Air Education and Training Command, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, was established and activated in January 1942, making it the oldest major command in the Air Force. Its training mission makes it the first command to touch the life of nearly every Air Force member.

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Air Force Recruiting Service

Air Force Recruiting Service, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, is a key component of Air Education and Training Command.

Mission
The mission of Air Force Recruiting Service is to inspire, engage and recruit the brightest, most competitive and diverse men and women for service in America's Air Force.

Air Force Recruiting Service recruits quality men and women from a cross-section of America, responsive to the ever-changing needs of the Air Force. The accession of a steady flow of new recruits is essential to maintain a force with the proper distribution of skills. The Air Force recruits the best candidates possible, and then provides them with tough, highly technical training that gives them the right skills to replenish the combat capability of America's Air Force.

Air Force Recruiting Service accesses approximately 680 officers and more than 30,000 enlisted members each year. It places emphasis on recruiting people with no prior military service into one of more than 130 enlisted career opportunities.

AFRS also recruits prior and non-prior service officer candidates for Officer Training School at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. Additionally, AFRS focuses on recruiting chaplains and medical professionals such as physicians, dentists, nurses, healthcare administrators and biomedical science corps members.

The command is responsible for accessing 100 percent of the enlisted force, 90 percent of the service's health professions officers, approximately 16 percent of the line officers and 100 percent of Air Force chaplains.

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

Organization
AFRS is composed of three groups and 27 squadrons. These groups are: the 360th Recruiting Group at New Cumberland, Pa.; the 369th Recruiting Group at JBSA-Lackland, Texas; and the 372nd Recruiting Group at Hill AFB, Utah.

There are approximately 960 enlisted, 130 health professions and 21 line officer recruiters located in more than 850 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 2,100 active duty and 270 civilian personnel who support the mission of recruiting the enlisted members and officers needed to meet the diverse demands of America's expeditionary Air Force.

The highest quality Airmen are nominated by their commanders and selected for duty as Air Force recruiters. The nominated recruiters attend an initial seven-week training course at the Air Force Recruiting School at Lackland AFB, Texas.

AFRS uses business principles, including sales training and advertising, to market the U.S. Air Force as a challenging and rewarding career opportunity for young Americans.

History
When the Air Force became a separate service in 1947, it recognized the value of providing outstanding customer service in maintaining a positive connection with the American public to attract high-quality men and women.

Initially, the Army and Air Force conducted a joint recruiting program through the Army, but the Air Force assumed responsibility for its own recruiting in 1954. The mission was assigned to the 3500th U.S. Air Force Recruiting Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, under the command of Brig. Gen. Arno Luehman. The wing was inactivated on July 8, 1959, and the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service was activated in its place. In 1965, the headquarters moved to its present location at JBSA-Randolph, Texas. The command was renamed Air Force Recruiting Service in 1994.

Air Force job opportunities
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 by visiting the Recruiter Locator link on the official Air Force recruiting website at www.airforce.com and on the official Air Force recruiting Facebook page at www.facebook.com/USAirForceRecruiting.

AFRS Public Affairs
For more information about the Air Force Recruiting Service mission, contact the AFRS Public Affairs Office by calling DSN 665-4678 or 210-565-4678.

(Current as of September 2016)