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U.S. Air Force Officer with a Communications Degree?

I'm currently in the fall semester of my second year at my community college. I am a Liberal Arts major and plan on transferring to a 4 year college/university as a Communications major and join an Air Force ROTC detachment. My frustration is that I have heard a lot about the Air Force wanting "Technical" or "Scientific" majors. Does this mean I will have a tougher time getting a commission? I am afraid that a degree in Communications might be looked away from in some sense...I have always been interested in Communications and have been working in the field since I was 16 (Part time as a kid working in studios around my city, doing nonprofit work and afterschool videos, recording weddings and religious programs for an office I work for, etc.)

Also, does anyone (especially those who were or are in the Air Force) know any specific details about being an Officer in the field of Air Battle Management? That is one of the fields I am most interested in.


    




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A typical communications degree is dealing with journalism, media or mass communication. Every branch has something that has to do with journalism at least should you choose to go that route. Yes even the USAF has it.


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Yes, the Air Force will be a tougher route for you get into a public affairs (communications) duty assignment. Just not that many in any of the military services. Not impossible either. What is likely to happen is that you will be eligible for being offered a commission in the Air Force should you successfully complete AFROTC (not everyone does). After being offered a commission and you accept, you will go to Air Force Officer Training School (different than OCS) to learn "how" to be an officer in the Air Force. Near the end of that period, you will be presented a list of officer classifications (MOSs) that are open at that time. You will have to select one (usually 3 choices) that will become your classification in which you will be trained and assigned. It could be supply, maintenance, ground support, administration, or even public affairs. Depends on how well you do in Officer Training School (ranking among other trainees).

Air Battle Management is a possibility also. This is in the Operations Area. So long as you are degreed and have a basic college math background, this is a good possibility (air battle management is about space geometry and ability to quickly recognize moving blue forces from red forces in 3-D space. It is somewhat like air traffic control in a battle zone where the controller has to keep traffic separated versus an environment where lots of aircraft are attacking and reacting to ground fire - little to no control. Again, think about getting Trig, Geometry, and some Cal under your belt as part of your "communications" curriculum - a real foreign area of study in Liberal Arts.

How does a Marine Officer know about Air Force officer things you ask. It is because many of us Marine Corps Officers worked in the Joint Operational arena where members of all four Services interact in battlefield (air and ground) operational control. We now have the same language and use same hardware and software in Joint Ops Centers (JOC) and Joint Tact Air Ops Ctrs (JTAOC) that are employed in all battle space environments.

Another option is to consider the other 3 services as well.

Lieutenant Colonel, US Marine Corps-Retired





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