I have been thinking about the pay as an officer in the Air Force after graduation. I have some questions and I hope they don't sound too dumb. I have looked in other threads and there is some information but it is not exactly what I am looking for. What is the real pay for a new officer in the air force? I see the pay charts and it shows about $35K in pay but I know you get housing paid for and stuff. How hard is it to make a living with that pay? Can you afford to get married and have kids? I know you can do it, but is it really difficult? I want to be an officer but I am also deciding on some civilian colleges and wondering if it is a better choice. Is there any difference in income for officers from AFROTC verse ones from AFA? Does your job in the air force make any difference in pay? Sorry if these are dumb but I want to know as much as I can before deciding.