Air Force Flight Attendent is not an entry-level job. Flight attendents are responsible for the following: Performs aircrew duties on numerous airborne platforms. Provides for safety of passengers. Plans, coordinates, and manages cabin duties. Performs aircrew functions. Manages flight attendant activities and related duties.
Duties performed by these specialists include:
Provides for passenger safety during aircraft operations. Demonstrates and maintains proficiency in emergency equipment use, emergency procedures and egress. Briefs passengers. Responsible for the orderly and expeditious evacuation of passengers and crew. Provides emergency first aid as needed/required.
Performs pre-flight, thru-flight, and post-flight inspections of aircraft emergency, cabin and galley equipment. Operates aircraft systems and equipment; such as electrical, interphone, doors, and exits. Responsible for cleanliness of aircraft interior.
Provides for passenger comfort during aircraft operations. Plans all menus and coordinates meal requirements. Purchases and prepares required food and supplies to serve meals and beverages. Stores and preserves food items. Provides cabin service and monitors passengers in flight.
Supervises and performs loading and off-loading of passengers and baggage on aircraft. Prepares and validates passenger manifests. Performs passenger and baggage inspections. Supervises loading and unloading of baggage. Applies restraint devices such as straps and nets to prevent shifting during flight. Ensures access to escape exits.
Initial Skills Training (Tech School): AF Technical School graduation results in the award of a 3-skill level (apprentice). Airmen in this AFSC attend the following course(s):
- Enlisted Aircrew Undergraduate Course, Lackland AFB, TX, 14 academic days
- Flight Attendent Basic Course, Lackland AFB, TX, 25 academic days
- Combat Survival Training Course, Fairchild AFB, WA, 17 academic daysdays
- Water Survival, Fairchild AFB, WA, 2 academic days
Subjects Taught in Technical School: normal and emergency aircraft procedures, emergency equipment location and use, first aid, galley equipment, food handling, dispensing food and beverages aboard aircraft, customer service and relations, communications, technical publications and flying directives, and border agency clearance.
Certification Training: Upon arrival at the first duty station, airmen are enrolled in upgrade training to the 5-skill level (journeyman). This training is a combination of on-the-job task certification, and enrollment in a correspondance course called a Career Development Course (CDC). Once the airman's trainer(s) have certified that they are qualified to perform all tasks related to that assignment, and once they complete the CDC, including the final closed-book written test, they are upgraded to the 5-skill level, and are considered to be "certified" to perform their job with minimal supervision. For this AFSC, 5-level training averages 15 months.
Advanced Training: Upon achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, airmen are entered into 7-level (craftsman) training. A craftsman can expect to fill various supervisory and management positions such as shift leader, element NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer in Charge), flight superintendent, and various staff positions. For award of the 9-skill level, individuals must hold the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. A 9-level can expect to fill positions such as flight chief, superintendent, and various staff NCOIC jobs.
Assignment Locations: Andrews AFB, MD; Chievres AB, Belgium; Edwards AFB, CA; Hickam AFB, HI; MacDill AFB, FL; Offutt AFB, NE; Ramstein AB, Germany; Scott AFB, IL; Lackland AFB, TX
Average Promotion Times (Time in Service)
Airman First Class (E-2): 6 months
Senior Airman (E-4): 16 months
Staff Sergeant (E-5): 5 years
Technical Sergeant (E-6): 12.8 years
Master Sergeant (E-7): 18.1years
Senior Master Sergeant (E-8): 24.2 years
Chief Master Sergeant (E-9): 23.7 years
Required ASVAB Composite Score: A-28
Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret
- Must Pass a Flight Class III Medical Examination
- The ability to speak clearly and distinctly
- Qualification to operate government vehicles (must have a driver's license)
- Must be US citizen
- Minimum age of 21
- Prior qualification in any AFSC at the 5-skill level