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· Boomer
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For you guys in the Air Force or retired. what are the ups and downs you guys had. My dad was in for 25 years and doesn't want me to join, but i wanna get out of Ohio. And could you tell what job you did while you where in, I'm undecided. Any input would be appreciated.

Thanks, Jesse
 

· hvac man
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I was only in for 4 years. I was a cop and enjoyed it. Wish I would have stayed in and retired! My son is in now and I would definetly say a down for him is he's trying to go to college and deployments have slowed down his progress. The mission comes first! Good luck to you.
 

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I just retired after 24 yrs. Did computers support, worked in a school house, security manager, range safety, etc. I'm now civil service as a security specialist. It was the best 24 yrs of my life and I believe made me a better person. Traveled all over the world and have been to some places less desirable. It isn't for everyone and it is what you make it. If you have any questions just PM me.
 

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Best food of any of the services. I even remember steak one night in Basic. In tech school, the chow hall had steak a couple times a month, lobster at least once a month.
 

· Rollin' Coal
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Depends on what you make of it. There will be ups and downs in anything you do. I'm a cop in the AF and have enjoyed what I've done in the 6 1/2 years so far. Even if you join for 4 years you will do more with your life than what most people do, unless you are in trouble all the time then you will be a janitor! At least do it for the GI Bill and get your college paid for.
 

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I like the thread title Ups and downs of the Air Force:hehe:

Perhaps your right about your Dad and he doesn't want to steer you in the same direction that he went.

The Air Force has very high re-enlistment rates. They were high before the economy soured so folks must be happy with how they are treated. I think they lead all services (maybe not the Coast Guard) when it comes to re-enlistments.

Something to think about.
 

· This We'll Defend
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I'm in the army, but I'm currently assigned to a joint command. I can tell you this much... I wish I had joined the airforce nine years ago, but I decided to follow my family's tradition. The airmen and NCO's I work with are some of the best and most talented members of DOD. They work hard and are treated well but happier military personel I haven't seen! Ultimately it's up to you man. Respect your dad, but I'm guessing youre about to graduate, and it's time to become your own man. Do what you want (as long as it's within reason) because soon it will be about what you need to do to take care of yourself.
 

· Boomer
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I like the thread title Ups and downs of the Air Force:hehe:

Perhaps your right about your Dad and he doesn't want to steer you in the same direction that he went.

The Air Force has very high re-enlistment rates. They were high before the economy soured so folks must be happy with how they are treated. I think they lead all services (maybe not the Coast Guard) when it comes to re-enlistments.

Something to think about.
My dad was always my biggest role model when i grew up and they had family day on base, that was always awesome because we always got to see quite a few C130 take off. And ever since my first day there I wanted to join.
 

· Boomer
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I'm in the army, but I'm currently assigned to a joint command. I can tell you this much... I wish I had joined the airforce nine years ago, but I decided to follow my family's tradition. The airmen and NCO's I work with are some of the best and most talented members of DOD. They work hard and are treated well but happier military personel I haven't seen! Ultimately it's up to you man. Respect your dad, but I'm guessing youre about to graduate, and it's time to become your own man. Do what you want (as long as it's within reason) because soon it will be about what you need to do to take care of yourself.
I'm actually about to turn 20 and was gonna join right out of high school but my older brother had just came back from basic, he got discharged because he had very serious medical problems while there. And that really discouraged me then, but now that the economy sucks around here and no ones hiring, I thought this would be an awesome time to join.
 

· This We'll Defend
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Don't waste time. Depending on what job you want, you may have to wait for a year or more for a school slot to open up. The air force isntmlike the army that will ship you right away. Contact a recruiter and see what your options are. Have you taken the ASVAB inthe last three years? If so what were you GT and over all scores?
 

· Boomer
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Don't waste time. Depending on what job you want, you may have to wait for a year or more for a school slot to open up. The air force isntmlike the army that will ship you right away. Contact a recruiter and see what your options are. Have you taken the ASVAB inthe last three years? If so what were you GT and over all scores?
I'll definetly be talking to one this week, and I took it quite a few years ago and don't remember my exact score but i know it was pretty good
 

· hvac man
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I just visited Keesler AFB last month in Biloxi Mississippi. I guess the base got tore up pretty bad from hurricane Katrina. It is so nice there now! The base is so clean and nice facility's. My wife is a school teacher has been with me there and at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. After each visit all I hear from here is how nice and polite the people are and how she wishes she would have went in the military herself. It brings back some very good memories for me when we visit my son. Good luck to you !
 

· Gandy Dancer
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Yea Lackland!! :D

A little over 54 years ago, a future consummate smart-azz railroader................... was born there. :evil

My Dad spent 26 years in the AF and for a kid off of a Louisiana farm, who first joined the Guard at 15, then the Air Force at 17 and retired as a CMSgt................they provided him with a heck of a lot of opportunity.

Good luck on your decision.
 

· Gandy Dancer
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got a 36 on the asvab so i cant get into the af
Don't give up.

How about some additional education?

There are usually some pretty good options through community colleges and/or the local high schools.

Even if you don't go in the military, doing the classes will help you in the future at what endeavors you pursue.

Good luck.
 
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