From Pilots and Mechanics to Healthcare and Cyber careers, part-time jobs with full-time benefits are available in the Air Force Reserve. Whether you’ve experienced military life before or not, you have the opportunity to serve your country, earn extra income and gain health, education and other benefits. You serve where you live without interrupting your civilian career or higher education.
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.
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.