sept. 12 from 3-4:30 p.m. CDT. The next Air Force Recruiting Service tweet chat will take place in October.
Q27: What is the process of enlisting for the Air Force?
A27: Check out basic requirements here: http://bit.ly/18q1gDB and here http://tiny.cc/bwgf0w.
Q28: I was diagnosed with asthma, but I went into a specialist and found out I don’t have asthma, will this disqualify me?
A28: Take your medical documents to your recruiter to have the MEPS doc review for final decision.
Q29: What seems to be the biggest concern among recruits before leaving for BMT?
A29: The biggest concern among recruits before leaving for any basic training is being ready physically.
Q30: I have 2 associates degrees and 10 years work experience. If I enlist can I enter as an officer?
A30: You will need a bachelor’s degree to join as an officer.
Q31: How long does it take to get approval after doing a consult for ADHD? I did a consult because extra documentation was needed.
A31: It can take between 6-8 weeks
Q32: Is it possible to switch from a different branch to try out for pararescue school?
A32: Yes, but it depends on your branch and also on qualifications & jobs available in Prior Service program. http://bit.ly/14epz4G.
Q33: After BMT, you go to MOS school, correct? Then once you go, how do you or they find what’s right for you?
A33: In the Air Force you will know what your job is before going to tech school. Tech School is after BMT.
Q34: Can I enlist while I am a junior in high school and take the ASVAB right away?
A34: Yes, HS juniors entering their senior year can process for the AF which includes taking the ASVAB.
Q35: What does a civilian health system specialist do in the Air Force? Why is the Air Force hiring so many for this job?
A35: Take care of Airmen. Health professional jobs are in need and the Air Force has a robust civilian workforce.
Q36: What is the best book to use to study for the AFOQT?
A36: Any AFOQT study guide at your local book store or library.
Q37: What is the ASVAB score in order to be a surgical service specialist?
A37: The minimum score required is General 44. Recommend studying for higher score to be competitive.
Q38: Why doesn’t the Air Force give waivers for color vision?
A38: You must be able to see green/red in order to be able to do your job.
Q39: Would you recommend loadmaster for women?
A39: If you qualify for it and want it, list it. I have heard great things about that job.
Q40: Is there a schedule for BMT when you enlist and do you get to choose that schedule?
A40: BMT is a regimented schedule. Check out http://tiny.cc/wxgf0w for a week-by-week look at BMT.
Q41: What is the current policy on prior service members?
A41: The prior service program will access approx. 250 applicants in 2013. Please visit http://bit.ly/1brW5Dj for more details.
Q42: What do SOF (SOWT) do when they are not deployed? Just hang out on base, or do they have a lot of training?
A42: They train a lot when at home station to fine tune their craft. They must always be prepared to deploy.
Q43: What seems to be the biggest concern among recruits when they leave for BMT?
A43: The biggest concern among recruits before leaving for any basic training is being ready physically.
Q44: Is it possible to get a position in OSI as an officer straight from OTS and college?
A44: Officers can go straight to OSI from OTS and ROTC.
Q45: Is there a demand for psychologists in the AF? I’d love to eventually use my degree to help our soldiers.
A45: Depends on needs of the AF. You must have an unrestricted license. Talk to a recruiter if interested.
Q46: Will all required skills and training (not including education) be taught/provided in an AF school (the academy, ROTC, etc.)?
A46: There are technical and leadership schools taught by the Air Force and joint services for all career fields.
Q47: Can you join if you have asthma?
A47: Asthma is a potentially medically disqualifying condition, but the Dr at MEPS will make that determination. Ask your recruiter to have the MEPS DR prescreen your Asthma medical records for a preliminary ruling.
Q48: What’s the best way to book a medic job without leaving for basic as general medical?
A48: Sometimes it is easier to book it in BMT since those jobs are reserved for Trainees in BMT only, vs MEPS.
Q49: I already have the job, but what is the process for deciding what language I will learn as a Cryptologic Linguist?
A49: You will be assigned your language in tech school based on your DLAB score.
Q50: What are the requirements for becoming a pilot?
