Well some of y'all may have read my other posts but I've been thinking about joining for the past few years. I just started my first year of college and I feel like I am wasting my time here. I had lunch with my mom the other day and I dropped the bomb on her. I talked to her for a while and now she realizes I am very serious about joining. I know it is definitely what I want to do, it's just a matter of when. My parents are against it, but it is my life and I respect their opinion, but ultimately it is my decision. My mom said she wanted me to type up a document about what I want to do, why I want to join etc... Pros and cons.
I just wanted you guys to check out what I have for her so far. Anything y'all think I should add or take out. Or even if anyone has opinions on what I should do and shit....
Here is what I have.
• All Air Force members receive regular pay increases based on their rank and duration of time-in-service. They also receive a yearly cost-of-living increase, a yearly clothing allowance, a monthly food allowance, and will be eligible for tax-free housing. If your son or daughter becomes a healthcare professional, they may receive special incentive pay, substantial annual bonuses, as well as continued educational opportunities.
• The Air Force offers great healthcare benefits at competitive insurance rates
• If I stick with being an Air Traffic Controller I will get FAA certified while in school through the Air Force and I will receive a college degree in Airway Science. With a degree in Airway Science I could also get a job in these fields of work….
o Per FAA…. “These fields (and the career or work area which individuals will be qualified for) include: science management (air traffic control specialist, air carrier manager, airport manager, general aviation operations manager); airway computer science (flight, navigation, communications, information processing); aircraft systems management (aviation safety inspector, professional pilot, flight operations manager); airway electronics systems (troubleshooting, maintenance, testing, development, electronics); and aviation maintenance management (maintenance, troubleshooting, aviation safety inspector). A list of colleges and universities participating in the Airway Science curriculum is provided.”
Air Traffic Controller
After eight-and-a-half weeks of Basic Military Training, every Airman goes to technical training to learn their career. Here's the basic information about Air Traffic Control Operations technical training:
School location: Keesler AFB [MS]
Length of course: 72 days
College degree earned: Airway Science
College credits earned: 28
“Similar as with electronics, there is also a demand for communication experts in the Air Force. Areas such as linguistics, air traffic control, and telecommunications can help to ensure that pilots stay in touch with ground crews and are able to carry out commands exactly as ordered.”
As of September 15, 2004, the length of Air Force deployment has been changed. It ranges from four, six or 12 months depending on the Airman's specific job, location and mission requirements.
So if I were to be deployed it would be for short periods of time.
Those who enlist in the Air Force are automatically enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force, America's largest community college. They can choose from five areas of specialty to work toward their associate's degree.
Airmen can also receive financial aid through the Air Force Tuition Assistance program, the Montgomery GI Bill and the College Loan Repayment Program.
8 and a half weeks at Lackland AFB Lots of info here http://www.baseops.net/basictraining/airforce.html
AIT- 10 weeks So I would be gone for 4 and a half months or so.
• Being able to serve my country.
• If I were to be deployed there are shorter deployments.
• Everyone I talked to said the Air Force has the best quality of life(better housing, job satisfaction etc.) compared to the other branches.
• The Air Force offers the most time off which gives time for school or work.
• Air Force jobs are more technical which give them smaller chances of seeing combat.
• Everyday discounts from being in the armed forces, restaurants, hotels, plane tickers, car dealerships etc.
• Medical care, free career training, GI bill.
• Air Traffic Controllers are in demand in the AF
• It is like a brotherhood and that is something I miss about not being at Holy Cross… and I aint talkin no frat boy bullshit brotherhood.
• If I don’t like it I a stuck with it.
• You are not always guaranteed your job or where you will be stationed.
• Possibility of being deployed.
• Being away from my family and my home.
• If I were to take the fixed wing pilot route I would be gone longer… 12 weeks of officer school, but officers get paid more.
Thanks guys... I cant wait to rock that armed forces badge on the ForumZ!