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Security Guards

Also called: Safety and Security Officer, Security Agent, Security Guard, Security Officer

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Honor Guard; Security Forces Apprentice; Security Forces Craftsman; Security Forces Helper, Combat Arms; Security Forces Journeyman, Combat Arms; Security Forces Superintendent; Special Investigations Helper; Special Investigations Superintendent; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Craftsman; Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) Journeyman

What they do:
Guard, patrol, or monitor premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules. May operate x-ray and metal detector equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Monitor and authorize entrance and departure of employees, visitors, and other persons to guard against theft and maintain security of premises.
  • Write reports of daily activities and irregularities, such as equipment or property damage, theft, presence of unauthorized persons, or unusual occurrences.
  • Call police or fire departments in cases of emergency, such as fire or presence of unauthorized persons.


Safety and Government
  • public safety and security
  • management


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation


You might use software like this on the job:

Spreadsheet software
  • IBM Lotus 1-2-3
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Office suite software
  • Corel WordPerfect Office Suite
  • Microsoft Office software
Transaction security and virus protection software
  • McAfee software Hot Technology
  • Symantec security software Hot Technology


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
no high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Get started on your career:

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