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 Air Force Careers

  1. Brig. Gen. Brian Kelly says two major factors threaten pilot retention: The high operations tempo of recent years and the lure of private- sector jobs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    AF fighting with cash to keep fighter pilots

    The Air Force is afraid the commercial airline industry's long-awaited hiring boom is right around the corner. And for the second year in a row, the service is planning to pay big to keep airlines from poaching their fighter pilots.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  2. Sources say Lt. Gen. Lori Robinson, left, will succeed Gen. Herbert 'Hawk' Carlisle as head of Pacific Air Forces. Carlisle, right, will be nominated to take over Air Combat Command. Air Force

    Sources: Robinson picked for PACAF commander, Carlisle for ACC

    The White House is expected to nominate Lt. Gen. Lori Robinson to head up Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) and receive a fourth star, making her the first female four-star commander of combat forces, sources say.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  3. Staff sergeant promotions hit 16-year low

    The selection rate for promotion to staff sergeant plunged this year to 25.59 percent the lowest rate in 16 years.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  4. 1,318 selected for promotion to major, lt. col., col

    More than 1,300 officers have been selected for promotion to major, lieutenant colonel or colonel, the Air Force said Friday.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  5. Master Sgt. Thad Smith, an Air Force recruiter, observes the practice recital of the Oath of Enlistment at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on May 10. Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr. / Air Force

    30-something? It's not too late to enlist

    Even 30-somethings are now able to enlist in the Air Force.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  6. 6,684 selected for tech sergeant

    The Air Force has selected 6,684 staff sergeants for promotion to technical sergeant.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
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    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James Mike Morones/Staff

    James to review online access to personnel news

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has made better communication with airmen one of her top priorities since taking her post in December.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  7. Generals breaking the rules: Does rank garner privilege or increased scrutiny?

    The offenses span the spectrum. Wasteful spending. Affairs and inappropriate relationships. Violating ethics and travel regulations. Abusing authority and mistreating subordinates. Reprisal. Showing up drunk to work.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  8. Clockwise: Col. Mark Baird, Brig. Gen. Thomas Gibson, Brig. Gen. Kenneth Todorov. Air Force

    3 officers get new assignments

    Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh on Friday announced three general officer moves:

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  9. Only 83 master sergeants in the security forces career field are still deemed overmanned as more than 1,400 airmen are likely to be cut by the Air Force's first retention boards, which convened Monday in San Antonio. Samuel King Jr. / Air Force

    Retention boards convene with fewer airmen targeted

    More than 1,400 airmen are likely to be cut by the Air Force's first retention boards, which convened Monday in San Antonio.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  10. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody says the new enlisted performance report will be out in six months. Samuel King Jr./Air Force

    Cody: 18-month overhaul starts with new feedback form

    Get ready for some awkward conversations with your supervisor.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  11. Nichols to take over as new CAFB commander

    Col. John Nichols will take over as the new wing commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base on July 11.

    • Jun. 16, 2014
  12. Luke AFB getting new commanding general

    Luke Air Force Base in Glendale is set to get a new commanding general and the current commander is heading to Afghanistan.

    • Jun. 12, 2014
  13. Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody Scott M. Ash / Air Force

    New EPR feedback form, guidance begin July 1

    The Air Force released the new Airman Comprehensive Assessment for enlisted airmen and officers Monday, along with updated guidance on how the feedback forms will be used as part of performance evaluations beginning July 1.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  14. Arizona Guard gets first female general

    The Arizona National Guard has its first female general.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
  15. Col. Douglas Schwartz has been named a new commander for northern Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve Base, replacing the base leader who was removed from the position in March during an investigation of his job performance. Air Force via AP

    Replacement named for ousted Grissom commander

    A new commander has been named for northern Indiana's Grissom Air Reserve Base to replace the base leader who was removed from the position in March during an investigation of his job performance.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  16. 3,500 to be ousted by quality force review board

    More than 3,500 airmen with negative quality indicators for subpar performance will be separated under the Air Force's first Quality Force Review Board.

    • Jun. 5, 2014
  17. Airmen participate in a physical training session in March at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Mike Morones/staff

    PT test checkup: Tape test fail rate down; run is still a struggle

    Six months after the service changed the rules for the waist measurement portion of the PT test to give airmen with thick middles a second chance to pass by having their body mass index and body fat measured not one airman has qualified, according to

    • Jun. 5, 2014
  18. Biomedical Sciences Corps lieutenant colonels are among those who can apply for time-in-grade waivers. Guido Melo/ / Air Force

    Time in grade, service commitment waivers announced

    Certain lieutenant colonels have until Feb. 1 to apply for time-in-grade waivers, allowing them to retire with at a higher grade.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  19. Retention boards: 1 in 4 airmen will be told to leave

    The Air Force's first enlisted retention boards are two weeks away from convening and they could end the careers of roughly 4,000 airmen.

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  20. 664 Reserve captains selected for major

    The Air Reserve Personnel Center said Thursday it has selected 664 reservists for promotion to major.

    • May. 29, 2014
  21. Pentagon officials included a pay freeze for all high-ranking military personnel in paygrades O-7 and above in its budget plan. Getty Images

    Budget proposes pay freeze for higher-ranking officers

    The Pentagon brass has spent months urging lawmakers to support pay and benefits changes that could hurt troops' wallets. But those same top brass are also in line to take a hit to the wallet.

