Air Force Occupational and Aeronautical Badges

Learn About the Badges of the United States Air Force

​Courtesy of United States Air Force. Information derived from Air Force Instruction 36-2923 - Aeronautical Duty and Occupational Badges and Air Force Instruction 11-402, Aviation and Parachutist Service, Aeronautical Ratings and Badges.

Badges of the United States Air Force are military awards that designate aeronautical ratings, special skills, career field qualifications, and serve as identification. Most are awarded at either basic, senior and command levels, across different skill fields.

Aeronautical badges are awarded to pilots, and Occupational badges are awarded to Air Force personnel engaged in duties other than flying. 

Here are some of the Air Force Occupation and Aeronautical Badges and their descriptions.

1
Acquisition & Financial Management

Air Force Acquisition and Financial Management. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

At the basic level, this badge is awarded after graduating from technical school. At the senior level, it's awarded to officers who have reached 7 years in the specialty, and to enlisted personnel at the "craftsman" skill level. The master badge is awarded to enlisted personnel who have at least five years' experience at the craftsman level, and to officers after 15 years in the specialty. 

It's awarded in the following Air Force Specialty Codes (AFSC): 

Officers: (61, 62) Scientific/Research, Development Engineering Officers: (63) Acquisition Officers; (64) Contracting Officers; (65) Financial Management Officers

Enlisted: (6C) Contracting; (6F) Financial Management

2
Air Battle Manager

Air Battle Management. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is awarded to officers and enlisted members trained and qualified for airborne command and control, air surveillance, electronic warfare, and airborne weapons capabilities in aircraft

Officers: (13B) Air Battle Management Officers

Enlisted: (1A5X1, 1A4X1) Air Battle Management

3
Air Traffic Control

Air Force Traffic Control Badge. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

 This badge is awarded to enlisted personnel and officers after completing air traffic control technical training. 

Officers: (13C) Air Traffic Control Operations Officers

Enlisted: (1C1) Air Traffic Control Operations

4
Astronaut

US Military Astronaut Badges. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given only to officers who have completed training in the NASA Astronaut Program. There is no enlisted equivalent.

5
Band

Band. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to Air Force members serving in the U.S. Air Force Band. 

Officers: (35B) Band

Enlisted: (3N1) Band

6
Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Air Force members in the Civil Engineer (CE) career area, who provide combat engineering support for deployed Air Force units and weapons systems, receive this badge.

Officers: (32) Civil Engineer Officers

Enlisted: (3E) Civil Engineer, except EOD More

7
Biomedical Sciences Corps

Biomedical Sciences Corps.. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This field, comprised entirely of commissioned officers, includes specialties in the Air Force Medical Corps, including physical therapists, optometrists, podiatrists, psychologists, clinical dietitians and others. All in the Biomedical Science Corps are eligible for this badge. 

Officers: (42)(43) Biomedical Services Officers (BSC)

Enlisted: None

8
Buddhist Chaplain

Chaplain Badges. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge, given to Buddhist clergy in the Air Force, is based on the dharmachakra emblem. There is no enlisted equivalent.

Officers: (52) Chaplain

Enlisted: None

9
Christian Chaplain

Chaplain Badges. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge, which displays a Christian cross, is given to ordained Christian clergy in the Air Force. There is no enlisted equivalent. 

Officers: (52) Chaplain

Enlisted: None More

10
Command and Control

Command and Control. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to enlisted airmen who complete training in the command and control systems operations career field, This may include, among other duties, aerospace surveillance, aerospace vehicle detection including missile warnings systems. This is given to enlisted personnel only, there is no equivalent for officers. 

Officers: None

Enlisted: (1C) Command & Control Systems Operations More

11
Enlisted Aircrew

Enlisted Aircrew. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to those in the enlisted aircrew operations career field. As the name suggests, it's enlisted personnel only; there is no officer equivalent. 

Officers: None

Enlisted: Enlisted Aircrew Members

12
Dental Corps

Dental Corps. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

 With the modified caduceus symbol — it has a "D" on the front—​ which denotes a medical profession, this badge is given to dentists in the Air Force. It's for officers only; there is no enlisted equivalent. 

Officers: (47) Dental Corps (DC)

Enlisted: None

13
Enlisted Medical

Enlisted Medical. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to enlisted medical personnel in the Air Force. There is no officer equivalent to this badge. 

Officers: None

Enlisted Medical Service Members

14
Medical Corps

Medical Corps. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Like its related badges, the medical corps badge features the classic caduceus. This is for physicians and medical personnel at the officer level. 

Officers: (40)(44)(45)(48) Physician (MC)

Enlisted: None

15
EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal)

Explosive Ordinance Disposal. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to those enlisted personnel who handle the disposal of explosive ordnance. It's an enlisted-only field.  

Officers: None

Enlisted: 3E8X1, Explosive Ordinance Disposal

16
Flight Nurse

Flight Nurse. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Flight nurses treat patients during aeromedical evacuation and airlift flights. This badge is given to graduates of an accredited nursing program who have completed an Air Force flight nurse course. The nursing corps is an officer-only career field.  More

17
Flight Surgeon

Flight Surgeon. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to medical doctors in the Air Force who are certified as flight surgeons. There is no enlisted equivalent; this is an officer-only career field.  More

18
Force Protection

Force Protection. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to Air Force personnel in the security forces (SF) career field

Officers: (31) Security Forces Officers

Enlisted: (3P) Security Forces Officers); (7S) Special Investigations

19
Historian

Historian. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Air Force historian personnel research, write, edit, and organize historical data and maintain historical files and repositories. This is an enlisted field only; there is no officer equivalent to this badge.

