Current military demographics

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    Service demographics offer snapshot of force

    5/29/2008 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- The Air Force Personnel Center here recently published its demographics report offering a snapshot of the service's active-duty and civilian force. This data is current as of April 30.

    More information can be found at the center's analysis branch website: http://wwa.afpc.randolph.af.mil/demographics/.

    Statistics are rounded to the nearest tenth.

    Active-duty demographics

    - 323,889 individuals are on active duty
    -- 64,198 officers and 259,691 enlisted personnel
    - The Air Force has 13,195 pilots, 4,207 navigators, 1,251 air battle managers and 29,639 non-rated line officers in the grades of lieutenant colonel and below

    Age
    - The average age of the officer force is 35; for enlisted Airmen, it's 29
    - Of the force, 38.5 percent are below the age of 26
    -- 44.8 percent of enlisted Airmen are below 26 versus 13 percent of officers

    Gender
    - 19.6 percent of the force are women
    -- 18 percent of the officers are women and 19.9 percent of the enlisted corps are women
    -- 56.5 percent of the female officers are line officers; 43.5 percent are nonline
    - 85 percent of the male officers are line officers; 15 percent are nonline
    - The population of women is 63,365
    - Women first entered pilot training in 1976, navigator training in 1977 and fighter pilot training in 1993
    -- Currently, there are 585 (4.1 percent) female pilots, 231 (5.1 percent) female navigators and 147 air battle managers (11.3 percent)

    Race of Airmen
    The following percentages, which are self-reported, cover Air Force military members' racial information.
    - 0.6 percent reported their race to be American Indian or native Alaskan
    - 2.5 percent reported their race to be Asian
    - 14.7 percent reported their race to be black or African American
    - 0.9 percent reported their race to be native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
    - 73.7 percent reported their race to be white
    - 1.8 percent reported their race to be more than one of the categories
    - 5.8 percent declined to report their race

    Ethnicity of Airmen
    "Hispanic or Latino" is now considered an ethnic, not a racial, category that is registered separately and in addition to the above racial categories.
    - 9.5 percent of Airmen call themselves "Hispanic/Latino"
    - 86.9 percent "not Hispanic/Latino"
    -- 3.6 declined to respond

    Marital status
    - 60.6 percent of the current force is married, which is 73 percent of the officers and 57.6 percent of enlisted Airmen
    - There are 19,338 couples in the Air Force with both spouses in the military
    -- 1,383 of these are married to members of other military services

    Family members
    - Active-duty members supported 496,425 family members
    -- 392,291 family members reside in an Airman's household

    Overseas
    - 21.1 percent of the current force is assigned overseas (including Alaska and Hawaii)
    -- 9,874 officers and 58,421 enlisted personnel

    Total active federal military service
    - The average total active federal military service is 11 years for officers and 9 years for enlisted Airmen

    Officer academic education
    - 52 percent of the officers have advanced or professional degrees
    -- 41.1 percent have master's degrees, 9.5 percent have professional degrees and 1.4 percent have doctorate degrees
    -- 25.8 percent of company grade officers have advanced degrees, 18.7 percent have master's degrees, 6.8 percent have professional degrees and 0.3 percent have doctorate degrees
    -- 85 percent of field grade officers have advanced degrees, 69.3 percent have master's degrees, 12.9 percent have professional degrees and 2.7 percent have doctorate degrees

    Enlisted academic education
    - 99.96 percent of the enlisted force have at least a high school education
    -- 71.3 percent have some semester hours towards a college degree
    -- 17.6 percent have an associate's degree or equivalent semester hours
    -- 5.1 percent have a bachelor's degree
    -- 0.8 percent have a master's degree
    -- .01 percent have a professional or doctorate degree

    Component
    - 99.7 percent of the officers have a regular commission
    -- 99.8 percent of the line officers have a regular commission

    Developmental education
    - 61.9 percent of the officers have completed one or more professional military education or developmental education courses either in residence or by correspondence.
    -- 9,531 have completed at least one senior service school or senior developmental education course, 12,496 have completed an intermediate level course while 17,694 have completed squadron officer school.

    Source of commission
    - 19.9 percent of the officers were commissioned through the Air Force Academy, 43 percent through Reserve Officer Training Corps and 19.9 percent through Officer Training School.
    -- The remaining 17.3 percent were commissioned through other sources (direct appointment, etc.).


    Civilian employee demographics

    Total civilian strength
    - There are 137,966 civilian employees
    -- 76.8 percent are "white collar" and 23.2 percent are "blue collar"

    Citizenship
    - 128,903 are U.S. citizens including U.S. nationals (9,450 are Air Force Reserve technicians)
    - 9,061 are foreign national employees
    - Two are other non-U.S. employees in the U.S. or a U.S. territory

    Age
    - The average age is 46.8 years

    Length of service
    - The average length of service is 15.5 years

    Retirement eligibility
    - 24.1 percent become eligible in more than 20 years
    - 29.9 percent become eligible in 11-20 years
    - 18 percent become eligible in 6-10 years
    - 17.7 percent become eligible in 1-5 years
    - 8.4 percent became eligible 0-5 years ago
    - 1.8 percent became eligible more than 5 years ago

    Gender
    - 32.9 percent are female and 67.1 percent are male

    Race
    The following percentages cover self-reported Air Force civilian members' racial information.
    - 1.1 percent reported their race to be American Indian or native Alaskan
    - 5 percent reported their race to be Asian
    - 11.8 percent reported their race to be black or African American
    - 0.3 percent reported their race to be native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
    - 70.4 percent reported their race to be white
    - 0.4 percent reported their race to be more than one of the categories
    - 11 percent declined to report their race

    Ethnicity
    "Hispanic or Latino" is now considered an ethnic, not a racial, category that is registered separately and in addition to the above racial categories.
    - 7.1 percent of airmen call themselves "Hispanic/Latino"
    - 92.9 percent "not Hispanic/Latino"

    Overseas
    - 10.7 percent of the total civilian work force is assigned overseas
    - 38.8 percent are U.S. citizens including U.S. nationals.
    - 61.2 percent are local nationals

    Military service
    - 3 percent of the civilian work force are retired officers
    - 16.3 percent of the civilian work force are retired enlisted
    - 29.5 percent of the civilian work force have some military service (not retired)
    - 51.2 percent have no military service

    Education (white collar)
    - 25.3 percent have a bachelor's degree
    -- 17.8 percent have a master's degree and 2.1 percent have a doctorate or professional degree
    - 23.3 percent have an associate's degree or have accumulated hours toward a bachelor's degree
    - 28.4 percent have at least a high school education
    - 1.4 percent have less than a high school diploma

    Education (blue collar)
    - 3.9 percent have a bachelor's degree
    -- 0.3 percent have a master's degree
    - 26.6 percent have an associate's degree or have accumulated hours toward a bachelor's degree
    - 67.8 percent have at least a high school education or equivalent
    - 1.3 percent have less than a high school diploma

    Developmental education
    - 6,381 civilian employees have completed one or more military schools
    -- 3,637 have completed squadron officer school
    -- 3,435 have completed intermediate developmental education
    -- 1,863 have completed senior developmental education

    Executive-level training
    - 317 employees have completed executive-level training
    -- 24 congressional fellowship programs
    -- 264 executive and senior executive leadership
    -- 26 public administration graduate school
    -- 8 management graduate school


    For more information, go to Air Force Personnel Statistics.
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