The Air Force Reserve provides a wide range of benefits similar to those you would receive if you were on active duty with one major addition: the benefit of time. Time to be with your family, time to continue your civilian career and time to serve your country.
The Air Force Reserve constantly stresses education, and encourages Reservists to continue to learn throughout their careers by offering programs to help facilitate those ambitions.
Tuition Assistance is available
The Air Force Reserve Tuition Assistance (TA) program is designed to help Air Force Reserve personnel pursue voluntary, off-duty educational opportunities. Currently, the program pays 100 percent (up to $250 per semester hour or equivalent) of the cost of college tuition with a limit of $4,500 per fiscal year. Courses and degree programs may be academic or technical and can be taken from two- or four-year institutions on base, off base or by correspondence.
The training for most career fields leads to college credits applicable to Community College of the Air Force degree programs.
Montgomery GI Bill
The Montgomery GI Bill Select Reserve (MGIB-SR) program may be available to you. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances.
On the Job Training
The Air Force Reserve encourages on-the-job training and continuing education on all levels. Certain experiences, like those gained by aviation mechanics, can help Reservists qualify for special certifications/licensure, such as FAA licenses, at little or no cost.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education to those with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or those discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days.
Student Loan Repayment
The Air Force Reserve offers student loan repayment in selected career fields.
The Air Force Reserve can give you the ability to earn extra income and benefits while maintaining a civilian job or pursuing your degree. If you're a full-time student, you'll have the time to study while you serve in the Reserve. If you have a job, you'll enjoy the extra income earned as a member of the Reserve.
Grocery & Department Store Privileges
As a Reserve Airman, you can save more of what you earn when you shop at low-cost grocery stores, known as commissaries, or tax-free department stores, known as Exchanges. Recreational equipment rentals are also available at discounted rates.
The Air Force Reserve offers low-cost medical insurance to Airmen and their dependent family members including, but not limited to, spouses and children.
Plan for the Future
The Air Force Reserve offers excellent retirement benefits, inexpensive life insurance, and a reserve health care plan. These benefits make it very easy to build security.
The Air Force Reserve offers bonuses up to $20,000 to those who enlist in specific fields. The career fields that are eligible for a bonus can change every six months to reflect the needs of the Air Force Reserve. Enlisment bonuses are paid out over six years on the anniversary of the date of your enlistment.
You will meet people, make lifelong friendships and experience the sense of camaraderie typical of military service.
Service members who are currently on active duty can transfer directly to the Air Force Reserve and continue serving your country while accruing years towards your retirement.
Do the Extraordinary
Serving in the Air Force Reserve will give you the opportunity to go places and do things that are just not possible as a civilian.
In most cases, those who have past military experience from any branch will retain their rank when they join the Reserve.
Many current Reservists claim the personal and professional connections they made with other Reserve Airmen directly led to them securing permanent employment in the private sector.
No Need To Move
When you join the Air Force Reserve you can serve at a base close to where you currently live and work. Though you do not need to move, you may pursue assignments at your base or at other locations as the opportunities arise.