Active Duty Air Force personnel serve full time on Air Force installations. They work to execute the Air Force Mission of deterring adversaries in Air, Space and Cyberspace for the protection of the American People. They also preform humanitarian missions, as directed by the Secretary of Defense. Active Duty members are trained in specific, necessary and wide range of career fields to achieve the Air Force Mission and are given upgrade training to enhance existing knowledge on their career. They take orders from the President of the United States and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Active Duty members are deployable at any point throughout the year to aid with the Air Force Mission in a contingency environment.
Civilians in the United States Air Force play a unique role in the Active Duty mission. They contribute additional expertise and experience that average Active Duty members might not have or be lacking. They contribute to all levels of the Air Force from working with Airmen to working in leadership roles and as supervisors. Air Force Civilians have most of the opportunities alloted to service members. They are valued members of the Air Force team and are treated as such by all levels of command. Their jobs range from part-time to full-time in any Squadron with an open position. They are deployable in some cases though not all. The only way to apply for a civilian job within the Air Force is through USA Jobs.