Mission and Values

It is important to understand the values that guide and motivate an organization and its members. We are an organization dedicated to achieving excellence in everything we do. This sentiment is reflected in our core values and mission statement.


Our Core Values

Integrity First—Integrity is essential. It is the inner voice, the source of self-control, the basis for the trust that is imperative in today’s Air Force. It is doing the right thing when nobody is looking.

Service Before Self—Service in the Air Force is not just another job. It is an uncommon profession that calls for people of uncommon dedication. A leader unwilling to sacrifice individual goals for the good of the unit cannot convince other members to do so.

Excellence in All We Do—Our mission often involves the risk of human life—and sometimes national survival. The obligation to excel is a moral obligation for members of the Air Force.


Air Force Mission

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win—in air, space and cyberspace.

We are America’s Airmen. We are warriors—we will fight and win wherever our nation needs us. The aerospace realm is our domain, and we are vigilant in our commitment to defend, control and use it in our nation’s interest. We are leaders; we live our core values. We are a Total Force—active, guard, reserve and civilian—seamless in providing aerospace power.

We do not operate alone. Our efforts are made possible by the great support of many. Our families, our retirees, the employers of our guardsmen and reservists, our industry partners and the communities in which we live and work enable us to carry out our mission.

And we are partners in the Joint Team. We project aerospace power anywhere in the world and operate in concert with America’s land and sea forces and with our allies. Wherever we serve, whatever we do—we are America’s Airmen.

We will recruit, train and retain America’s best young men and women to provide global vigilance, reach and power to our nation in the 21st century. We will command and lead effectively at all levels—with decisiveness and concern for our people. We’ll provide an environment that encourages all our people to achieve personal and professional excellence, taking pride in being part of the aerospace force that is respected the world over.

We will size, shape and operate the force to meet the needs of the nation. We must also manage the effects of tempo on our people. This is particularly important for those elements of the force currently in short supply but in high demand. And we’ll continue leading the way in leveraging the strengths of all our components to optimize Total Force effectiveness in peace as well as war.

America’s Airmen will be smart, sharp and tough. We’ll provide them with the education, equipment and training to perform at their best. And we will demonstrate commitment to our people and to their families, providing a quality of life that lives up to their trust. Our Air Force will be worthy of the great men and women who join us.


Air Force ROTC Mission

Air Force ROTC’s mission is to develop premier leaders of character for the Air Force.  Air Force ROTC’s Program is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates through college campus programs based on Air Force requirements. Units are located at 145 college and university campuses throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Students from schools near Air Force ROTC host institutions can attend classes through 1,100+ separate crosstown enrollment programs or consortium agreement.