An Airman Basic wears no rank insignia.

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.


Every cadet starts as a Cadet Airman Basic upon joining Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, therefore holds the equivalent responsibility of a basic recruit. A C/AB's primary duty is to absorb information and orient him or herself within the unit.