Become An Airman

This site is dedicated to helping students complete the admissions process for the United States Air Force Academy or Air Force Officer Training Corps.

If you are considering an enlisted career, the best way to find your local Enlisted Air Force Recruiter is to visit www.airforce.com and click on Advisor Locations. This will popup a window where you type in your zip code and the type of recruiter you are looking for. The window will then display an address, map, directions, telephone number, and email address for your nearest recruiter.

Be an ALO

Welcome to the Admissions Liaison Officers of Georgia Application Section

Thank you for your interest in the Georgia Admissions Liaison Officer (ALO) program.  This section is designed to assist you in applying for a position with our organization.

Below are the links you will need to complete the application process.  Please open the ALO application checklist and follow the steps appropriate for the position for which you are applying, either Primary Duty or Additional Duty.

Primary Duty ALO serves the military only in the capacity as a Category E (non-paid, points only) USAF Reservist as a member of the Participating Individual Ready Reserve (PIRR).

An Additional Duty ALO serves in a Traditional Guard/Reserve or Active Duty Air Force billet yet still performs duties as an ALO to accrue additional, non-paid points towards retirement.

Fulfill all the requirements in the checklist for the position you desire.  Then scan and compress (zip) the files in .pdf format and email them to jfzingaro@yahoo.com.  Prior to submitting your package please read the “common error and questions” section below.

After I have reviewed your package for accuracy I will forward it to the Liaison Director (LOD) for his/her review.  The LOD will call you to schedule a face-to-face interview prior to processing your package through AFRC.  This process can take in excess of two months.

If you have any questions please contact me at the above email address. I look forward to receiving your application.

Joe Zingaro, Major, Georgia ANG
Georgia ALO Recruiting Officer

Some common errors and questions:

AF Form 1288:

  • The TO Block and Block 16 are to read: 9001st Air Reserve Squadron, Denver, CO 80280
  • ONLY Traditional Reservists or IMAs are required to submit a “paper” 1288 (signed, scanned and emailed with the whole package).  All others (Active Duty AF, ANG, IRR) will have to process through a recruiter.

ALO Agreement of understanding:

  • You must initial the blocks, do not just check them!
  • Please place a date next to the LODs signature block.  The date you sign the form yourself is fine for the LODs date, as well.

Due to the excerpt below from a policy directive we can only accept applications for Primary Duty ALOs from line officers (no medical, dental, etc).  Your current AFSC must be line.  For example, if you were a line officer previously and then went to medical school and currently serve as a physician, you are not eligible.

In addition to AFI guidance, LODs will also adhere to the following guidelines when hiring Primary Duty ALOs:

  • Projected hire is not in the grade of, or selected for, O-6 or higher.
  • Projected hire is not within 2-years of retirement eligibility.
  • Projected hire has not been passed over for promotion.
  • Projected hire has not been in S7 status (IRR) for more than 2-years. For those individuals gained from the IRR in a non-mission ready status have 3-months from the date they are gained to become mission ready or be returned to the IRR
  • Project hire is an Air Force line officer.

Do I Have to Take the SAT or ACT?

The Air Force Academy uses standardized tests such as the Scholastic Ability Test (SAT) and the ACT to help judge how a student might perform in the academically-challenging environment at the Air Force Academy. For this reason, all students must take at least one of these tests and report their scores to the Air Force Academy to be considered for an appointment.

The following considerations are important to keep in mind:

  • Test scores can be provided directly to the Academy by the testing organization, or reported via official high school transcript. Scores reported to the Air Force Academy are not reported to AFROTC or vice versa.
  • The Air Force Academy’s educational code for reporting scores is 4830 for the College Board (SAT). The code for the ACT is 0530.
  • Test scores can be updated until mid-March of the senior year, but scores of tests taken after February usually do not arrive in time to be included in the student’s record.
  • Scores from the ACT and SAT will not be combined. However:
    • Whichever test (SAT or ACT) provides the highest score will be used.
    • The highest individual score from different testing dates will be used. 1
    • ACT subtest scores are used, not the composite score.
  • Juniors applying to the Summer Scientific Seminar must take the PSAT, SAT, PLAN, or ACT no later than December of their junior year.

Note: USAFA and the AFROTC scholarship program will use the highest scores on any given test date. Scores from separate testing dates are not intermixed.

For test dates, fees, registration and other information regarding these standardized tests, visit the organization’s web sites:

ACT Home Page

SAT Home Page

Find Your School’s ETS Code Here

The average scores for entering cadets are as follows:

Score Mid 50% Range Average
ACT English 26-30 28
ACT Math 27-31 30
ACT Reading 27-32 29
Science Reasoning 26-32 29
SAT Verbal 580-670 623
SAT Math 610-690 650

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps

Air Force Reserve Officers Corps (AFROTC) trains you while in during college to be an Air Force Officer.

Upon graduation you are commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and begin your active duty commitment of four years.

There are a variety of technical and non-technical scholarships available for bright young students.

AFROTC offers College Scholarships while in High School (4 yr) and when already in college (2 and 3 yr). These cover books, tuition, and fees and provide a monthly living stipend (subject to maximum limitations).

Around the country, several schools also provide additional benefits (room and board, etc) to those students to attend their university on an AFROTC scholarship.

Learn more about AFROTC at the following links:

Roadmap To The Academy

First, learn all you can:

Next, start getting in shape:

Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) is required.  The demands of athletic performance at high altitude demand you prepare now to be in the best shape.  Additionally, you’ll need to complete the CFA as part of your application process…start practicing it now.

Be a Leader:

Being a member of a group is good, being the leader is great, but making a positive difference in that position (demonstrated leadership) is what we are looking for. Earn a leadership postion in a few groups vs being a member of all of them.

Study Hard:

The Academy is extremely academically competitive. View the Academy recommended preparatory courses. Approximately 60% of your acceptance is dependent on your studies. See the SAT portion.

Take a Physical Exam –

The Department of Defense Medical Evaluation Review Board will schedule you for a physical. You can visit the site for more information and also check your status online.  Learn more here DoDMERB

Take the SAT and/or ACT

Test score for entry to the USAF Academy vary, but on this page, you will find the historical average scores.

Prep for these tests and take them early…you may choose to take them more than once.

Learn more SAT/ACT (click here).

Find Your Nomination Sources

A nomination is required for entrance to the Academy.
There are several sources of nominations, but the most accessible is the congressional nomination.
Follow this link for general and then Georgia specific nomination information.

Apply to USAFA Online

Nothing will happen until you start your application online (click here).
You can call and talk to people all you want, but start that application now.
This gives the Academy information to contact you and send you grade level appropriate information. Click here to apply.