The U.S. Air Force is the primary aerospace arm of our nation's armed forces. The mission of the Air Force is to defend the United States through control and exploitation of air and space.
The Air Force flies, maintains, and supports the world's most technically advanced aerospace vehicles, including long-range bombers, supersonic fighters, Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) aircraft, and many others. These forces are used whenever and wherever necessary, to protect the interests of the United States and our allies.
Almost 350,000 highly trained officers and airmen make up today's Air Force. Some pilot aircraft - everything from helicopters to the Space Shuttle. Many others do the jobs that support the Air Force's flying mission; they may work as firefighters, aircraft mechanics, security police, or air traffic controllers, or in many other Air Force career fields.
The Air Force currently recruits about 30,000 to 35,000 men and women each year to fill openings in hundreds of challenging Air Force careers.