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Old 02-22-2006, 03:30 PM   #1
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Air Force

After several years of thought, I finally did some ACTUAL research on joining the Air Force. I'm going to get the ball rolling tomorrow.

I'm leaning towards:
-Airborne Cryptologic Linguistics
-Air Traffic Control Operations
-Communications/Computer Systems Programming
-Flight Engineer
-Vehicle Body Maintainance



I know that they aren't really related to each other at all, but those are the jobs that seem the most interesting to me. Hopefully I won't run into any problems trying to join.
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Old 02-22-2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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-Airborne Cryptologic Linguistics
Ride around in one of those joint force control airplanes and read/decode the enemy's "mail."

-Air Traffic Control Operations
Make good money AFTER retiring from Uncle Sam's employ (and military pay is pretty darn good while you're in too).

-Flight Engineer
Example: the enlisted guy that makes sure everything is tied down b4 take off. Also the guy that makes sure all the wheels are bolted on properly b4 take off and verifies all seatbacks and tray tables are in the upright and locked position.

I enlisted right after President Reagan laid off all the FAA controllers. All branches of service were offering BIG enlistment bonus cash for choosing ATC. The bonus was equal to choosing any of the combat arms jobs (infantry, artillery, armor...you know, the "Hey, you're gonna die if we go to war" jobs). I almost picked ATC for the Army, then I decided Infantry was more to my liking. I was gonna be another Rambo (yeah right).
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I hope your not color blind. That will limit you if you plan to be a air traffic controller.
I didn't know I was color blind until I took the test at the memps station. Of course I joined the Navy. I couldn't become a LSE for flight ops. I couldn't even join the Navy Seals if I wanted to becuase of that. Congrats on getting the ball rolling. I had a great time dispite the long hours.
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Old 02-27-2006, 09:09 AM   #4
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I did my time in the U.S Coast Guard... It was awesome. The Coast Guard is a little different than the others.. You go to boot camp you come out and go to your first unit and you figure out there what you want to do.. I think that's a better way to pick your future in the military.. They church up some of those descriptions in the recruiting pamphlets.
My first unit was the Coast Guard Cutter Sweetgum out of Mobile Alabama.. Our primary responsibility was working on aids to navigation (buoys) but we did a lot of drug interdiction in the Gulf of Mexico and the Carribean. Fun stuff.
I decided I wanted to be a Radarman (Now called Operations Specialist) mainly because they were pretty vague in the description and you had to have a clearance and pass a very thorough back ground investigation (they talked to people I went to middle school with).. I thought that was the job for me..
School was in Yorktown Virginia.. When I graduated I was sent to Alameda California (San Francisco) to serve on the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman. A 378 foot cutter that could, would and did go everywhere. We spent most of our time up on the US / Russia line doing fisheries patrols. We made some trips to Russia a couple of times (a must for the single guys but thats another story) and we also made it up to the arctic circle a couple of times... When we werent up North doing the fish pats or search and rescue we were out in the Pacific near Hawaii (made stops there) or traveling down the western side of Central and South America doing drug interdiction. Some of the best ports were Rodman Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica and of course several in Mexico. That was awesome duty but when we were out to sea we were usually gone at least 3 months which is a long time then you only come home for a month..

All in all I loved my time.. My job in a nutshell was playing with Radars, Computers that were linked to satellites and other units from the CG, Navy and others, and ships navigation via radar. I was also a qualified Air Direction Controller. Being an ADC you would control aircraft from the AF or other units and have them look for / at "points of interest"

I highly recomend looking at the C.G. I'm not knocking any other branch or trying to devalue what they do at all. I am greatly appreciative for any and all service members and veterans.
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I don't want to spend alot of time on a boat. That's why I haven't really considered coast guard or navy. Air Force has always been what i wanted to do. Even since I was a little kid.
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Old 02-28-2006, 09:03 AM   #6
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I don't want to spend alot of time on a boat. That's why I haven't really considered coast guard or navy. Air Force has always been what i wanted to do. Even since I was a little kid.
If you get a smaller boat youre not out that much.. Because of the job I choose I had to go to a boat like that.. You can go to a smaller boat (buoy tender, or small patrol boat) and you arent out much at all.

Nothing wrong with the air force either though..
Thanks for signing up! I appreciate your future service.
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Old 02-28-2006, 11:44 AM   #7
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One thing about being a Coastie: rather than TRAIN for MAYBE going to war and doing your job, you actually DO YOUR JOB everyday. Like shoot at bad guys running drugs, look for spies and terrorists trying to sneak into the country, etc. etc.
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One thing about being a Coastie: rather than TRAIN for MAYBE going to war and doing your job, you actually DO YOUR JOB everyday. Like shoot at bad guys running drugs, look for spies and terrorists trying to sneak into the country, etc. etc.

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Just took my ASVAB. For the Air Force, I scored a M-99, A-97, G-96, E-98. My AFQT Percentile Score is a 96.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:26 PM   #10
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Just took my ASVAB. For the Air Force, I scored a M-99, A-97, G-96, E-98. My AFQT Percentile Score is a 96.
You can pretty well write your own ticket. Ask for what you want. If the recruiter-checker-signer-upper person at MEPS (or whatever they call it now) tells you he can't guarantee it, tell him to call you when he can.

