Certain categories of personnel can enlist in the United States Air Force, and receive advanced paygrade status.
For the Rank of E-2:
- has completed 2 or more years of college ROTC and has a letter of recommendation from the professor of aerospace science (PAS) from the college attended
- was awarded a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award or Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award and presents the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout certificate or the Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Certificate
- was credited with over 90 days active duty service and last separated in pay grade E-2 or higher
- is a former service academy cadet with over 90 days as a cadet corps member
- has satisfactorily completed 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of college credit from a school listed in the applicable accredited institutions of post secondary education
For the Rank of E-3:
- was credited with more than 12 months of active duty service and last separated in pay grade E-3 or higher
- was awarded the Billy Mitchell, Amelia Earhart, or Carl Spaatz Award, or letter from CAP/AF/TTHE, Maxwell AFB AL, certifying successful completion of award requirements
- presents a high school JROTC completion certificate or statement on official letterhead from a JROTC unit commander stating satisfactory completion (must be at least a 3-year JROTC program). Must be classified as a Tier 1 educational category and present the certificate or statement before EAD date
- has satisfactorily completed 45 semester hours or 67 quarter hours of college credit from a school listed in the applicable accredited institutions of post secondary education
- is an ARC member who qualifies and enlists for 6 years.
Individuals initially enlisting for a period of six years are promoted from AB or Amn to A1C upon completion of either technical training; the indoctrination course (Combat Controller (CCT) (1C2X1) and Pararescue (PJ) (1T2X1) only); or 20 weeks of technical training (start date of the 20 week period is the date of Basic Military Training (BMT) completion), whichever occurs first. The Date of Rank (DOR) for A1C is then adjusted to the date completed Basic Military Training (BMT) without back pay and allowances. For more information, see Air Force Instruction 36-2102, Airman Promotion Program.
Information derived from AETC Instruction 36-2002