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  • 1. 
    Having a sense of duty towards society best describes which characteristic of a profession?
    • A. 

      Public service orientation

    • B. 

      Distinct Sub-culture

    • C. 

      Body of theory and knowledge

  • 2. 
    Accepted values, norms, and symbols are indicative of which characteristic of a professional?
    • A. 

      Distinct Sub-culture

    • B. 

      Public Service Orientation

    • C. 

      Body of Theory and Knowledge

  • 3. 
    Which response BEST describes the attribute of professional character?
    • A. 

      Applying professional knowledge and theory to given situations

    • B. 

      Enforcing the minimum measures of performance and behaviors

    • C. 

      Exhibiting emotional, moral, and intellectual qualities and behaviors

  • 4. 
    Which of the following provides a framework for continuous professional growth?
    • A. 

      Unlimited Liability Clause

    • B. 

      Enlisted Force Structure

    • C. 

      Oath of Enlistment

  • 5. 
    Which of these sharply distinguishes the POA (Profession of Arms) from other professions?
    • A. 

      Unlimited Liability Clause

    • B. 

      Enlisted Force Structure

    • C. 

      Oath of Enlistment

  • 6. 
    Which of the following terms does BEST describe a nation that is self-ruling and geographically separated?
    • A. 

      Democratic

    • B. 

      Sovereign

    • C. 

      Multi-lateral

  • 7. 
    Which of these factors is NOT a regional problem impacting US foreign policy?
    • A. 

      Arms Control

    • B. 

      The breakup of the Soviet Union

    • C. 

      NATO modification

    • D. 

      Security of Sea Lines of Communications (SLOCs)

  • 8. 
    Competing and cooperating economically is a US foreign policy objective in Europe. Which of the following choices is another?
    • A. 

      Strong offshore capability

    • B. 

      Reduce resource dependency

    • C. 

      Maintain the balance of power

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    Reducing resource dependency is a US foreign policy objective in which region?
    • A. 

      Asia

    • B. 

      Middle East

    • C. 

      Third World

  • 10. 
    Which of these issues is NOT a factor impacting US foreign policy in the Third World?
    • A. 

      Resource dependency

    • B. 

      Instability

    • C. 

      Access to oil

    • D. 

      The balance of power

  • 11. 
    Which US foreign policy objective is MOST LIKELY to deal effectively with the breakup of the Soviet Union?
    • A. 

      Reduce dependency of resources

    • B. 

      Economic cooperation and competition issues

    • C. 

      Strong offshore capability

    • D. 

      Maintain balance of power

  • 12. 
    Which is a problem impacting US foreign policy in the Middle East?
    • A. 

      Regional stability

    • B. 

      Oil

    • C. 

      Arab-Israeli conflict

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 13. 
    Where is security of sea lines of communication (SLOCs) a problem impacting US foreign policy?
    • A. 

      Europe

    • B. 

      Asia

    • C. 

      Middle East

    • D. 

      Third World

  • 14. 
    Which of the following impacts US foreign policy in the Middle East?
    • A. 

      Resource dependency

    • B. 

      Regional stability

    • C. 

      Security of Sea Lines of Communication (SLOCs)

    • D. 

      Arms control issues

  • 15. 
    Which of the following is the greatest problem impacting US foreign policy in Asia?
    • A. 

      Dependence on US resources

    • B. 

      Arms control issues

    • C. 

      Economic cooperation and competition issues

    • D. 

      Maintaining a security balance without war

  • 16. 
    Coordinating the development and use national power instruments BEST describes which type of strategy?
    • A. 

      Operational Strategy

    • B. 

      Grand Strategy

    • C. 

      Military Strategy

  • 17. 
    Coordinating the development, deployment, and employment of forces BEST describes which type of strategy?
    • A. 

      Military Strategy

    • B. 

      Battlefield Strategy

    • C. 

      Operational Strategy

  • 18. 
    Which bugle call signals the end of the duty day and links us to our military heritage?
    • A. 

      Taps

    • B. 

      Tatoo

    • C. 

      Retreat

    • D. 

      Both Taps and Retreat

  • 19. 
    Which of the following NCO’s received the Medal of Honor for throwing out a faulty phosphorus bomb over the skies of Koriyama, Japan?
    • A. 

      SSgt Henry E. Erwin

    • B. 

      Sgt Maynard H. Smith

    • C. 

      SSgt Archibald Mathies

  • 20. 
    Which two Medal of Honor recipients received their honor posthumously?
    • A. 

      SSgt Archibald Mathies/Sgt Maynard H. Smith

    • B. 

