Security Forces Officer

The ultimate objective of every Air Force operation is security—for our Airmen, our bases and our country. Utilizing their broad expertise encompassing weapons systems, antiterrorism, law enforcement, air base defense, industrial security and combat arm, Security Forces Officers ensure we achieve this objective. Directing air base defense functions, these professionals control and secure the terrain inside and adjacent to military installations as well as the personnel, equipment and resources within to continue keeping us safe.

Relevant Interests and Skills

  • Emergency Management Response
  • Law Enforcement
  • Weaponry Materiel

Career Tasks

  1. Lead, manage and direct Security Forces personnel and activities.
  2. Protect nuclear and conventional weapons systems and other resources.
  3. Lead and organize Security Forces operations.
  4. Develop Security Forces plans, policies, procedures and instructions.
  5. Assess installation or deployed location vulnerabilities.

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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