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Old 09-05-2009, 09:45 AM
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Anyone in the Airforce?

hello,

I am 17 turn 18 in 4 weeks on October 5th. I am wondering if there is anyone on the site is/ was in the airforce? If there is please post and tell me what your thoughts are. And if you would do it all over again.

I was thinking going into the airforce for Airfeild Management, or cyber systems operations, or aerial gunner, or aircraft armament systems or spectrum operations. What do you think the best carrer in the airforce would be?

Would it be worth it to join the Airforce. Have a sercure job, and get college paid for?
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:08 AM
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you d better be physically fit. pick a job you can use on the outside if you dont want to make a career out of it. other than that good luck
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:12 AM
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How bad is basic for the airforce? I play sports to so i am used to hard training

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Not as bad as the Marines.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:36 AM
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Air Force for 12 years now. I would do it all over again for sure. I started out being a helicopter mechanic on MH-53 Pavelows and now I work training. Basic is like 8 weeks and is not to bad if you play sports you will be good just work on push ups sit ups and your run 1.5 has to be under 13 min now I think new PT stuff happening soon.

As far as what you want to do they all sound great but here is some insight. If you want a specific job be ready to wait. You can have your contract spelled out to say that but you may have to wait for a window.

Air field management has a high failure rate but I think it has to do with the FAA qualifacations. the gunner slot is cool only hard part is some of the school SERE.

Before you choose a career I would say sit back and think of where you want to go i life. You can get plenty of schooling in so that is no worries. Gunners dont have much of a job market on the outside. but the others are really good. worst case you get a job and three- four years later retrain into something else.

Sorry for the long post but if you got any more questions just PM me.
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Old 09-05-2009, 10:42 AM
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I have been active for 10yrs, I am a F-16 crew chief by trade but I teach tech school hot training now. I would def do it again, no questions asked.
Basic is a mind game, they try and break you...thats all. Play the game while your there.

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Old 09-05-2009, 11:08 AM
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Both Jenna and Charles have really good points, especially about the part of what job you can use on the outside. I am on of those that wished they can do it again because I would def choose a different job. I have been a traditional reservists for 12, meaning only reserves. I'm a medic and I also do the same thing on the outside. GI Bill seems to get better everytime I decide to use it. I just got home from a 6month deployment and loved most of it. I usually deploy every 2-4 years. It would help to bring somebody with you into the recruiters office for support. I wish I did. Research those fields that you are inquiring about and tell the recruiter you wish to visit the units to get a feel and maybe talk to those that do it already. Don't settle for any "stepping stones," if you know what you want don't settle for less. Don't be tempted with something that you can get into right away...like me and be convinced that the "window" or "waiting list" is too long. Good luck and remember, take your time, keep in mind its YOU that they want. Feel free to PM. I can go on forever on how its a love/hate relationship
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Old 09-05-2009, 11:11 AM
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I retired from the AF and was in from 1982-2003. I was trained as a Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory (PMEL) technician and would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Like the others have said, though, make SURE you know what you want to do later in your life as many careers in the AF and the military in general do not carry over to a civilian job. I got lucky and am now working in one of the National Laboratories and doing OK for myself. Good luck. Drop me a PM if I can be of assistance...
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My wife is an Air Force Recruiter in San Antonio, Texas. She loves everything about the Air Force, Hell so do I . The benefits are great. If I was not overweight I would join, but I have a nice Fed job so Im good.

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