I wanted infantry and I wanted my first duty assignment at Fort Hood (I had my reasons). I was told I must go to where the major command is infantry (an Infantry Division) if I wanted infantry. I asked, "There's infantry in the armor divisions at Ft. Hood, right?" "Yes." "Well, if you want me to sign your contract, it must be INFANTRY and FT HOOD." They sent me to lunch and when I got back, guess what my contract said...

I too scored very high across the board on the ASVAB.
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Old 03-13-2006, 06:29 PM   #11
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You can pretty well write your own ticket. Ask for what you want. If the recruiter-checker-signer-upper person at MEPS (or whatever they call it now) tells you he can't guarantee it, tell him to call you when he can.

I wanted infantry and I wanted my first duty assignment at Fort Hood (I had my reasons). I was told I must go to where the major command is infantry (an Infantry Division) if I wanted infantry. I asked, "There's infantry in the armor divisions at Ft. Hood, right?" "Yes." "Well, if you want me to sign your contract, it must be INFANTRY and FT HOOD." They sent me to lunch and when I got back, guess what my contract said...

I too scored very high across the board on the ASVAB.
Thank you for the advance. I'll most definately do that.
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Old 03-13-2006, 09:13 PM   #12
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you get to take out the (pardon my political incorrectness) rag head that is a scum sucker trying to harm our great country , and still make it home for dinner.
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Air Force rocks! I'll have 19 years in next month...I scored high on my ASVAB as well...Uncle Sam made me a crew chief....Not a bad job, just a lot of time on the road....
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Air Force rocks! I'll have 19 years in next month...I scored high on my ASVAB as well...Uncle Sam made me a crew chief....Not a bad job, just a lot of time on the road....

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I've got to meet a great deal of people in the few years I've been in, some good some bad, but they've all played a part in the experiences that I never would've gone through if I didn't sign up. Congrats on a great career move!
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:48 PM   #15
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Hey guys, got everything set up on my enlisment. Im leaving Aug. 22 for BMT at Lackland. Im going into the Reserves as a Firefighter.
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Old 07-20-2006, 09:23 PM   #16
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Congrats!
BMT shouldn't be too bad seeing how you're already from TX and used to the heat. When I went to Basic in Nov '98 it was still too damn hot for me! I am an instructor at Goodfellow, and the 312th (your future training squadron) just got built a brand new set of dorms. The fire school has a bad *** set of instructors right now, so you'll have some great training.
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Old 07-21-2006, 04:17 PM   #17
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Cool, what are you an instructor for?
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I teach radar theory, analysis, exploitation...
It's an awesome job, but I'm ready to get back out in the field and do it instead of teach it.
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One thing about being a Coastie: rather than TRAIN for MAYBE going to war and doing your job, you actually DO YOUR JOB everyday. Like shoot at bad guys running drugs, look for spies and terrorists trying to sneak into the country, etc. etc.
Hatch..."MAYBE?" I leave in 20 days for Baghdad. I think the "maybe" part is a thing of the past now days...

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Good luck with the Airforce. Military service really is an experience you'll never forget whether it be for 4 years, 20 years, or 30 years. You'll meet friends from all over the world and sometimes travel to places you'd never see otherwise.

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After several years of thought, I finally did some ACTUAL research on joining the Air Force. I'm going to get the ball rolling tomorrow.

I'm leaning towards:
-Airborne Cryptologic Linguistics
-Air Traffic Control Operations
-Communications/Computer Systems Programming
-Flight Engineer
-Vehicle Body Maintainance



I know that they aren't really related to each other at all, but those are the jobs that seem the most interesting to me. Hopefully I won't run into any problems trying to join.
If you are a single guy and ar OK being away from home, then either of the flying jobs is cool. Linguistics means learning another language, of course, so the time in training is extrmely long. ATC is a VERY stressful job, (from what I'm told, I've never done it) but pays big enlistment/reenlistment bonuses. Also, you are looking at having to wait a year for an opening in ATC. You will be on the delayed enlistment program (unpaid) the whole time. A buddy of mine is cross-training right now to be a flight engineer on a C-130, and he loves it. It will mean a lot of time over in the armpits of the world, though. But you will be "enlisted aircrew" and wear flight suit, etc which is kinda cool. There are perks about being aircrew (hotels, etc) sometimes. Congrats, and welcome to the Air Force. I have been in for 14+ years, myself and I like it pretty well.

Don't do the Vehicle thing. If you want to work on cars, etc., do it as a hobby on your off-time. You can take some classes (for free) at a community college to learn some of the skills.
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Congrats on joining from a former 3C0 (Computer Programming Spec). If you didn't want to leave TX you definately picked the right career field. You should be just about, if not already, finished with your tech school at Goodfellow AFB here in San Angelo. My son just finished basic and is now in Tech school at Lackland (went in open general and got Services).
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Congrats!
BMT shouldn't be too bad seeing how you're already from TX and used to the heat. When I went to Basic in Nov '98 it was still too damn hot for me! I am an instructor at Goodfellow, and the 312th (your future training squadron) just got built a brand new set of dorms. The fire school has a bad *** set of instructors right now, so you'll have some great training.
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