Team Mildenhall first sergeants, NCOs and senior NCOs salute during the National Anthem while conducting Retreat at Royal Air Force Mildenhall, England, April 20, 2021. The Airmen attended a first sergeant symposium to help prepare them as interim first sergeants. Karen Abeyasekere/USAF
Photo Caption & Credits

2021 USAF & USSF Almanac: Personnel

June 30, 2021

Thank you for reading Air Force Magazine!

AFA members make Air Force Magazine possible. Non-member visitors are limited to 5 free articles per month. To login click here. Not a member? Click here.

You have 4 free articles remaining this month.

DAF PERSONNEL

DAF TOTAL FORCE END STRENGTH

(As of Sept. 30, 2020)

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
USAF
Active Duty
Enacted Req
Officers 61,004 60,961 61,597 62,640 63,902 64,245 64,936 65,353
Enlisted 246,322 252,762 256,983 258,978 263,976 265,369 266,451 267,347
Cadets 4,031 4,160 4,207 4,262 4,223 4,176 4,098 4,000
Total USAF
Active Duty
311,357 317,883 322,787 325,880 332,101 333,790 335,485 336,700
USSF
Active Duty
Officers 84 2,742 3,859
Enlisted 1 3,692 4,541
Total USSF
Active Duty
85 6,434 8,400
Civilian
Personnel
Direct hire
(Excluding Technicians)
129,985 131,965 140,116 135,879 139,536 140,848 147,434* 147,360
ANG
Technicians
23,448 23,044 22,542 21,705 17,502 14,970 11,051 9,942
AFRC
Technicians
8,501 8,384 7,872 7,648 7,714 9,027 9,252* 9,150
Total
Direct Hire
161,934 163,393 170,530 165,232 164,752 164,845 167,737 166,452
Indirect Hire 4,090 3,704 4,570 4,202 4,190 3,694 3,975 3,911
Total Civilian
Personnel
166,024 167,097 175,100 169,434 168,942 168,539 171,712 170,363
Air National
Guard
2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Selected Reserve
Officers
15,084 14,593 15,257 15,401 15,495 15,990 15,146 15,089
Selected Reserve
Enlisted
90,644 90,907 90,413 92,068 91,702 91,424 92,954 93,211
Total ANG 105,728 105,500 105,670 107,469 107,197 107,414 108,100 108,300
Air Force
Reserve
Command
Selected Reserve
Officers
13,937 14,896 13,672 13,716 14,042 14,458 15,108 14,815
Selected Reserve
Enlisted
54,557 54,304 55,126 54,987 55,347 54,598 55,496 55,485
Total AFRC
Selected Reserve
68,494 69,200 68,798 68,703 69,389 69,056 70,604 70,300
Individual Ready
Reserve Officers
7,302 7,492 7,492 6,593 7,631 7,631 7,631 7,631
IRR Enlisted 29,449 29,359 29,359 21,801 20,683 20,683 20,683 20,683
Total IRR 36,751 36,851 36,851 28,394 28,314 28,314 28,314 28,314
Total AFRC 105,245 106,051 105,649 97,097 97,370 97,370 98,918 98,614
Total Ready
Reserve
210,973 211,551 211,319 204,566 204,567 204,784 207,018 206,914
* Based on AFRC data provided April 30, 2021.
Sources: For years 2020-2022, the National Defense Budget Estimates for 2022 with select data points provided by the DAF and individual commands.
United States Space Force Tech. Sgt. Eric Mistrot, 324th Training Squadron military training instructor, stands in front of his flight during the graduation ceremony, Dec. 10, 2020, at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Sarayuth Pinthong/USAF
Air Force and Space Force

DAF ACTIVE DUTY BY RANK AND SEX

(As of Sept. 30, 2020)

