Can I join the US Air Force?

Basic Eligibility Requirements:

Age and Parental Permission
You must be at least 18 (17 with your parents permission) but have not reached your 28th birthday (with no prior service)
Citizenship
You must be a born, naturalized, or otherwise legal citizen of the United States.
Education
You must have either a high school diploma OR a GED plus 15 college credits.
Disqualifiers
Drug use, alcohol abuse, other substance abuse, as well as law violations or convictions will prevent your enlistment.
Height and Weight Standards
You must meet the Air Force height and weight standards.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery scores
You must meet specific scoring requirements on the ASVAB test
Dependent Restrictions/Financial Eligibility
You are qualified if you are never married, and under the age of 23. If this is not the case, check here for more details.

Sequestration Still Looms, Congress Still Divided

As the two $500 billion cuts (one in national defense, one in domestic spending) known as sequestration loom on the horizon, both parties in Congress are still refusing to budge from their current positions.

New Medal for High-Tech Warriors Causing a Stir

Earlier this month the Pentagon revealed its new citation for the 21st century, the Distinguished Warfare Medal. This award is intended for drone pilots, offensive cyberwar personnel, and others directly involved in combat operations, but not physically in the combat theater of operations.

More Troops Coming Home in the Near Future

At the State of the Union address President Obama is expected to announce that this time next year 34,000 more US soldiers will be home - halving the number of US troops in Afghanistan.

DoD Finds Problems With F-22 Raptor Crash Investigation

On 16 November 2010, an F-22 flown by Capt. Jeff Haney lost contact with Air Traffic Control and was found to have crashed during a nighttime training flight near Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska. Capt. Haney was killed, and during the accident investigation all F-22's were restricted to flying below 25,000 before being grounded completely.

A little humor for your Friday!

Fiscal Cliff Deal Reached, Sequestration Pushed Back 60 Days

Yesterday Congress passed a bill averting the so-called 'fiscal cliff' on New Year's Day. Although Congress was able to come to an agreement on some items, many critical budget items were not able to be agreed upon in time.

Former USAF Skydiver's Record Shattered over New Mexico

Yesterday Felix Baumgartner set new world records by skydiving from 128,100 feet and breaking the sound barrier during his fall. The records he broke were set in 1960 by US Air Force Capt. Joseph Kittinger Jr., who jumped from 102,800 feet and achieved a top speed of 614 mph (or .9 Mach). Jumping from a higher altitude allowed Baumgartner to accelerate to a faster speed in the thinner air - he reached a top speed of 833 mph (1.24 Mach) during his descent.

What to Expect in Basic Training

Air Force Basic Training lasts 8 1/2 weeks. All new Air Force recruits go through the same basic training: the 737th Training Group, at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, Texas.

While at basic, you’ll do PT six days per week. The six-day-a-week regimen includes three days of aerobic running and three days of muscular endurance training. The runs consist of 40-minute sessions of group-paced running, self-paced running and six 30-second sprint interval runs separated by brisk walking. Each week, trainees are timed on a two-mile run.