    • May. 28, 2014
  22. Air Force intel center at Wright-Patterson to get new leader

    A new commander is taking over a national military intelligence agency headquartered at an Air Force base in southwest Ohio.

    • May. 28, 2014
  23. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James speaks at the Pentagon on Jan. 24. Cliff Owen/The Associated Press

    Air Force Secretary: General officer corps numbers are being 'scrubbed'

    At a time when tens of thousands of rank-and-file airmen are seeing their jobs endangered and facing voluntary and involuntary force reductions, one group has remained noticeably untouched: generals.

    • May. 27, 2014
  1. Former stand-out MTI one of 600 being forced out of Air Force

    A former standout military training instructor who lost a stripe for name-calling and working late must leave the Air Force by Sept. 20....

      1:49 PM, Jun. 27, 2013
  2. Cyber: The safest job in the Air Force?

    In the three years since the Air Force's arm of U.S. Cyber Command became operational, the numbered command has grown to 5,400 airmen, civilians and contractor personnel providing around-the-clock support to protect and defend DoD networks. Another 11,...

      7:59 PM, Feb. 20, 2014
  3. Air Force loses staff sergeant tests in the mail

    Promotion test answer sheets for 99 airmen at Pope Field in North Carolina were lost in the mail and were unable to be used in the most recent staff sergeant testing cycle, the Air Force Personnel Center said Thursday....

      2:50 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
  4. 460 selected for captain

    The Air Force has selected 460 first lieutenants in a variety of career fields for promotion to captain, the Air Force Personnel Center said Friday....

      9:16 AM, Jul. 20, 2014
  5. Air Force opens doors to single parents

    Nurse punished for pregnancy seeks re-instatement under new rule...

      7:27 PM, Jul. 31, 2013
  6. Security forces: One strike and you're out

    Competition for security forces jobs is getting tougher, and the Air Force no longer has any patience for screw-ups....

      9:39 AM, Jul. 28, 2013
  7. New options allow ROTC grads to enter Guard, Reserve

    Each year, about 1,500 ROTC cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the active-duty Air Force, but personnel cuts across the service are eliminating slots for the new college graduates....

      2:49 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
  8. Mistreatment of subordinates: Polumbo, Rydholm, Zbyszinski, Schmidt, Long

    A lieutenant colonel who would later rise to the rank of one-star nearly wrecked the career of a captain under his command over allegations of drug use he knew to be untrue....

      1:26 PM, Jun. 24, 2014
  9. Want a fast promotion? Go intel or medical

    Hoping to speed up your chances for promotion in an age of staff drawdowns and plummeting selection rates? Bone up on your intelligence skills or anatomy books....

      7:44 AM, Aug. 20, 2013
  10. 243 retraining slots remain for first-term airmen

    First-term airmen looking to retrain in 2014 have 10 career fields to choose from, according to a new list of retraining opportunities provided by the Air Force....

      11:14 AM, Dec. 8, 2013
  11. Staff sergeant promotions hit 16-year low

    The selection rate for promotion to staff sergeant plunged this year to 25.59 percent the lowest rate in 16 years....

      2:16 PM, Jul. 2, 2014
  12. 9,403 selected for staff sergeant

    The Air Force Personnel Center on Thursday named 9,403 senior airmen selected for promotion to E-5, out of 36,739 eligible. ...

      11:34 AM, Jul. 10, 2014
  13. Air Force loses staff sergeant tests in the mail

    Promotion test answer sheets for 99 airmen at Pope Field in North Carolina were lost in the mail and were unable to be used in the most recent staff sergeant testing cycle, the Air Force Personnel Center said Thursday....

      2:50 PM, Jul. 18, 2014
  14. Staff sergeant promotions hit 16-year low

    The selection rate for promotion to staff sergeant plunged this year to 25.59 percent the lowest rate in 16 years....

      2:16 PM, Jul. 2, 2014
  15. Re-up, retention bonuses for select few, budget documents show

    Competition for bigger, but fewer, re-enlistment bonuses will be much tighter this year and next. And retention bonuses will be more plentiful for airmen with critical skills such as intel, according to budget documents released Tuesday....

      1:52 PM, Mar. 12, 2014
  16. 7 AFSCs finally open to women or are they?

    It remains to be seen whether female airmen will be allowed to join the elite ranks of the special operations community even though the Air Force has lifted the ban on the handful of remaining combat jobs closed to women....

      1:27 PM, Jun. 24, 2013
  17. Staff sergeant promotion list released

    The Air Force on Thursday released the list of more than 11,000 airmen who have been selected for promotion to staff sergeant....

      4:31 PM, Aug. 2, 2013
  18. 243 retraining slots remain for first-term airmen

    First-term airmen looking to retrain in 2014 have 10 career fields to choose from, according to a new list of retraining opportunities provided by the Air Force....

      11:14 AM, Dec. 8, 2013
  19. 460 selected for captain

    The Air Force has selected 460 first lieutenants in a variety of career fields for promotion to captain, the Air Force Personnel Center said Friday....

      9:16 AM, Jul. 20, 2014
  20. Air Force offers fighter pilots $225,000 to stay in

    The Air Force is opening its wallet to keep more fighter pilots for a longer period of time, even as the service faces serious budget cuts that may continue for years....

      5:40 PM, Jul. 2, 2013
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