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Opportunities in the Air Force Reserve

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The Air Force Reserve offers exciting opportunities for those about to separate from active duty, or who have served previously in the military. Most Reserve positions are part-time, which allows you the flexibility to pursue your civilian career or continue your education. As a Reservist, you can continue the benefits, friendships and camaraderie you enjoyed while serving in the military, without having to repeat basic training.

Job training and educational opportunities exist in the Reserve that will prepare you for exciting new careers, including high-tech fields such as Space Systems, Cyber Operations, Intelligence and many others. To further expand your civilian job opportunities, you may receive college credits for technical training.

Part-time: There are two part-time programs in the Air Force Reserve:

  • Unit Program: Reservists in the Unit Program train a minimum of one weekend a month when their unit performs Unit Training Assembly (UTA), plus an annual tour of two weeks.
  • Individual Mobilization Augmentees (IMA): IMAs serve at active duty bases in the United States or overseas. The commitment is a minimum of 12 Inactive Duty Training (IDT) days per year and one annual tour of 12 days. You will train with an active duty unit near your home. The flexibility of this program allows you to coordinate your 24-day-per-year commitment with your Air Force supervisor.

Full-time: Through its 60 years of existence, the Reserve has continued to expand its varying missions, and the need to keep continuity from duty weekend to duty weekend has increased. To address this need, the Reserve offers two categories of full-time employment: The Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) and the Air Reserve Technician (ART).

Those serving as Active Guard and Reserve work full-time with the Air Force Reserve on active duty orders. For example, Air Force Reserve Recruiters are AGRs. Other available jobs may range from Military Intelligence to IT experts. Air Reserve Technicians are Civil Service employees during the week and also members of the Air Force Reserve. Essentially, they have both a civilian and military career as do most Reservists, but all their work is focused on the Reserve. ARTs receive both Civil Service and Reserve benefits. For further information, please call 1-800-257-1212 or go to

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