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Military Demographics

The following Air Force active duty demographics information is current as of 31 October 2020. These statistics are from the current inventory and does not include the Guard, Reserve or AirForce Academy (approx 4,000 cadets).

Snapshot of the Air Force

  • 329,839 Active Duty
  • 64,025 Officers
  • 265,814 Enlisted
  • The Air Force has 12,395 pilots, 3,313 navigators and 1,343 air battle managers in the grade of lieutenant colonel and below. The Air Force has 26,097 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
  • 39% are below the age of 26
  • 45% of enlisted are below 26
  • 13% of officers are below 26

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

  • 21.1% women
  • 22.4% of the officers are women and
  • 20.8% of enlisted corps are women
  • 59% of the female officers are line officers; 41% are nonline
  • 85% of the male officers are line officers; 15% are nonline
  • 69,722 total population of women
  • 838 female pilots; 375 navigators; 252 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
  • 0.7% American Indian / Native Alaskan
  • 1.2% Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander
  • 4.5% 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.

  • 15.6% Hispanic or Latino
  • 80.1% Not Hispanic or Latino
  • 4.2% Declined to respond

Marital Status

  • 54% married, which is 69% of the officers and 50% of enlisted
  • 30,253 active duty members married to another active duty member
  • 1,496 married to members of other military services
  • 141,198 active duty members married to other (non military)
  • 81 active duty members married to Reserve/Guard other service
  • 4,206 active duty married to USAFR/ANG
  • 152,605 active duty members are not married

Family Members

  • 385,195 family members are supported by active duty personnel
  • 300,725 family members reside in an Airman's household
  • 20.2% of the current force is assigned overseas (including Alaska and Hawaii), which includes
  • 9,138 officers and 57,626 enlisted personnel

Officer Academic Education

  • 53.2% of officers have advanced or professional degrees
  • 41.3% have master's degrees
  • 9.6% have professional degrees
  • 2.3% have doctorate degrees
    • Company Grade Officers
    • 26.5% of company grade officers have advanced degrees
    • 19.1% have master's degrees
    • 6.6% have professional degrees
    • 0.8% have doctorate degrees
    • Field Grade Officers
    • 86.7% of field grade officers have advanced degrees
    • 69.7% have master's degrees
    • 12.9% have professional degrees
    • 4.1% have doctorate degrees

Enlisted Academic Education

  • 60.2% completed some college
  • 23.0% have associate's degrees
  • 9.4% have bachelor's degrees
  • 2.1% have master's degree
  • 0.027% have professional degrees

Airmen Tier

  • 84.14% have some college
  • 2.971% have associate's degrees
  • 1.957% have bachelor's degrees
  • 0.128% have master's degree
  • 0.010% have professional degrees

NCO Tier

  • 48.71% some college
  • 39.079% have associate's degrees
  • 10.755% have bachelor's degrees
  • 1.242% have master's degree
  • 0.014% have professional degrees

Senior NCO Tier

  • 5.87% some college
  • 48.936% have associate's degrees
  • 33.122% have bachelor's degrees
  • 11.736% have master's degrees
  • 0.125% have professional degrees

Officer Developmental Education

  • 30.08% of officers have completed one or more developmental education courses either in residence or by correspondence
  • 6,663 have completed at least one senior developmental course
  • 12,540 have completed an intermediate course
  • 58 have completed basic developmental course

Source of commission

  • 40.8% commissioned through Reserve Officer Training Corps
  • 22.2% commissioned through the Air Force Academy
  • 20.5% commissioned through Officer Training School
  • 16.5% commissioned through other sources (direct appointment, etc.)

CIVILIAN DEMOGRAPHICS

The following Air Force Civilian demographics information is current as of 30 September 2020. 

Employee Type 

  • 149,996 U.S. Citizen/Permanent/Full-Time (USPFT) Employees 

Type of Work 

  • 22.3% Professional 
  • 40.7% Administrative 
  • 11.3% Technical 
  • 2.5% Clerical 
  • 2.5% Other 
  • 20.7% Blue Collar 

Air Reserve Technicians 

  • 9,482 Air Force Reserve Technicians 

Age 

  • Average Age: 47.4 

Length of Service 

  • Average Years of Service: 13.8 

Retirement Eligibility 

  • 23.1% Become eligible in over 20 years 
  • 28% Become eligible in 11-20 years 
  • 16.4% Become eligible in 6-10 years 
  • 17.9% Become eligible in 1-5 years 
  • 11.1% Became eligible 0-5 years ago 
  • 3% Became eligible over 5 years ago 
  • 0.5% Unknown 

Gender 

  • 29.5% Female 
  • 70.5% Male 

Ethnicity 

  • 8.7% Hispanic or Latino 
  • 91.3% Not Hispanic/Latino 

Race 

  • 1.3% American Indian or Alaska Native 
  • 3.8% Asian 
  • 13.1% Black or African American 
  • 0.6% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 
  • 73.6% White 
  • 3.3% Two or more races 
  • 4.3% None reported 

Overseas 

  • 3.7% Overseas 
  • 96.3% CONUS 

Military Service 

  • 5.1% Retired Officer 
  • 20.2% Retired Enlisted 
  • < .1% Retired Warrant Officer 
  • 29.9% Some Military Service (Not Retired) 
  • 44.8% No Military Service 

Education (White Collar) 

  • 0.3% Unknown Education Level 
  • < .1% < H.S./GED 
  • 22.2% H.S./GED 
  • 13.9% AA/Some College 
  • 29.5% BA 
  • 31.2% MA 
  • 3% PhD/Professional Degree 

Education (Blue Collar) 

  • 0.3% Unknown Education Level 
  • 0.3% < H.S./GED 
  • 74.4% H.S./GED 
  • 18.5% AA/Some College 
  • 5.5% BA 
  • 0.9% MA 
  • < .1% PhD/Professional Degree

 

AIR RESERVE COMPONENT STATISTICS

AFPC maintains statistics for the active-duty force. Statistics for the Air National Guard or the Air Force Reserve, if available, would be accessed from the buttons below.

Air National Guard

Air Force Reserve Command