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 Air Force Careers

  1. Recruiters who go by-the-book say they can spend several hours in the morning visiting a school in a rural location, grabbing a fast-food lunch during their drive back to their home office, and spend the afternoon interviewing potential recruits and shuttling recruits without cars to and from a testing location. Senior Airman Tiffany DeNault / Air Force

    Crushing demands of job lead some Air Force recruiters to falsify reports

    Air Force recruiting is plagued by a longstanding epidemic of falsifying records, according to multiple recruiters around the country.

    • Sep. 1, 2014
  2. 2nd Lt. Oliver Parsons, left, and 1st Lt. Andy Parthum check systems in the underground control room where they work at an ICBM launch control facility near Minot, N.D. Now airmen can trade places with those on other bases. Charlie Riedel/The Associated Press

    Air Force to begin rotating launch officers

    The latest change in the nuclear missile career field will let airmen trade places with each other, opening up opportunities for officers to work on a different base for three months.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  3. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody says the new feedback form, which supervisors will use for one-on-one performance conversations with their airmen, 'is all about you improving, understanding what your expectations are and having meaningful, purposeful conversations about how to get better.' Courtesy photo

    Feedback critical to racking and stacking

    This year's retention boards and the overhaul of the enlisted performance evaluation system make one thing clear: Racking and stacking airmen is the new reality.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  4. Air Force eases officer education requirements

    The Air Force will no longer consider advanced academic degrees when Line of the Air Force officers are up for promotion to lieutenant colonel and below.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  5. Rand

    Round three of special duty assignment nominations begins in Sept.

    The third round of selections for special duty assignments is set to kick off next month, with commanders expected to nominate staff sergeants, technical sergeants and master sergeants for assignments that used to be filled by volunteers.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  6. Double EPRs: Move to fixed date for evals means some will get two this year

    Some technical sergeants will receive two enlisted performance reports this year, as the Air Force implements sweeping changes to the enlisted evaluation system that include fixed dates for each rank.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
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    Mobility pilots Tech. Sgt. Parker Gyokeres/Air Force

    Guard and Reserve are recruiting airmen hit by force cuts

    The 'help wanted' sign is out for airmen facing the prospect of losing their active-duty jobs in the Air Force or whose nerves are so frayed after surviving this year's aggressive round of force cuts that they've decided it's time to call it quits.

    • Aug. 18, 2014
    • CAREERS /

    Army gets the most service switchers

    Switching services has slowed to a trickle since the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, when hundreds of sailors and airmen were jumping the Navy and Air Force.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  7. EPR change for tech sergeants raises new questions

    The Air Force's plan to introduce a standardized closeout date for evaluating the performance of all technical sergeants, as part of sweeping changes to the enlisted promotion system, has left some airmen unclear on when their next evaluation will occur.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  8. No RIF for medical corps, medical service corps officers in Oct.

    Medical corps and medical service corps officers who planned to meet the reduction in force board in October no longer have to.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  9. Basic cadets perform extra physical training as ordered by their instructors for an infraction during Basic Cadet Training in Jacks Valley. Mike Morones / Staff

    Getting tough: How the Air Force primes its future officers

    The future leaders of the Air Force stood at attention on the Air Force Academy's main pavilion on a bright July morning, ready for 11 days that would change their lives.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  10. Students at the U.S. Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs, Colo., learn how to get in proper formation. Mike Morones / Staff

    For prior enlisteds, it's back to basic training

    For many airmen, basic training is the most grueling part of joining the Air Force. And some might consider it nuts for anyone to go through basic not just once, but three times.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  11. 332 selected for supplemental promotions

    The Air Force has selected 332 enlisted airmen for supplemental promotion to staff sergeant and above.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  12. Intel officers offered retention bonuses

    Certain captains and majors who are intelligence officers have until Sept. 22 to apply for a new critical skills retention bonus.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
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    Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh and Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James deliver their State of the Air Force message during a Pentagon press conference July 30. Scott M. Ash/Air Force

    30-year strategy calls for new approach to Air Force careers

    The Air Force should create a way for airmen to leave the service, gather real-world experience and then bring that back into the Air Force without being punished for it, according to the service's 30-year plan unveiled July 30.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  13. Kwast, O'Shaughnessy nominated for third stars

    President Obama has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Steven L. Kwast and Maj. Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy for appointment to lieutenant general and for new assignments, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  14. Little Rock AFB welcomes new commander

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) The Little Rock Air Force Base has welcomed a new commander to its 314th Airlift Wing.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  15. 'Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that we have a system that is able to document performance, first and foremost,' Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody said in describing plans to overhaul the enlisted promotion and evaluation system. Scott Ash / Air Force