A50: Meet gen reqs http://bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree on your own or earn one after enlisting, then apply for commission.
Q51: I’m 5 lbs over the weight limit for my height. Can the recruiter still start the recruiting process with me?
A51: The recruiter cannot start the process until you are under the maximum allowable weight.
Q52: Can you join if you have a documented mental illness (such as bipolar 2 disorder)?
A52: Unfortunately no. Anyone required to take medication daily (besides birth control for females) is automatically disqualified.
Q53: What is the best book to use to study for the officer candidate test (AFOQT)?
A53: Any AFOQT study guide at your local book store or library.
Q54: What are the responsibilities of a security forces officer?
A54: Check out more info here: http://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/security-forces-officer.
Q55: How old do you have to be to officially start talking to a recruiter about joining and getting everything together?
A55: You must be at least 17 years of age to officially start talking to a recruiter.
Q56: Will the Air Guard accept E-5 transfers from the Army Reserve?
A56: Please contact the local air guard unit you want to transfer to or go to this site for info. http://bit.ly/15P3wjP.
Q57: I was diagnosed with Melanoma about 3 years ago; I have since had this cleared, do I still have to wait the required 5 years?
A57: Yes, you have to wait 5 years from the date the doctor has cleared you.
Q58: What’s the advantage of joining the AF over the Marines?
A58: It’s really a personal preference. To decide which branch is right for you, meet with a recruiter from each branch. Prepare questions, set goals & gather as much info as possible. Weigh pros/cons, make your decision & don’t look back.
Q59: Will a recruiter help me put together all the paperwork for a congressional nomination to the Academy?
A59: Contact the AF Academy Liaison Officer nearest to your area for assistance. http://www.academyadmissions.com/admissions/outreach-programs/find-your-admissions-liaison-officer/?school=&state=&city=
Q60: When should I start applying for ROTC. I am enlisted active duty and in the DEP.
Q60: Typically Dec 1 of your senior yr of high school. If you’re active duty, you can enroll after upgrade training at your 1st duty location.
Q61: Are the physical requirements the same to be an officer as they are to be enlisted?
A61: There’s not much difference from an enlistment physical vs a commissioning physical, unless you’re applying for flying, etc.
Q62: What are the age requirements to take the ASVAB?
A62: You may take the ASVAB at 17 years age of age, in high school, & must take it prior to your 28th birthday.
Q63: Is it hard to join the Air Force?
A63: No, provided you pass the requirements to join. Check out basic requirements here: http://www.airforce.com/joining-the-air-force/enlisted-overview/ & http://www.airforce.com/contact-us/faq/eligibility/
Q64: I want to become a fighter pilot, how long is the process from BMT to becoming a pilot?
A64: If you enlist w/ a Bachelor’s Degree (required for pilots), you can apply for OTS & Pilot Training after 12 mos on station. Once at pilot training, it takes another 12-18 mos, depending on aircraft platforms, to complete and become an Air Force pilot.
Q65: Are spouses of AD members allowed to join? How about single parents?
A65: Spouses of active duty are permitted to join. The single parent policy just changed & they can now join. Check with your recruiter or airforce.com for details.
Q66: What scores are required on the ASVAB to qualify for loadmaster?
A66: The minimum scores required are Mechanical 60 or General 57. Recommend studying for a higher score to be competitive.
Q67: Could I join the Air Force with a 40 on the ASVAB, with a GED?
A67: Min AFQT score req is 36, but majority of those waiting for BMT scored > 50. Contact your recruiter to discuss your scores.
Q68: Do you have to serve a certain number of years before going in college under the G.I. Bill? How does it work?
A68: You can get a better understanding of how the GI Bill works here: http://www.gibill.va.gov.
Q69: What should I be studying for the ASVAB?
A69: You can purchase an ASVAB study guide at any major bookstore or check one out from your local library.
Q70: What is the difference in training for enlisted and officers?
A70: Check out these sites for more info: http://www.airforce.com/joining-the-air-force/basic-military-training/, http://www.airforce.com/joining-the-air-force/officer-training/, & http://www.airforce.com/joining-the-air-force/commissioned-officer-overview/.
