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.

The Air Force's New Trainer Competition Is Looking Good!

Air Force T-38 Trainer
It looks like the competition for the Air Force's new training aircraft is heating up!

The T-X Program

In March of 2015, the Air Force announced their T-X program. This program is searching for a replacement aircraft for the Northrop T-38C training aircraft that serves as the bridge between primary training on the T-6 Texan and the extremely advanced and complicated fighters that pilots end up flying, like the F-22 and F-35.

Awesome! Peek Inside the 67th Special Operations Group

The 67th Special Operations Group MC-130J
Ever wondered what some of those Special Operations units, that fly a boring aircraft like the C-130 (or one of its derivatives), do day in and day out? Well here's a video for you and it looks like it's anything but boring!

A-10 To Be Kept "Indefinitely"

A-10 on a gun run
After years of trying to get rid of it, it looks like the Air Force finally has to face the truth - the A-10 is just too good at its job to get rid of!

The B-21 Finally Has An Official Name!

B-21 Raider
Announced back in February, the B-21 now has its official name, announced by the Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James today.

And that name is...

Video: Auto-GCAS Saves Pilot, F-16

Auto-GCAS, or Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System, is a pretty impressive bit of technology, and this dramatic video of an F-16 jet saving the life of its pilot is a great example of it in action.

First, the video:

USAF Didn't Study A-10 Retirement Implications - GAO

An A-10 and its crew chief
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a fairly scathing report about the Air Force's plans to retire the A-10, accusing the USAF of incomplete research about the cost savings and tactical implications of retiring the aircraft.

The overall tone of the GAO's report about the retirement of the A-10 is best summed up by this quote from the report's conclusion (emphasis mine):

Despite USAF IOC, F-35 Still Falls Short

F-35 flies in formation with F-16

Coming just a few days after the Air Force declared its F-35A cleared for limited operations, the Pentagon's top tester expressed doubt about the aircraft.

Awesome: R/C A-10 + Nerf Gun - Video!

On a list of awesome hobbies, remote control (or R/C) aircraft are pretty high up there. Combining an R/C A-10 with a Nerf gun and a small video camera has got to put this over the top, though.

F-35A Declared Operational

Yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Air Force declared the F-35A had reached IOC - initial operational capability. This means that the Air Force can now send the Air Force's first F-35 squadron, the 34th Fighter Squadron from Hill Air Force Base, Utah, into combat operations anywhere in the world.