    Numerical EPR scores gone; time-in-grade, service on way out

    Beginning next year, you won't get numerical ratings on your enlisted performance report.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
    • CAREERS /
    Senior Airman Joseph Tharp of Beale Air Force Base, California, hugs his wife, Sarah, in November after returning home from Afghanistan. The Air Force plans to offer up to three years off to airmen who want to start a family or pursue other interests. Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Air Force

    Up to 40 to be selected for personal, professional sabbaticals

    The Air Force will select up to 20 enlisted airmen and 20 officers to take one- to three-year sabbaticals to start families or pursue other personal or professional ambitions, the service announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  16. Change-of-command planned at Little Rock AFB

    A change-of-command ceremony is planned at the Little Rock Air Force Base for a new leader of the 314th Airlift Wing.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  17. AFPC outlines options for senior airmen affected by lost promotion tests

    The Air Force is still trying to hunt down promotion test answer sheets for the most recent testing cycle that went MIA after they were mailed via FedEx from Pope Airfield, North Carolina, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Friday.

    • Jul. 25, 2014
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    HQ reorganization: Over 3K to lose jobs

    The Air Force will cut thousands of headquarters jobs as it consolidates installations management across the service and aims to streamline base services and amenities for airmen.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  18. 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.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  19. ROTC cadets with the University of Colorado-Boulder's Det 105 attend a weekly class on campus. The Air Force is offering soon-to-be graduates the option of seeking relief from their service commitment or going into the Air National Guard or Reserve. University of Colorado-Boulder

    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.

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  20. 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.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  1. Command chiefs: Eval and promotion system overhaul tackles long-standing problems

    The impending overhaul of the enlisted performance system dominated the chief master sergeant forum on the opening day of the 2014 Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference outside Washington, D.C....

      11:29 AM, Sep. 16, 2014
  2. Air Force announces new general promotions, assignments

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Thursday that the president has nominated:...

      10:14 AM, Sep. 15, 2014
  3. Air Force opens doors to single parents

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

      7:27 PM, Jul. 31, 2013
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Revamped enlisted evals: Expect sweeping changes in 2015

    The ongoing overhaul of the enlisted performance system is one of the biggest changes in store for airmen in 2015 and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody is urging airmen to be patient as it kicks into gear....

      3:46 PM, Sep. 15, 2014
  7. Testing and cutoff dates announced for staff, technical sergeants looking to move up

    Staff sergeants competing for promotion to technical sergeant next year will get an extra month of eligibility, the Air Force announced Friday....

      10:47 AM, Sep. 14, 2014
  8. 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
  9. Air Force opens doors to single parents

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

      7:27 PM, Jul. 31, 2013
  10. 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
  11. Revamped enlisted evals: Expect sweeping changes in 2015

    The ongoing overhaul of the enlisted performance system is one of the biggest changes in store for airmen in 2015 and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody is urging airmen to be patient as it kicks into gear....

      3:46 PM, Sep. 15, 2014
  12. Numerical EPR scores gone; time-in-grade, service on way out

    Beginning next year, you won't get numerical ratings on your enlisted performance report....

      10:58 AM, Aug. 10, 2014
  13. ACC, PACAF focused on Pacific pivot

    Two of the Air Force's largest major commands will see their leadership change in the coming months, as both train and prepare for the shifting focus toward the Pacific....

      11:14 AM, Sep. 16, 2014
  14. Air Force eases officer education requirements

    The Air Force will no longer consider advanced academic degrees when Line of the Air Force officers are up for promotion to lieutenant colonel and below....

      4:58 PM, Aug. 26, 2014
  15. 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
  16. Cyber airmen race to stay ahead of new threats

    As cyber threats increase and become more sophisticated, airmen in the Cyber career field find themselves operating in a fast-paced environment just trying to stay two steps ahead....

      9:54 AM, Sep. 16, 2014
  17. 214 cut through force shaping board

    The Air Force has cut 214 first lieutenants and captains through a force shaping board that met in July....

      3:34 PM, Sep. 11, 2014
  18. 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
  19. Selected for promotion to lieutenant colonel: A-M

    Abercrombie, Peter Brian Ii...

      1:36 PM, Jun. 27, 2014
  20. ACC, PACAF focused on Pacific pivot

    Two of the Air Force's largest major commands will see their leadership change in the coming months, as both train and prepare for the shifting focus toward the Pacific....

      11:14 AM, Sep. 16, 2014
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