Both officer and enlisted Air Force applicants may be married at the time you join. However, you must plan to be away from your spouse during your period of military training, and in the case of enlisted airmen, during technical training as well. After that, your spouse may live with you on the Air Force base to which you are assigned. If your spouse is also an Airman, assignment to the same base is not guaranteed.
The Air Force recognizes that some individuals may have previously given up custody of a child or children for personal reasons. It is not the intent or desire of the Air Force to require any person to relinquish custody of his/her children to qualify for enlistment.
Married individuals with legal, physical custody of up to two children under the age of 18 and/or incapable of self care may enlist provided you are otherwise qualified. For married individuals with three children, a waiver will be required to permit you to enlist.
Single, divorced or separated parents or those in common law marriages with legal, physical custody of up to three children under the age of 18 and/or incapable of self care may enlist provided you are otherwise qualified, but a waiver will be required to permit you to enlist.
No waivers will be granted to those with four or more dependent children.
Please note that transferring custody of family members for the purpose of entering the Air Force is prohibited and renders enlisted applicants “permanently disqualified.”
Single parent applicants must not enter the Air Force with the expressed intention of regaining custody after enlistment. If you indicate you have a child or children in the custody of another parent or guardian at the time of initial processing, you’ll be advised and required to execute an Air Education and Training Command Form 1328, Statement of Understanding for Single Member Parent Having Dependents in the Custody of Another.