Q71: If I enlist during my senior year in high school, how long after I graduate do I leave to BMT?
A71: It takes about 2-3 months to process a fully qualified applicant, then another 3-9 months to ship to BMT, but you won’t ship until after you graduate from high school.
Q72: Got allergy induced asthma at age 8. Went away around age 10, but never checked with a doctor about it? Am I disqualified?
A72: Asthma is a potentially medically disqualifying condition, but the doctor at MEPS will make that determination. Ask your recruiter to have the MEPS doctor prescreen your Asthma medical records for a preliminary ruling.
Q73: In MOS school, how do they find what fits best for you?
A73: MOS is an Army term. AF has AFSC. Your jobs selections are based on ASVAB, physical and background check.
Q74: Who actually fires the weapon systems on an AC-130 gunship and how do I become that person?
A74: The gunner does. If you qualify with your ASVAB, physical and background check, you can list that job as one of your choices you are interested in. Contact your local recruiter for more information.
Q75: What is a competitive AFOQT score?
A75: I would suggest aiming for 70’s/80’s, also aim for a composite of 210 minimum, suggest 240 or higher to be competitive.
Q76: Is it possible to have a family as a linguist or any job for that matter?
A76: Each applicant must meet the requirements in order to apply for the AF, as well as each career field.
Q77: Does community college count for credits as to help you and enter as a higher rank?
A77: 44 accredited college credits: E-2: 45+ accredited college credits: E-3
Q78: Am I too tall to be an A10 pilot? I’m 6’4″.
A78: No, you aren’t too tall. You must be between 5’4” and 6’5” in height to be a pilot.
Q79: If you are joining directly after graduating from high school what is the best route to becoming an officer?
A79: You must have a Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA to apply for OTS, so focus on getting a degree and maintaining a high GPA to be competitive, along with meeting all other requirements.
Q80: I signed my acceptance letter for the HPSP Scholarship in May. How long does security clearance take?
A80: If you signed and sworn in, then it’s already been done. That was part of the fingerprinting & background check at the time of application.
Q81: Is there a maximum allowed age to enlist?
A81: Yes, you must be in BMT prior to turning 28.
Q82: How good are your military job-training schools?
A82: They are top notch and provide all Airmen the initial training required for their job. We are the greatest Air Force in the world for a reason.
Q83: Is it possible to join even though I have glasses? I’ve been told you need perfect vision.
A83: You can have an eye refraction level of no worse than + or – 8.0. When applying, your vision will be fully evaluated at your pre-entry qualification physical. Individual jobs may have stricter vision requirements.
Q84: I’m going to have a minimally invasive surgery in my early 20s, will this keep me out of the AF?
A84: It could. You will need to wait until you’re cleared by your doctor and then gather all medical records requested by the recruiter, to submit for review at MEPS for final determination.
Q85: How often do trainees at BMT get to use phones and how much time are they allotted?
A85: They will be able to call during Week 4 & Week 7; other days & times will be dictated by the TI and the trainee’s performance.
Q86: Can I still sign even though I’m over weight. I’ve heard of people joining and losing the weight at basic?
A86: No, you must meet the minimum requirements prior to applying.
Q87: How often do new Airmen get picked for 1N jobs?
A87: We fill all openings we get each year with qualified applicants.
Q88: Can you apply for a scholarship more than once or is it a “one and done” deal?
A88: That depends on the scholarship you are applying for. Call 1-800-423-USAF to speak with us about different options.
Q89: What can you tell me about the job space systems operations?
A89: You can learn more about a career in Space Systems Operations with the U.S. Air Force here: http://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/space-systems-operations.
Q90: What’s the best way to book a 4N0X1 MOS besides joining as open medical general?
A90: We don’t have MOS, that is an Army term. We have AFSCs. Requirements include an ASVAB General: 50, no fear of blood, driver’s license, and you must meet all other requirements. If qualified, you can list that among the other jobs you qualify for and are interested in.
Q91: What type of requirements do you need for the Pararescue?
