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When your child joins the Air Force, they aren’t giving up their life. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. As an Airman, your child will have the opportunity to enjoy not only a fulfilling and challenging career but also an excellent quality of life due to our outstanding base amenities, housing, travel opportunities and recreational activities.

Life on Base

Each Air Force base is a self-contained mini city created specifically for its citizens. Your child will enjoy such amenities as tax-free shopping, world-class fitness centers and numerous recreational activities. Interested in paying your son or daughter a visit? The Air Force also offers on-base lodging where parents and friends can stay for a nominal fee.

To learn more about everyday life on base, visit our Life in the Air Force feature.


One of the best advantages to joining the Air Force is the opportunity your son or daughter will have to travel and see new and exciting parts of the world. Your child will receive 30 days of vacation with pay, far more vacation than most civilian jobs offer. They’ll also be able to take advantage of available space on Air Force aircraft, allowing them to fly for free or at a nominal cost to exotic locations around the world and within the United States.


We understand how hard it is to say goodbye to your son or daughter and send them off to parts unknown. But know that when they leave home, they’re being welcomed into a much larger family with support and understanding that are truly second to none.