Air Force Stressed Job Listing

Air Force Enlisted Jobs Fiscal Year 2019

Air Force Security Forces
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In 2019, the Non-Commissioned Officer Retraining Program, or NCORP, will allow veteran airmen (E-5 and above) who have re-enlisted at least once, to retrain into undermanned job specialties. But the current job the veteran airman has must be in a current career field that is adequately manned.  The Staff sergeants applying must have less than 12 years of active duty and E-7, E8s must have fewer that 16 years of service to be eligible to retrain under the NCORP.

  The downside would be Air Force members not volunteering the numbers needed to fill jobs.  A “mandatory retraining” phase could occur until the shortfall is repaired. The jobs that are stressed are published each year by the Air Force. 

Each Spring, (around March or April), the Air Force examines all of their enlisted and commissioned officer jobs and assigns a "Stress Rating."

Stress, as defined here, is largely driven by three main factors: manpower, manning, and deployments. The driver(s) of stress is different for each career field, however, in short, when a career field is "stressed," it means there are not enough people in the career field to adequately carry out the assigned mission.

The "stress-levels" provide Air Force leadership with an objective, single measure to determine relative “pain” (i.e. stress) between AFSCs (jobs). The results serve as an indicator of problems, not an absolute statement of problems.

The formula provides a starting point to pick out abnormalities. It also allows Air Force leadership to measure progress.

  • - A stress level of 1.0 means that there is no (deployment or home station) shortfall
  • - A stress level greater than 1.0 means that there is a shortfall. The shortfall is expressed as a percentage of assigned personnel (for example, a stress-level rating of 1.2 means that each person at home station is doing the work of 1.2 people)
  • - A stress level less than 1.0 means that there is a surplus. The surplus is expressed as a percentage of assigned personnel (for example, a stress-level rating of 0.8 means that each person at home station, on average, is doing the work of .8 people)

The Air Force has a goal of trying to achieve a "stress level" of 1.2 or less for each AFSC (job).

It needs to be noted that just because a job is considered "stressed," does not necessarily mean that job has openings for new recruits. The AFSC may be adequately manned in the first-termer ranks, but considered "stressed" because of a shortage in the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) ranks. 

Even if the "stress" is caused (or partially caused) by shortage of personnel in the first-termer (new recruit) ranks, available training seats come into play. Air Force technical schools can only train so many students at any given time, and all the projected "training slots" may already be filled by people already in the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP), or already in the Air Force, but awaiting a training slot.

Increasing the number of training slots available is generally not a viable option. Adding more slots means adding more resources. More instructors must be added (thereby removing experienced NCOs from the "field"), dormitory space would need to be added, more support personnel (finance, administration, personnel, etc.), would need to be increased, chow halls expanded, etc.

This process is neither cheap, nor is it fast. Here are many of the top stressed jobs in the Air Force:

Enlisted AFSCs (See Job Description Pages)

Slots Available

AFSCCareer Field2018-19


Security Forces

1B411 cyber warfare operations career field 209


education and training career field



command post career field

4N051F aerospace medical service job116
1A111flight engineer field115


Special missions aviation field - Gunner AC130



flight and operational medicine technicians



independent duty medical technicians



Fiscal Year 2019 Review the Online Retraining Advisory to ensure Fiscal Year retraining in objectives are available "prior" to submitting your retraining application. If there are no quotas on the retraining advisory, there are no retraining opportunities for the AFSC.

 *Denotes Battlefield Airmen Career Fields

 1A0X1 - In-Flight Refueling

1A1X1 - Flight Engineer

1A2X1 - Aircraft Loadmaster

1A3X1 - Airborne Mission Systems Operator

1A6X1 - Flight Attendant

1A8X1 - Airborne Cryptologic Language Analyst

1A8X2 - Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Operator

1A9X1 - Special Missions Aviation

1B4X1 - Cyber Warfare Operations

*1C2X1 - Combat Control

1C3X1 - Command and Control Operations

*1C4X1 - Tactical Air Control Party

1N3X1G - (Chinese) Cryptologic Language Analyst

1N3X1H - (Korean) Cryptologic Language Analyst

1N3X1I - (Russian) Cryptologic Language Analyst

1N4X1A - Fusion Analyst-Digital Network Analyst

1S0X1 - Safety

1T0X1 - Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape

*1T2X1 - Pararescue

1U0X1 - Remotely Piloted Aircraft Sensor Operator

1W0X1 - Weather

*1W0X2 - Special Operations Weather

2M0X2 - Missile and Space Systems Maintenance

3D1X4 - Spectrum Operations

3E8X1 - Explosive Ordinance Disposal

3P0X1A - Security Forces - Military Working Dog Handler

3P0X1B - Security Forces - Combat Arms

3F4X1 - Equal Opportunity

3F2X1 - Education and Training

3F3X1 - Manpower

4A1X1 - Medical Materiel

4J0X2A - Physical Medicine - Orthotic

4N0X1B - Aerospace Medical Service - Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician

4N0X1C - Aerospace Medical Service - Independent Duty Medical Technician

4R0X1A - Diagnostic Imaging - Nuclear Medicine

4R0X1B - Diagnostic Imaging - Sonogrophy

4R0X1C - Diagnostic Imaging - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

5R0X1 - Chaplain Assistant