Once enlisted personnel in the Air Force have completed their basic military training, they're eligible to enter technical training to pursue a career path. This is different than pursuing officer training, which is a separate track entirely.
The location of the technical school will vary depending on which Air Force career an airman is pursuing. The length of the technical training also will vary by program, typically anywhere from four weeks to a year (or more).
Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSCs)
Air Force Specialty Codes or AFSCs are enlisted jobs divided into several overall categories. These include Operations, Maintenance and Logistics, Support, Medical and Dental, Legal and Chaplain, Finance and Contracting, and Special Investigations.
Within these categories, AFSCs are further assigned to career fields, which may have one AFSC or several assigned to it, depending on each one's function.
So for someone wanting to pursue a career in the Air Force as a Vehicular Equipment Maintenance specialist, who works on vehicles like trucks and forklifts would first complete 7.5 weeks of basic training, then 79 days of technical training at Port Hueneme in California, as well as meeting other requirements of the position.
Air Force Technical Training Locations and Codes
Shown below are the codes used to describe Air Force technical training locations.
- Alt—Altus AFB, Altus, Oklahoma: Home of the 97th Air Mobility Wing, Altus Air Force Base was first activated as a multi-engine flight training school in 1943.
- Bea—Beale AFB, Marysville, California: First opened in 1942 as Camp Beale, this base was a training site for armored and infantry divisions, and during World War II was home to 60,000 soldiers, a 1,000-bed hospital and served as a prisoner of war camp. It's home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing.
- Chr—Charleston, South Carolina: In addition to being home to the 628th Air Base Wing, Joint Base Charleston hosts more than 60 Department of Defense and federal agencies.
- DM—Davis Mothan, Arizona: Davis–Monthan, near Phoenix, Arizona is an Air Combat Command installation and home to the 355th Fighter Wing.
- Dov—Dover, Delaware: Dover AFB is home to the two wings that make up the Dover Team: The active duty 436th Airlift Wing, (also called the Eagle Wing) and the Air Force Reserve's 512th Airlift Wing (known as the Liberty Wing). Dover is also home to the Charles C. Carson Center for Mortuary Affairs, which is the Department of Defense's largest joint-service mortuary facility.
- Egl—Eglin, Florida: Activated in 1935 under the name Valparaiso Bombing and Gunnery Base, Eglin is home to the 96th Test Wing. It was renamed in 1937 for Lt. Col. Frederick Eglin, an airman killed in a plane crash.
- Ell—Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota: Home to the 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth was built in 1942.
- Fc—Fairchild, Washington: Built in 1942, Fairchild is home to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, which is assigned to the Air Mobility Command's Eighteenth Air Force.
- FB—Fort Bragg, North Carolina: The former Pope Air Force base was absorbed into the Army's Fort Bragg in 2011. The Air Force Combat Control School trains at Pope Field there.
- FE—Fort Eustis, Virginia: In 2010, Langley Air Force Base was absorbed into the Army's Fort Eustis to form Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The 362nd TRS Detachment 1 Air Force Helicopter Technical School is located here.
- FG—Fort Gordon, Georgia: The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency is stationed at the Army's Fort Gordon, which was built in 1917.
- FGM—Fort George Meade, Maryland: Originally called Camp Annapolis Junction, this facility, which opened in 1917, is home to the National Security Agency. This joint base serves all branches of the U.S. military and is also home to the Air Force's 70th Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Wing.
- FL—Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri: This Army base is home to the Air Force 364th Training Squadron, Detachment 1.
- G—Goodfellow AFB, San Angelo, Texas: This base, built in 1940 is home to the Air Force's 17th Training Wing, which trains airmen in fire protection, and reconnaissance and intelligence.
- Hu—Hurlburt Field, Florida: This installation in central Florida is home to the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC), the 1st Special Operations Wing, the Air Force Special Operations School and the Air Combat Command 505th Command and Control Wing.
- Ho—Holloman AFB, New Mexico: Originally called Alamogordo Airfield, this base built in 1942 is home to the 49th Wing.
- K—Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Mississippi: This base is home to the 81st Training Wing and is the Air Force's electronics training Center of Excellence. It's also home to 2nd Air Force, 403rd Wing, and the 85th Engineering Installation Squadron. As a joint training facility, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as Air Force personnel train here.
- Kir—Kirtland AFB Albuquerque, New Mexico: Home to the 377th Air Base Wing, this base was built in 1942.
- L—Lackland AFB, Texas: This base is part of the Joint Base San Antonio, which includes the Army's Fort Sam Houston and the Randolph Air Force Base. Lackland is the only entry processing station for Air Force enlisted Basic Military Training.
- LR—Little Rock, Arkansas: This base is home to the 19th Airlift Wing, which is assigned to the Air Mobility Command 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force. It's also the primary Department of Defense training base for the C-130 Hercules aircraft.
- Luk—Luke AFB, Arizona: Home to the 56th Fighter Wing, this base was built in 1941 and is named for World War I flying ace Frank Luke, a native of Phoenix who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery.
- Max—Maxwell AFB Montgomery, Alabama: This base is home to the 908th Airlift Wing and Air University, which provides training for all Air Force personnel, including professional military education and degrees.
- MC—McChord Field, Tacoma, Washington: McChord, built in 1940, is the home of the 62nd Airlift Wing, Air Mobility Command.
- McG—McGuire AFB, New Jersey: Part of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, which includes Navy and Army facilities, McGuire is home to the 87th Air Base Wing.
- P—Patrick AFB, Florida: This base, once known as Naval Air Station Banana River, is the home of the 45th Space Wing and controls nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
- Po—Pope Field, South Carolina: The former Pope Air Force Base is now known as Pope Field and is controlled by the Army as part of Fort Bragg.
- S—Sheppard AFB, Texas: Built in 1941, Sheppard Air Force Base is home to the 82nd Training Wing. The 80th Flying Training Wing is also located here.
- Sct—Scott AFB, Illinois: Established in 1917, Scott is the headquarters of the U.S. Transportation Command and is home to the 375th Air Mobility Wing, the Air National Guard 126th Air Refueling Wing and the Air Force Reserves 932nd Airlift Wing.
- Ti—Tinker AFB, Oklahoma: Home to the 72nd Air Base Wing, Tinker is also home to the Navy's Strategic Communications Wing One and other Department of Defense missions.
- Trv—Travis AFB, California: The host garrison at this base, built in 1942, is the 60th Air Mobility Wing
- Tyn—Tyndall AFB, Florida: Built in 1941, Tyndall is the home of the 325th Fighter Wing.
- V—Vandenberg AFB, California: Vandenburg is home to the Air Force's 30th Space Wing and was built in 1941. It's a space and missile testing base for the Department of Defense.
- Whi—Whiteman AFB, Missouri: Whiteman is home of the 509th Bomb Wing, which operates the B-2 Stealth Bomber. The base was established as an Air Force base in 1942.