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Air Force Hiring Process

First, you will have to make sure you meet all of the requirements. If you meet all of the requirements you will be asked to take an assessment test. After passing the assessment test you will need to go through a physical and mental screening. Then you will have to prepare for your BMT. Learn more about these tests below.


Air Force Requirements

In order to join the Air Force, you need to meet a few requirements:

  • Age - To enlist, you cannot be younger than 17 or older than 39 years old. To join as an officer, you cannot be younger than 18 or older than 34 years old. To join as a healthcare, law, or ministry professional, you cannot be younger than 18 or older than 48 years old.
  • Education - You must have a high school diploma or a GED
  • Citizenship - You must be a citizen of the United States. You must be a legal permanent resident with a valid green card or a legal non-citizen with a visa. However, to become an Air Force officer you must be a native-born or naturalized U.S. citizen
  • Vision - You may have an eye refraction level of no worse than + or - 8.0. Some careers, like pilots, have stricter vision requirements.
  • Tattoos - You may not display excessive tattoos that would detract from an appropriate professional image while in uniform. Excessive tattoos are classified as those that cover over 25% of any body part.
  • Drugs - In most cases, substance abuse is disqualifying.
  • Criminal Record - Law violations have an impact on qualifying for Air Force enlistment. Even an excessive number of traffic-related law violations within a 365-day period could negatively impact your eligibility. If you have concerns about your record, contact your recruiter to discuss your situation.

Physical and Mental Screening

Once you have taken the ASVAB, a recruiter will make an appointment for you at a nearby Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) to assess your physical and moral standards as set by the Air Force. When processing through MEPS, you will have to provide your counselor with a list of every job and aptitude area you are qualified for and willing to train for.


Preparing for the BMT

Once you’ve passed all the necessary requirements and tests and have been officially accepted into the Air Force, you’ll go into the Delayed Entry Program (DEP), which means you’re waiting for your departure date for Basic Military Training (BMT).


Air Force Assessment Tests

When applying for any position in the Air Force you will need to take the ASVAB. However, you may have to take the EDPT, depending on the position you applied to. For example, if you applied for a position in the Air Force Cyber section you will need to take the EDPT.


Prepare for Your Assessment

Whether you are taking the ASVAB or the EDPT it is important to prepare for the exam. The Air Force is one of the most prestigious branches of the U.S. Military; getting accepted requires strong will, motivation, physical fitness and most of all - a high score on the test. Prepare with JobTestPrep to maximize your score.