      TSgt Forrest L. Vosler/A1C William H. Pitsenbarger

    • C. 

      SSgt Archibald Mathies/A1C William H. Pitsenbarger

  • 21. 
    Which article of the Code of Conduct requires a captured airman to try to escape?
    • A. 

      Article I

    • B. 

      Article II

    • C. 

      Article III

  • 22. 
    According the Article V of the Code of Conduct, if you are captured what information are you required to provide to the enemy?
    • A. 

      Name, rank, service number, date of rank

    • B. 

      Name, rank, service number, date of birth

    • C. 

      Name, rank, service number, date of capture

  • 23. 
    Which institutions were founded for the purposes of awarding college credit for job training and advanced management training for the enlisted corps?
    • A. 

      Enlisted Command College/USAF Senior NCO Academy

    • B. 

      USAF Senior NCOA Academy/Community College of the Air Force

    • C. 

      Community College of the Air Force/Air Force First Sergeants Academy

  • 24. 
    Paving the way for approximately 3,000 enlisted aviators, who was the first enlisted pilot?
    • A. 

      Pvt Frederick Libby

    • B. 

      Cpl Eugene Bullard

    • C. 

      Sgt Vernon Burge

  • 25. 
    Which of the following was the first enlisted airman to receive the Medal of Honor?
    • A. 

      SSgt Henry E. Erwin

    • B. 

      Sgt Maynard H. Smith

    • C. 

      SSgt Archibald Mathies

  • 26. 
    Which of the following became the lowest ranking airman in history to earn the Medal of Honor?
    • A. 

      A1C John L. Levitow

    • B. 

      Sgt Maynard H. Smith

    • C. 

      A1C William H. Pitsenbarger

  • 27. 
    Which of the following received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during a mission over Bremen, Germany?
    • A. 

      SSgt Henry E. Erwin

    • B. 

      TSgt Forrest L. Vosler

    • C. 

      SSgt Archibald Mathies

  • 28. 
    Which Code of Conduct article stipulates we must be prepared to give our life for the defense of our country?
    • A. 

      Article I

    • B. 

      Article V

    • C. 

      Article VI

  • 29. 
    Which article reminds us that we are responsible for our actions during captivity?
    • A. 

      Article II

    • B. 

      Article IV

    • C. 

      Article VI

  • 30. 
    Which article requires an individual to take command if senior in rank?
    • A. 

      Article I

    • B. 

      Article IV

    • C. 

      Article V

  • 31. 
    Article II stipulates that surrender is an option when?
    • A. 

      Further fighting would lead to death

    • B. 

      Isolated, cut-off or surrounded by enemy forces

    • C. 

      Further fighting would lead to death with no significant enemy losses

  • 32. 
    Which of the following is the only museum dedicated to the accomplishments of our enlisted corps?
    • A. 

      USAF Museum

    • B. 

      Enlisted Heritage Hall

    • C. 

      Museum for Enlisted Contributions

  • 33. 
    Flying for the French Air Cops, who became the world’s first black pilot?
    • A. 

      Cpl Eddie Ward

    • B. 

      Pvt Frederick Libby

    • C. 

      Cpl Eugene Bullard

  • 34. 
    Name the individual to score the first of only two aerial kills ever from a B-52 during OPERATION Linebacker II in Vietnam.
    • A. 

      SSgt Samuel Turner

    • B. 

      MSgt Harley Fogleman

    • C. 

      TSgt Timothy Wilkinson

  • 35. 
    Which of the following is NOT categorized as an Air Force Reserve special mission?
    • A. 

      Aerial Spraying

    • B. 

      Aerial Refueling

    • C. 

      Aerial Firefighting

  • 36. 
    Which of the following is NOT categorized as a mission of the Air Force Reserve?
    • A. 

      Security Forces

    • B. 

      Air Transportation

    • C. 

      Weather Reconnaissance

  • 37. 
    Which Air Force Reserve mission is responsible for providing intra/inter theater air medical movements?
    • A. 

      Medical Mission

    • B. 

      Mission Support

    • C. 

      Aeromedical Evacuation Mission

  • 38. 
    Name the two types of reserve civil engineer units.
    • A. 

      Prime TIPS/Prime RIB

    • B. 

      Prime Beef/Prime RIB

    • C. 

      RED HORSE/Prime Beef

  • 39. 
    Which Air Force Reserve special mission includes activities such as unconventional warfare, foreign internal defense and psychological operations.
    • A. 

      Security Forces

    • B. 

      Special Operations

    • C. 

