Originally Posted by Detective_Dan
ive been in the AF almost 6 years now, and i can say that joining right now is probably not a good decision. they are rolling out 25,000 airmen over the next 5 years, so there is just no job security in the AF (or any branch for that matter) right now.
joining the AF was probably the best decision i ever made as far as getting my life up and running, but there is so much uncertainty with any government job right now that i personally would steer clear of it.
as you stated, he is 19 so theres not going to be a whole lot talking sense into him, but just voice your concerns and hes going to have to base his decisions off of the facts. now is just a bad time to join the military with all of the government drawdowns.
im not trying to give you advice on being a father, so please dont take this the wrong way, but you should still fully support your sons decision on whatever he ends up doing. the AF has been a great career for me so far and hopefully it continues to be great, if not greater. he just needs to know what hes going to be getting himself into
Thats my fear, he gets there and with all the cuts incoming he ends up with out job and with out school. Right now I can help him to go through school, help pay tuition, books etc... in 5 years his brother will be going to school than his another brother, than his sisters.. So if he goes to army and that does not work out, I am going to have hard time helping him.
Yes I will be very proud, but that does not mean I am going to be happy. I was hoping he gets his degree and he will be set. Now we are talking about at least 7 year delay. I still think there is recruiter somewhere that put all that crazy ideas in his head.
I am going to tell him about cuts, and see what he says. Is there a link I can reference ?