Joining the U.S. Air Force is a major decision that should not be taken lightly. For that reason, it's important to consider all aspects of what joining the Air Force entails and what the Air Force has to offer you. You also must know what steps to take in order to join the Air Force. Here's a great guide to help you on your way.
- Make sure that you're joining the Air Force for all of the right reasons. Your decision must be a solid one because this is a huge commitment. When you join the Air Force, you're dedicating the next several years of your life to serving your country and the U.S. Air Force. Think about this decision long and hard before committing.
- Talk to any family members or friends you have that have joined the Air Force. If you're in high school, talk to your guidance counselor or even a teacher who has told you that they joined the Air Force. Get as much input on joining the Air Force as you can. Other people's opinions are fine, but you want to try to get as much factual information as possible to help you make your choice.
- Understand that when you join the Air Force that you have a good chance of getting deployed overseas. Make sure that you're willing and ready for that type of stress and responsibility. Also, make sure that you fully understand that joining the Air Force may mean that you're away from your family and friends for long periods of time - sometimes years.
- Talk to an Air Force recruiter to see what the Air Force has to offer you, what types of jobs are currently available in the Air Force, and what the age and other requirements are for joining the Air Force.
- Ask the Air Force recruiter as many questions as you can. You can even ask your family to come up with a good list of questions for the recruiter.
- Spend as much time as you need with the recruiter. It may be a good idea to take notes because the recruiter will give you a lot of information. Also, accept any pamphlets or literature that the Air Force recruiter gives you about joining. Any information you have will be valuable to you.
- Make arrangements with your Air Force recruiter to take the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test. Upon passing the test, make arrangements for taking the medical examination.
- Read the entire contract before signing your papers to join the Air Force. Make sure that you understand and agree with the entire contract. Once you've signed, you're committed and ready to begin your new career as a member of the Air Force.