      Search and Rescue

  • 40. 
    Einstein sending a letter to the President, Manhattan Project, Little Boy, and Fat Man are examples of:
    • A. 

      Pre-cold war history of nuclear weapons

    • B. 

      Cold war history of nuclear weapons

    • C. 

      Post-cold war history of nuclear weapons

  • 41. 
    Soviets ended the US nuclear monopoly in:
    • A. 

      1945

    • B. 

      1949

    • C. 

      1951

  • 42. 
    The 13-day strategic chess match between the United States and the Soviet Union resulted in the:
    • A. 

      Cuban Missile Crisis

    • B. 

      Berlin Airlift

    • C. 

      First nuclear test ban treaty

  • 43. 
    The stand-up of Air Combat Command (ACC) signaled the:
    • A. 

      Start of the Cold War

    • B. 

      Emphasis placed on the nuclear enterprise

    • C. 

      End of the Cold War

  • 44. 
    People, organizations, processes, procedures, and systems are BEST described as:
    • A. 

      Components of the nuclear enterprise

    • B. 

      Nuclear mission areas

    • C. 

      Prime Nuclear Airlift Forces

  • 45. 
    Air Force Global Strike Command stood up in ______ and is located at ______.
    • A. 

      2001, F.E. Warren AFB

    • B. 

      2003, Langley AFB

    • C. 

      2009, Barksdale AFB

  • 46. 
    Responsive to national leadership, continuity on alert, and deployed to widely dispersed locations BEST describes:
    • A. 

      20th Air Force’s ICBMs

    • B. 

      8th Air Force’s ICBMs

    • C. 

      21st Air Force’s strategic bombers

  • 47. 
    Weapons Storage Areas (WSA), Prime Nuclear Airlift Forces (PNAF), and Weapons Storage & Security Systems (WS3) are BEST described as:
    • A. 

      Missile Launch Control Facilities

    • B. 

      Nuclear mission areas

    • C. 

      Nuclear crew alert areas

  • 48. 
    Heavily secured areas within base perimeter, six above ground, and one underground and igloos BEST describe:
    • A. 

      Weapons Storage & Security Systems

    • B. 

      Weapons Storage Areas

    • C. 

      Missile Launch Control Facilities

  • 49. 
    Functions that provide peacetime support of logistical airlift for nuclear weapons and requires specially trained aircrews BEST describe:
    • A. 

      Weapons Storage & Security Systems

    • B. 

      Prime Nuclear Airlift Forces

    • C. 

      Missile Launch Control Facilities

  • 50. 
    Electronic monitoring and controls, storage vaults built into the floor, reduced need for convoys, and eliminates exposure BEST describe:
    • A. 

      Prime Nuclear Airlift Forces

    • B. 

      Missile Launch Control Facilities

    • C. 

      Weapons Storage & Security Systems

  • 51. 
    Underground structure, blast and pressure protected, capable of launching 50 missiles BEST describes:
    • A. 

      Missile Launch Control Facilities

    • B. 

      Weapons Storage Areas

    • C. 

      Prime Nuclear Airlift Forces

  • 52. 
    Vertical cylindrical container, protected by blast door on top, and multiple missile fields BEST describes:
    • A. 

      Weapons Storage & Security Systems

    • B. 

      Missile Silos

    • C. 

      Missile Launch Control Facilities

  • 53. 
    The materiel, personnel, and procedures that contribute to the safety, security, reliability, and control of nuclear weapons, thus assuring that no nuclear accidents, incidents, unauthorized detonations, or degradation in performance occur is BEST described as the definition of:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Surety

    • B. 

      Nuclear Weapons Systems Safety

    • C. 

      Nuclear Security

  • 54. 
    The application of engineering and management principles, criteria, and techniques to protect nuclear weapons against the risks and threats inherent in their environments within the constraints of operational effectiveness, time, and cost throughout all phases of their life cycle is BEST described as the definition of:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Surety

    • B. 

      Nuclear Security Systems

    • C. 

      Nuclear Weapons Systems Safety

  • 55. 
    The total spectrum of procedures, facilities, equipment, and personnel employed to provide protection against loss of custody, theft, or diversion of a nuclear weapon system; protection against unauthorized access; or protection against unauthorized actions, vandalism, sabotage, and malevolent damage is BEST described as the definition of:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Weapons Surety Standard

    • B. 

      Nuclear Weapons Systems Safety

    • C. 

      Nuclear Weapons Security Standard

  • 56. 
    Deny unauthorized access to nuclear weapons; prevent damage or sabotage to nuclear weapons; prevent loss of custody; and prevent, to the maximum extent possible, radiological contamination caused by unauthorized acts is BEST described as the definition of:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Weapons Surety Standard

    • B. 

