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Air Force recruiters struggle to find qualified applicants

The Air Force says it can’t find as many dedicated people who want to join. They call it the most competitive job market recruiters have seen in a long time.

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — Employers in all walks of life have been saying for months that they need more deck labor, and now it’s a problem affecting the Air Force.

Recruiters say, historically speaking, it’s usually not difficult for them to meet recruiting goals – but some things are changing. They struggle to find qualified candidates.

A 21-year-old Macon says it’s been a dream of his for years.

“I tried to join the Air Force since I was in high school. I never got in there, I kept trying,” Frank Edmond said.

With dreams of traveling the world, he knew his calling was to be in the Air Force. His other inspiration is his older brother.

“What really made me want to come in? My brother. He actually spent 20 years in the Air Force. He was a staff sergeant and now he’s retired,” Edmund said.

The Air Force says it doesn’t find as many dedicated people who want to join as Edmond. They call it the most competitive job market recruiters have seen in a long time.

The reasons range from the pandemic, to the boiling economy and job market. It is a national problem.

“A lot of regions are struggling to get candidates in. Our target last quarter was 375 and we just crossed the finish line just before the end of the quarter. We ended up hitting our target, but looking towards Fiscal 2022 is definitely going to be tough,” recruiter Andrew Veilleux said.

He is part of the largest recruiting squadron in the Air Force and they do their best to find good qualified candidates to help serve by signing bonus incentives.

They also let candidates know that the skills they learn can be used in other areas of employment to help achieve goals beyond the strength.

“I’ve always dreamed of living in a two-story house, and I kind of know if I’m going to join the Air Force. I can get that in the future,” Edmond said.

sergeant. Veilleux says the Air Force offers plenty of jobs you can do in the mainstream world, from healthcare to cybersecurity. They also offer bonuses ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 for certain career fields and terms of service.

They are looking for qualified applicants between the ages of 17 and 39 who have a minimum ASVAP score of 31, can pass a physical exam, and are of good character.

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