United States Air Force - E-1 Airman Basic
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Air Force Airman Basic - Rank Details
Airman Basic (AB)
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What are an Airman Basic's Responsibilities?
An airman basic in the U.S. Air Force is the lowest enlisted rank possible. It is equivalent to the rank of private in the Army/Marines and seaman recruit in the Navy/Coast Guard. Airman basic is the typical entry-level rank for newly enlisted members of the Air Force.
Airman basics are responsible for graduating basic training, becoming accustomed to military customs and courtesies, maintaining Air Force physical and professional standards, and learning technical skills. Airman basics typically spend a lot of time in training and shadowing more experienced enlisted personnel.
What is an Airman Basic's Paygrade?
On this page you can learn more about an Airman Basic's payscale, the process of becoming a Airman Basic, and the history of the rank in the United States Air Force.
Air Force Airman Basic Pay Calculator
The basic pay rate of an E-1 is $1,599.90* There is no basic pay applicable to E-1 after two years of experience. This is because the Basic Combat Training does not extend further than two years.
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Equivalent Ranks to an Air Force Airman Basic
The table below lists the equivalent ranks of an Air Force Airman Basic, and their insignia, in the other four branches of the United States' Armed Services.