A91: AFQT-36, General-41. You must also pass the PAST test. Check out the PJ page on www.airforce.com/careers for more info.
Q92: What is the minimum ASVAB score to become a jet pilot?
A92: The ASVAB isn’t required for commissioned officers. To become a pilot you must meet gen requirements: bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree on your own or earn one after enlisting, then apply for commission
Q93: What’s the ASVAB score to be a radiologist?
A93: The minimum score required is General 44. Recommend studying for higher score to be competitive.
Q94: What are the rules on tattoos?
A94: The rules vary based on imagery, message, size & location. Check out http://bit.ly/111YFdA for more info.
Q95: Can I go to BMT between my junior and senior year of high school or will tech school not allow me?
A95: No, you can begin the process and swear into DEP, but cannot attend BMT until after you have your diploma.
Q96: Does everyone who goes to MEPs and passes the physical swear in at that visit? Can someone wait if they feel unsure?
A96: You won’t be scheduled to process until you are 100% sure to join. We don’t allow applicants to “window shop” jobs…if you go to MEPS, you are swearing in.
Q97: How long is flight school?
A97: About 18 months.
Q98: Are there a lot of Loadmaster openings each year?
A98: There are about 2,359 Airmen in that job, so it all depends on how many openings we have each year.
Q99: What SF unit does the AF have that would conduct operations like the Army?
A99: There are duties & bases that will allow you to experience different aspects of SF. It would all depend on where you are stationed as to what missions/deployments you will be on.
Q100: If I am already an E2 from being an Eagle Scout and I have 20+ college credits, would that make me E3?
A100: No, you will be an E-2. To earn E-3, you must meet the requirements for that advanced rank.
Q101: When will females be allowed to apply for special op jobs like PJ or TACP?
A101: We’re still awaiting policy changes from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Check updates here: http://1.usa.gov/111Ydf8
Q102: How competitive is the intel officer selection process for ROTC cadets right now?
A102: You can ask the ROTC detachment you are currently at or are interested in for information. You can also go to http://www.afrotc.com for more information.
Q103: How has the sequester affected future Air Force recruits?
A103: As of right now, it hasn’t affected those who remain successful and stay out of trouble.
Q104: If I have an ASVAB score of 45 with a bachelors can I be a captain or not?
A104: No, OTS officers come in as an O-1 if selected.
Q105: How long will it take from enlisting to leaving for BMT?
A105: It varies. However, you can expect around 3-9 months.
Q106: What’s the most likely job to get once enlisting?
A106: Jobs in demand are ever-changing based upon needs of the Air Force. It depends on the needs of the Air Force and your qualifications.
Q107: What are the jobs the Air Force is really looking to recruit?
A107: Jobs in demand are ever-changing based upon needs of the Air Force. Critical career fields include special ops & linguists.
Q108: What’s the age range to join the Air Force?
A108: Non-prior service applicants must be at least 17 to apply and in Basic Military Training before their 28th birthday.
Q109: Has the sequester affected tuition aid for future Air Force recruits?
A109: Tuition Assistance was reinstated several months back and we have not been briefed on any future affects.
Q110: What are the qualifications for an Air Force sniper?
A110: You must be in a Security Forces career field, try out and be accepted. You can inquire more about this position at your duty station.
Q111: Will I be able to be commissioned into the Air Force in 2017 with all the budget cuts?
A111: Generally, if you meet the requirements & are accepted, you can be commissioned, but we can’t speculate on specifics this far in advance.
Q112: What’s the usual ASVAB score required to become a ground vehicle maintainer or mechanic?
A112: Check out minimum scores by Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) here: http://www.military.com/ASVAB/0,,ASVAB_MOS_USAF.html. Recommend studying for higher score to be competitive.
Q113: How hard is it to get an Aerial Gunner Slot?
A113: If you qualify, you can list it on your job choices along with the other jobs you are interested in.
Q114: Does the AF still offer the buddy system? Is that just to be shipped off together, or what?
A114: AF has a limited Buddy Program and those who enlist under it will be together for BMT. Call your recruiter for more details.
Q115: What is the ASVAB score for security forces and how is the ASVAB scaled?
