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Airman Basic

Air Force Airman Basic

E-2 Enlisted Airman, U.S. Air Force
No rank
Air Force Airman Basic
Air Force Airman Basic
Air Force E-1 Airman Basic

Class Enlisted Airman
Abbr. AB
Title Airman (last name)
Paygrade E-1 (DoD Paygrade)
OR-1 (NATO Code)
Salary $1467.60/mo

What is a Airman Basic?

Airman Basic (AB) is the lowest enlisted rank of the US Air Force; it is just below Airman (E-2). The responsibilities of an Airman Basic include learning about and displaying knowledge of Air Force customs and standards, as well as learning the military and technical skills required in the Air Force.

One identifying marker of an airman basic's uniform is that they have no rank insignia. They are nicknamed “slick-sleeves,” because, while all other ranks have rank insignias on their sleeves, the airman basic's sleeves are plain.

Airman Basic is the 1st rank in the United States Air Force, ranking above Airman Basic. A airman basic is a Enlisted Airman at DoD paygrade E-1, with a starting monthly pay of $1467.60.

How do you become a Airman Basic?

A Airman Basic is most often promoted from Airman Basic (AB), although promotion from lower paygrades may occur with sufficient display of leadership and experience.

What is the proper way to address a Airman Basic?

The correct way to address a Airman Basic named Mr. Williams is "Airman Williams", or written as AB Williams. In formal situations, a Airman Basic should always be addressed by their full rank.

How much does a Airman Basic earn?

Basic pay for an entry-level Airman Basic with no years of experience is $1,467.60 per month. A Airman Basic receives an automatic raise to their basic pay every one to two years.

Basic pay is only a small percentage of a Airman Basic's final compensation package. In addition to a monthly basic pay salary, a Air Force Airman Basic may be eligible for multiple types of allowances and bonus pay including personal money allowance, clothing allowance, retirement benefits, housing allowance, and more.

For full details on the Air Force's Airman Basic compensation and retirement plan, visit the 2016 Air Force Airman Basic Pay Chart. A full table of the Air Force's current paygrades are available at the Air Force Pay Chart.

The Government civilian-employee equivalent of a Airman Basic is paid under the General Schedule payscale. For more details, learn more about the General Schedule payscale.

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