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Military Demographics

The following Air Force active duty demographics information is current as of 31 March 2014. These statistics are from the current inventory and does not include the Guard, Reserve or Air Force Academy (approx 4,000 cadets).
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Snapshot of the Air Force
  • 326,259 Active Duty
  • 64,070 Officers
  • 262,189 Enlisted
The Air Force has 13,805 pilots, 3,600 navigators and 1,539 air battle managers in the grade of lieutenant colonel and below. The Air Force has 25,299 nonrated line officers in the grade of lieutenant colonel and below.

Age


  • 35 is the average age of the officer force
  • 29 is the average age of the enlisted force
  • 37% are below the age of 26
  • 43% of the enlisted force is below 26
  • 13% of the officer force is below 26
Gender

Women first entered pilot training in 1976, navigator training in 1977 and fighter pilot training in 1993.
  • 18.9% Women
  • 19.8% of the officers are women
  • 18.7% of the enlisted corps are women
  • 55% of the female officers are line officers; 45% are nonline
  • 85% of the male officers are line officers; 15% are nonline
  • 61,587 is the total population of women
  • 711 female pilots; 272 navigators; 223 air battle managers
Race

The following percentages, which are self-reported, cover Air Force military members' racial information.

  • 73% White
  • 14% Black or African American
  • 3.1% Asian
  • 0.6% American Indian / Native Alaskan
  • 1.1% Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
  • 3.3% Identified more than one race
  • 4.7% Decline to respond
Ethnicity

"Hispanic or Latino" is considered an ethnic, not a racial, category that is registered separately and in addition to the above racial categories.
  • 12.7% Hispanic or Latino
  • 83.6% Not Hispanic or Latino
  • 3.7% Decline to respond
Marital Status
  • 58% married, which is 72% of the officers and 55% of the enlisted
  • 30,214 active-duty members married to another active duty member
  • 1,411 married to members of other military services
  • 152,748 active-duty members married to other (non military)
  • 132 active duty members married to reserve/guard other service
  • 5,906 active duty married to Air Force Reserve or Air National Guard
  • 135,848 active-duty members are not married
Family Members
  • 435,282 active-duty members support family members
  • 343,813 family members reside in an Airman's household
  • 20.5% of the current force is assigned overseas, (including Alaska and Hawaii), which includes 9,287 officers and 57,544 enlisted personnel
Total Active Federal Military Service
  • 11 years is the average total active federal military service
  • 8 years for enlisted Airmen
Officer Academic Education
  • 62.0% of officers have advanced or professional degrees
  • 50.0% have master's degree
  • 10.2% have professional degrees
  • 1.8% have doctorate degrees
Company Grade Officers' Academic Education
  • 37.2% of company grade officers have advanced degrees
  • 28.9% have master's degree
  • 7.9% have professional degrees
  • 0.4% have doctorate degrees
Field Grade Officers' Academic Education
  • 92.4% of field grade officers have advanced degrees
  • 76.7% have master's degree
  • 12.4% have professional degrees
  • 3.4% have doctorate degrees
Enlisted Academic Education
  • 63.4% completed some college
  • 22.5% have associate's degrees
  • 7.4% have bachelor's degrees
  • 1.4% have master's degree
  • 0.015% have professional degrees
Airman Tier
  • 80.82% have some college
  • 4.530% have associate's degrees
  • 2.991% have bachelor's degrees
  • 0.091% have master's degree
  • 0.003% have professional degrees
NCO Tier
  • 59.27% compl some college
  • 32.826% have associate's degrees
  • 6.939% have bachelor's degrees
  • 0.889% have master's degree
  • 0.011% have professional degrees
Senior NCO Tier
  • 15.41% completed some college
  • 52.610% have associate's degrees
  • 24.314% have bachelor's degrees
  • 7.586% have master's degree
  • 0.073% have professional degrees
Officer Developmental Education
  • 74.94% of officers have completed one or more developmental education courses in residence or by correspondence
  • 9,519 have completed at least one senior developmental course
  • 14,366 have completed an intermediate course
  • 24,128 have completed a basic developmental course
Source of Commission
  • 42.7% commissioned through Reserve Officer training Corps
  • 22.4% commissioned through the Air Force Academy
  • 17.5% commissioned through Officer Training School
  • 17.4% commissioned through other sources (direct appointment, etc.)
tabAir Force Civilian Demographics 
Civilian Employee Demographics
As of 31 March 2014

Employee Type
  • 138,190 USPFT Employees 
  • 2,973 U.S. Citizen Temp or Term (UST/T) Employees
  • 795 U.S. Citizen Part Time, Intermittent (US Other) Employees
  • 1,857 LWOP > 30 days, Furlough, or Suspended (LWOP/FURL/SUSP) Employees 
  • 21,816 Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) Employees 
  • 12,395 Local Nationals (LN)
Civilian Employee Demographics (USPFT Only)
As of 31 March 2014

Type of Work
  • 20.5% Professional
  • 38.3% Administrative
  • 12.6% Technical
  • 4.1% Clerical
  • 2.9% Other
  • 21.7% Blue Collar
Air Reserve Technicians
  • 9,887 Air Force Reserve Technicians
Age
  • Average Age: 47.9
Length of Service
  • Average Years of Service: 14.7
Retirement Eligibility (USPFT)
  • 19.5% Become eligible in over 20 years
  • 29.5% Become eligible in 11-20 years
  • 19.7% Become eligible in 6-10 years
  • 18.8% Become eligible in 1-5 years
  • 10.1% Became eligible 0-5 years ago
  • 2.4% Became eligible over 5 years ago
Gender
  • 29.7% Female
  • 70.3% Male
Ethnicity
  • 7.2% Hispanic or Latino
  • 92.8% Not Hispanic/Latino
Race
  • 1.1% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 3.3% Asian
  • 12.9% Black or African American
  • 0.4% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • 75.5% White
  • 1.6% Two or more races
  • 5.1% None reported
Overseas
  • 3.8% Overseas
  • 96.2% CONUS
Military Service
  • 5.5% Retired Officer
  • 21.1% Retired Enlisted
  • < .1% Retired Warrant Officer
  • 30.8% Some Military Service (Not Retired)
  • 42.7% No Military Service
Education (White Collar)
  • 0.2% Unknown Education Level
  • 0.1% < H.S./GED
  • 23.7% H.S./GED
  • 18.2% AA/Some College
  • 28.5% BA
  • 27% MA
  • 2.4% PhD/Professional Degree
Education (Blue Collar)
  • 0.4% Unknown Education Level
  • 0.7% < H.S./GED
  • 70.9% H.S./GED
  • 22.8% AA/Some College
  • 4.7% BA
  • 0.5% MA
  • < .1% PhD/Professional Degree
Developmental Education (Summary)
  • 9,233 completed one or more professional military education schools
Developmental Education (Detail)
  • 2,959 Completed Senior Service School
  • 5,179 Completed Intermediate Service School
  • 5,292 Completed Squadron Officer School
Executive-Level Training (Summary)
  • 261 completed executive-level training
Executive-Level Training (Detail)
  • 20 Completed Congressional Fellowship Program
  • 229 Completed Executive and Senior Exec Leadership
  • 13 Completed Public Administration Graduate School
  • 5 Completed Management Graduate School

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