October 16, 2021

Air Force Instruction on Dress and Personal Appearance is Updated

“The United States Air Force has completely revised their dress code, adding new items and getting rid of others. The policy was previously revised before the release of the Airman Battle Uniform and focused on clarifying certain aspects of appearance such as length of fingernails, what color cell phone a soldier can carry while on duty, and how many rings a female soldier can wear.

Unlike that moderate revision, the Air Force Instruction 36-2903 is a complete overall of the policy which now includes more tables and photographs.

“”Individuals learn and retain information differently,”"said Ruth Ewalt, a senior official at the Air Staff. The hope is that the newly formatted visual aids will add to the usability of the AFI and allow airmen to better understand what is expected.

There was also a need to consolidate the information from the 98th virtual uniform board and other revisions that have been approved in the last five years to eliminate contradictions. A major difference in the new AFI is the way it is organized. Instead of soldiers having to flip to numerous different pages to see the specifications for one uniform, each uniform has its own section ranging from formal wear to utility and distinctive uniforms. In the first three chapters are sections on the basic philosophy of the Air Force, appropriate occasions for certain uniform items, places to purchase uniforms, and grooming and appearance standards. Chapters four through seven lay out the instructions for every uniform worn by members of the air force and details on all outer garments, headgear, and accessories. While The remaining chapters offer customizations of uniforms in respect to badges, awards, and decorations. In addition to the usual topics the AFI added across the board regulation for tattoo sizing. The current standard still applies, in that the tattoo should not cover more than twenty-five percent of the body part. Any tattoo that is considered excessive requires commander-approval.

The newly revised AFI was designed with the help of input from airmen of all ranks and areas of the Air Force. Senior officials wanted everyone whether they be commanders, recruits, training officers, or recruiters, because of the all encompassing effect of the new Air Force Instruction.”

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U.S. Air Force Press Release

AFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel

Air Force Dress Codes

Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia

Air Force dress code requirement

Final Space Shuttle Launch

“Friday July 8th, 2011, marked the final time that a space shuttle made lift off. Hundreds of thousands of people converged on the Kennedy space station at Cape Canaveral, Florida, to watch Atlantis make NASA’s 135th and final launch into space.

Final Space Shuttle Launch

NASA was aided by military, government civilians and contractors from the 45th Space Wing of the US Air Force, who provided Eastern range support to the mission.

The launch was not without problems, with weather issues, and a two minute delay thirty one seconds prior to lift off, due to concerns about whether a venting arm had retracted properly.

When Atlantis touches down from the planned twelve day mission, it will mark the end of the shuttle program, which has been in operation for thirty years. It is thought that it will be at least four years before another US launch. This isn’t unusual, as there was a six year gap between the end of the Apollo program and the initial shuttle launch in 1981. Program delays, technical issues and disasters have also led to extended gaps between launches.

Not surprisingly, there are mixed feelings about the retirement of the shuttle.

“”After this mission, we will no longer have the ability to send American astronauts into space ourselves. And, arguably, we will no longer be the leaders in human spaceflight until we get that capability back.”" said former astonaut Leroy Chiao, on NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’.

Cady Coleman, who has recently returned from a long stay at the space station, shared the same feelings, but she thought that NASA needs to take this time to refocus its budget on new technology and vehicles.

“”Going further is what we’re all about, so it’s a hard change. It’s necessary. And in some ways, I think, it’s OK just to take some time to grieve.”" said Coleman.

Brigadier General Ed Wilson, commander of the 45th Space Wing commented “”It’s been our honor to support the space shuttle program the past three decade. The partnership between the Air Force and NASA here on the Eastern Range in support of human spaceflight has truly set the standard for others to follow around the world.”"

He went on to say “”We’re all saddened to see this historic era come to an end, but we look forward with hope and enthusiasm for what lies ahead in our nation’s human spaceflight program here on the Space Coast. Finally, we wish the crew of Atlantis a safe, successful mission and will be ready to support their landing in the days ahead.”"

