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Like it has been mentioned, sometimes the jobs you get are shit (active duty Coast Guard with prior service Navy). I am currently stationed on a 50 yr old vessel that routinely goes out for 2 month patrols every month to month and half. Like I tell all the kids who work for me, the unit you are currently at isn't the end of the world. There are other places to go. If you take the career route, you have to stick with it. There will be obnoxious people who use their position just to make your life miserable. I have fun with those people because I know my job and they can't really screw with me (been doing it for 16+ yrs). Keep your head up and plugging away. Good luck!
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Thanks for all the words of encouragement guys!

I read somewhere that there was a long wait for the AF before you get to go to basic... Anyone know about this?
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When you sign your get your date to go. Probably sooner than you expect. They will not say much until you step up, You sound like you think things out and you'll be fine. It looks like you will be our "Brother in Arms soon". One thing about it, when prior service guys get around talking, it does not matter if you were a fighter pilot or a grunt, we all respect eah other no matter where they served or what they did. Everybody depends on everybody.
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I am former USAF and the skillset I learned there I still employ today.

I got some great education while in and took full advantage of the education fund contribution while I was in. It paid for my degree.

Folks just out of high school may not necessarily know exactly what they want to do and end up wasting time (and money) taking right off for college. Practical work experience while earning job skills and gaining an education fund can't be beat.

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You definately have a big decision to make bud. Me personally im in the CT Guard as an 11Bravo (Infantry) when my contracts up i plan on going air force just to stay in the military and have it a lot easier. The air force is a better lifestyle,better living, nd when you train to do what your going to your job is easy too. Sure theres things that arent so easy but id rather be on a fob for 6 months than kickin doors and runnin patrols in the middle of nowhere on a mountain with most enevitably the enemy,(thatll be next year sometime deployment date unknown) id suggest checking out the air guard too or reserve unles you want to get the hell out of dodge then go active lol but best of luck to you. Same team same fight Hooah.
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As a 26-year AF veteran, I wouldn't change a thing about my military service. I got to go places, see and do things, and meet people that I never would have been able to do any other way. It sounds like you've done your homework and made your decision already--hopefully your parents will learn to support that decision.

A couple random points that popped into my head while reading the previous posts:

--Don't forget about the re-enlistment bonus that the 1C1X1 career field (Air Traffic Controller) is currently paying...if it stays the same (it is one of the AFSCs that are on the critical shortage list typically), you would receive a pretty sweet re-enlistment bonus. Your monthly base pay x the current bonus multiplier (4.0 at this time) x number of years of re-enlistment. You would get half of that sum at the time of re-enlistment, and the remainder in monthly installments during the enlistment period.

--I've known a few ATCs during my career...while there is a *chance* that you'd get stuck at some crappy FOB, it is much more likely that you'd be deployed to one of the larger bases with established airfields. Not much "outside the wire" duty required for those kind of deployments typically, although the threat of IDF (indirect fire--rocket/mortar attacks), VBIED attacks on the gates, or sniper activity are always potential hazards of any deployment.

--Lastly, one of the most important things about picking a military specialty, is setting yourself up for success as a civilian down the road, after you've finished your enlistment or retired. ATC is one of those career fields that translates DIRECTLY to civilian jobs, as you've found. That makes the training even more valuable to you over a lifetime, not to mention the plethora of leadership training, technical training, and education that the military offers those who are willing to apply themselves.

Good luck with your future...it sounds like you have a well-thought out case to present to your parents. Hopefully they will hear it with open minds and let you make the decision that's best for you.
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Retired Navy here, I would just remind them that they raised you to be the best person you could be and to respect other's opinions, and that in your opinion this is what you have choosen to do. My son came to me at 17 and wanted to join the Marines and this was in the late 80's early 90's, I only advised him that if that is what he truly wanted I would sign for him and that we got a guaranteed field at least. It does guarantee the job just the field. He agreed and after 8 years in the Marine Corps followed by 4 years in the Navy he finally decided to get out so he could spend more time with his family. By the way he was stationed in Camp LeJeune, NC, Sigonella Sicily and Yokosuka Japan, so you can see he got to see a lot of different places as well as being sent to Bosnia, Kuwait and South Africa.

Do what is right for you. If they don't agree now they will come to realize this is your choice.
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I was in the same boat as you are now when I was 18. I wanted to join the army and I let my friends and family talk me out of it. They all said I wouldn't like it and I needed to take some time to try other things. I'm pretty sure they thought I would forget about it. Well after 3 years of tring different things and having good paying jobs. I seen an add on the tv and went to the army recruiter. A month later I was at OSUT in fort Benning GA. I've been in a little over 6 years now 2 trips over to the stan and only 14 years till retirement.

Just remember no matter what job you have there will be good days and bad days but just as long as you love what your doing it's really not all that bad bro
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I did 10 years, been out 5 now, and I spend a lot of time missing it. Good times and bad, good people and bad, it was a hell of a thing the whole time, and I'll always be glad that it was part of my life.

The advice about picking your job with an eye to the future is probably the most important thing posted in this thread. As others have said, the field you've chosen translates well. Me, I'm not gonna be using my skills unless Delta or American Airlines picks up an air-to-air weapons capability some time soon.

Also, in regards to your CCAF degree... Most of your military training applies to your degree, but you will still have to take the basic pre-reqs like English comp, etc. I only had 6 credits of pre-reqs, and my dumb ass missed the opportunity due to sheer laziness and procrastination. Those 6 credits made the difference between what I could have done as a civilian, and what I actually do. I'm down about 60 grand a year, so I'm a pretty big advocate of people knocking out that CCAF early.

Either way, man, the future is wide open for you. I wish you the best of luck, whatever you choose to do.
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