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MILITARY DEMOGRAPHICS

SNAPSHOT OF THE AIR FORCE

321,444 Active Duty

62,361 Officers

259,083 Enlisted

 

The Air Force has 12,297 pilots, 3,219 navigators and 1,219 air battle managers in the grade of lieutenant colonel and below. The Air Force has 25,617 non-rated 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.

20.3% women

21.2% of the officers are women and

20.1% of enlisted corps are women

58% of the female officers are line officers; 42% are non-line

85% of the male officers are line officers; 15% are non-line

65,390 total population of women

749 female pilots; 327 navigators; 229 air battle managers

 

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

72% White

15% Black or African American

4% Asian

0.7% American Indian / Native Alaskan

1.1% Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander

4.2% identified more than one race

3.8% 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.

14.5% Hispanic or Latino

81.3% Not Hispanic or Latino

4.2% Declined to respond

 

MARITAL STATUS

54% married, which is 69% of the officers and 51% of enlisted

28,479 active duty members married to another active duty member

1,625 married to members of other military services

140,574 active duty members married to other (non-military)

141 active duty members married to Reserve/Guard other service

4,319 active duty married to USAFR/ANG

146,306 active duty members are not married

 

FAMILY MEMBERS

379,206 family members are supported by active duty personnel

245,845 family members reside in an Airman's household

20.0% of the current force is assigned overseas (including Alaska and Hawaii), which includes

9,081 officers and 55,255 enlisted personnel

 

TOTAL ACTIVE FEDERAL MILITARY SERVICE

10 years for Officers

8 years for Enlisted

 

OFFICER ACADEMIC EDUCATION

55.7% of officers have advanced or professional degrees

43.5% have master's degrees

10.1% have professional degrees

2.1% have doctorate degrees

 

COMPANY GRADE OFFICERS

28.2% of company grade officers have advanced degrees

20.6% have master's degrees

7.1% have professional degrees

0.6% have doctorate degrees

 

FIELD GRADE OFFICERS

90.5% of field grade officers have advanced degrees

73.2% have master's degrees

13.4% have professional degrees

3.9% have doctorate degrees

 

ENLISTED ACADEMIC EDUCATION

58.1% completed some college

24.8% have associate's degrees

8.8% have bachelor's degrees

1.9% have master's degree

0.020% have professional degrees

 

AIRMAN TIER

80.83% have some college

3.97% have associate's degrees

1.962% have bachelor's degrees

0.107% have master's degree

0.006% have professional degrees

 

NCO TIER

47.23% some college

41.839% have associate's degrees

9.774% have bachelor's degrees

1.104% have master's degree

0.011% have professional degrees

 

SENIOR NCO TIER

6.24% some college

51.539% have associate's degrees

31.457% have bachelor's degrees

10.653% have master's degrees

0.104% have professional degrees

 

OFFICER DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

59.67% of officers have completed one or more developmental education courses either in residence or by correspondence

6,892 have completed at least one senior developmental course

12,218 have completed an intermediate course

18,100 have completed basic developmental course

 

SOURCE OF COMMISSION

59.67% through Reserve Officer Training Corps

22.3% through the Air Force Academy

19.7% through Officer Training School

16.6% through other sources (direct appointment, etc.)

 

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

 

(Current as of  Dec. 31, 2018)

CIVILIAN DEMOGRAPHICS

EMPLOYEE TYPE

141,880 U.S. Citizen/Permanent/Full-Time (USPFT) Employees

 

TYPE OF WORK

21.8% Professional

39.6% Administrative

11.8% Technical

2.8% Clerical

2.6% Other

21.4% Blue Collar

 

AIR RESERVE TECHNICIANS

8,968 Air Force Reserve Technicians

 

AGE

Average Age: 47.9

 

LENGTH OF SERVICE

Average Years of Service: 14.4

 

RETIREMENT ELIGIBILITY

20.3% become eligible in over 20 years

27.6% become eligible in 11-20 years

18.1% become eligible in 6-10 years

18.6% become eligible in 1-5 years

11.2% became eligible 0-5 years ago

2.9% became eligible over 5 years ago

0.4% Unknown

 

GENDER

28.9% Female

71.1% Male

 

ETHNICITY

8.2% Hispanic or Latino

91.8% Not Hispanic/Latino

 

RACE

1.2% American Indian or Alaska Native

3.7% Asian

13.4% Black or African American

0.6% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

74.3% White

2.7% two or more races

4.1% none reported

 

OVERSEAS

3.6% Overseas

96.4% CONUS

 

MILITARY SERVICE

5.4% Retired Officer

21% Retired Enlisted

30.9% Some Military Service (Not Retired)

42.8% No Military Service

 

EDUCATION (WHITE COLLAR)

0.2% Unknown Education Level

< .1% < H.S. / GED

20.6% H.S. / GED

15.8% AA/Some College

29.0% BA

31.4% MA

2.9% PhD/Professional Degree

 

EDUCATION (BLUE COLLAR)

0.3% Unknown Education Level

0.4% < H.S. / GED

71.3% H.S. / GED

21.3% AA/Some College

5.8% BA

0.9% MA

< .1% PhD/Professional Degree

 

DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION (SUMMARY)

9,276 Completed one or more PME schools

 

DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION (DETAIL)

2,950 Completed Senior Service School

5,419 Completed Intermediate Service School

5,169 Completed Squadron Officer School

 

EXECUTIVE-LEVEL TRAINING (SUMMARY)

165 Completed Executive-Level Training

 

EXECUTIVE-LEVEL TRAINING (DETAIL)

17 Completed Congressional Fellowship Program

143 Completed Executive and Senior Exec Leadership

5 Completed Public Administration Graduate School

 

(Current as of Dec. 31, 2018) 

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