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Air Force Recruiting Duty

Becoming an Air Force Recruiter


Becoming an Air Force recruiter can be the most challenging and gratifying job you will ever have. Only the best need apply. The development and maintenance of our national defense structure requires a steady flow of highly-qualified and motivated young men and women to perform the multitude of jobs required in the Air Force today and tomorrow.

Recruiters are responsible for the number and quality of young men and women who enlist and begin their Air Force careers. There are few jobs in the Air Force more challenging, satisfying, and rewarding as Air Force Recruiting. A more vital enlisted profession does not exist in the United States Air Force.

Top personnel from a variety of career fields are selected for recruiting duty. The ideal applicant is an Air Force member who is sincerely motivated to be a recruiter and is willing to accept any geographical area. However, we know many applicants are motivated primarily by a desire to serve in a specific geographical area or by dissatisfaction with the area where they presently serve. Geographical preferences are the first criteria used in making initial assignment matches. If there are no suitable volunteers the most eligible non-volunteer will be chosen according to AFPC selection criteria.


Recruiting duty is a 3-year, controlled tour. Under the Recruiter Extension Program, recruiters have the option to extend for 1 year at a time. Although stability is one of the most attractive features of recruiting duty, there are associated constraints.

  • Once placed in a stabilized status, individuals normally remain in that status until completion of the entire tour.
  • While in stabilized status, recruiters are ineligible to volunteer for overseas assignment, retraining, technical school, etc., except when the application coincides with scheduled rotation.
  • Generally speaking, recruiters are not assigned out of Recruiting Service before completion of the tour except for humanitarian reassignment, discharge, or retirement.

A recruiter may be moved from one location to another within Recruiting Service. Such internal moves are necessary due to program changes, reorganization, and assignments to career broadening or career progression positions. Normal Air Force permanent change of station (PCS) or permanent change of assignment (PCA) guidelines apply.


Living in civilian communities where commissary, exchange, medical, and other government facilities are not readily available is more expensive than being on or near an Air Force base. Recruiters receive special duty assignment pay (SDAP - $375.00 per month), however, this pay is not designed to offset the expenses associated with living off base. SDAP is authorized and intended to attract and retain NCOs to the responsibilities of recruiting duties. Also, authorized out-of-pocket expenses associated with the recruiting job are reimbursable up to certain limits. Off-duty employment for recruiters assigned to any recruiting office is strictly prohibited. Prospective recruiters must be able to subsist on their military pay. If you are having financial problems now, recruiting duty is not the place to try and recover.


Because recruiting is a sales profession, the recruiter must tailor daily activities to the availability of prospective applicants and community influencers. This often requires irregular hours and some periods of TDY away from home. For instance, an applicant may want you to come to their home to make a presentation. The applicant's parents may also want to hear the information and if 8:30 p.m. is the best time, then you are expected to accommodate. Additionally, many applicants will only be available on weekends and you will have to be available then, too.

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