Will I have an opportunity to become a pilot or Combat Systems Officer (CSO)?
是的. While at the Academy, cadets obtain a solid background in all phases of aviation. All cadets who meet the physical and medical qualifications are considered for flying training and may be selected to fill available openings. Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (conducted after graduation at several U.S. bases) prepares qualified graduates for flying careers in airlift, 轰炸机, 战斗机, 多用途, 特种作战或运输机.
Do graduates have a chance to obtain an advanced degree?
A few graduates will receive scholarships to attend military or civilian graduate schools immediately after graduation. 另外, many graduates are funded for postgraduate programs if they meet two important criteria: they must perform well as officers and the Air Force or 空间力量 must need people from the degree program they wish to pursue. These graduates are generally eligible for attendance after three years on active 责任. 除了, many Academy graduates attend one or more of the armed forces Developmental Education courses during their careers. For more information on postgraduate education and scholarship opportunities, please visit the 学术成功中心页面 在USAFA.EDU.
At the moment, up to 18 people in each graduating class can attend medical school.
Beginning in 2012, the Academy has the authority to select one U.S. 空军学院 graduate a year to send to law school immediately following graduation in an excess leave status. Eligible candidates include legal studies 主要s or mock trial team members with competitive grade point averages. If selected, candidates must apply and be accepted into law school. 在法学院时, participants will be in an unpaid excess leave status and will not receive government funding for law school. Upon successful completion of law school and passage of a state bar, that U.S. 空军学院 graduate will become a member of the USAF JAG Corps.
What are some of the benefits of an Air Force career?
The pay and allowances of a new officer compare favorably with starting salaries in comparable civilian positions. An officer advances in rank according to the needs of the Air Force or 空间力量 and professional performance. The Air Force and 空间力量 put a high premium on leaders with vision, dedication and ability. They offer a stimulating challenge and an interesting future in a wide spectrum of fields. There are opportunities for advanced education, and all officers are eligible to apply for further education at civilian colleges and universities. Some programs even allow selected officers to attend on a full-time basis, 领取薪酬及津贴, 他们的学费和固定费用交了吗, and receive some reimbursement for books and thesis expenses. 在每个移动, reimbursement for certain transportation costs, an extra allowance for incidental expenses of moving and free shipment of household goods are provided. Additional benefits include medical and hospital expenses, Commissary和base交换特权, 俱乐部的特权, VA和FHA的抵押贷款保险, group life insurance and 30 days of vacation with pay each year. The current law enables an officer to retire after completing 20 years of active service.
What is the salary of a second lieutenant after graduation?
The typical base pay per month is more than $3,100. Your salary is based on not only your rank, but also your time in the Air Force or 空间力量. 除了基本工资, military members also receive two allowances: Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) and Basic Allowance for Sustenance (BAS). Military members who are authorized to reside off base at government expense are entitled to receive a monthly tax-free housing allowance, 被称为“呸. The amount of the allowance is based on the member’s rank, 责任, location and whether or not they have dependents (family members residing with them). BAS is simply a monthly monetary food allowance for members of the military. Members who attend flight training will also receive flight pay. 如欲了解更多信息，请浏览 美国空军网站.
Can you explain the rank structure at the Academy or in the Air Force?
The military is organized into an officer corps and an enlisted corps. Commissioned officers outrank all enlisted personnel. Enlisted personnel are required to salute all commissioned officers, and commissioned officers are required to salute superior commissioned officers. Responsibility and accountability increase commensurate with rank. The Air Force rank insignia system is broken down into two 主要 categories: officer ranks and enlisted ranks. The enlisted ranks are further divided into Airmen and NCO (noncommissioned officer) ranks. 有四个空军军衔和五个军士长军衔. 另外, there is one special NCO rank (Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force). Officers progress from second lieutenant to first lieutenant, 然后队长, 主要, 中校, 上校最后, 四将军军衔. 作为空军的一名军官, 毕业后立即, 你将以O-1的身份进入空军, 哪个是少尉. 你将以O-2、O-3等方式工作. Each rank has a pay grade that begins with a letter “O” for officers and “E” for enlisted. 如欲了解更多信息，请浏览 美国空军网站.