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Air Force Reserve: How To Join
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How To Join

The Air Force Reserve is open to officers and enlisted personnel, as well as to those with no prior military service.

Applicants without prior military service must be 17 to 34 years old (enlisted prior to 35th birthday), in good health, and of strong character. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a comprehensive written test, will help determine your eligibility. Those without prior military experience will go through Basic Military Training, an eight and a half week course that combines intensive physical conditioning, academic courses, and rigorous military training.

If you have previously served in the military and want to join the Air Force Reserve, your adjusted age must be less than 40. Subtract your years of active duty and/or active reserve from your age, and if the result is less than 40, you may be eligible for the Air Force Reserve. You can also join regardless of the U.S. military branch in which you previously served, including other Reserve and National Guard components. Individuals who have previously completed a U.S. military basic training program will generally not have to attend Air Force basic training. Also, those entering with experience in other branches of the military typically retain their rank once they join the Reserve.

All officers in the Air Force Reserve must hold a college degree and be selected to hold a commission. An enlisted man or woman may become an officer if he or she earns a bachelor's degree.

For more information, talk with an Air Force Reserve Recruiter at 1-800-257-1212 or chat online


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