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About AETC

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

Recruit, train and educate Exceptional Airmen. 

The First Command: Developing Airmen of character--the foundation of a lethal force.

Personnel and Resources 
More than 29,000 active-duty members, 6,000 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel, and 14,000 civilian personnel make up AETC. The command also has more than 9,000 contractors assigned. AETC flies approximately 1,400 aircraft.

AETC includes Air Force Recruiting Service, two numbered air forces and the Air University. The command operates 12 major installations and supports tenant units on numerous bases across the globe. There are also 16 active-duty and seven Reserve wings. 

AETC Units

  • 2nd Air Force

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    Headquartered at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, 2nd AF is the numbered air force responsible for conducting basic military and nonflying technical training for Air Force.


    Go to 2nd AF's Website

  • 19th Air Force

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    Nineteenth Air Force, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, 19th AF is responsible for flying training execution, mentoring, safety, advocacy for subordinate units and security of operating environments.


    Go to 19th AF's page

  • Air Force Recruiting Service

    Headquartered at JBSA-Randolph, Texas, AFRS comprises three regional groups and 27 squadrons with more than 1,200 recruiters assigned throughout the United States, England, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico and Guam.

    Go to AFRS's page

  • Air University

    Headquartered at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, AU provides the full spectrum of Air Force education, from precommissioning to the highest levels of professional military education, including degree-granting and professional continuing education for officers, enlisted members, and civilians throughout their careers.

    Go to AU's page

  • All AETC Units

    AETC includes more than 60,000 active duty, Air National Guard and reserve members, civilians and contractors who deliver training programs tailored to meet the strategic needs of today’s Air Force.

    Go to the AETC's units page

AETC Visual Media

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DVIDS is a free visual media distribution site which provides a connection between the media and American military media content. The free subscription provides access to military photos, videos, holiday greetings, articles and newswire alerts.





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AETC News Releases

  • New AETC Command Chief focused on Airmen and valuing force generation

    The First Command welcomed Chief Master Sgt. Erik Thompson as its new senior enlisted advisor to the commander and senior staff effective Aug. 1, 2020. Thompson, who replaces Chief Master Sgt. Julie Gudgel as the command chief of Air Education and Training Command, is coming into the position after serving as the 19th Air Force command chief.
  • SWTW's Assessment and Selection Equals Airpower Projection

    A&S is a character based process that is indexed off of physical performance and mental fortitude, but fuses the cognitive domain to build a unit of action: an agile and adaptive operator. A&S is a high performance system designed to prepare operators for uncertainty, to embrace pressure and improve their crisis management abilities.
  • RPA Training Next transforming pipeline to competency-based construct

    Air Education and Training Command is integrating modern technology and innovative strategies in an effort to transform how remotely piloted aircraft pilots and sensor operators are developed through the RPA Training Next initiative.
  • Feasibility of secondary Air Force BMT location proven; COVID-19 surge operations to begin June 2

    Air Force officials announced that, beginning June 2, the service will continue to hold basic military training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi, as a secondary location until the end of COVID-19 surge operations. The decision to stand up initial operating capability under 37th Training Wing comes after a successful proof of concept trial run.

Major AETC Initiatives

  • Force Development

    Force Development is a deliberate process of preparing Airmen through the Continuum of Learning with the required competencies to meet the challenges of warfighting in the 21st Century.

    Learn more about Force Development

  • AETC Innovation

    Innovation is the cornerstone of the way AETC does business and key to sustaining a competitive advantage. Creative approaches, innovation, resources and execution at the speed of relevance are required to sharpen our competitive edge.

    To learn more on to discover, learn and cultivate AETC's innovation culture, visit our AETC Innovation Community web page, as well as the AETC Innovation web page


  • AETC Diversity and Inclusion

    AETC taking deliberate action focused on diversity and  inclusion for recruits and Airmen. We must increase efforts in  outreach programs, recruiting, and training to develop a   diverse Air Force that capitalizes on our nation’s strengths to   meet the challenges of tomorrow. 

    Learn more about efforts within AETC to foster an  environment of diversity and inclusion here. 


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