Does the US Air Force do background checks?
As you would probably guess, the US Air Force does do background checks. In fact, military background checks are notoriously detailed and include information about your criminal record, mental health and even financial history.
In general the results of a background check may depend on where you live.
For example, these states only show your record from up to seven years back:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*Pay bracket may impact search findings*
And in these states, employers only learn about offenses you were found guilty of:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
Then there are states where your whole record is on display. In these locations potential employers learn everything:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
State laws may or may not apply to the type of background checks that the Air Force does. However, security clearance vetting is a different matter altogether. If you’re applying for a position that requires security clearance, you can expect that your entire history will be analyzed regardless of where you live.
We also went to glassdoor.com to find out what the enlisted have to say about working for the Air Force. We found that the Air Force has 4.2 out of 5 stars. The highest rating was 4.2 for opportunities, the lowest was 3.2 for a balanced work and home life.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
Some felonies will definitely be more disqualifying than others. Because the organization is all about harmonious collaboration, any violent or sexual offenses will be weighed heavily against you. A direct source told us you must be able to hold your gun rights to work for the military. Therefore, if you’re unable to do so, you’ll be passed over.
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If you’re not sure the Air Force is for you, try another branch:
- Coast Guard
- Marine Corps
- National Guard