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Airlift/Special Mission
Aircraft Maintenance

As you can imagine, the last person to handle an aircraft before it actually takes off bears an immense responsibility to make absolutely certain that the plane is mission-ready. That person is the Airlift/Special Mission Aircraft Maintenance Specialist. In this job, you'll be accountable for ensuring the aircraft is in perfect working order. If alterations or repairs are needed, you'll assign specialists to fix the issues and work with them to ensure the plane’s safety and readiness. Pre-flight, you'll give the plane one last inspection to make sure it's serviced with fuel, hydraulic fluid, and liquid oxygen before giving it your final approval. Why does an Aircraft Maintenance Specialist have so much responsibility? Because it's not just a plane you're putting in the air – it’s also a pilot.

As a member of the Air Guard, you’ll receive a steady paycheck along with a wealth of other benefits including:

Federal Benefits

  • Career Skills – learn valuable, high-tech skills that can help launch your civilian career
  • Serve close to home – with more than 140 Air Guard units in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, you can serve close to home
  • Base Exchange (BX) and Commissary Shopping Privileges
  • Eligibility for VA Home Loans
  • Free-Space-Available Air Travel
  • Military Retirement Plan
  • May be eligible for an Enlistment Bonus
  • Limited Legal Assistance
  • Military Burial Assistance
  • Military Clothing Sales Stores
  • Military Death Gratuity
  • Military Recreation Facilities
  • Official Library Service
  • Lawful Permanent Residents that join the Air National Guard may be eligible for expedited path to U.S. Citizenship.


As a member of the Air Guard, you'll be eligible for low-cost health insurance for you and your family, along with low-cost life insurance, so you know your loved ones are protected. These Insurances include:

  • TRICARE Dental Insurance
    The only dental plan sponsored by the Department of Defense (DoD) for National Guard/Reserve sponsors and their families. With the TDP, you will enjoy a nationwide network of more than 65,000 participating dentists, high-quality customer service and comprehensive dental coverage designed specifically with you in mind!
  • TRICARE Medical Insurance
    Medical Coverage is available in different options necessary to meet the needs of different individuals. From individuals to families insurance is available for those in full time or part time status to ensure coverage is available. Families and Part-time members coverage is offered through TRICARE Reserve Select and is a premium-based health plan available worldwide to Selected Reserve members of the Ready Reserve (and their families) who are not eligible for, or enrolled in the Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program.

Educational Training

As a member of the Air Guard, you're eligible to receive educational benefits through the Montgomery G.I. Bill where you could be eligible to receive money for college. This program is a free benefit for all individuals that join for 6 years.

Benefits Provided By State

Education Benefits

Alabama Air National Guard members who have served for a period of two years immediately preceding the student qualifying for resident tuition, and who are continuing service in the Air Guard while enrolled at a public institution of higher education, qualify for in-state tuition.

Medical Benefits

Alabama Air Guard members get full medical coverage for any injury or illness incurred in the line of duty.

State Tax Advantage

Retired Alabama Air Guard members pay absolutely no state taxes on their military retirement pay.

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