The Air Force Reserve is open to current military personnel who are transitioning from active duty, former members of any branch of the U.S. military, as well as candidates with no prior military experience.
For more information on how to join the Air Force Reserve, contact the appropriate local recruiter based on the following:
Applicants without prior military service must:
Once these requirements are met, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a comprehensive written test, and the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), physical and moral standard screenings, will help further determine your eligibility.
After all testing and physicals are complete, you will go to Basic Military Training (BMT), an 8-week course completed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
After BMT, you may need to go to technical training, where you will learn about your career field and can even earn college credit toward a degree.
If you have previously served in either the active duty Air Force or another branch of the military, your adjusted age must be less than 40. (Subtract your years of service from your age. If the result is less than 40, you may be eligible to join the Air Force Reserve.)
Candidates with prior military experience will not have to repeat Basic Military Training (BMT). You can continue your service, and, in many cases, keep your rank.
You can also join regardless of the U.S. military branch in which you previously served, including other Reserve and National Guard components.
Overview: From being subjected to high gravitational forces of fighter jets to the weightlessness of space travel, aircraft pilots and crews face uncommon physiological and health challenges. Aerospace Medicine physicians provide specialized medical evaluations and care for these personnel and also establish preventative and occupational medicine programs to deal with contingencies and emergencies encountered in these exceptional environments.
Overview: Air Transportation personnel manage cargo and passengers on military aircraft. Viewed from their civilian counterparts, they are the cargo shipping representative, customer service agent, shipping clerk, baggage receiving attendant, and baggage handling person rolled into one. In addition, they ensure that the aircraft is loaded safely.
Overview: Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance personnel are responsible for the pre and post-flight inspections as well as the general mechanical work necessary to ensure that aircraft are operationally ready to fly. They serve as flight chiefs in supervising all maintenance activities and determining when aircraft repairs require assignment to individual systems specialists.
Overview: Force Support Officers lead, manage and direct personnel executing combat support capabilities for the Air Force and joint mission in the core areas of Manpower, Personnel and Services Programs. These manpower managers supervise a full range of personnel programs to include accession, retention, promotion, education, training, recreation and fitness. In addition, they ensure that equal opportunity, sexual assault prevention and other human relations programs to fully support the rights and needs of all Reservists and their families.
About ART Jobs:
An Air Reserve Technician (ART) carries dual status, working as a full-time Department of Defense civil service employee and as Reservist performing the same job in an Air Force Reserve Command unit.
ARTs are full-time civilian employees who are required to serve as members of the Air Force Reserve one weekend a month and at least 14 days a year of annual training. On these weekend Unit Training Assemblies (UTAs) and during their annual two-week tour of duty, ARTs train with fellow reservists.
During the normal five-day workweek, ARTs perform as civilians, maintaining and operating reserve facilities in direct support of their unit.
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About Active Guard Reserve: It is a category of National Guard or Reserve members in the Selected Reserve who are ordered to active duty or full-time National Guard duty for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting, instructing, or training the reserve component units.
About Traditional Reservists: A TR trains part time for pay and retirement points or just retirement points on a recurring basis.