Grade Rank Female % Male % Total %
Cadets 1,194 28.6 2,982 71.4 4,176 100.0
                 
Enlisted E-1 Airman
Basic
1,765 21.7 6,373 78.3 8,138 3.06
E-2 Airman  1,882 23.8 6,014 76.2 7,896 3.0
E-3 Airman
First Class
12,959 24.2 40,543 75.8 53,502 20.2
E-4 Senior
Airman
12,634 21.9 44,954 78.1 57,588 21.7
E-5 Staff
Sergeant
11,502 18.7 50,015 81.3 61,517 23.2
E-6 Technical
Sergeant
7,453 17.6 35,009 82.5 42,462 16.0
E-7 Master
Sergeant
5,432 20.5 21,104 79.5 26,536 10.0
E-8 Senior
Master Sergeant
1,170 22.2 4,107 77.8 5,277 2.0
E-9 Chief
Master Sergeant
476 18.1 2,156 81.9 2,632 1.0
TOTAL     55,273 20.8 210,279 79.2 265,552 100.0
                 
Officer O-1 Second
Lieutenant
1,933 26.3 5,423 73.7 7,356 11.5
O-2 First
Lieutenant
1,972 23.4 6,443 76.6 8,415 13.1
O-3 Captain 5,218 25.1 15,540 74.9 20,758 32.3
O-4 Major 2,996 20.9 11,313 79.1 14,309 22.3
O-5 Lieutenant
Colonel
1,648 16.8 8,172 83.2 9,820 15.3
O-6 Colonel 528 16.0 2,764 84.0 3,292 5.1
O-7 Brigadier
General
17 12.6 118 87.4 135 0.2
O-8 Major
General
8 8.6 85 91.4 93 0.1
O-9 Lieutenant
General
3 5.9 48 94.1 51 0.1
0-10 General 2 12.5 14 87.5 16 0.0
TOTAL     14,325 22.3 49,920 77.7 64,245 100.0
TOTAL
Enlisted/
Officer
69,564 21.1 260,199 78.9 329,797 100.0
Sources: Air Force Personnel Center; Defense Manpower Data Center: Table of Active Duty Females by Rank/Grade and Service, September 2020, and Active Duty Military Personnel by Rank/Grade, September 2020.
Staff Sgt. Ian Robinson, 47th Civil Engineering Squadron fire protection craftsman from Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, was one of 10 other team members who protected an elementary school from a wildfire in Del Rio in 2020.
Master Sgt. J.T. May III

DAF ACTIVE DUTY AIRMEN FEMALE/MALE

(As of Sept. 30, 2020)

1970 1980 1990 2000 2010 2018 2019 2020
Enlisted                
Female 8,987 60,803 60,803 55,011 50,946 51,780 54,205 55,273
% 1.4 13.2 14.0 19.2 19.3 20.0 20.5 20.8
Male 652,559 399,517 374,385 231,620 212,491 207,198 209,771 210,279
% 98.6 86.8 86.0 80.8 80.7 80.0 79.4 79.2
TOTAL 661,546 460,320 435,188 286,631 263,437 258,978 263,976 265,552
Officer                
Female 4,667 8,493 13,331 11,819 12,363 13,296 13,932 14,325
% 3.6 8.7 13.3 17.1 18.7 21.2 21.8 22.3
Male 125,136 89,156 86,714 57,204 53,838 49,344 49,970 49,920
% 94.6 91.3 86.7 82.9 81.3 78.8 78.2 77.7
TOTAL 129,803 97,649 100,045 69,023 66,201 62,640 63,902 69,598
Cadets                
Female 0 504 553 658 966 1,155 1,176 1,194
% 0.0 11.4 12.7 15.4 21.2 27.0 27.9 28.6
Male 4,144 3,907 3,817 3,617 3,592 3,110 3,047 2,982
% 100.0 88.6 87.3 84.6 78.8 73.0 72.2 71.4
TOTAL 4,144 4,411 4,370 4,275 4,558 4,262 4,223 4,176
Sources: Air Force Personnel Center; Defense Manpower Data Center: Table of Active Duty Females by Rank/Grade and Service, September 2020, and Active Duty Military Personnel by Rank/Grade, September 2020.
Capt. Timothy Joubert, 555th Fighter Squadron pilot, conducts a pre-flight check on a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon during Astral Knight 2021 at Aviano Air Base, Italy, May 13, 2021.
Staff Sgt. Savannah Waters

