How Does Someone Join the Air Force?


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To join the United States Air Force, an applicant has to meet the basic requirements, pass an aptitude test, undergo physical and mental screening and complete training. One of the basic requirements is that the applicant has to be between 17 to 39 years of age.

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Other basic requirements for joining the Air Force include being a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident, and be in possession of a high school diploma. Applicants with a GED must have at least 15 college credits to qualify. The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, is used to measure an applicant's word knowledge, arithmetic reasoning, mathematics knowledge and paragraph comprehension. It is also used to determine which career within the Air Force would be right for an applicant.

After passing the ASVAB, an applicant has to undergo physical and mental screening. If the screening is successfully completed, an applicant is considered to be accepted into the Air Force. The next step is training. Basic military training takes eight weeks. During training, skills needed to become an Air Force Airman are taught. Once basic training is completed, technical training begins. The type of training that is received at this point is dependent on the skills identified during early assessments.

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