Salary & Benefits

With Great Responsibility Comes Great Rewards

Being an officer in the U.S. Air Force or Space Force comes with tremendous responsibility. That’s why many of the financial burdens found in the private sector are taken care of by the Air Force and Space Force. For example, you and your family will receive free or low-cost medical and dental care. You’ll also receive food and housing allowances. Add to that an attractive retirement package and you can see the advantage of being in the Air Force or Space Force.


Airmen, Guardians and their families receive excellent rates and low-cost, comprehensive medical and dental care at military and civilian facilities, full pay and allowances for sick days, and low-cost life insurance.

Food & Housing

The Air Force and Space Force take care of the basic needs of every Airman and Guardian. Living expenses, including utilities and maintenance, are covered for those who choose to live in on-base housing. For off-base housing, a monthly tax-free housing allowance based on rank and geographic location is provided for off-base residents to help pay for living expenses.


Airmen and Guardians are eligible to retire after 20 years of service with the U.S. Air Force and Space Force. and begin receiving benefits the day they retire, no matter their age. For those who choose to separate from the Air Force or Space Force prior to 20 years of service, the Department of Defense offers service members access to the Blended Retirement System, a retirement plan similar to 401(k) with matching contributions. For more information, visit the Blended Retirement System website. Cadets in Air Force ROTC are not eligible to participate in these programs until they are on active duty.

Vacation & Travel

All Airmen and Guardians receive 30 days of vacation with pay per year during which they can take advantage of available space on Air Force or Space Force aircraft to travel to many international destinations as well as almost any state in the U.S. For destinations near a military facility, they can also enjoy hotel-quality lodging on base for a reduced cost.


The Air Force and Space Force offer an array of educational opportunities to help you grow both personally and professionally, including tuition assistance through the Air Force Tuition Assistance program, the Post-9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill. For more information, visit the GI Bill website.

Other Benefits

  1. Career-broadening opportunities include special-duty assignments, retraining, overseas duty, contingency temporary duties, assignments in the Pentagon and returning to college to teach Air Force ROTC.
  2. Family support centers offer family services such as assistance with transitions and moving, as well classes and support groups to help out with many family challenges.
  3. Child Development Centers (CDCs) are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Fees are based on total family income. After-school programs are available at some CDCs or youth centers.

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