For thirty years, Atlantis and its four sister shuttles have been considered a powerful US symbol, but have also shown their fragility. Both Challenger (1986) and Columbia (2003) were destroyed in accidents, resulting in the deaths of fourteen astronauts.

The shuttles, which were originally anticipated to eventually become a routine ‘transportation system’, turned out to be much more complicated, dangerous and expensive than expected.

After the Columbia accident investigation released its finding in 2004, the Bush administration made to the decision to retire the fleet once the International Space Station was completed.”"Columbia’s failure to return home is a harsh reminder that the Space Shuttle is a developmental vehicle that operates not in routine flight but in the realm of dangerous exploration”" reported the board of investigation.

A downside to the end of the shuttle program is the US’ increased dependency on Russian rockets, lasting at least through 2015, when it is hoped that a new US space capsule will be ready for lift off. While the Obama administration has cancelled the planned successor due to it being behind schedule and over budget, NASA is confident that the work already done will contribute to the long term goal of exploration beyond Earth’s orbit, eventually reaching Mars.”

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45th Space Wing Supports Successful Final Shuttle Launch

Striking NASA Photo Shows Last Shuttle Launch From Above

US Air Force Uses AC-130 Gunships to Back Libyan Rebels

“The widespread unrest and rebellion in Libya has forced a UN coalition that includes the United States to send their fighter planes to the country to in order to help the anti-Khadaffi rebels to try to bring back normalcy in the country.
AC-130 Gunships
AC- 130 Gunships have been believed to be a part of the US Air Force participation in the air attacks on Khadaffi forces.
The AC-130 Gunships are low-flying aircraft and are a variant of the C-130 cargo planes, used mainly to transport convoy and arms from one place to another.  The main difference is that a powerful armament of high caliber machine guns have been added.
AC-130 Gunships are generally accompanied by A-10 aircrafts, which generally are used in anti-tank missions and for hitting ground targets.
These aircrafts, along with the fighter jets that have been involved since the beginning of the air campaign, are helping the global community to put pressure on Khadaffi’s Libyan government to step down and agree to the demands of the rebels.
The US Air Force has helped a great deal to bring normalcy in the region by actively helping the civilian rebel forces and keeping a check on ground movements of the Khadaffi military forces.
Libyan unrest is part of a trend of wider discontent and rebellion in the Middle East, that has spread to other countries.”

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Air Force Rescue and Relief Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

The Air Force is mobilizing to assist in the massive rescue and relief response that is underway following the magnitude 8.9 earthquake in Japan and the tsunami that followed it.

U2 Reconnaissance Aircraft

U2 Reconnaissance Aircraft takes off as part of the Air Force rescue and relief response to the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Airmen stationed at Okinawa Air Base are helping with search and rescue missions.

Five HH-60 Pavehawk helicopters from the 33rd Rescue Squadron will fly search and rescue missions.

33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons headed to Yokota Air Base  in order to support search and rescue missions.

100 Airmen from Kadena AB to support search and rescue missions.

Airmen in the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron at Yokota Air Base help renovate buildings to house incoming relief and rescue workers.  (Source)

U-2 Reconnaissance plane from Osan Air Base, South Korea and RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted aircraft from Andersen Air Force Base, Guam will fly missions to survey the damage. (Source)

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An Overview Of The United States Air Force

There are lots of people who have found a good deal of satisfaction and reward in a life long career choice of a military post. This is a prestigious commitment that millions have made over the course of the last several decades, and you too could be among the many that proudly serve their country in the United States military. While there are numerous branches to choose from, many have found their home with the United States Air Force.

There are plenty of different things that you will need to learn and consider about this particular branch. While it might be similar to some of the other branches, there are distinct differences that set this particular faction apart from the whole of the military. Understanding these differences and what makes the Air Force such a promising career choice might vastly aid in helping you choose among the branches, or determining the length of your commitment to a particular branch.

