The mission of the Air Force Recruiting Service is to recruit high-quality
people for today's Air Force. Emphasis is on recruiting persons with
no prior military service --intelligent young men and women who can
be trained to handle the sophisticated systems and equipment of today's
highly technical aerospace force.
Air Force Recruiting Service also is responsible for recruiting physicians,
dentists, nurses, health care administrators and biomedical scientists
from civilian sources, and for obtaining officer candidates for the
Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps and Officer Training School.
The commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service functions in a dual
capacity. He is also Air Education and Training Command's director
of recruiting programs.
The headquarters directs the recruiting activities of four groups
and 29 squadrons with approximately 2,600 active duty personnel. It
develops, implements and manages various recruiting programs. The
headquarters staff participates in the recruitment and training of
top-quality noncommissioned officers for service at some 992 recruiting
offices around the country and overseas. The Air Force has recruiting
offices in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. Because large numbers
of Americans live overseas, recruiters also are stationed in Germany,
Japan and England. Each squadron has a specialized health professions
team to recruit health-care professionals within their geographic
Air Force Recruiting Service uses business principles, including sales
training and advertising, to market the U.S. Air Force as a challenging
opportunity for young Americans. It serves as the executive agent
for Air Force recruiting advertising and is a member of the Joint
Recruiting Advertising Advisory Council and Joint Market Research
Recruiting Service cooperates with the Military Entrance Processing
Command, Air Force Reserve, Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps
and Air Education and Training Command's director of technical training
to provide the Air Force the manpower it needs.
When the Air Force became a separate department in 1947, the Army
and the Air Force conducted a joint recruiting program through the
Army's recruiting organization. The Air Force assumed responsibility
for its own recruiting in 1954, and assigned the mission to the 3500th
U.S. Air Force Recruiting Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
Ohio. In 1959, it was changed to the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service.
Six years later the headquarters moved to its present location at
Randolph AFB, Texas. Recruiting Service rose to numbered Air Force
level in 1966 and remained so until 1972, when it was integrated with
Air Training Command.
In 1974, Recruiting Service was re-established as an operational headquarters
under Air Training Command.
Point of Contact
Headquarters Recruiting Service
Public Affairs Office; 550 D Street,
Suite 1; Randolph Air Force Base, Texas 78150-4527
DSN 487-5993 or