Joining the Air Force


If you decide to join the Air Force you may wonder, how someone actually does this.  Before you join there are a few requirements, not everyone is able to join this branch of the military.

First, the Air Force has the most demanding age requirements.  You need to be between the ages of 17 and 27 years old. You must be a US Citizen, or a legal, permanent resident.  You must have a high school diploma or a GED with 15 college credits.

But they don’t stop here. Every branch of the military requires an aptitude testing. This test measures the probabilities, strengths and weaknesses of future success.  The test covers four areas; one is mathematics knowledge and arithmetic reasoning.

For instance you may be given arithmetic problems in story form. The tests also reveal word knowledge and paragraph comprehension.  This is important if future instructions come in the form of written text, are you going to be able to read and comprehend what you are being asked.

For the Air Force this test accomplishes two things.  It tells the Air Force if you are fit and have the mental aptitude to be in the Air Force.  Second it helps them to see what area of the Air Force your skills are best suited. It helps tell you and them your ideal career path.

A physical lets the Air Force know if you are fit, physically to be a member. This lets them know if you are healthy and physically capable of performing future tasks.  They also look at mental faculties, to again help dissect the best place for you in the Air Force.

They will look at every job available in the military and the skills necessary to accomplish this job. The Air Force will carefully screen all the possible jobs against what you have to offer.  If you are well suited for a certain job, they want to make sure that is where you are placed.


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