The Air Force came to being after World War II, and is an offshoot of the US Army Air Corps that served during the war. There is a lot of different training and military experience, and in the late 1960?s the Air Force decided that they wanted to support their enlisted Servicemembers. The Air Force created its very own community college in the early 1970?s and created a series of different courses and training. It is a community college that is designed to give its students a two-year degree with the focus on performing the job duties and mission of the Active duty Air Force. Leaders in the Air Force decided that they wanted to have their own community college, and to have a method of providing training that would yield college credit at the same time. Previous to the creation of the Air Force Community college, their enlisted personnel would qualify for college credit, and that because there was no established program Air Force Personnel were not getting full credit for their activity. This led to a great deal of lost opportunities for both the Air Force, and for individuals.
The commander of the Air Training command for the Air Force was Lieutenant General George Simler, and he believed that training for Air Force personnel should be formalized to give college level credit to the hardworking Servicemembers that serve on active duty. The leaders of the Air Force Military Academy met with various leaders of Air Force Command programs in 1971 to talk and discuss different issues and educational plans. They looked at the Air Force Academy, and at civilian and military training and educational planning. The examined the different programs that deal with apprenticeship credit and training, and in the end the Air Force Community College program was created. The leaders of the Air Force created a college level community program, and it was formally established and accredited in April 1972. The overall Air Force Community College program has been very successful, and it is considered to be equal to or exceed the standards of regular community college courses nationwide.
There are a great many programs available to gain a 2-year degree if you decide to enlist in the Air Force. There are five different Air Force Applied Science programs available, and several other programs including such opportunities as the USAF Health Care program, and the Service Air Force Air School, all offering courses that can be taken by Air Force Servicemembers.