      Nuclear Weapons Systems Safety

    • C. 

      Nuclear Weapons Security Standard

  • 57. 
    The probability, without regard to countermeasures, that a nuclear weapon, subassembly, component, or other part will perform in accordance with its design intent or requirements is BEST described as the definition of:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Weapon Delivery Systems

    • B. 

      Weapons System Reliability

    • C. 

      Nuclear Warhead Reliability

  • 58. 
    DOD psychological evaluation program instituted during the Cold War that assists organizational leaders in the selection and retention of only those personnel who are emotionally stable, physically capable, and who have demonstrated reliability, and professional competence is BEST described as the definition of:
    • A. 

      Two-person Concept

    • B. 

      Personnel Reliability Program

    • C. 

      Personal Reliability Program

  • 59. 
    Requires certified personnel at all times who are knowledgeable in the task being performed, are familiar with safety and security requirements, and are capable of detecting incorrect act or improper procedures is BEST described as the:
    • A. 

      Two-person Concept

    • B. 

      Personnel Reliability Program

    • C. 

      Weapons System Reliability Program

  • 60. 
    Weapon system design features, operational procedures, security, and system rules, and active, passive or disablement systems are all associated with:
    • A. 

      Command and Control

    • B. 

      Use of Control

    • C. 

      Survivability

  • 61. 
    Combined, these two control elements establish the framework through which absolute control of nuclear weapons is maintained at all times:
    • A. 

      Use of Control and Survivability

    • B. 

      Threat Effect Tolerance and Command and Control

    • C. 

      Use of Control and Command and Control

  • 62. 
    Applies to all mission-essential assets, delivery system or platform, associated support systems, equipment, facilities, personnel, command and control links, and supporting logistical elements and the entire threat spectrum is BEST associated with:
    • A. 

      Command and Control

    • B. 

      Threat Effect Tolerance

    • C. 

      Survivability

  • 63. 
    The BEST definition of deterrence is:
    • A. 

      “A state of mind brought about by the existence of a credible threat of unacceptable counteraction”

    • B. 

      “Deter an attack against the US and its interests and should deterrence fail, to terminate the conflict as quickly as possible on terms favorable to the US”

    • C. 

      “To provide secure, safe reliable, and ready forces in support of our national nuclear deterrent capability”

  • 64. 
    • A. 

      Diplomatic, Information, and Military Powers

    • B. 

      Military Powers, Posturing, and Perception

    • C. 

      National Will, Perception, and Capability

  • 65. 
    In his briefing to the NCO Academy class, the commandant says, “As NCOs you must understand how your readiness impacts the Air Force’s capability to wage war and how adversaries judge our leaders and our national powers.” The commandant’s remarks BEST describe:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Deterrence Theory

    • B. 

      Deterrence Theory

    • C. 

      Extended Deterrence Theory

  • 66. 
    During her orientation briefing MSgt Abbot hears, “As specialists on  WMD, our job is to discourage terrorist and rogue nations from attacking the US; however, should we fail in that duty, it is also our job to stop any conflict as quickly as possible under conditions approved by our national leaders.” “This statement best describes;”
    • A. 

      Role of Nuclear Weapons in deterrence

    • B. 

      Role of USAF in the War on Terrorism

    • C. 

      Role of National Strategy and Policy

  • 67. 
    The Statement, “How operations will be conducted, the plans for achieving national objectives, and nuclear deterrence makes up the majority of US deterrence” BEST indicates the relationship between:
    • A. 

      Strategy, policy and national powers

    • B. 

      Nuclear deterrence and deterrence theory

    • C. 

      Nuclear deterrence and national strategy and policy

  • 68. 
    The decision to employ nuclear weapons requires the authority of the:
    • A. 

      Secretary of Defense

    • B. 

      President

    • C. 

      President and Secretary of Defense

  • 69. 
    Knowledge of enemy force strength, types of weapons available, and status/disposition of friendly forces BEST describes:
    • A. 

      Nuclear employment planning factors

    • B. 

      Nuclear employment authority

    • C. 

      Combatant Commanders employment guidance

  • 70. 
    • A. 

      Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

    • B. 

      Nuclear Weapons Council

    • C. 

      Secretary of Defense

  • 71. 
    • A. 

      Combatant Commanders

    • B. 

      President

    • C. 

      Nuclear Weapons Council

  • 72. 
    Capabilities including non-kinetic and conventional strike capabilities, integrated ballistic and cruise missile defenses, a responsive infrastructure, robust C2 system, and advanced intelligence adaptive planning systems BEST describe:
    • A. 