There are numerous reasons why people are committing to the Air Force in one respect or another. Some have decided to make this trek their life’s work, while other recruits are best suited for a basic commitment of four years and out. Even still, some are finding that the best way that they can personally serve is through the Air Force Reserves. An Air Force recruiter will be able to help you make an informed decision as to which of these is best for you.

Now, there are lots of different reasons why someone might want to join the Air Force against some of the other options that might be out there. One of the first of these would be that nearly all of the jobs that you do in this particular branch of the military are transferable into civilian positions when you get out of the military.

This is beneficial in numerous ways, the first of these being that you are trained to do these jobs by some of the most accredited programs. So not only are you getting paid for your service to your country, you are also learning a life skill that can later be transferred into a high paid position in a civilian workplace. Basically speaking, you are getting paid to learn a job that will continue to pay you when you leave your duty in the Air Force.

The Air Force also prides itself on being among the foremost branches in family relations. What this means is that they will work hard to keep families together, and provide numerous facilities on every single base that ensures recreation. This is speaking about things like bowling alleys, movie theaters, playgrounds and much more. You can basically live your entire life without needing to leave the base, they are usually that well equipped.

This particular branch of the military is prided on being the technology behind the military. While each might speak similar statements, Air Force servicemen and women are trained foremost in the latest and the greatest technological advancements. This sets them apart from the other branches, and often makes the acceptance into the AF that much harder.

If you were looking for an overview of the United States Air Force, hopefully you were aided by this article. While there might be other things to learn and understand, this is a good overview of what to expect and what they expect of applicants and later servicemen or women.

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How To Join The Air Force

Finding a position that’s right for you is not a difficult thing to do. In fact, as more and more years go by the number, and different types of positions that are available in the armed forces continues to grow. You have to be prepared to join the US Air Force, which is one of the most prestigious branches of the United States military.

Having said this, you are going to want to take a little bit of time to understand some of the requirements to be accepted into this branch of the military. In this article, you are going to get a good introduction to a few of the necessary requirements that will get you in, or perhaps keep you out, of the Air Force.

One of the very first things that you will be asked to do, before anything else in most cases, would be to sit down with a recruiter to talk about your future. You are going to want to make decisions based on what you would like to do with your life, namely if you would like to make the Air Force your primary career choice and make a lifetime commitment to the service of your country. There is always the Reserves, which only require an small commitment of weeks out of the year.

Once you have made the choice determining whether a full time or a part time commitment is what you are best for, you are going to have to take the ASVAB. This is a test that will give placement positions in the military a better means to get you in a job that you will excel in. You can fail this test, and doing so will prevent you from being accepted for a certain amount of time. You need to study and learn the kinds of scores you need to get the job that you really want.

Physical requirements are also very important to the military. They would like for most of the applicants to be in fairly good shape, both regarding their physical fitness and their endurance regarding exercise. There are specific requirements for men and women. The variables of these do not change very much, though there are three main categories of achievement based on the standard of performance.

Men have requirements in the lowest standard setting such as being able to run/jog 1 1/2 miles within a minimum of approximately 12 minutes. The lowest setting of required push ups will be 45. When it comes to the lowest required amount of sit ups, the required amount will be 50. While there are no required pull ups for the lowest standard, it might be to your benefit to achieve at least a few of them.

For women, the requirements are similar in nature to the lowest standard of acceptance. To pass the physical fitness test in the lowest grade, women will need to complete the 1 1/2 mile trek in approximately 14 minutes, they will need to be able to do 27 push ups, they will need to be able to do 50 sit ups and perform in some fashion regarding pull ups.

While there might be other things that play into the acceptance into the United States Air Force, these are among the most common. If you were curious how to join the US Air Force, this will give you a good place to start this process.

For more information, visit http://www.af.mil/