There are a number of benefits that are available when you decide to enlist in the Air Force. Some of them are available no matter which arm of the Armed Forces that you join, but they are certainly available if you join the Air Force. There are special and incentive pays, retirement benefits, ample and generous yearly leave opportunities, in addition to insurance, education and family and survivor benefits.
Military Pay- you are eligible for the standard military pay and incentives that are found in the enlisted pay schedule for the United States Armed Forces. But there are also incentive and special pays that, depending on the job that you select, you may be eligible for. Such things as Air Crew, Flight Pay, and hazardous duty pay, and special job qualification pay may all be areas that you may qualify for when you enlist in the Air Force. Also, you are eligible for the annual military pay raise, which by law is about ½ of a percent below the annual employment cost index. All in all military pay is one of the best benefits from joining the Air Force.
Entitlements- Entitlements and allowances are also benefits that you may qualify for as an enlisted Air Force Servicemember. There are a number of issues that qualify here; you have basic allowance for quarters, which is for your housing. If you have a family you will qualify for more money than a single person. You have basic allowance for meals, which will provide you with meals in kind, (meals on base) or funds for eating and food consumed on your own off base. You have access to TriCare, which is the military medical and dental health care plan. This is nothing to sneeze at, some of the best and most advanced medical personnel in the world works for the Military hospitals worldwide.
Many people seek to join the Air Force because it is a service that has a lot of potential; some people think it is one of the best services. The Air Force deals with aviation, and there are a lot of jobs that require helping and supporting the Aviation arm of the service, rather than ground support. This is not entirely true, there are some personnel that are serving in Afghanistan and Iraq that are in fact Air Force Servicemembers, but there still is less of a chance to serve as an infantry person if you are in fact in the Air Force.