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Old 04-18-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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Hello all,
I've started my process with joining the Air Force, took my ASVAB and am waiting to get a physical date and go pick my 6 jobs (MEPS is taking a little too long...) but one job I was very interested in when I looked it up on the AF website was "Special Missions Aviation" the page gave a good brief summary and a video of what it's about, but I'm more curious to hear how it is from people who are currently in or have retired from doing it. Pros, Cons type of deal. Granted, now I'm joining to serve and do whatever it is the Air Force needs me to do, it's just this job has peaked my interest and I would like to know how it is from someone else's standpoint who's in, than the Air Forces recruiting standpoint. Thank you! And have a nice day.
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:35 PM
 
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The little I know is it's pretty awesome. You get to do a lot of secret squirrel type stuff and meaningful work where you know what you are doing matters.


The potential cons that I know of, are high ops tempo, lots of time on the road away from home (could either be a pro or con depending what you want) erratic work svhedule, varying hours etc... Potential to get burned out with constant TDYs, get to experience some "fun" schools like SERE etc...



Best of luck. If I got to do it all over again it would be something I would check out. It seems like a pretty great career and tight family of others in your squadron.

A few other careers that you may be interested in if you have to select 6 choices now, just an fyi for some research or due diligence, check out special operations weather, Loadmaster, PJ, combat controller, boom operator or UAV sensor operator, some of those may be of interest to you.

Best of luck
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:09 PM
 
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The little I know is it's pretty awesome. You get to do a lot of secret squirrel type stuff and meaningful work where you know what you are doing matters.


The potential cons that I know of, are high ops tempo, lots of time on the road away from home (could either be a pro or con depending what you want) erratic work svhedule, varying hours etc... Potential to get burned out with constant TDYs, get to experience some "fun" schools like SERE etc...



Best of luck. If I got to do it all over again it would be something I would check out. It seems like a pretty great career and tight family of others in your squadron.

A few other careers that you may be interested in if you have to select 6 choices now, just an fyi for some research or due diligence, check out special operations weather, Loadmaster, PJ, combat controller, boom operator or UAV sensor operator, some of those may be of interest to you.

Best of luck
Thanks for the positive response!!! A lot of other community pages just say "chances are you won't get in so don't worry about it" type of deal. Really appreciate all the information you've provided. I've spoken to a friend of mine who's currently a Loadmaster and he LOVES it, so that's also an option I'm going to put down, I have not heard of UAV sensor operator but that seems really interesting and I'll do some research on it, along with special operations weather and boom operator. TACP is another job I saw on a brochure at the recruiting office and that might be of interest for me as well. Thank you again for the response and your service.
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Old 04-18-2017, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Thanks for the positive response!!! A lot of other community pages just say "chances are you won't get in so don't worry about it" type of deal. Really appreciate all the information you've provided. I've spoken to a friend of mine who's currently a Loadmaster and he LOVES it, so that's also an option I'm going to put down, I have not heard of UAV sensor operator but that seems really interesting and I'll do some research on it, along with special operations weather and boom operator. TACP is another job I saw on a brochure at the recruiting office and that might be of interest for me as well. Thank you again for the response and your service.
I was a C-130 loadmaster and I absolutely loved it. The C-17 and C-5 just go from big airport to big airport, with very little variety. The C-130 goes all over the world and you'll see and do things you'd never have imagined. My career took me to over 40 countries on six continents. I also wouldn't want to be a boomer. You get based at some out of the way place and spin circles all day or all night.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:45 PM
 
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TACP starts at the P.A.S.T. level and goes up from there. Gotta stay pretty fit.
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Old 04-23-2017, 12:33 PM
 
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May I chime in.


My son went into the AF and he told me a lot of the guys would bulk up before basic. They lost all that muscle in basic. Unless you're a 'gym bunny' as he calls them, his feeling is don't overdo on muscle tone, thinking it'll get you though.


Basic is a lot of pressure. Take it from a mom who experienced it on my end. He was able to take his cell phone and could call every so often. My thought is learn to shave quickly, clean quickly in the shower, fold your clothes fast, and take the time to learn basics that will help -- First aide, working as a team, following orders. Learning to sleep instantly.
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Old Today, 02:15 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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Thanks for the positive response!!! A lot of other community pages just say "chances are you won't get in so don't worry about it" type of deal. Really appreciate all the information you've provided. I've spoken to a friend of mine who's currently a Loadmaster and he LOVES it, so that's also an option I'm going to put down, I have not heard of UAV sensor operator but that seems really interesting and I'll do some research on it, along with special operations weather and boom operator. TACP is another job I saw on a brochure at the recruiting office and that might be of interest for me as well. Thank you again for the response and your service.
I work with TACPs a lot (and I was one for three years as well as an ALO) and highly recommend it. Great career field with one drawback, however: it's support of the Army and therefore there is a certain detachment from the Air Force, as most Air Support Operations Squadrons (ASOS) are on Army posts and have no real USAF identity. (Exceptions: Lewis and Bragg which are joint USAF/Army bases)
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