Officers: None

Enlisted: (3H) Historian

20
Intelligence

Intelligence. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to those serving in the Air Force intelligence career field, which includes personnel who collect, produce and distribute data that have strategic, tactical, or technical value for security and intelligence purposes. 

Officers: (14) Intelligence Officers

Enlisted: (1N) Intelligence

21
Logistics Plans

Logistics Plans. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Air Force personnel in the logistics plans career field receive this badge. Those in the field will manage, administer and operate logistics plans systems and activities. 

Officers: (25) Logistics Plans & Programs Officers

Enlisted: (2G) Logistics Plans

22
Maintenance

Maintenance. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to several jobs in the maintenance career field, which has a variety of responsibilities. 

Officers: (21) Aircraft Maintenance & Munitions Officers

Enlisted: (2A, 2P, 2W) Manned Aerospace Maintenance, Precision Measurement, Munitions, and Weapons; (2E) Comm-Electronic Systems; (2R) Maintenance Management Systems

23
Jewish Chaplain

US Military Chaplains. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is for Jewish rabbis in the Air Force. It's an officer-level field with no enlisted equivalent. 

Officers: (52) Chaplain

Enlisted: None

24
Judge Advocate

Judge Advocate. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

The judge advocate is a licensed practicing attorney, and the JAG corps serve as the judicial arm of the Air Force. There is no enlisted equivalent for this badge. 

Officers: (51) Judge Advocate Officers

Enlisted: None

25
Medical Service Corps

Medical Service Corps. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

The Air Force medical service corps is slightly different from the medical corps, in that they oversee and manage health services. There's no enlisted equivalent for this badge. 

Officers: (41) Health Services Administration Officers (MSC)

Enlisted: None

26
Manpower & Personnel

Manpower and Personnel. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

The mission support career field in the Air Force does work similar to a human resources staffer at a civilian company. 

Officer: (36) Mission Support & Personnel Officers; (38) Manpower Officers

Enlisted: (3S) Mission Support; (3U) Manpower

27
Meteorologist

Metereologist. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is for Air Force personnel in the weather career field, which is involved in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating weather information, including forecasts of weather conditions in the atmosphere and space.

Officer: (15) Weather Officers

Enlisted: (1W) Weather

28
Missile

Missile. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to Air Force personnel in the missile and space systems maintenance career field

Officers: (13X4) Space & Missile Staff Officer; (22) Space & Missile Maintenance Officers

Enlisted: (2M) Space & Missile Systems Maintenance

29
Missile with Ops Designator

Missile With Ops Designator. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Like the missile badge, this is also given to Air Force personnel in the missile and space systems maintenance career field, but is an officer-only designation. There is no enlisted equivalent. 

Officers: (13SXC) Missile Operations Officers

Enlisted: None

30
Muslim Chaplain

Jewish Chaplain. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to Muslim clerics in the Air Force. There is no enlisted equivalent. 

Officers: (52) Chaplain

Enlisted: None

31
Nurse Corps

Nurse Corps. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is for members of the Air Force in the nurse corps. 

Officers: (46) Nurse Corps (NC)

Enlisted: None

32
Parachutist

Parachutist. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Officers: Officers qualified for parachutist duty.

Enlisted: Enlisted members qualified for parachutist duty

33
Security Police

Security Forces. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

The security forces (SF) career field performs force protection duties.

Officers: (31) Security Forces Officers

Enlisted: (3P) Security Forces Officers)

34
Operations Support

Operations Support. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Air Force personnel in this field engage in and conduct safety programs and safety activities. 

Officers: S-Prefix (Safety Officers), (16) Operations Support Officers

Enlisted: (1S, 1T) Safety, Survival Training, Aircrew Life Support, Pararescue

35
Paralegal

Paralegal. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is given to those who perform paraprofessional and legal research career fields..

Officers: S-Prefix (Safety Officers), (16) Operations Support Officers

Enlisted: (1S, 1T) Safety, Survival Training, Aircrew Life Support, Pararescue

36
Public Affairs

Public Affairs. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is for officers and enlisted personnel in the public affairs field in the Air Force. 

Officers: (35P) Public Affairs Officers

Enlisted: (3N) Public Affairs

37
Supply/Fuels

Supply and Fuel. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

The supply career field covers the managing, administration and operation of supply systems and activities.

Officers: (23) Supply Officers

Enlisted: (2S, 2F) Supply, Fuels

38
Transportation

Transportation. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

This badge is for Air Force personnel in the transportation and vehicle maintenance career field.

Officers: (24) Transportation Officers

Enlisted: (2T) Transportation & Vehicle Maintenance

39
Pilot

Pilot. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Officers: Rated officers certified as pilots

Enlisted: None

40
Services

Services. US Air Force Gallery of Occupational Badges

Officers: (34) Services Officers

Enlisted: (3M) Services

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