X10000000000 to the 10th power. I spent 12 years as a Loadmaster on the -130's and the job was money! I loved the travel, the airplane, the mission...it was a great deal and one that, at times, I miss. A few years back, I joined the reserves as a Aerial Gunner on HH60G Pave Hawks. It is without a doubt, the most fun I have ever had flying in a military aircraft. It is also the most uncomfortable I have ever been in an aircraft. Its hot, cold, dusty, dry, wet, dark..at times just plain old miserable.
The job is not all shooting...lots of working with PJ's, or just going out and doing terminal area work...operations in landing zones. But when the gun lines come...it can be either a shit ton of fun, or a ball busting day, depending on how the gun operates. If the gun sings, it is a lot of fun. If the gun jams...it blows!
Last week I flew two gun lines over two days. The first day was filled with jams (gunner induced) on the mini-gun..I had sweat pouring in my eyes from my helmet liner...the temps were over 100 degrees. I was beat when we landed. The following day, the gun never even hiccuped and I had a ton of fun throwing 2700 rounds of 7.62 down range..in less than 15 minutes!
The mission is awesome..saving lives. None better. It is also dangerous as was shown a few weeks back when the community lost a Pave Hawk to ground fire in Afghanistan. The people are as dedicated as you will find. It is extremely rewarding.
Enlisted flying is a great way to serve...and just plain serving is a great thing to do. You will not be disappointed.