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Old 10-26-2012, 09:39 PM   #21
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Few tips for basic (since I was in rercruiting I'd always get feedback from my people I sent in to help out the next guy/girl):

1. Know your reporting statement: Sir/Ma'am, Trainee (your last name) reports as ordered. Just knowing that statement will help in the first couple of days.

2. Tell your family NOT to send food. They'll make you trash it or eat it all. Can't "store" food while you're in basic.

3. If you have a girlfriend tell her NOT to send any "questionable" pics.

4. Shave the morning you leave for basic. They'll make you shave when you first get there so you don't want to try shaving off a beard while the MTI's are yelling at everyone to hurry up.

5. The first few days won't be fun and you may wonder why you did it in the first place. There will be 35-40 guys with you that will be wondering the same thing so don't sweat it. Once you get in the routine you'll be good to go.

6. Remember the MTI's are there to teach/instruct you although it may seem like they're there to torture you..ha,ha... At the end of the day they go back to their family like anyone else. Keep that in mind.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:14 PM   #22
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Thanks for all the help everyone. All of your information has been really helpful and I have narrowed down my list to about 10 jobs I could see myself enjoying. Some of these include ATC, Metals tech, Special Vehicle Maintenance, Electrical power production, and a few more. I will PM a few of you if you don't mind because I have few more question for Y'all. Thanks again.
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:21 PM   #23
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make sure that when you go in that you have an open mechanical slot. if you have anything else, you probably wont get any kind of maintenance and probably will end up with a admin job of some sort or SF....usually what happens when you have an "open" designator they pull you aside during one of the million appointments during basic and will make you rack and stack the jobs that are available. at that point its a lottery. good luck!
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Old 11-01-2012, 02:34 PM   #24
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I am an ex comms person and have been out so long that the AFSC no longer exists. But if you are looking for a rewarding job consider 2T0 TMO. You are going to hear the wrench turners groan at this but they don't get the parts without TMO. No spares are shipped without them. They are crucial to movement of troops, equipment, and armament. And basically they are understaffed. My son is currently serving in this capacity and spends more time on the flightline than half the air frame mechanics.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:31 PM   #25
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I was Security Forces my first 4 years in. I couldnt wait to cross train. You will be a first term airman with a strip or two and the recruiting videos the show you of riding around in a turret with a machine gun looks really cool but you will do that 10% of the time. The other 90 will be spent working at a gate checking IDs. Not to mention the rest of the Air Force isnt quite sure what to do with you as your desk is a gate shack and you dont work on airplanes and you shoot a rifle more than once a year...

If you can steer clear of SF, do it. After my first 4, I cross trained to be a C-130 Loadmaster and it was incredible. I did that for another 6 years before commissioning and now I'm in training to be a C-130 Navigator. As mentioned in other posts, take advantage of your benefits, go to college, and get a commission if you can. I've got 12 years in and although I seemed to get more respect as an E-6 than an O-1, it comes down to what you make and how happy you are with your job.

Sounds like you are on your way to maintenance hopefully. You will likely run into Pilots or Navs that show little respect for the maintainers but pay no attention to them. Those who turn wrenches ensure we have are able to safely fly everyday of the week.

Maintainers should be the proudest people in the Air Force. Without them, the AIR Force would never get off the ground. Best of luck!
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Old 12-21-2012, 05:36 PM   #26
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Have fun with the metals tech. There is quite a bit of future in it. If you really want to see the world become a loadmaster and you definitely will.
there are infinante options for metals tech, but with load master, althouught you get to see the world you dont have a very high demand in the civilian force.
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Old 12-22-2012, 04:22 PM   #27
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Yea the demand may be a bit less but quite a few of my guys have worked their way into load planning jobs for different cargo carriers.
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Hey everybody, thanks for all the great advice. I just got out of Basic a few days ago and I am at Sheppard now. I got my first job pick during basic which was Aircraft Metals tech. I start school in just a few days. I am pretty stoked about it. Seems like a great job with a lot of good skills to have for the outside world. Thanks again for the help. I will PM a few of you for some advice.
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Hey everybody, thanks for all the great advice. I just got out of Basic a few days ago and I am at Sheppard now. I got my first job pick during basic which was Aircraft Metals tech. I start school in just a few days. I am pretty stoked about it. Seems like a great job with a lot of good skills to have for the outside world. Thanks again for the help. I will PM a few of you for some advice.
Nice! I graduated tech school for Metal's Tech last month, at my base now. But you'll love it. Great instructors at the school-house. I'll send you a pm later.
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Hey everybody, thanks for all the great advice. I just got out of Basic a few days ago and I am at Sheppard now. I got my first job pick during basic which was Aircraft Metals tech. I start school in just a few days. I am pretty stoked about it. Seems like a great job with a lot of good skills to have for the outside world. Thanks again for the help. I will PM a few of you for some advice.
Congratulations!

I'll be heading to the Metals Tech course in Apr.

Not looking forward to Sheppard again, hoping its been renovated.

Plus side is the school is brand spanking new.
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Congratulations!

I'll be heading to the Metals Tech course in Apr.

Not looking forward to Sheppard again, hoping its been renovated.

Plus side is the school is brand spanking new.
I never went to tech school before they moved the school house to Sheppard. but last time i checked from newer airmen they still have the machine shop in an old gym. Also they recently rewrote the Curriculum. like no more stick welding, silver soldering, or titanium TIG. now alot of it is OJT
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