The Air Force Reserve Command supports the Air Force mission to defend the United States through control and exploitation of air, space, and cyberspace by supporting Global Engagement. The AFRC plays an integral role in the day-to-day Air Force mission and is not a force held in reserve for possible war or contingency operations.
The Air Force Reserve performs approximately 20 percent of the daily missions of the Air Force and in some cases provides a majority of the support for certain missions. For example, the Air Force Reserve provides 65 percent of the Aeromedical missions the Air Force performs. There is always a need for healthcare professionals who wish to serve on a part-time basis. Air Force Reserve categories of service break down like this:
These members work part-time jobs for the Air Force Reserve in an area in which they choose to live. They usually serve one weekend a month and are on temporary duty (TDY) two weeks a year. These make up the majority of those in the Reserve.Total: 49,228.
These reservists can live anywhere. They work part-time, augmenting active duty units, and serve individually at a wide range of locations around the world. They usually serve 24 flexibly scheduled days throughout the year. They are often, but not always, prior active duty members.Total: 8,780.
Air Reserve Technicians (ART) are a special group of reservists who work as civil service employees during the week in the same jobs they hold as reservists on drill weekends. ARTs are the full-time backbone of the unit training program, providing day-to-day leadership, administrative and logistical support, and operational continuity for their units. More than 15 percent of all reservists are ARTs.
To apply for an ART position you must qualify and be willing to join the Air Force Reserve. To qualify for an ART position you must have experience and qualifications in the career field of the position to which you are applying.
These Reservists have been issued Title 10 Active Duty orders to work at their Air Force Reserve job on a full-time basis.Total: 2,992.
The Air Force Reserve is broken down into officers and enlisted personnel, and they break down like this:
A "Commissioned" officer has received a"commission" document from the President of the United States granting that officer authority. All officers in the Air Force Reserve must have college degrees and must be selected. If you start your career as an enlisted man or woman, it is possible to become an officer provided you have a bachelor's degree. Officers may work in many different career areas of the Air Force Reserve; however, pilots and navigators must be officers. Those who have served as officers in other branches of the military may retain their rank when they join the Air Force Reserve.
"Enlisted" refers to any member of the U.S. military who is not a commissioned or warrant officer. Enlisted personnel work on virtually every mission in the Air Force Reserve and are integral to all operations. These people do the "hands on" work of the Reserve and may also serve as supervisors. For instance, a Master Sergeant might supervise an engine maintenance crew of 30 or 40 airmen.
Enlisted Personnel may have degrees at all academic levels, and these degrees are encouraged but not required. The Air Force Reserve offers opportunities to grow and earn promotions; indeed, some Reservists choose to stay in the enlisted ranks throughout their military careers. For those entering with experience in other branches of the military, they typically retain their ranks once in the Reserve.
Enlisted ranks start at Airman Basic; the top rank is that of Chief Master Sergeant.