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Joining the USAF!!!!!

Discussion in 'Military' started by davestaco, Feb 18, 2011.

  1. Feb 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    davestaco

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    I have been looking into the military for quite a while, so I talked to a few recruiters. Looks like the USAF is gonna be the one I join. I have to get interviewed, take my test, and all that fun stuff, but I already know what jobs im interested in. Any one else from the Air Force?
     
  2. Feb 18, 2011 at 8:52 PM
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    jhodge83

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    wat?
    no one ever....lol.

    i think in the which service are you in thread, AF is just edging the others out.
     
  3. Feb 18, 2011 at 8:58 PM
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    Good luck... my dad was in the AF. I often wish I had went that route but I took a different path thru college.
     
  4. Feb 18, 2011 at 9:02 PM
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    Congrats on the decision. Just make sure you have a guaranteed job when you sign up. If you go "open" they will stick you anywhere they need you.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2011 at 9:05 PM
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    wat?
    exactly. you do not have to sign or go in if you dont want the job they are trying to stic you with or if the ones you want are not available. an open job may get you out to basic faster, but they will stick you where they need you and that's usually the shit jobs.
     
  6. Feb 19, 2011 at 4:36 AM
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    Active duty was a good time. Not so much the guard... good lord that was boring.

    I got a medial honorable discharge for severe sleep apnea. :goingcrazy:
     
  7. Feb 19, 2011 at 5:12 AM
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  8. Feb 19, 2011 at 5:18 AM
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    Great choice, good luck! ...I spent 4 years as a reasearch & systems engineer.
     
  9. Feb 19, 2011 at 5:31 AM
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    CONGRATS ON YOUR CHOICE
     
  10. Feb 19, 2011 at 5:51 AM
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    Congrats!
     
  11. Feb 19, 2011 at 5:58 AM
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    definetly have a guaranteed job, i went in open mechanic and now imma f-22 crew chief. sounds fun but we work 11 hour shifts everyday and we have weekend duty. plus we get 15 min for lunch on a good day. dont be a mechanic haha.
     
  12. Feb 19, 2011 at 6:31 AM
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    Im leaving for San Antonio May 17th for basic in the Air Force. Cannot wait...
     
  13. Feb 19, 2011 at 12:16 PM
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    cakmakli

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    Good luck to the OP and to JayLeah.

    The military is a good deal. Make the most of the opportunity and you won't regret it.
     
  14. Feb 19, 2011 at 12:24 PM
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    Tacomanator

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    good luck! Hope you make it! what job are you interested in? last year when i spoke to a recruiter, i was told they were only looking for mechanics.
     
  15. Feb 19, 2011 at 2:43 PM
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    nelson18matt

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    congrats to both of you. what jobs are you planning on doing?

    i'm a little bitter towards the blue falcon, but thats a long story.

    good luck, you are making a great choice by serving
     
  16. Feb 19, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    Congrats and good luck. Basic is not that hard ,but it will suck. The good thing though is you will be kept busy so the time will fly.
     
  17. Feb 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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    Ladies and Gentlemen,

    Congrats on your choice to enter the USAF. As others have mentioned if you do not have it in writing you more that likely will not get it; that applies to jobs, benefits and any other "goodies offered.

    Once in, and finished with basic and your career field school(s) your goal should be to know as much as you can about your specialty. Spend the time now it will pay excellent dividends. Knowledge is power and will translate to promotions which, of course, equals more money.

    Do not fail to know as much as you can about the surrounding career fields. Example, just cause you're a wrench bender, avionics, medical, crypto, heavy equipment op, PJ or special ops, etc., do not pass up a chance to learn about the administrative world. As time and rank marches on you will find the efforts you put forth in the first 8-10 years to know everything possible will make you stand out cause most will not make the effort to learn more than the guy/gal next to them. Do not hesitate to volunteer within reason. And do not hesitate to ask question even when everyone else is hesitating. Know your First Sergeant, most of them provide excellent guidance. If you have people working for you, and you will eventually, always give them credit first for a job well done, it it come back to you ten fold. Learn how to write and use other than the normal jargon for your career field when writing performance reports. Getting your best people promoted is a "word war" and you gotta do better than everyone else if you want to get your person promoted. Don't think you really do need to learn english, punctuation and writing skills, cause you're wrong and it will come back to bit you and consequently, the people working for you.

    I know that's a lot of info when you have not signed the papers yet and you may be saying how can he say all that? I sent 30 years in the USAF, I did most of what I've written, I had a career that has taken me around the world several time with opportunities most would die for. I'm proud I was able to serve my country in peace and war. I would do it again in a heart beat. I learned quickly when to shut up and when to pounce. And know, always, I reiterate, always, get all the information before you pounce. And lastly, I'm a USAF Chief Master Sergeant, now retired.

    Good luck and stay safe.
     
  18. Feb 19, 2011 at 9:36 PM
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    thanks for al the replys...it seemed there was a lot of air men on here. Job wise, here is the list i was gonna talk to my staff sargent about:

    Aerial gunner apprentice
    Helicopter pilot
    Combat rescue(Tactical control party apprentice) (Para rescue)
    Vehicle maintenance control and analysis (vehicle operations apprentice) (special vehicle maintenance apprentice)
    Munitions systems apprentice
    Engineering apprentice
    Airborne intelligence surveillance and recon operator
    I was told to look into the PJ and special ops stuff due to my swimming ability and background. I dont think they will let my fly a heli. I have bad vision with out the help of glasses or contacts
     
  19. Feb 19, 2011 at 9:48 PM
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    Congrats on your decision. I recently went through MEPS for the Air Force reserves. Will always remember the duck walk lol
     
  20. Feb 19, 2011 at 9:49 PM
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    Helicopter is out because enlisted do not fly. Only officers get to fly.

    Munitions systems apprentice may sound cool but trust me, it's not. That is what I currently do. Looking to try and cross train into a new career field sometime in the future.
     
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