The Air Force Reserve is open to current military personnel who are transitioning from active duty, former members of any branch of the U.S. military, as well as candidates with no prior military experience.
For more information on how to join the Air Force Reserve, select from one of the following:
Applicants without prior military service must:
Once these requirements are met, the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a comprehensive written test, and the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), physical and moral standard screenings, will help further determine your eligibility.
After all testing and physicals are complete, you will go to Basic Military Training (BMT), an 8-week course completed at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
After BMT, you may need to go to technical training, where you will learn about your career field and can even earn college credit toward a degree.
If you have previously served in either the active duty Air Force or another branch of the military, your adjusted age must be less than 40. (Subtract your years of service from your age. If the result is less than 40, you may be eligible to join the Air Force Reserve.)
Candidates with prior military experience will not have to repeat Basic Military Training (BMT). You can continue your service, and, in many cases, keep your rank.
You can also join regardless of the U.S. military branch in which you previously served, including other Reserve and National Guard components.
All officers in the Air Force Reserve must hold a college degree and be selected to hold a commission. Enlisted personnel may become officers if they earn a bachelor's degree.
All officer candidates attend a nine week course at the Officer Training School at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama. Those who are in healthcare, legal or religious professional areas attend Commissioned Officer Training, which is a condensed course of study.
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