DAF ACTIVE DUTY BY COMMAND

(As of Sept. 30, 2020)

MAJOR COMMANDS
Air Combat Command  80,858
Air Education and Training Command 57,541
Air Force Global Strike Command 28,708
Air Force Materiel Command 17,033
Air Force Special Operations Command 15,660
Air Mobility Command 42,308
Pacific Air Forces 29,952
U.S. Air Forces Europe-AFA 23,081
TOTAL 295,141
Field Operating Agencies (FOAs)
Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation 8
Air Force Audit Agency 0
Air Force Cost Analysis Agency 12
Air Force Flight Standards Agency 116
Air Force Historical Research Agency 0
Air Force Inspection Agency 94
Air Force Legal Operations Agency 555
Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency 139
Air Force Medical Readiness Agency 302
Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations 19
Air Force Office of Special Investigations 120
Air Force Operations Group 34
Air Force Personnel Center 666
Air Force Public Affairs Agency 55
Air Force Review Boards Agency 29
Air Force Safety Center 48
Air National Guard Readiness Center 36
National Air and Space Intelligence Center 148
TOTAL 2,381
Direct Reporting Units
Air Force District of Washington 125
Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center 298
Air Force Reserve Command 57
U.S. Air Force Academy 201
TOTAL                                                                                                                                  681
OTHER 31,594
TOTAL ACTIVE DUTY                                                                                           329,797
*On Dec. 20, 2019, the U.S. Space Force was established, and AFSPC was largely absorbed by the new service.
Airman 1st Class Peter Cha, 48th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, checks the technical order during an Agile Combat Employment exercise at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, April 20, 2021. Airman 1st Class Jessi Monte

DAF ACTIVE DUTY END STRENGTH

(As of Sept. 30, 2020)

YEAR NUMBER YEAR NUMBER YEAR NUMBER YEAR NUMBER
1907 3 1936 17,233 1965 824,662 1994 426,327
1908 13 1937 19,147 1966 887,353 1995 400,409
1909 27 1938 21,089 1967 897,494 1996 389,001
1910 11 1939 23,455 1968 904,850 1997 377,385
1911 23 1940 51,165 1969 862,353 1998 367,470
1912 51 1941 152,125 1970 791,349 1999 360,590
1913 114 1942 764,415 1971 755,300 2000 355,654
1914 122 1943 2,197,114 1972 725,838 2001 353,571
1915 208 1944 2,372,292 1973 691,182 2002 368,251
1916 311 1945 2,282,259 1974 643,970 2003 375,062
1917 1,218 1946 455,515 1975 612,751 2004 376,616
1918 195,023 1947 305,827 1976 585,416 2005 353,696
1919 25,603 1948 387,730 1977 570,695 2006 348,953
1920 9,050 1949 419,347 1978 569,712 2007 333,495
1921 11,649 1950 411,277 1979 559,455 2008 327,379
1922 9,642 1951 788,381 1980 557,969 2009 333,408
1923 9,441 1952 983,261 1981 570,302 2010 334,196
1924 10,547 1953 977,593 1982 582,845 2011 333,370
1925 9,670 1954 947,918 1983 592,044 2012 332,918
1926 9,674 1955 959,946 1984 597,125 2013 330,694
1927 10,078 1956 909,958 1985 601,515 2014 316,332
1928 10,549 1957 919,835 1986 608,199 2015 311,357
1929 12 ,131 1958 871,156 1987 607,035 2016 317,883
1930 13,531 1959 840,435 1988 576,446 2017 322,787
1931 14,780 1960 814,752 1989 570,880 2018 329,880
1932 15,028 1961 821,151 1990 535,233 2019 332,101
1933 15,099 1962 884,025 1991 510,432 2020 329,797
1934 15,861 1963 869,431 1992 470,315 2021 335,485*
1935 16,247 1964 856,798 1993 444,351 2022 336,700**
From 1907-1946, these Airmen were part of the U.S. Army. 
Enacted*
Requested**
An 8th Fighter Wing F-16 takes off at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Tech. Sgt. Kristin High

