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I'm young, 13 to be exact. I'm not old enough to join and I really want to help the brave men and women in the skies.How can I help the air force at this age?

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    $\begingroup$ You may add in which country you live and your nationality. Requirements to serve military one way or another differ from country and in each country depending on your nationality. $\endgroup$
    – Manu H
    Aug 25 '20 at 17:24
  • $\begingroup$ In many countries there's a kind of military league at school, perhaps high school. Maybe that would be good!\ $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    Aug 25 '20 at 17:28
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    $\begingroup$ Help them do what? Is there anything in specific you would like to help them with? $\endgroup$ Aug 25 '20 at 20:03
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    $\begingroup$ This is as opinion-based as they come (here's my answer: forget about helping the Air Force and focus on yourself), and I don't think the poster's young age should keep us from seeing it's an opinion-based question. $\endgroup$ Aug 26 '20 at 4:59
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As stated by Crossroads, AFROTC is an option. So is the Civil Air Patrol. Both will give you a taste of armed uniformed services life. Otherwise, look into volunteer opportunities locally to support the armed forces. Military.com may be a good start on researching charity organizations. Just be respectful in the forums, please.

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In the US, you could look into Junior ROTC for the AF.

https://www.airforce.com/frequently-asked-questions/high-school/what-is-jrotc

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Study. Strive to become educated. Hone your intelligence. Learn science, engineering, and technology. There are two reasons for this:

  1. The Air Force is a technical service, dependent most upon enlistees who are strong in science and technology. The air force prefers their enlistees to have degrees, and the more demanding jobs in the Air Force are filled by those with advanced degrees. For example, test pilots tend to have advanced engineering degrees.

  2. The Air Force is expensive to maintain and depends upon a fair amount of tax revenue. If you do not enlist in the Air Force, but have developed strong engineering and science skills, you will have a higher than average salary that provides higher tax revenue to the government. The government will have more tax revenue to buy the airplanes and other systems that make the Air Force work for those who did enlist.

Whether you enlist or not, strengthening your own mind and your own knowledge of science and technology will help the Air Force.

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    $\begingroup$ This, by a mile! First gain a broad perspective of life. Then focus. It's never the other way around. Keep the airforce in the back of your head, as a goal and an ideal. But to best help them, keep your eyes open. $\endgroup$
    – Jpe61
    Aug 28 '20 at 13:34
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In the UK, you can join the RAF Air Cadets at age 13 or older. If you want a more civilian route at first, then there's also the Air Scouts

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There's probably little that you (or anyone) can do to help the Air Force directly without going through the training required to join as service personnel.

There is, however, another route. You could contact the Air Force Aid Society, a charity that provides support to the men and women of the air force to help with their non-operational needs (education, healthcare, housing, etc.). They may have a branch local to you that would welcome your enthusiasm.

Alternatively, there are many organisations supporting service veterans who could use your help. Take a look at Charity Navigator to find organisations that do what you're interested in, and contact their local branches.

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