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Air Force Enlisted Job Descriptions and Qualification Factors

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The Army and Marine Corps call their enlisted jobs "MOS's," or "Military Occupation Specialties." The Navy and Coast Guard call their enlisted jobs "ratings." But, in the Air Force, enlisted jobs are known as "AFSCs," or "Air Force Specialty Codes."

The Air Force divides their AFSCs (enlisted jobs) into the following overall categories: Operations, Maintenance & Logistics, Support, Medical & Dental, Legal & Chaplain, Finance & Contracting, and Special Investigations. Withing these categories, AFSCs are further assigned to "career fields." A career field may have one AFSC assigned to it, or it may have several. AFSCs with similar functions are grouped together in the same career field.

OPERATIONS

 

1A - Aircrew Operations

1B - Cyberspoace Career Field

1C - Command & Control Sytems Operations

1N - Intelligence

1P - Aircrew Equipment

1S - Safety

1T - Aircrew Protection

1U - Unmanned Aerospace Systems

1W - Weather

    MAINTENANCE & LOGISTICS

     

    2A - Aerospace Maintenance

    2E - Comm-Elec/WireSystems Maintenance

    2F - Fuels

    2G - Logistics Plans

    2M - Missile & Space Systems Maintenance

    2P - Precision Measurement

    2R - Maintenance Management Systems

    2S - Material Management

    2T - Transportation & Vehicle Maintenance

    2W - Munitions & Weapons

      SUPPORT

      3A - Information Management

      3C - Communication-Computer Systems

      3D - Cyberspace Support

      3E - Civil Engineering

      3H - Historian

      3M - Services

      3N - Public Affairs

      3P - Security Forces (Military Police)

      3S - Mission Support

      3U - Manpower

      3V - Multimedia

        MEDICAL & DENTAL

         

        4X - Medical

        4Y - Dental

          PROFESSIONAL

           

          5J - Paralegal

          5R - Chaplain Assistant

            ACQUISITION

            6C - Contracting

            6F - Financial

              SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS

              7S - Special Investigations (OSI)

                SPECIAL DUTY ASSIGNMENTS

                Special Duty Assignments are usually jobs that a member performs temporarily, working outside of their normal AFSC. When the special duty tour is completed, members usually return to their primary AFSC (enlisted job). Examples would be recruiter, first sergeant, or military training instructor.

                 

                8X - Special Duty Identifiers

                9X - Special Reporting Identifiers

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