DAF ACTIVE DUTY BY REGION

(As of Sept. 30, 2020)

1980 1990 2000 2010 2018 2019 2020
US and Territories 445,886 418,027 291,260 277,123 270,503 276,090 277,818
Europe 76,788 69,296 32,901 30,963 27,085 27,649 27,762
East Asia, Pacific 32,263 33,558 22,030 12,649 20,372 20,698 20,644
Africa, Mideast, S. Asia 674 376 8,972 891 450 2,076 2,032
Western Hemisphere 2,211 2,356 345 339 2,119 440 436
Other 147 11,620 146 12,231 1,138 1,096 1,105
TOTAL* 557,969 535,233 355,654 334,196 321,667 328,049 329,797
*Not including cadets.
Source: Air Force Personnel Center
.

DAF ACTIVE DUTY BY BASE, 2011 vs. 2020

(Change from Sept. 30, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2020)

2020 2011 #CHANGE %CHANGE
JB San Antonio-Lackland, Texas 17,155 17,406 -251 -1.4
Ramstein AB, Germany 9,489 9,471 18 0.2
Hurlburt Field, Fla. 9,270 8,314 956 11.5
Nellis AFB, Nev. [1] 7,780 9,900 -2,120 -21.4
JB Langley-Eustis, Va. 7,754 7,986 -232 -2.9
Shaw AFB, S.C. 7,376 5,912 1,464 24.8
Travis AFB, Calif. 6,902 6,571 331 5.0
Kadena AB, Japan 6,648 6,673 -25 0.4
Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz. 6,511 6,643 -132 2.0
Eglin AFB, Fla. 6,393 5,771 622 10.8
JB Andrews, Md. 5,960 7,603 -1,643 -21.6
Offutt AFB, Neb. 5,878 5,405 473 8.8
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 5,810 5,813 -3 -0.1
Sheppard AFB, Texas 5,787 5,357 430 8.0
Minot AFB, N.D. 5,724 5,323 401 7.5
JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii 5,599 5,030 569 11.3
JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska 5,509 5,608 -99 -1.8
Osan AB, South Korea 5,323 5,308 15 0.3
JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. 5,319 4,855 464 9.6
Barksdale AFB, La. 5,282 5,814 -532 -9.2
Luke AFB, Ariz. 4,913 3,917 996 25.4
Scott AFB, Ill. 4,878 5,109 -231 -4.5
Moody AFB, Ga. 4,850 4,654 196 4.2
Dyess AFB, Texas 4,780 5,093 -313 -6.1
Tinker AFB, Okla. 4,779 5,876 -1,097 -18.7
Cannon AFB, N.M. 4,674 4,275 399 9.3
Holloman AFB, N.M. 4,604 4,030 574 14.2
Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. 4,566 4,814 -248 -5.2
Aviano AB, Italy 4,474 4,444 30 0.7
Keesler AFB, Miss. 4,447 5,263 -816 -15.5
RAF Lakenheath, U.K. 4,416 4,636 -220 -4.7
Hill AFB, Utah 4,362 3,864 498 12.9
RAF Mildenhall, U.K. 4,294 4,035 259 6.4
Pentagon, Va. 4,231 4,179 52 1.2
Whiteman AFB, Mo. 4,051 3,786 265 7.0
Spangdahlem AFB, Germany 4,010 4,815 -805 -15.9
Beale AFB, Calif. 3,984 3,937 47 1.2
MacDill AFB, Fla. 3,878 3,649 229 6.3
Goodfellow AFB, Texas 3,820 4,513 -693 -15.4
JB Charleston, S.C. 3,739 3,783 -44 -1.2
Peterson AFB, Colo. 3,623 3,832 -209 -5.5
Little Rock AFB, Ark. 3,621 5,185 -1,564 -30.2
