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Military Demographics

 Air Force Active Duty Demographics 

- As of 30 June 2021

These statistics are from the current inventory and does not include the Guard, Reserve or Air Force Academy (approx 4,000 cadets).

Snapshot of the Air Force

  • 326,855 Active Duty
  • 61,734 Officers
  • 265,121 Enlisted

The Air Force has 12,568 pilots, 3,277 navigators and 1,342 air battle managers in the grade of lieutenant colonel and below. The Air Force has 23,447 nonrated line officers in the grade of lieutenant colonel and below. 

Age

  • 35 average age of the officer force
  • 28 average age for enlisted force
  • 38% are below the age of 26
  • 44% of enlisted are below 26
  • 12% of officers are below 26

Gender

Women first entered pilot training in 1976, navigator training in 1977 and fighter pilot training in 1993.

  • 21.3% women
  • 22.6% of the officers are women and
  • 20.9% of enlisted corps are women
  • 58% of the female officers are line officers; 42% are nonline
  • 84% of the male officers are line officers; 16% are nonline
  • 69,458 total population of women
  • 886 female pilots; 381 navigators; 264 air battle managers

Race

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

  • 71% White
  • 15% Black or African American
  • 4.3% Asian
  • 0.8% American Indian / Native Alaskan
  • 1.2% Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
  • 4.6% Identified more than one race
  • 3.5% Declined 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.

  • 15.9% Hispanic or Latino
  • 80.0% Not Hispanic or Latino
  • 4.1% Declined to respond

Marital Status

  • 54% married, which is 69% of the officers and 50% of enlisted
  • 30,546 active duty members married to another active duty member
  • 1,540 married to members of other military services
  • 139,132 active duty members married to other (non military)
  • 83 active duty members married to Reserve/Guard other service
  • 4,090 active duty married to USAFR/ANG
  • 151,464 active duty members are not married

Family Members

  • 380,420 family members are supported by active duty personnel
  • 293,914 family members reside in an Airman's household
  • 20.9% of the current force is assigned overseas (including Alaska and Hawaii), which includes
  • 9,231 officers and 58,992 enlisted personnel

Total active federal military service

  • 11 years for Officers
  • 8 years for Enlisted

Officer Academic Education

  • 53.9% of officers have advanced or professional degrees
  • 41.4% have master's degrees
  • 10.0% have professional degrees
  • 2.5% have doctorate degrees

Company Grade Officers

  • 26.7% of company grade officers have advanced degrees
  • 19.1% have master's degrees
  • 6.7% have professional degrees
  • 0.9% have doctorate degrees

Field Grade Officers

  • 85.5% of field grade officers have advanced degrees
  • 67.8% have master's degrees
  • 13.5% have professional degrees
  • 4.2% have doctorate degrees

Enlisted Academic Education

  • 60.6% completed some college
  • 22.5% have associate's degrees
  • 9.9% have bachelor's degrees
  • 2.2% have master's degree
  • 0.029% have professional degrees

Airmen Tier

  • 85.30% have some college
  • 2.706% have associate's degrees
  • 2.012% have bachelor's degrees
  • 0.140% have master's degree
  • 0.008% have professional degrees

NCO Tier

  • 48.67% some college
  • 38.352% have associate's degrees
  • 11.525% have bachelor's degrees
  • 1.386% have master's degree
  • 0.025% have professional degrees

Senior NCO Tier

  • 5.91% some college
  • 47.264% have associate's degrees
  • 34.312% have bachelor's degrees
  • 12.388% have master's degrees
  • 0.117% have professional degrees

Officer Developmental Education

  • 30.58% of officers have completed one or more developmental education courses either in residence or by correspondence
  • 6,853 have completed at least one senior developmental course
  • 11,971 have completed an intermediate course
  • 55 have completed basic developmental course

Source of commission

  • 41.4% commissioned through Reserve Officer Training Corps
  • 21.3% commissioned through the Air Force Academy
  • 20.0% commissioned through Officer Training School
  • 17.3% commissioned through other sources (direct appointment, etc.)

CIVILIAN DEMOGRAPHICS

Civilian Employee Demographics

- As of 30 June 2021

Employee Type

  • 152,231 U.S. Citizen/Permanent/Full-Time (USPFT) Employees

Type of Work

  • 22.5% Professional
  • 41.2% Administrative
  • 11.2% Technical
  • 2.4% Clerical
  • 2.6% Other
  • 20.1% Blue Collar

Air Reserve Technicians

  • 9,373 Air Force Reserve Technicians

Age

  • Average Age: 47.3

Length of Service

  • Average Years of Service: 13.7

Retirement Eligibility

  • 23.4% Become eligible in over 20 years
  • 28.5% Become eligible in 11-20 years
  • 15.9% Become eligible in 6-10 years
  • 17.8% Become eligible in 1-5 years
  • 10.8% Became eligible 0-5 years ago
  • 3.1% Became eligible over 5 years ago
  • 0.5% Unknown

Gender

  • 29.6% Female
  • 70.4% Male

Ethnicity

  • 8.8% Hispanic or Latino
  • 91.2% Not Hispanic/Latino

Race

  • 1.3% American Indian or Alaska Native
  • 3.9% Asian
  • 13% Black or African American
  • 0.7% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
  • 73.1% White
  • 3.5% Two or more races
  • 4.5% None reported

Overseas

  • 3.8% Overseas
  • 96.2% CONUS

Military Service

  • 5.1% Retired Officer
  • 19.9% Retired Enlisted
  • 29.8% Some Military Service (Not Retired)
  • 45.2% No Military Service

Education (White Collar)

  • 0.3% Unknown Education Level
  • < .1% < H.S./GED
  • 22.5% H.S./GED
  • 13.4% AA/Some College
  • 29.6% BA
  • 31.3% MA
  • 3% PhD/Professional Degree

Education (Blue Collar)

  • 0.3% Unknown Education Level
  • 0.3% < H.S./GED
  • 75% H.S./GED
  • 17.8% AA/Some College
  • 5.7% BA
  • 0.9% MA
  • 0.1% PhD/Professional Degree

Developmental Education (Summary)

  • 8,634 Completed one or more PME schools

Developmental Education (Detail)

  • 2,636 Completed Senior Service School
  • 5,197 Completed Intermediate Service School
  • 4,722 Completed Squadron Officer School

Executive-Level Training (Summary)

  • 166 Completed Executive-Level Training

Executive-Level Training (Detail)

  • 13 Completed Congressional Fellowship Program
  • 148 Completed Executive and Senior Exec Leadership
  • 5 Completed Public Administration Graduate School

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