Whether you intend to become an enlisted active duty airman or an enlisted reserve airman, you will have many requirements. Some of the Air Force enlisted requirements will be to say these four specific things; the Air Force oath of enlistment, airman’s creed, Air Force song, and the Air Force reporting statement.

Some of these enlistment requirements you will have to memorize because they will be used throughout basic training. If you want to be ahead of the game and have one less thing to do, now is a good time to start learning and remembering what to say.

Air Force Oath Of Enlistment

One of the first Air Force enlisted requirements is going to be doing your military swear in. If you don’t know what a military swear in is, it’s your Air Force oath of enlistment. Basically, affirming a verbal commitment to the armed serves. Every enlisted airman is required to say this oath typically while at your military entrance processing station or MEPS for short.

During the Air Force oath of enlistment, a military officer will guide you through what is required to say. The oath is said when you first enlist and restated again anytime you reenlist in the military. These phrases are said when enlisted airmen swear in or during the reenlistment process.

“I, your name, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

The Air Force oath of enlistment is different between officers and enlisted airmen, this specific oath is only a part of the Air Force enlisted requirements, not officers.

Airman’s Creed

Your first introduction to the airman’s creed typically is in basic training. The creed helps build a unifying warrior spirit throughout the Air Force. So bmt is where the airman’s creed is instilled into new airmen on a regular basis. Every night before it’s lights out, you as a new trainee in basic training will stand at your wall locker and state this Air Force creed.

I am an American airman.

I am a warrior. 

I have answered my nation’s call.

I am an American airman.

My mission is to fly, fight, and win.

I am faithful to a proud heritage, 

A tradition of honor, 

And a legacy of valor.

I am an American airman,

Guardian of freedom and justice,

My nation’s sword and shield,

Its sentry and avenger.

I defend my country with my life.

I am an American airman:

wingman, leader, warrior.

I will never leave an airman behind,

I will never falter,

And I will not fail.

The airman’s creed is part of the Air Force enlisted requirements. The sooner you learn it the better. If your basic training instructor tells you to rattle off the airmen’s creed and you can’t remember it, there will be hell to pay in the form of push-ups.

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Air Force Song

Another Air Force enlisted requirement you will be introduced to in basic training is the Air Force song. Like the airman’s creed, you and every other trainee at bmt will stand at your wall locker nightly and sing the Air Force song.

The Air Force song lyrics have multiple verses to it. However, the only part airmen actually need to know is the first verse. Throughout the entire Air Force, only the first verse is regularly used.

Off we go into the wild blue yonder,

Climbing high into the sun;

Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,

At ’em boys, Give ‘er the gun! (Give ‘er the gun!)

Down we dive, spouting our flames from under,

Off with one helluva roar!

We live in fame or go down in flame.

Hey! Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!

After bmt you will use the Air Force song less and less. While it is important to know the song, it’s not surprising for experienced airmen to forget a line or two.

Air Force Reporting Statement

Out of all the Air Force enlisted requirements you are expected to say, your Air Force reporting statement is by far the most important to remember. The reporting statement is the first thing said to your bmt instructor every time you speak with them. A military instructor could ask you a question and you would respond with the Air Force reporting statement first before answering the question.

Reporting statement: Sir (or Ma’am), trainee last name reports as ordered.

There is a specific process when saying the Air Force reporting statement as well. Essentially you’ll stand at the position of attention before saying the reporting statement; standing straight up with good posture, have your feet together and hands firmly planted at your sides, closing your hands with your thumbs pointing towards the ground. Standing in this position you are ready to speak to a military instructor stating your reporting statement first.

After a while, your Air Force reporting statement will become second nature to you. Right around this point, you will be graduating bmt. Be on the lookout, your basic training instructor will try to fool you into doing push-ups with a reporting statement trick. After you graduate bmt and become an airman your reporting statement will change.

Air Force reporting statement in basic training: Sir (or Ma’am), trainee LAST NAME reports as ordered.

Air Force reporting statement after graduating bmt: Sir (or Ma’am), airman LAST NAME reports as ordered.

So after graduating basic training and when your bmt instructor asks you a question, your reporting statement will respond with “airman” instead of “trainee”. It’s easy to slip up and continue to say trainee. Push-ups for messing up will fix that real fast.

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Beyond Air Force Enlisted Requirements

Everything mentioned above is specifically direct towards enlisted airmen whether it be active duty or reserve. The next section is Air Force-wide from enlisted members and officers, every member of the Air Force will be familiar with the Air Force core values and Air Force motto.

What Are The Core Values Of The Air Force?

Air Force core values are integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Every American airman will become familiar with these values. They will become a part of your military career and you as a military member will be held to this high standard.

Knowing the Air Force core values and what they mean is important. Integrity is doing the right thing even if no one is looking. You have to exemplify this higher standard. Service before self is related to self-sacrifice, whether it’s being away from your family or putting the needs of the Air Force first in other ways. Excellence in all we do means to put your best foot forward, always striving to push limits. Do better and be better.

What’s the Air Force motto?

The Air Force motto is “Aim high, fly, fight, win”. While that is the full motto, Air Force-wide sometimes only have of the Air Force motto is used. The first part “aim high” can get taken off leaving only “fly, fight, win” to be said. Or, when there is a large gathering of airmen someone will say “aim high” leaving the entire group of airmen around shouting “fly, fight, win”.

To Wrap it Up

Air Force enlisted requirements can be anything from physical requirements or things you say. Four of the enlisted requirements all enlisted airmen say are the oath of enlistment, airman’s creed, Air Force song, and the Air Force reporting statement.

Take the time to get familiar with them before you have a bmt instructor in your face at Lackland Air Force Base.

Corey Porter

Corey Porter

Air Force Veteran

Corey is an Air Force veteran and the lead writer at Basic to Blues. He refueled fighter jets as a young airman and deployed twice to the Middle East. Now Corey can be found hiking in the Pacific Northwest.

Who the hell… POL!

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