Airman Basic

Airman Basic (AB) is the lowest enlisted rank in the United States Air Force (USAF), immediately below Airman. The pay grade for Airman Basic is E-1.

As opposed to all other USAF enlisted and officer ranks, Airman Basic has no rank insignia affiliated. The lack of uniform insignia for Airmen Basic is the impetus for the nickname "slick-sleeve", in contrast to all other enlisted Air Force ranks which wear their stripes/chevrons on their uniform sleeves.

In accordance with Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, the term of address for an Airman Basic is "Airman Basic" or "Airman".

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Airman Basic - Promotion From AB
... Under normal circumstances, Airmen Basic are eligible for promotion to Airman (E-2) after six months time-in-grade (TIG) ... However, individuals enlisting for six years are promoted from AB to Airman First Class (A1C) upon completion of either technical training (or 20 weeks thereof) or the ... In accordance with AFI 36-2502, Airman Promotion Program, all promotions from AB require that the Airman's immediate commanding officer approve the ...

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