Armed Forces News

Since the National Call to Service Program kicked off in October, more than 240 Air Force trainees who enlisted under the program have attended basic military training. Under the terms set by the 2003 National Defense Authorization Act, the new airmen can serve a 15-month enlistment, followed by a possible two-year extension of active service or service in the Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard or other approved federal agency. Only 1 percent, or 370 authorized positions, of the 37,000 airmen slated to graduate basic training in fiscal 2004 will be participating in this program. National Call to Service recruits receive the same training as their active-duty, Guard and Reserve counterparts. This includes physical readiness training, customs and courtesies, chemical and biological protection training, and wear of the uniform.