A115: The minimum is General 33. Recommend studying for higher score to be competitive. Visit http://official-asvab.com/understand_app.htm for more info.
Q116: What are the requirements to be a MP?
A116: The Air Force version of MP is Security Forces. Requirements include basic requirements to enlist in AF, minimum 33 in ASVAB General Aptitude Area & valid driver’s license.
Q117: When should I sign up for ROTC before, after, or during tech school?
A117: ROTC is a college program, so you would enroll in it like you would when applying for any college after high school. Check out http://www.afrotc.com for more info.
Q118: What are the requirements to be an officer?
A118: You must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Check out http://www.airforce.com/joining-the-air-force/officer-overview/ for more info.
Q119: Any college recommendations for AFROTC?
A119: Must be a college that offers ROTC. Visit http://www.afrotc.com/college-locator/overview/ for more information.
Q120: What is the required score on ASVAB to be in Air Transportation?
A120: The minimum scores required are Mechanical 47 and Administrative 28. Recommend studying for higher scores to be competitive.
Q121: What does a combat rescue officer go onto missions?
A121: That is classified and we cannot disclose that information.
Q122: Can a permanent resident be a pilot in the AF? Are there any other jobs for residents where they can stay in the air?
A122: Pilots are officers and must be U.S. citizens.
Q123: I’m a firefighter for the U.S. forest service. I would like to become a FF for the AF. What ASVAB score will I need?
A123: The minimum score required to work in Fire Protection is General 38. Recommend studying for higher scores to be competitive.
Q124: Is there a vision requirement to become a pilot?
A124: A pilot’s distance vision can be no worse than 20/70, correctable to 20/20. Near vision must be 20/20, uncorrected.
Q125: Is there a job for an Air Force pilot in special ops?
A125: Yes, but it depends on which aircraft you fly, the mission and the needs of the Air Force.
Q126: How long is tech school for EOD?
A126: Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technical training is 162 days. You can learn more about becoming an EOD here: http://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/explosive-ordnance-disposal-eod.
Q127: I want to be an intelligence officer what college major should I do?
A127: You can have any degree, but the higher the GPA the better your chances of being selected by the board.
Q128: Does having a piloting license in any way benefit you when wanting to become an Aeriel gunner?
A128: No, an Aeriel Gunner is an enlisted job and does not require flying an aircraft.
Q129: How can I find addresses of men and women in the Air Force to write letters to show support? I have looked everywhere with no luck.
A129: For more information on what you can do to help support Airmen, please visit www.uso.org.
Q130: Why are AF soldiers training to fight against Christians and US patriots? What exactly have they done in the past 5 years?
A130: We don’t have soldiers, we have Airmen and each Airman is trained in their respective career field, none of which include the kind of training in question.
Q131: What is the job description for Security forces and your opinion?
A131: SF was my primary AFSC and I loved every minute of it! Click here for a job description http://www.airforce.com/careers/detail/security-forces-specialist.
Q132: What’s it like for spouses in the Air Force?
A132: You can learn more about what it’s like for spouses and families in the U.S. Air Force here: http://www.airforce.com/parents-family/.
Q133: How does one become an air traffic controller in the Air Force?
A133: You must score a minimum ASVAB 33 General & Mechanical 57, as well as pass a physical and background check to be eligible to list it among the other job choices.
Q134: What are the different routes to becoming a pilot and what types of missions are available?
A134: Meet general requirements: http://bit.ly/12KwCAu, obtain a degree and apply for commission. Missions vary depending on the aircraft flown and current Air Force operations.
Q135: What is the minimum ASVAB score to enlist into the Air Force?
A135: The minimum AFQT score required is 36, but majority of those waiting for BMT score > 50. Recommend studying for higher score to be competitive.
Q136: What would be the best career choice if i wanted to be an FBI special agent post-AF?
A136: Security Forces, OSI and Intel are good career field choices.
Q137: When I get my permanent base when can I get into on base housing?
A137: If married, you will in-process and talk to the housing office about base housing availability. If single and enlisted (E-1 to E-4), you can get assigned to on base dormitories.