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Choosing your Air Force job or going open general is a big decision. After getting your ASVAB score back your enlistment possibilities open wide up. You’ll have an entire list of Air Force jobs you qualify for. So why do some people still choose to enlist as open general?

Ok, so you might be wondering, “what does open general mean anyway”?

Put simply the Air Force needs a specific number of people to fill certain AFSC jobs (Air Force Specialty Code) as they are called. If you have the ASVAB scores to qualify for the job then there is a good chance you’ll be thrown in it. You have no say in the matter. That is what enlisting in an open general slot is.

Sounds crazy right, so why would anyone want to enlist open general over choosing their Air Force job? There are some legitimate reasons people are willing to do it.

  • Less wait time during the enlistment process
  • They are under the impression they can change jobs later

Shipped To Basic Training Sooner

Everyone joins for different reasons and circumstances. Sometimes those situations can’t wait the time it takes to obtain a guaranteed AFSC. One of the pros to enlisting open general is it’s the quickest way into the Air Force, you’ll get shipped out to basic training much faster going this route. Having a specific job means you’ll have to wait until that position slot opens up and that could take months.

Now not all wait times are the same, it just depends on when your job slot becomes available. I enlisted with a guaranteed Air force job in my enlistment contract. However, I had to wait 8 months in the delayed entry program, also known as DEP because of it.

The delayed entry program basically is the limbo between getting things squared away with your Air Force recruiter and actually getting shipped out to basic training. Once a month you’d meet up with everyone else in the program and do physical training.

Changing Air Force Jobs Later

People may be under the impression or misinformed that you can easily change Air Force jobs after getting into the military. While this is true you can, but it’s not that easy and it’s limited cross training from one Air Force job to another. Out of the entire service during 2017 only 1,688 first term airmen were approved for retraining.

Also the jobs you can cross train into generally are going to be undermanned positions or special operations.

To Wrap It Up

So as you can see there are benefits to both choices of enlisting open general or picking your Air Force job. It’s just a matter of which choice is the best suited for you. Whether you want to join as soon as possible or are willing to wait for the AFSC you want.

What’s your choice?

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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.

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