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Air Force Recruiting Service, with headquarters at Randolph Air Force Base Texas, is a major component of Air Education and Training Command. The command develops, implements and manages various enlisted and officer recruiting programs for the U.S. Air Force.
People are the Air Force's most valuable asset. Without them, even the most advanced weapon systems are rendered useless. Therefore, Air Force Recruiting Service recruits quality airmen from a cross-section of America responsive to the ever-changing needs of the Air Force. Its approach uses all the tools of professional salesmanship to achieve the primary national objective -- air superiority.
The accession of a steady flow of new recruits is essential to maintain a force with the proper distribution of skills. The Air Force continues to bring in quality men and women because it matters. The Air Force recruits to retain, so AFRS recruits the brightest candidates possible. Then the Air Force provides them with tough, highly technical training that gives them the right skills to sustain the combat capability of America's Air Force.
The mission of Air Force Recruiting Service is to recruit quality men and women with the right skills, at the right time, in the right numbers to sustain the combat capability of America's Air Force. Emphasis is on recruiting people with no prior military service into one of more than 140 enlisted career opportunities. Qualified individuals are mentally, morally and physically capable of handling the sophisticated systems and equipment of today's highly technical air and space force.
Air Force Recruiting Service recruits prior and non-prior service officer candidates for Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Ala. AFRS also recruits chaplains, physicians, dentists, nurses, health care administrators, and biomedical science corps members. The command is responsible for accessing 100 percent of the enlisted force, 90 percent of the service's medical officers, 25 percent of the line officers and 100 percent of Air Force chaplains.
Fiscal 2009 goals are to bring in 31,800 enlisted members, 1,237 health professionals, 25 chaplains and 535 line officers. Critically manned career fields such as pararescue, combat control; security forces and healthcare professions remain a priority.
Air Force Recruiting Service is composed of three groups and 24 squadrons. These groups are the 360th Recruiting Group at New Cumberland, Pa.; the 369th Recruiting Group at Lackland AFB, Texas; and the 372nd Recruiting Group at Hill AFB, Utah.
There are approximately 1,326 enlisted and 139 health professions recruiters located in 1,300 recruiting offices throughout the United States. There is also a recruiting presence in England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico and Guam. In total, AFRS includes approximately 2,519 active-duty and 307 civilian personnel who recruit officers and enlisted members needed to meet the diverse demands of America's Expeditionary Air Force.
Every Air Force recruiter is a volunteer or is nominated and selected from among the best in his or her career field. Recruiters are trained at the Air Force Recruiting School, Lackland AFB, Texas.
When the Air Force became a separate department in 1947, it recognized that in order to attract high-quality men and women, it had to provide outstanding customer service while maintaining a positive connection with the American public. At first the Army and the Air Force conducted a joint recruiting program through the Army's recruiting organization. The Air Force assumed responsibility for its own recruiting in 1954, and assigned the mission to the 3500th U.S. Air Force Recruiting Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, under the command of Brig. Gen. Arno Luehman.
On July 8, 1959, the wing was inactivated and in its place, the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service was activated. Six years later the headquarters moved to its present location near San Antonio at Randolph AFB, Texas. The command has been an operational headquarters under Air Training Command, later Air Education and Training Command, since 1974. The command was renamed Air Force Recruiting Service in 1994.
Opportunities to Join the Air Force
For information about enlisted, officer and healthcare professional job opportunities, contact a local Air Force recruiter. Recruiter contact information is available by calling 1-800-423-USAF (8723) or visit the Recruiter Locator link on the official Air Force recruiting Web site at www.airforce.com.
Point of Contact Headquarters Recruiting Service, Public Affairs; 550 D Street West, Ste 1; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas 78150-4527; DSN 665-4678 or 210-565-4678 or visit www.rs.af.mil