Dover AFB, Del. 3,564 3,525 39 1.1
Robins AFB, Ga. 3,564 3,918 -354 -9.0
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho 3,522 3,553 -31 -0.9
Fairchild AFB, Wash. 3,431 2,861 570 19.9
Fort Meade, Md. 3,416 2,583 833 32.2
Malmstrom AFB, Mont. 3,412 3,129 283 9.0
Ellsworth AFB, S.D. 3,351 3,535 -184 -5.2
JB Lewis-McChord, Wash. 3,335 3,680 -345 -9.4
Yokota AB, Japan 3,279 2,931 348 11.9
Kirtland AFB, N.M. 3,274 3,460 -186 -5.4
F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo. 3,204 3,128 76 2.4
Maxwell AFB, Ala. 3,018 2,915 103 3.5
McConnell AFB, Kan. 2,953 3,023 -70 -2.3
JB San Antonio-Randolph, Texas 2,799 2,938 -139 -4.7
Creech AFB [1] 2,760 n/a n/a n/a
Edwards AFB, Calif. 2,697 2,652 45 1.7
Misawa AB, Japan 2,686 2,950 -264 -8.9
Vandenberg AFB, Calif. 2,553 2,809 -256 -9.1
Eielson AFB, Alaska 2,518 1,925 593 30.8
Kunsan AB, South Korea 2,390 2,506 -116 -4.6
Bolling AFB, D.C. 2,374 2,986 -612 -20.5
Pope Field, N.C.  2,340 2,574 -234 -9.1
U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. 2,290 2,460 -170 -6.9
Andersen AFB, Guam 2,126 2,070 56 2.7
Tyndall AFB, Fla. 1,923 2,748 -825 -30.0
Grand Forks AFB, N.D. 1,892 1,457 435 29.9
Patrick AFB, Fla. 1,851 1,777 74 4.2
Buckley AFB, Colo. 1,721 1,443 278 19.3
Schriever AFB, Colo. 1,663 1,616 47 2.9
MCB Quantico, Va. [2] 1,568 n/a n/a n/a
JB San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas  1,523 1,322 201 15.2
Columbus AFB, Miss. 1,499 1,592 -93 -5.8
Hanscom AFB, Mass. 1,488 1,655 -167 -10.1
Incirlik AB, Turkey 1,474 1,429 45 3.1
Altus AFB, Okla. 1,341 1,381 -40 -2.9
Laughlin AFB, Texas 1,263 1,479 -216 -14.6
Vance AFB, Okla. 1,223 1,209 14 1.2
Los Angeles AFB, Calif. 1,219 1,400 -181 -12.9
USAG Stuttgart, Germany 806 1,265 -459 -36.3
Errors in data 24 2 n/a n/a
Brooks City-Base, Texas [3]  n/a 28 n/a n/a
Lajes Field, Portugal [4] n/a 663 n/a n/a
TOTAL 329,797 329,029 768 0.2
[1] Nellis AFB’s personnel included Creech AFB until FY2020.
[2] Air Force personnel first recorded in 2012.
[3] Closed in 2012.
[14] Realigned to count personnel with the Ramstein AB host wing in 2015.
Tech. Sgt. Brittany Spano, a 439th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Crew Chief, fills one of 28 C-5M tires after installation of the Tire Pressure Mounting System at Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass. W.C. Pope/USAF
Airmen from the 151st Air Refueling Wing, Utah Air National Guard, and 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard, remove the tail from a KC-135R at Roland R. Wright Air National Guard Base, Utah. Tech. Sgt. Colton Elliott/ANG