Job Description: An important part of protecting our country is ensuring the safety of the people, property and resources on every Air Force base. To accomplish this goal, Security Forces specialists go through extensive training in law enforcement and combat tactics to protect bases both stateside and overseas. A job that’s both physically and mentally demanding, these highly focused experts do everything from writing tickets to investigating on-base incidents to make sure everyone and everything on every base is protected.

  • Branch Branch: Air Force
  • Ratings Average Rating:
  • Desinnation Designation: 3P0X1
  • Average Required Test Average Salary:
  • Entry Type Entry Type: Enlisted
  • Required Test ASVAB:
  • Degree Degree: High School or GED
  • Age Age: 17-39
  • Citizen Citizen: U.S. or Permanent Resident
  • Category Category: Security Forces
Average Age
26 Average Age
Average Age
25,137 Number Employed
Average Age
5.0 YearsAverage Employment


Pros: Served my country, met lots of great friends, traveled the world

Cons: N/A

Location: Tampa, FL


As a Security Forces Patrolman, my primary duties were to conduct base security and law enforcement tasks. Unfortunately, I am unable to go into too much detail of what my daily tasks involved, but I can assure you that I exceeded every task that was assigned to me and because of my outstanding service, I was even promoted to the rank of Senior Airman six months early. While conducting security details was the primary purpose of our mission, maintaining a professional image in the eyes of the public as well as my peers was something I was recognized for more than once throughout my career. My favorite thing I will take away from what I learned in the military was how to communicate with others, even those who many saw as deviant and “unmotivated.” I’ve always had a knack for earning people’s trust and in a stressful environment such as the military this was a great tool to have. The military taught me how to remain calm in the most stressful environments and to get the job done in the most efficient manner possible. My ability to communicate and gain the trust of my peers was well-known throughout my squadrons and for that reason, my flight chiefs and supervisors would often ask me to “make sure morale stayed high” through harsh working conditions. I’m a very positive person and a natural leader and my troops would always turn to me in our times of despair. I always did what i had to do to keep my troops morale up so they could focus on the mission at hand. The hardest part of the job for me was definitely the long hours (sometimes working up to 90 hours a week), but was not something I could not handle. My friends and co-workers were the main reason for this. They were easily the best part of my career and most others who “sign the dotted line” would agree. I love making work fun so that it does not feel like work at all and I feel like even in the high-tempo operation like the Air Force I was able to do that thanks to the wonderful people I was able to work with.