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2d Lt Cinthia W.
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It's a good job if you are able to deal with some of the bullsh*t that comes with any career field. It is like a mix of Army Infantry and MP. Depending on the base that you get assigned to, will determine if you focus more on law enforcement or security operations. One of my favorite things about the career field is when we do get to do field training that focuses on Air Base Defense and COIN Ops. If you have any specific questions, feel free to message me.
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2d Lt Cinthia W.
2d Lt Cinthia W.
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Sgt John Steinmeier - haha to each their own!
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Thanks. I'll check it out. I'm linking this below in case others want another thread to check out.
https://www.rallypoint.com/answers/what-is-af-reserves-security-forces-like-and-what-do-you-do
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SrA Jared Hall
SrA Jared Hall
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SGT (Join to see) you can look into AGI 31-201 Volume 1 for some history on Security Forces. Also some more can be found on USAFpolice.org that will have written statements from veterans of certain operations.
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Sgt John Steinmeier
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From slick sleeve to E3 be ready for a life of suck postings. 8-12 hours of waving in cars at a gate rain, sleet or shine. On the the plus side a lot more schools now more readily available for Security Forces: Airborne qualification, Ranger School, Raven etc...
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SrA Nathan Roberts
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SGT (Join to see) Wooo...almost a loaded question.

I, honestly, enjoyed my time as Security Forces. While I entered back when the fields were separated (Law Enforcement & Security were two distinct arms), they integrated into one another shortly after I graduated Tech School, but before I got to my duty station.

It is, probably, one of the closest AFSCs that the Air Force has that still retains much of the Army heritage (Army Air Forces) in the manner that they are the ground troops of the Air Force. There are many tedious tasks, but they are meant to be for attention to detail, as one would expect from a security force that is providing protection for an installation. It is the least business-like AFSC (outside of SpecOps) that I can think of.

There are long shifts and, as is the normal for law enforcement, 11 hours & 50 minutes of boredom, with 10 minutes of OHCRAPOHCRAPOHCRAPOHCRAP!!!

Deployments are higher, from what I knew of, than other AFSCs, again due to the security of installations aspect. Some say morale is worse. But, as with all jobs, it is what you make of it. When I was in, we were so short-manned that we were taking people who had washed out of services just to fill numbers.
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Sgt John Steinmeier
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I think Security Forces has always been "the needs of the Air Force" when someone washes out of their chosen career field.
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SrA Nathan Roberts
SrA Nathan Roberts
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Sgt John Steinmeier - Agreed. However, that can be a really bad thing at times...
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Christian McCormick
Christian McCormick
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I guess I fit the criteria I failed basic for the Army with a medical discharge and have since been trying to get into security forces I go to Meps January 6th 2021 my recruiter is pretty confident I’ll get the job just hope my waiver gets approved
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