Mar 25, 2019 - 09:11 PM
The Air Force is a very large and complex organization, which consequently has something for just about everyone with a technical or engineering background. But the downside is that it is easy to get lost in the bureaucracy, and in turn have it set back your military career. Be ready to learn the system and work it.
Take the ASVAB seriously no matter how accomplished you are, and prepare for it as you did the SAT or ACT. The results will have a lot of influence on your MOS assignment. Make your interests known, and don’t let the recruiter talk you into something that just doesn’t fit. Understand that they will aggressively recruit for roles the DoD deems urgent, but keep an open mind nevertheless. Some roles might represent a worthwhile opportunity that you were never aware of. Even if you are set on an aviation career, you might also consider similar roles in the other branches of service.
Aug 22, 2018 - 10:07 AM
There are many engineering jobs in the Air Force that don't require any previous education. A bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, however, qualifies you to be an officer. This expands your list of employment opportunities significantly.
You could be a civil engineer or work as an architect. You may become an airfield operations officer, managing runways and ensuring that every flight goes off without a hitch. It may even be possible to pursue work in electronics or computer software engineering if you are looking for a more specialized field. Whatever job path you choose, the Air Force is a great place for those with degrees in engineering.