Armament/Munitions Systems

These specialists are responsible for arming aircraft for combat and maintaining the ordnance equipment aboard the aircraft and on the ground.

Visit the pages listed on the pull-down menu (left) to learn more about this highly specialized field.

When you join the Air Force, you'll receive six weeks of basic military training (BMT) at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Then you'll receive training specific to your assignment (as detailed by job category) before you report to your duty station, which could be anywhere in the world. There, you'll gain even more training and apply the skills you've learned as a vital member of the Air Force team.

Aircraft Maintenance

Aircraft maintenance is all about mission readiness and flight safety. Thousands of specialists respond to this complex, multifaceted responsibility - and they perform every task every day all over the world, and do it at the highest level of proficiency. The reason is that it's their job. It's what they've been trained to do, and they do it better than any other fighting force in service anywhere.

Visit the pages listed on the pull-down menu (left) to experience the many functions needed to keep the Air Force at the ready, and meet some of the people who make it happen.

You'll also learn how you could become one of them.

When you join the Air Force, you'll receive six weeks of basic military training (BMT) at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Then you'll receive training specific to your assignment (as detailed by job category) before you report to your duty station, which could be anywhere in the world. There, you'll gain even more training and apply the skills you've learned as a vital member of the Air Force team.
Tactical Aircraft Maintenance

No one gets closer to every Air Force aircraft than the Tactical Aircraft Maintenance crew chief and the technicians and apprentices that help get the job done. While this team is backed up by all the other specialists that help them maintain the planes, they are on the front line of mechanical responsibility.

How To Begin
After BMT, you will be given five to thirteen weeks of technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. This comprehensive aircraft maintenance provides the foundation in areas of safety, hand tools, hardware, technical orders and more. You'll then travel to your duty station where you will enter the "track" phase of your training, specifically geared toward the aircraft you have been assigned to. Here, about 80 percent of your time will be spent performing actual aircraft maintenance. You'll be given significant responsibilities early on, as you hone your skills on your way to crew chief status. You'll have opportunities in several different areas such as the inspection dock, support center, or on the flight line.

Aircraft Hydraulics Systems

Aircraft Hydraulics Systems transmit much of the power needed to respond to the pilot's commands in operating the aircraft attitude controls, flaps, air brakes, landing gear, ground steering and many other systems. No other systems are more important to the safety and mission capability of the pilot and crew.

How To Begin
After BMT, you will be given ten weeks of technical training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. This comprehensive aircraft hydraulics course is divided into four blocks where you will learn to maintain and repair the different types of equipment necessary to do the best job. You'll learn the types of tools, hardware and electronic components you'll work with. You'll be introduced to the different hydraulic systems and how the components work internally and function together. You'll study troubleshooting techniques, how to read and understand schematics and diagrams, and receive training in shop repair, disassembly, cleaning, inspection and more. Then you'll learn flight line maintenance and inspection, and how to service landing gears and flight control systems. You'll also be trained in the operation of aerospace ground equipment necessary to do your job.

Aircraft Fuel Systems

Maintaining and repairing the fuel system of a modern Air Force jet is a challenging specialty that every mission depends on. It demands a thorough knowledge of the fuel pumping, fuel transfer and manifold systems on board the aircraft, and being able to spot and fix