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Hardest Air Force Jobs

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Updated May 25, 2010

I'm often asked, "What are the hardest Air Force jobs?" Until now, that was a difficult question to answer. What does one mean by "hard?" Are we talking mentally, physically, or otherwise? A good measurement would be technical school wash-out rates, and thanks to a recent Air Force Times article, the eight Air Force job specialties with the highest technical school failure rates are now available.

Unsurprisingly, the eight Air Force AFSCs (Air Force jobs) with the highest training drop-out rates are all direct-combat jobs.

In fact, training for these eight battlefield career fields is so grueling that more than half of those who enter training for one of them fails it.

Mostly because of the high training washout rates, the Air Force considers all eight of the war-zone jobs "stressed," or undermanned. About 2,110 airmen are in those Air Force Specialty Codes, almost 780 shy of the billets authorized.

The eight Air Force jobs with the highest training washout rates are:

Officer

* Combat Rescue Officer (50 or greater percent failure rate)

* Special Tactics Officer (50 or greater percent failure rate)

* Air Liaison Officer (50 or greater percent failure rate)

* Combat Weather Officer (50 or greater percent failure rate)

Enlisted

* Pararescue (80 to 85 percent failure rate)

* Combat Controller (80 to 85 percent failure rate)

* Tactical Air Conhtrol Party (TACP) (44 percent failure rate)

* Combat Weather (50 or greater percent failure rate)

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