By now most of you have seen and/or heard Senator John Kerry’s remarks he made on Oct. 30 while campaigning in California for gubernatorial candidate Phil Angelides.
During his speech he said, “Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. And if you don't, you get stuck in Iraq.''
In light of that, you may receive questions from media, influencers, parents, teachers or even recruits themselves regarding the education levels of America’s Air Force. To help you dispel any concerns/rumors based on Senator Kerry’s remarks, here are a few informational bullets you can use to engage with people and emphasize the high quality of our recruits:
· Nearly 80 percent of all Air Force enlistees scored in the top 50th percentile of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test in fiscal year 2006, a number that has remained above 75 percent since FY 2000.
· Every single Air Force member enters the service with a high-school education or equivalent (GED or homeschooling).
· In fiscal year 2006, more than 15 percent of all enlistees entered the Air Force with more than a year of college credits – nearly a 30-percent increase from fiscal year 2001. Additionally, nearly 5 percent of all enlisted members possess a bachelor’s degree or above and another 16 percent have an associate’s degree. All officers have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and nearly 50 percent possess a master’s degree or above.
· The #1 reason trainees cited for enlisting in the Air Force last year was to “continue college education on active duty.” For the past six years, education benefits have remained one of the top three reasons named for enlisting in the Air Force.
· The Air Force has exceptionally high-quality technical schools and training programs for its 142 career specialties. Upon enlistment, Airmen are automatically enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force – the largest accredited community college in the world – and they start to earn college credits toward an associate’s degree from the basic military training and technical school instruction they receive.
If you do receive media queries on this subject, please give us a call.
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