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AFRS - Air Force Recruiting Service

"The most agile, effective and professional recruiting organization in the world"


Mission of the AFRS

Headquartered at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, the Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS) is a key division of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The mission of AFRS is "to inspire, engage and recruit the brightest, most competitive and diverse men and women for service in America's Air Force." Recruited from all over America, Airmen are provided with the technical training and skills necessary to continue this country’s long tradition of success in maintaining a combat-ready Air Force.

History of the AFRS

The AFRS started in 1947 when the Air Force separated from the Army Air Corps to become its own branch of the DoD. Up until 1954, the recruiting for the Air Force was conducted alongside the Army’s recruitment process. Once separated, the recruiting service for the Air Force was assigned to the 3500th U.S. Air Force Recruiting Wing at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio. In 1959 the wing was inactivated, and its function was passed to the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service, which moved to its present location at Randolph AFB, Texas in 1965. The ‘U.S.’ was dropped from the name in 1994, and since then, the AFRS has continued to supply the changing human resource needs of the Air Force.

Recruiting Service

Each year, a little more than 1,000 officers and 27,000 enlisted members solemnly swear (or affirm) to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

The AFRS oversees the recruitment of 100% of enlisted forces and Air Force chaplains, 16% of line officers, and 90% of health profession officers. Accessed individuals may be eligible to attend the Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama, whether they have prior service or not. Other career opportunities include chaplains, dentists, healthcare administrators, physicians, nurses, and biomedical science corps members. With 152 different career opportunities to choose from, candidates undergo a thorough technical training process that focuses on expanding and developing skill sets to match individuals to specific needs of the Air Force.

To keep up with this demand, approximately 2,800 Air Force recruiters worldwide make it their goal to find qualified individuals to fill the needs of the Air Force. This recruiting force is comprised of select personnel and volunteers with outstanding records, and must attend seven weeks of training at the Air Force Recruiting School at Lackland AFB, Texas.

Assignment to AFRS

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