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Security Forces

Overview:  Security takes on a heightened meaning when the items being protected include the world's most advanced weapons systems as well as nuclear armaments.  From enforcing traffic regulations to being essential components of antiterrorism activities, Security Forces officers direct all air base security, defense and law enforcement functions.

Position:  Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Protect nuclear and conventional weapons systems and other resources 
  • Direct air base defense functions including control and security of terrain inside and immediately adjacent to military installations 
  • Enforce standards of conduct, discipline and adherence to laws and directives 
  • Coordinate security forces functions with other units, military services and civilian agencies


  • Bachelor's Degree; undergraduate academic specialization in sociology, criminology, police administration, criminal justice, legal studies or a related area is desirable
  • Normal color vision
  • Must not have used/distributed/manufactured illicit narcotics as defined in schedule I/II or been arrested for narcotics in schedules I through V as listed in 21 USC §812
  • No history of excessive alcohol use or been arrested in the past two years for two or more alcohol related incidents regardless of disposition, except when found not guilty
  • Must not have used a substance (sniffing/huffing) to obtain an altered conscious state from aerosol spray, lighter fluid, petro chemical, adhesives, Freon, or any other chemical for a purpose not intended for use
  • No more than one active wage garnishment for delinquency
  • No more than two delinquent charge off/collection (>= 30 days) payments within last two years
  • Within three years prior to entry into military service, have not been terminated from civilian employment more than twice for reasons of misconduct, theft, or alcohol use
  • No record of sleep disorders to include, but not limited to, sleep apnea, insomnia, hypersomnia, narcolepsy, or restless leg syndrome
  • No current diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder/Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Perceptual /Learning Disorder(s), with no use of medication(s) to treat same in the last 12 months
  • No history of mood disorders including bipolar disorder, major depression, dysthymia, or depression not otherwise specified
  • No recorded evidence of personality disorder, sustained or untreatable emotional instability to include
    depression, or suicidal behavior to include attempts, gestures, ideations, threats or history of self-mutilation
  • Distance visual acuity correctable to 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other
  • Qualification to bear firearms 
  • Never been convicted by a general, special, or summary courts-martial
  • Never been convicted by a civilian court of a Category 1, 2, or 3 offense, nor exceeded the accepted number of Category 4 offenses. Category 3 and 4 traffic offenses alone are not disqualifying.
  • No speech disorder or noticeable communication deficiency
  • No diagnosed fear of acrophobia (fear of heights) or confined spaces
  • No documented record of gang affiliation
  • No fear of working around nuclear weapons or nuclear components
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve
  • Eligibility for Secret security clearance
  • Maintain a valid state driver's license and able to operate a government motor vehicle


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the nine week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required