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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I get a specific job? We can only offer you jobs the Air Force is hiring for and needs so it does depend on what you are looking for. We cannot make a specific job become available based on what you want. We require you to list 10 specific jobs that the Air Force is hiring for. Once matched a job, that is your job. We don’t just guarantee training, but the job itself.
  • How hard is it to get a medical job? Honestly pretty hard. In 2019 the Department of Defense began a process to decrease the military’s medical forces by 25%. That was over 18,000 Air Force medical jobs. That being said, hope is not lost! You can go to school for free on active duty towards the degree of your choice! So you can work fast food and go in to debt for college, or join us and get that college free, with good pay and benefits, and you’ll be trained in your backup career path. Sometimes your dream job isn’t as great as you thought or the pay isn’t what you hoped. The jobs we are primarily hiring for set you up for making very good money when you get out.
  • What is the best job? That depends completely on you! Everyone has different hobbies and interests. Some people would hate being stuck in a cubicle, others don’t want to work outside. During the process, we are going to get to know you so we can help guide you on listing jobs that are the right fit for you.
  • How long are the enlistments? We have 4 and 6 year contracts.
  • What if I sign up and don’t like it? That’s on you. The people we put in are having a great time and many are looking to make it a career. That being said, 4 years means a guaranteed job. A guaranteed job with pay raises every January, plus your enlistment anniversary, and each time you get promoted. There are also options for switching from active duty to the Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard halfway in to your enlistment if you’d rather go part time at that point (like if you got offered a high paying job).
  • Do I have to fly a plane? No. Less than 4% of the Air Force are pilots. Most of us stay on the ground supporting the flying, space, or cyber missions.
  • Would I have to jump out of a plane? Very, very few career fields have this option and those are volunteer only slots.
  • What is the main thing you look for in someone wanting to join? Attitude! Have a good attitude and open mind. Example, a young girl came in curious about Photojournalism. At the time we didn’t have any openings. She was open minded and qualified for mechanical jobs and listed them as well. Today she is an F-16 Crew Chief (fighter mechanic) and following an incentive flight on one, wants to fly it. She is being put in for commissioning to become a pilot now. She has a great attitude.
  • Is it possible to get in faster? Yes! You can be put on our Quick Ship list to take a job leaving sooner. Sometimes people joining have issues. Maybe they broke their arm in a car accident a week or two before they went to BMT. In that case, we will have to find someone to take their contract and slot for BMT. Ask your recruiter for more info.
  • Can I go Guard or Reserve first then switch to active later if I like it? This is highly unlikely. From 2018 to 2020, the prior service program for the Air Force was decreased by 90%. In 2018 all prior service slots were sent to recruiters to fill on October 1st, and were all taken by November. It’s easy to go part time later, but nearly impossible to go active from part time.
  • Why is it so hard to go active Air Force from the Guard, Reserve, or other branches? Air Force retention rates are up significantly. This means more people are choosing to stay in longer than we expected. In order to keep that many people in and not exceed our congressional manning authorization, we have to decrease how many new people we bring in. If you wonder if you’ll like it, just ask yourself, why are so many people choosing to stay in?

Army Pfc. James David Parker

Died January 21, 2004 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom
20, of Bryan, Texas; assigned to the 588th Engineer Battalion (Heavy), 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas; killed Jan. 21 in a mortar attack on his forward operating base in Baqubah, Iraq.
Texas soldier killed in Iraq

Associated Press

BRYAN, Texas — Pfc. David Parker’s quick wit and smiling face earned him many friends in Central Texas even though he lived there just two years.

“Every time I was with him there was always something to laugh about,” said his girlfriend, Amy Bolline. “He was such a happy person you couldn’t help but be happy right along with him.”

Parker, 20, was killed in Iraq on Jan. 21 when a mortar round exploded near him at his compound near Baqubah. He joined the Army in October 2002 and had been assigned to the Fort Hood-based 4th Infantry Division’s 588th Engineer Battalion since February.

Another member of the battalion, 22-year-old Spc. Gabriel Palacios, also died in the attack. A native of Nicaragua, he listed Lynn, Mass., as his home in military records.

Although Parker followed his father and grandfather into military service, his family was surprised when as a teen he decided to enlist.

“He just felt like he had some calling to do that,” his father, Jim Parker, told the Bryan-College Station Eagle in Friday’s editions. “That was David; He was always concerned about other people. He was a compassionate kid.”

While in Iraq, Parker volunteered for ordnance disposal, a highly dangerous job that involved clearing paths of mines and booby traps before other troops advanced.

Parker had been back in Bryan on leave as recently as November.

“He was just really together,” his father said. “He missed his family and he was glad to be home, but he was really in his element.”

Parker grew up in San Diego, where he developed a love for surfing, hip-hop and freestyle rapping. Shortly after he graduated from high school, his family moved to Bryan and he came along.

He assembled a crowd of friends in Bryan although he spent most of his time at Fort Hood. David Thomas said he and his two roommates considered Parker an unofficial roommate because he stayed with them so often.

“You’d never see him in a bad mood,” Thomas said. “If you met him you loved him.”

Friends said Parker saw the military as an opportunity to develop discipline, a chance to make it on his own and a vehicle to someday help pay for tuition at Texas A&M, where he hoped to study engineering.

“It hurts, but it still makes me proud to know that he died for his country,” Thomas said. “He’s a hero.”

Parker is survived by his parents and two younger brothers.

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