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Facing recruiting headwinds, Air Force offers thousands in new enlistment incentives

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  • Air Force Recruiting Service Public Affairs

The Air Force added more opportunities for future Airmen to receive bonuses upon entering active duty in fiscal 2022.

Six skills were added to the FY22 Initial Enlistment Bonus program on April 11, 2022 for four or six-year contracts in hard-to-fill job specialties and an additional incentive called “Quick Ship” will be offered from April, 11 to Sept. 30, 2022.

“As we roll up our sleeves in the battle for talent, we’ve got to remain competitive as we go after our next generation of Airmen,” said Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas, Air Force Recruiting Service commander. “While we’ve got an unmatched value proposition we also have a record-high level of competition for America’s best and brightest.”

Any member who enters active duty with any career field in a quick-ship status may be eligible to receive an $8,000 bonus. Quick Ship is when an already fully-qualified applicant fills a short-notice Basic Military Training Vacancy, shipping out within five days or less.

In addition, some cyber career fields have bonus pay amounts that are based on the member’s highest level of certification, giving the applicant an opportunity to receive up to $20,000.

Special Warfare recruits are already eligible for up to $50,000 upon entering active duty.

Recruiting incentives give recruiters additional support and tools to use as they press through all the challenges associated with reaching the Air Force’s FY22 Total Force accessions goals. Those challenges include a low youth propensity to join, a national labor shortage and aggregate effects of operating primarily virtual since the March 2020 outbreak of COVID-19.

The following is the complete IEB list effective April 11, 2022:

CURRENT AFSCs

6-YR Bonus

4-YR Bonus

1A8X1

Airborne Linguist

  $20,000

 N/A

1N3XX

Crypto Linguist

  $18,000

N/A

1D731R

Radio Frequency Transmission Systems

  $6,000

 

$3,000

 

1T0X1

SERE

  $40,000

N/A

2A534

Refuel/Bomber Aircraft Maintenance

  $6,000

 

$3,000

 

2A632

Aerospace Ground Equipment

  $6,000

 

$3,000

 

2W031

Munitions Systems

  $6,000

 

$3,000  

 

 

3D0X2

 

Cyber Sys. Ops.

$12,000-$20,000

 

 

N/A

 

3D0X3

 

Cyber Surety

$12,000-$20,000

 

 

N/A

 

3D1X1

 

Client Systems

$12,000-$20,000

 

N/A

 

3D1X2

Cyber Transport Systems

$12,000-$20,000

 

 

N/A

3E8X1

EOD

$50,000

N/A

 

9T500

Special Warfare Operator Enlistment

$50,000 

 

 N/A

 

 9TMAGE

Any Mechanical or Electrical Aptitude Area

$6,000  

 $3,000  

AFRS

QUICK SHIP

Any AFSC

$8,000  

 $8,000  

 

NOTE: For Cyber career fields starting with “3D” above any Level I Certification (A+, Network+) qualifies for $12K. Any Level II Certification (CCNA-Security, CAP, GSLC, Security+, CSSLP, GSEC) or Any CNDSP Certification (CISM, CISA, GCIH, GCIA, CEH, SSCP, CSIH, GCFA, GSNA) qualifies for $15K. Any Level III Certification (CISSP, CASP, GCED) qualifies for $20K. Certifications can be verified at: https://public.cyber.mil/cw/cwmp/dod-approved-8570-baseline-certifications.

“These potential recruits are the lifeblood of combat readiness and national security,” said Thomas. “So we must do everything we can to inspire, engage and recruit the Airmen.”

AFRS is also expecting to see recruiting incentives from Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard that support their Total Force recruiting mission.

For more information on Air Force careers and find a recruiter, go to www.airforce.com.

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