The Air Force Reserve is an excellent way to begin your military career. First, it gives you time to pursue your civilian career or go to school. In fact, the Reserve will help you pay for your education. Second, the Reserve provides a good environment in which to learn about the military. Finally, job opportunities and career paths exist in the Reserve that may not be readily available in other branches of the service.
If you have never served in the military and wish to join the Air Force Reserve, you must:
Check with a Recruiter for specific details. Call 800-257-1212 or chat online.
Another important pre-requisite is the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a comprehensive series of academic and psychological tests.
A timed multi-aptitude test, the ASVAB is administered at over 14,000 schools and Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS) nationwide, and is developed and maintained by the Department of Defense.
Your scores in four critical areas - Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge - count towards your Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. Your AFQT score, in turn, determines whether you're qualified to enlist in the U.S. military.
Your scores in the other areas of the ASVAB will determine how qualified you are for certain military occupational specialties and Enlistment Bonuses. A high score will improve your chances of getting the specialty/job and signing bonus you want.
Various Internet sites have sample ASVAB questions if you wish to see what these tests are like. Try a sample test here!
Basic Training is an eight and a half week course for new Reservists that combines intensive physical conditioning with a crash course in military culture. It is conducted at Lackland Air Force Base, Joint Base San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas.
You must complete Basic Training if you have never served in the military. To do so, you'll be required to pass a number of physical fitness tests. For that reason, it's a good idea to prepare for Basic Training by exercising three to five times a week for at least six weeks in advance of your session.
When you join the Air Force Reserve, you are entitled to a wide range of benefits - similar to benefits you would receive if you were on Active Duty.