Anyone in here in the air force, af reserve, or air national guard?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by treyjustice, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. treyjustice, Feb 17, 2012
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    treyjustice macrumors 65816

    treyjustice

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    I've been thinking about joining recently and have been talking to an air national guard recruiter. Anyone in currently or have served? Would love to get your views on the experience...

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    guess not.
     
  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    I can't help you with the Air Force or Air National Guard specifically, but if you want to know about any general military stuff, I was a US Marine for 4 years.
     
  3. 4JNA macrumors 68000

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    second that. i joined the military, my sister joined the Air Force... :rolleyes:

    i spent several years active duty enlisted, first as a Marine, later in the Army. I've got several friends in the Air Guard and they all love it, but your mileage may vary and all that. ask away if it will help, best of luck either way.
     
  4. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a

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    I know it's irrelevant but everywhere I have been the Air Force gets the best deal, living, etc. followed by the navy, then marines and army. Granted anyone can get put anywhere but I think the air force is the way to go. I am Army EOD and my buddy is Air Force EOD, and it seems like they get a whole lot more options (besides deployments, b/c EOD goes to Afghanistan 90% of the time now) as far as his job, training, certification and overall leadership capabilities.

    Just don't let the recruiters jerk you around and tell you what is best for you. WTH do they know? nothing... that's why they are recruiters.
     
  5. becomingwater macrumors member

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    I have been in the Air Force for over 20 years and I am about to retire.

    I am stationed at Holloman AFB, NM.

    The Air Force has changed tremendously from when I joined in 1991.

    My first base was in Japan and we had Beer Vending machines in the dorms. They took them out a year later. We never had to worry about PT or any physical work unless we were moving a desk. That has since change. We have PT and we train as if we are going into the Army. My girlfriend is in the Army and she is glad I am exercising before I get out. She runs everyday and we run 3 times a week. I hate running!

    The Air Force has gotten more strict about things in order to make it easier to discharge someone. Even if you do something minor you will be discharged. It's a fair way of doing so.

    I did enjoy my 20+ years in the service, but I will be happy to be out.
     
  6. BreakGuy macrumors 6502a

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    I applied for the Air Force last year and was in the top 0.6% of candidates for selection. They then told me I don't have enough life experience. :mad:
     
  7. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816

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    Did 20 years in the Air Force as a photojournalist. At 19 years old at the time was what I needed to grow up, shape up and get up and out with my life. Saw all kinds of places, things and people. And now my benefits supplement my new career.
     
  8. treyjustice thread starter macrumors 65816

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    thanks for all the responses! I am in the process of getting scheduled to go to MEPS just a few more form they need from a wreck I got into a few years ago. I am hoping it all goes well... I will be joining the Texas Air National Guard so I won't be active duty. I am having a tough time trying to narrow down what job I might want to take. Most are aircraft related. Very excited!
     
  9. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    I'm in the Royal Air Force, so obviously my experience may differ to the USAF. But generally it's more relaxed, more friendly.
     
  10. PhoenixMac macrumors 65816

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    Currently Active Duty just hit 5 years in. You might want to check out afforums.com good site for information on AFSCs.
     
  11. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    Disagree: it's not irrelevant. QOL is a big thing to think about, especially when you're joining the military. AF definitely has the most concern for QOL.
     
  12. rick snagwell macrumors 68040

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    i was in USAF.

    Lackland AFB
    Sheppard AFB
    Vandenburg AFB

    was cool. that was in 1996.
     
  13. sbhark macrumors newbie

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    Air Force (Guard and Reserves)

    Man and boy in the Military all my life. My father was Airborne when I was born in 1943. He was AF retired. I was AFROTC in college. 10 years of active duty as flight surgeon and OBG. 12 years in Reserves (Flight Surgeon, Hurricane Hunters), MS Air Guard, NH Air Guard. 3 yrs in England (RAF Lakenheath) flights to Bangkok, Turkey, RAF Mildenhall, Torrejon, Hickham (Hawaii), Germany. There's more but it would take to much space. I'm glad I did it. My wife did too. We have retired pay and TriCare (health insurance) in addition to happy memories and old friends. Go for it.
     
  14. treyjustice thread starter macrumors 65816

    treyjustice

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    THanks for the stories!

    I am going to take my ASVAB next Wednesday pretty nervous. I think I will score well though. After that they say they can schedule me for MEPS and then I can swear in. Then I just wait for my order for basic! :D
     
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    Retired Navy, but I was stationed on Hickham AFB in Hawaii, if that counts. :)
     
  16. treyjustice thread starter macrumors 65816

    treyjustice

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    Hawaii my buddy just did his annual training their. He loves it
     
  17. BanjoBanker macrumors 6502

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    According to my Dad, LtCol USAF(ret), there are two types in the AirForce: Combat Pilots and everyone else! JK, he was very biased, 48 combat missions over Germany, 26 in Korea and another couple dozen RVN. He was not happy when I went SF in the Army. Called me a ground pounder. Not true, everyone in SF moves quietly!
    Good luck at whatever you choose. Thanks for offering your service.
     
  18. treyjustice thread starter macrumors 65816

    treyjustice

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    I took my asvab last wednesday and made a 93 on the AFQT percentile. I will get my detailed scores tomorrow. Then I can look at jobs and get scheduled for MEPS! I am thinking about being a loadmaster or flight engineer on the C130
     

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