Physicist/Nuclear Engineer

The Air Force performs some of the most advanced scientific operations in the world. Which is why Air Force Physicists and Nuclear Engineers are some of the most advanced scientists in their field. These officers conduct and manage programs and projects to support highly technical operations and intelligence. With focus in areas ranging from lasers, electro-optics and semiconductors to nuclear weapons and technology, these experts provide knowledge integral to completing our missions.

Relevant Interests and Skills

  • Engineering Applied Science
  • Future Technologies
  • Natural Science
  • Weaponry Materiel

Career Tasks

  1. Conduct and manage research and experiments.
  2. Develop new concepts, methods and techniques to solve scientific problems.
  3. Recommend research and development projects.
  4. Manage scientific programs, projects and activities.
  5. Support highly technical operations and intelligence.

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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