The United States Air Force. You’ve probably heard of this organization. Well by definition The United States Air Force is an aerial warfare service of the United States armed forces. There are currently 246,695 enlisted active duty personnel in the U.S.A.F.

So what does it take to become an Airman? Well first off you will have to talk to a recruiter, either in person or over the phone. I would suggest seeing the recruiter in person when first talking to him, or her for the first time. It’s not necessary to speak to them in person, but I think it shows initiative.

When talking to the recruiter for the first time they’ll go over some basic items. They’ll give you a Case File Packet, and take your height, and weight. If you are over/under weight you will have to cut/gain the necessary amount before going to the Military Entrance Processing Station (M.E.P.S). You can find the Height/Weight chart below.


When you’re in M.E.P.S you will go over your background check. You will have drug tests and get a full physical by a physician. After you complete the physical examination you will go over your job options with a counselor. You will pick from a list of the job choices that you are eligible for based on your physical and aptitude requirements. You will be briefed on the goings on of M.E.P.S by your recruiter in fuller detail but those are the basics. Keep in mind that this will all be done in the morning and you will be staying the night in a hotel the day before. At end of M.E.P.S you’ll take your first oath of enlistment the oat goes as following.

“I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

When you get out of M.E.P.S you will meet with your recruiter once a month, and he or she will give you guidance as to what to expect in B.M.T (Basic Military Training). You will learn rank structure of the Air Force and be briefed on other various necessities for B.M.T

You will get your ship date for B.M.T and go to M.E.P.S for one last time, and take another Oath, and off you go to become an airman in the best Air Force in the world. Good luck!