Air Force Stressed Job Listing

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Air Force Security Forces
SOUTHWEST ASIA -- Airman 1st Class Carin Brigham stands ready to ensure base perimeter security here. Airman 1st Class Erick Martinez backs her up with a M240 machine gun. Both Airmen are in the 379th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. Official USAF Photo

Each Spring, (around March or April), the Air Force examines all of their enlisted and commissioned officer jobs and assigns a "Stress Rating."

Stress, as defined here, is largely driven by three main factors: manpower, manning, and deployments. The driver(s) of stress is different for each career field, however, in short, when a career field is "stressed," it means there are not enough people in the career field to adequately carry out the assigned mission.

The "stress-levels" provide Air Force leadership with an objective, single measure to determine relative “pain” (i.e. stress) between AFSCs (jobs). The results serve as an indicator of problems, not an absolute statement of problems. The formula provides a starting point to pick out abnormalities. It also allows Air Force leadership to measure progress.

  • - A stress level of 1.0 means that there is no (deployment or home station) shortfall
  • - A stress level greater than 1.0 means that there is a shortfall. The shortfall is expressed as a percentage of assigned personnel (for example, a stress-level rating of 1.2 means that each person at home station is doing the work of 1.2 people)
  • - A stress level less than 1.0 means that there is a surplus. The surplus is expressed as a percentage of assigned personnel (for example, a stress-level rating of 0.8 means that each person at home station, on average, is doing the work of .8 people)

    The Air Force has a goal of trying to achieve a "stress level" of 1.2 or less for each AFSC (job).

    It needs to be noted that just because a job is considered "stressed," does not necessarily mean that job has openings for new recruits. The AFSC may be adequately manned in the first-termer ranks, but considered "stressed" because of a shortage in the Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) ranks.

    In that event, the Air Force would try and correct the shortage through the NCO Re-training Program.

    Even if the "stress" is caused (or partially caused) by shortage of personnel in the first-termer (new recruit) ranks, available training seats come into play. Air Force technical schools can only train so many students at any given time, and all the projected "training slots" may already be filled by people already in the Delayed Enlistment Program (DEP), or already in the Air Force, but awaiting a training slot.

    Increasing the number of training slots available is generally not a viable option. Adding more slots means adding more resources. More instructors must be added (thereby removing experienced NCOs from the "field"), dormitory space would need to be added, more support personnel (finance, administration, personnel, etc.), would need to be increased, chow halls expanded, etc. This process is neither cheap, nor is it fast.

    Enlisted AFSCs (See Job Description Pages)

    AFSCCareer FieldStress

    1a8

    Airborne Cryptologic Linguist

    2.15

    1t2

    Pararescue

    1.58

    2t1

    Vehicle Operations

    1.46

    7s0

    Special Investigations

    1.37

    3p0

    Security Forces

    1.36

    1n1

    Imagery Analysis

    1.34

    1t0

    SERE Operations

    1.26

    3m0

    Services

    1.26

    1c2

    Combat Control

    1.25

    1n0

    Intelligence Applications

    1.24

    3s2

    Education and Training

    1.24

    2g0

    Logistics Plans

    1.23

    1s0

    Safety

    1.23

    2e2

    Com, Network, Switching & Crypto Systems

    1.21

    1c1

    Air Traffic Control

    1.20

    5j0

    Paralegal

    1.20

    6c0

    Contracting

    1.20

    1w0

    Weather

    1.19

    1n5

    Electronic Signals Intelligence Exploitation

    1.19

    3u0

    Manpower

    1.18

    1n4

    Network Intelligence Analysis

    1.18

    3v0

    Visual Information

    1.17

    3e8

    Explosive Ordnance Disposal

    1.17

    3n0

    Public Affairs

    1.15

    3e5

    Engineering

    1.14

    3e9

    Readiness

    1.12

    2a7

    Aircraft Metals Technology

    1.12

    2w0

    Munitions Systems

    1.12

    2t0

    Traffic Management

    1.11

    3c3

    Comm-Comp Sys Planning & Implementation

    1.11

    3s0

    Personnel

    1.11

    3s1

    Military Equal Opportunity

    1.11

    2e6

    Communication Cable and Antenna Systems

    1.10

    1a5

    Airborne Missions Systems

    1.10

    2f0

    Fuels

    1.10

    1a2

    Loadmaster

    1.08

    5r0

    Chaplain Assistant

    1.08

    1a3

    Airborne Communications and Electronics Systems

    1.07

    1c4

    Tactical Air Command and Control

    1.07

    2t2

    Air Transportation

    1.07

    1a1

    Flight Engineer

    1.07

    3e7

    Fire Protection

    1.06

    1a6

    Flight Attendant

    1.06

    3a0

    Information Management

    1.06

    1c0

    Airfield Management

    1.06

    1a7

    Aerial Gunner

    1.06

    3n2

    Premier Band

    1.02

    2e1

    Satellite, Wideband, and Telemetry Systems

    1.02

    2s0

    Supply Management / Systems Analyst

    1.02

    3n1

    Regional Band

    1.01

    2a3

    Avionics Systems (Misc MWS) and Tact a/c mx

    1.01

    2a6

    Aerospace Propulsion

    1.00

    3e1

    Heating, Ventilation, AC, & Refrigeration

    0.99

    1a4

    Airborne Battle Management

    0.98

    1t1

    Aircrew Life Support

    0.98

    1n2

    Com Signals Intelligence Production

    0.97

    2t3

    Vehicle Maintenance

    0.97

    2r0

    Maintenance Management Analyst

    0.96

    2a5

    Aerospace & Helicopter Mx & Integrated Avionics Sys

    0.96

    3e4

    Utilities Systems, et al

    0.95

    3e0

    Electrical

    0.95

    3e2

    Pavement and Construction Equipment

    0.94

    2w1

    Aircraft Armament Systems

    0.94

    3c0

    Communication-Computer Systems

    0.94

    2r1

    Maintenance Production

    0.93

    3c1

    Radio Communications Sys & Electromagnetic Spectrum Mgt

    0.92

    2w2

    Nuclear Weapons

    0.91

    1a0

    In-Flight Refueling

    0.91

    1c3

    Command Post

    0.91

    3e3

    Structural

    0.91

    1c6

    Space Systems Operations

    0.90

    2m0

    Missile and Space Systems/Facilities

    0.90

    1n3

    Cryptologic Linguist

    0.87

    6f0

    Financial Management & Comptroller

    0.86

    2p0

    Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory

    0.86

    1c5

    Aerospace Control and Warning Systems

    0.85

    3h0

    Historian

    0.84

    2a0

    Avionics Test Station and Components

    0.82

    2a1

    Avionics

    0.81

    2e0

    Ground Radar Systems

    0.77

    3c2

    Communication-Computer Systems Control

    0.77

    1n6

    Electronic System Security Assessment

    0.74

    3e6

    Operations Management

    0.65

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