Airmen and their families receive excellent rates, low cost, comprehensive medical and dental care at military and civilian facilities, full pay and allowances for sick days, and low-cost life insurance.
The Air Force takes care of the basic needs of every Airman. 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 are eligible to retire after 20 years of service with the U.S. Air Force and begin receiving benefits the day they retire—no matter their age. For those who choose to separate from the Air 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 401k 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.
All Airmen receive 30 days of vacation with pay, during which they can take advantage of available space on Air 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 offers 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.