Air Force meets, exceeds recruiting goals for eighth year
by Catherine Jung
Air Force Recruiting Service Public Affairs
10/10/2007 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- The Air Force met its active-duty enlisted recruiting goal for the eighth year in a row and exceeded its chaplain and Officer Training School accession goals for fiscal 2007.
"I'm proud of our highly professional recruiting force, who continue to exemplify the Air Force core values of integrity, service and excellence to young people from all walks of life, from all areas of the country," said Col. Stan Chase, Air Force Recruiting Service vice commander. "The next generation of America's Airmen is an outstanding group of men and women."
From October 2006 through the end of September 2007, Air Force officials brought in 27,760 new enlistees and 41 prior-service Airmen. Additionally, while Air Force officials sought 25 chaplains and 482 Officer Training School candidates, 27 chaplains accessed into the Air Force and 499 Airmen were selected to attend Officer Training School. Air Force officials also commissioned 810 health professionals.
"Today's Air Force continues to attract the highest quality of men and women," said Lt. Col. Angelo Haygood, Air Force Recruiting Service deputy chief of operations. "Last year we accessed nearly 28,000 enlisted members, with nearly 80 percent of them scoring in the top 50 percentile of the Armed Forces Qualifying Test."
Air Force officials are still hiring and will seek to fill more than 150 enlisted career specialty areas with 27,760 new Airmen in 2008.
Security forces, airborne linguists, ground linguists and aerospace maintenance were the most high-demand Air Force career fields in 2007. Combat controllers, linguists, pararescuemen and health professionals will continue to be highly sought after in 2008.
"Attracting the right mix of health professionals with the right skill sets is vital to sustaining the quality and readiness of the Air Force medical corps," said Chief Master Sgt. Bill Cavenaugh, Air Force Recruiting Service superintendent of officer accessions. "This year we anticipate making more than 400 health profession scholarships available to qualified candidates pursuing studies in various medical, dental and biomedical science career fields."
Enlisted and officer career information, a chat line and a recruiter locator service are available online at www.airforce.com. Air Force videos, screensavers and computer display wallpapers can be found at www.dosomethingamazing.com.
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