      Offensive Capability

    • B. 

      Defensive Operations

    • C. 

      The New Triad

  • 73. 
    Nuclear employment is BEST summarized as the authority, planning documents and planning and employment factors that involve the:
    • A. 

      Combatant Commanders, Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Council, and President

    • B. 

      President, Secretary of Defense, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Combatant Commanders

    • C. 

      President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Nuclear Weapons Council and Combatant Commanders

  • 74. 
    The spread of nuclear weapons, fissile material, and weapons-related nuclear technology and information BEST describes:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Proliferation

    • B. 

      Nuclear Nonproliferation

    • C. 

      Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

  • 75. 
    The statement, “measures to limit and/or stop the spread of nuclear weapons, fissile material, and weapons-related nuclear technology and information’ BEST describes:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Proliferation

    • B. 

      Nuclear Nonproliferation

    • C. 

      Nuclear Proliferation Treaty

  • 76. 
    The statement “has manufactured and exploded a nuclear weapon or other nuclear explosive device prior to 1 January 1967” BEST describes:
    • A. 

      Nuclear Weapon State

    • B. 

      Proliferation activities

    • C. 

      Non-proliferation activities

  • 77. 
    The statement, “Although the electricity generated from nuclear energy is clean and results in a relatively small amount of waste, there are concerns over the potential use of the waste produced” BEST describes the:
    • A. 

      Country’s international right to produce weapon’s grade plutonium

    • B. 

      Political considerations associated with regional security issues

    • C. 

      Violation of the nuclear proliferation treaty established in January 1961

  • 78. 
    Iran enriching uranium to make its own fuel and North Korea refusing the US’s offer of proliferation safer reactors are examples of:
    • A. 

      Nuclear weapon states exercising their rights under the nonproliferation treaty

    • B. 

      Violations of the International Proliferation Treaty

    • C. 

      Regional nuclear security issues

  • 79. 
    A reduction in the nuclear stockpile and forces assigned to operate, maintain, and support nuclear capability coupled with the ongoing challenge of achieving a focused and dedication workforce BEST describes:
    • A. 

      Events that led to the dismantling of SAC and the end of the Cold War

    • B. 

      Events after the Cold War that affected the AF Nuclear Enterprise

    • C. 

      Events that led to the Secretary of Defense’s 2008 investigation & subsequent report

  • 80. 
    A serious erosion of focus, expertise, mission readiness, resources, and discipline within the nuclear enterprise resulted in:
    • A. 

      The inadvertent shipment of intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) components to Taiwan in 2006

    • B. 

      The unauthorized transfer of nuclear weapons to Taiwan in 2008

    • C. 

      The devaluating of the nuclear mission after the Cold War

  • 81. 
    The dismantling of SAC, diversion of critical resources, and little or no emphasis on training and discipline BEST summarizes:
    • A. 

      The devaluing of the nuclear mission

    • B. 

      Secretary of Defense’s 2008 report

    • C. 

      The purpose of Global Strike Command

  • 82. 
    A base initiated shipping transaction, plus improper documentation, mislabeling, and a failure to accomplish proper notification BEST summarizes mistakes that led to the inadvertent shipment of:
    • A. 

      Classified Helicopter parts to Taiwan

    • B. 

      Nuclear warheads to Barksdale AFB

    • C. 

      MK12 Forward Sections to Taiwan

  • 83. 
    The shipment of classified components to Taiwan and the unauthorized transport of nuclear weapons from Minot to Barksdale are BEST described as the result of:
    • A. 

      Perceived violations of the NPT

    • B. 

      Failed leadership

    • C. 

      Authorized decisions made at the execution level

  • 84. 
    Following established procedures, holding people accountable, focusing on expertise, mission readiness, and discipline BEST summarize
    • A. 

      Reasons why the Air Force is reemphasizing the nuclear enterprise

    • B. 

      Lessons learned from recent nuclear weapons related incidents

    • C. 

      Lessons learned from the CJCS 2008 investigation and subsequent report

  • 85. 
    While briefing recently promoted master sergeants, the CMSAF says, “As SNCOs, you must train our Airmen to follow instructions and you must not be afraid to hold them accountable when they don’t. Make compliance and accountability your motto. Instill professional behaviors in your subordinates, display pride in your unit, and always demonstrate that you value the mission.” The CMSAF’s remarks BEST summarize the relationship between recent lessons learned and:
    • A. 

      Subordinate responsibilities

    • B. 

      Nuclear Enterprise

    • C. 

      SNCO responsibilities