Chemist/Nuclear Chemist

Some of our biggest victories are won far from the battlefield. Making scientific breakthroughs every day, Chemists support Air Force missions through their research and discoveries. Facing technical problems of the highest caliber, these scientific leaders consider every approach while conducting their experiments and interpreting the data in order to make missions and our country safer and more effective.

Relevant Interests and Skills

  • Engineering Applied Science
  • Natural Science

Career Tasks

  1. Develop new techniques and policy in the area of chemistry, biochemistry and weapons of mass destruction.
  2. Coordinate research efforts with various agencies.
  3. Manage scientific programs, projects and activities.
  4. Serve as technical consultants on committees.

Service Commitment A Duty and an Honor

After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, cadets accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force or Space Force, appointed by the President of the United States. The length of your initial service commitment depends on your career. Most officers have a four-year, active-duty service commitment. Pilots have a 10-year, active-duty service commitment, and both Combat System Officers and Air Battle Managers have a six-year service commitment upon completion of their respective training. Nursing graduates accept a commission in the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve four years on active duty after completing their licensing examination.

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