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Old 03-27-2015, 10:48 AM
 
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Go Air Force, there is nothing else to say. We all know that's the best choice. We are all in denial, I'm Navy btw.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:55 PM
 
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If you do 20 or so years now, you may decide to go Federal afterwards. Or as in my case, I was Air Guard Technician so I bought back my active duty (USMC) and now I have 29yrs military (but reserve retirement) and I'm working on my Federal retirement. If you think you may have any chance of wanting to do that, one thing you can do is go on USAJobs and see what kinds of jobs are out there. Like, if you enter Building Manager worldwide and get... well, here, let's do this. 182 results for Building manager (huge variations) Then enter physician... 1843 results. See what I mean? I highly encourage you to explore the things that you're most interested in. You'll do better and be more successful. Also, many fields are related so, going in as an EMT, you'd be able to train for Firefighting later and use your prior experience. There are so many fields out there. Broadcast Journalism is a cool field. In 4 years you'll work every aspect of the business. On the outside it would take forever to get past gopher. I'll have to backtrack and see if you give any interests.
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:07 PM
 
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Okay, mechanic. Let's think of all the things you can wrench on. Planes (try to go airframes or power plants and you'll be halfway there to your A&P license), boats, motor vehicles: diesel, heavy equipment, tactical vehicles, ROBOTS (for ordinance disposal), Air Traffic equipment (that's great outside work with the FAA), Ground Support Equipment (air/light/power carts for aircraft) You can wrench on POL equipment - fuel farm work is needed on the outside but also as a facility manager I've seen lots of openings for fuel facilities. (they recieve, store, and pipe fuel for acft, also conducing refueling and defueling) But there are different people who actually maintain the fuel equipment. Acft have other stuff, avionics for example. If you work for the FAA you need your A&P license UNLESS you're Avionics. (la-ti-da)

You need to narrow down what you'd like to do then figure which branch is best for that. AF has the biggest budget, I think. USMC has the smallest, the few the proud the poor . Navy will float you and Army, well bless their hearts, they're not as bad as some might think.

I'd try for officer if I were you. Or warrent officer in the Army because they get a fair amount of respect. Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2015, 10:15 PM
 
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Somewhat related to the OP's interest toward aircraft and engine mechanic, and I was researching into the career field of aircraft maintenance, anyone know the potential outlook of this career path in the civilian world? I was assumed if you can maintenance a fighter jet, you can find similarity in a civilian airliner under FAA? Am I right or wrong?


Sorry, I didnt mean to thread-jacked...
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Old 04-11-2015, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Saint Paul
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I've been out of the Navy for 20 years, but during the years I was in advancement was much quicker in the Navy than the Air Force. I made pay grade E-6 in less than six years, at a time when it often took 12 or 14 years in the Air Force.

I don't know what's happening in the Navy now, but I suspect advancement is still slow in the USAF.
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Old 04-11-2015, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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What you do want from serving? Do you want to jump from airplanes? Do you want to fly? Do you want to travel? Do you want respect from your co-workers? Do you want college degrees? Do you want to invest?

We all want things in life. Each branch works differently.

I have had tenants who were in the Air Force, and the differences became very obvious between my branch and their branch.
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Old 04-12-2015, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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In 1984 an E6 [10years] made $1188, an E7 $1336, a difference of $148, in retirement that difference is $74.

In 2000 an E6 [10 years] made $1830, an E7 $2003, a difference of $173, in retirement that difference is $86.

In 2015 an E6 [10 years] makes $3364, an E7 $3747, a difference of $383. in retirement that difference is $191.

Keep in mind that while on AD, base-pay is only a small portion of take-home pay. But retirement is not based on take-home pay. Retirement is only based on base-pay.

I retired in 2001, when the difference between E6 and E7 retirement would have been around $90.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:23 AM
 
Location: really close to Mount Si
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Oh heck. Find something (whatever Service) that you can enjoy whether it is on the line or more tertiary as you work a desk (move up equates to "staff/desk" for most). It might not be your # 1, but it needs to be something you don't burn out on after the first hitch and then part ways. Well less than 20% make it to 20 and for most that is a voluntary separation...even if they started out initially thinking they would be in for the long haul.

Good advice (whether O or E) concerning starting saving early (compounding and time counts). Disposable income=pay yourself first. Get used to not seeing that full amount right off the bat. TSP / exchange traded funds / mutuals are a good thing (saving only won't do it for you...that money MUST work for you). Do a bit of research from a reputable source (there is SO much more information out there than what I had starting out).

For higher education, get it some way. But, understand that not only each Service varies on the opportunities, but the job (specialty), and current location will dictate your ability to take advantage of those educational benefits offered (while on Active Duty).

Good luck in building that resume. Remember to NOT count on Uncle Sam for the retirement. You want that to be the icing on the cake when you finally retire.
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Old 04-12-2015, 03:56 PM
 
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Suggest you read the following.

New military retirement system might be popular, study says
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Old 04-12-2015, 04:02 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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It is "A proposal that would transform the military retirement system". I've been hearing that phase for over 20 years...
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