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Old 02-20-2018, 08:35 AM
 
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Toll booth attendant?
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Old 02-20-2018, 05:05 PM
 
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Not sure what that means. I work in a Contracting shop for the federal government (DoD), and while we do have a lot of GS12's, which is the lowest grade we have, we also have GS13's, GS14's, and GS15's. I wouldn't say our shop is typical for the federal government, but I would also imagine that GS12 is not the typical pay grade for most contracting people.
Sorry, I meant Contract Specialist. It's GS12 here. Not a lot of upward mobility where I am. I think there's a 13 job but it was recently filled. Still, 12s are not easy to get.
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Old 02-20-2018, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Hard aground in the Sonoran Desert
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You don't pick your job in the Air Force...you put your "wish list" together and they assign you something. It is very rarely what you had your heart set on.

Join for the Air Force, don't join for a job as you're sure to be disappointed.

Don't know if it has changed but when I was in Navy recruiting 5 years ago (retired now) the majority of those going in the Air Force were being given security forces. I used to get Air Force DEPPERS in my office all the time asking if I could get them a decent job because they were just told they were shipping as security forces. dmarie can tell us how it is currently.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:06 PM
 
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In chair force you don't pick job...job pick you!
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:36 AM
 
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Wherever you end up, make the most of it


You may love something you are not at all expecting. In my experience you will get back what you give in.


Enjoy the adventure wherever you end up
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Old 02-21-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Enjoy the adventure wherever you end up
Most of us had a few adventures, and I appreciate where you are "coming from", but:

OP has no interest in adventure going by the criteria in the original post. The adventure you speak of requires leaving the safety and comfort of an office chair.

There are military jobs that meet the OP's desires, and he will probably get one of those jobs. Nothing wrong with serving our country, even in a boring job (maybe exciting for some?).
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Old 02-22-2018, 07:55 AM
 
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You don't pick your job in the Air Force...you put your "wish list" together and they assign you something. It is very rarely what you had your heart set on.

Join for the Air Force, don't join for a job as you're sure to be disappointed.


Don't know if it has changed but when I was in Navy recruiting 5 years ago (retired now) the majority of those going in the Air Force were being given security forces. I used to get Air Force DEPPERS in my office all the time asking if I could get them a decent job because they were just told they were shipping as security forces. dmarie can tell us how it is currently.
This. Or do your first enlistment and after 3 years, get authorization to "cross-train"/retrain into a more stable job to fit your "desires". I had a crappy first job and first assignment, but cross-trained into a more desirable job that fit my personality and desires. Retired 7 years ago and continue to work in that field to this day. If I wasn't able to cross train, I would've been done with the AF after my first enlistment.
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Old 02-22-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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Sorry, I meant Contract Specialist. It's GS12 here. Not a lot of upward mobility where I am. I think there's a 13 job but it was recently filled. Still, 12s are not easy to get.
Understood. Not sure where you work, but it seems to me that the Air Force is the most "stingy" when it comes to GS pay grades. I am retired Air Force. I remember when I was still active duty that a GS12 was almost like a god. But I wasn't in contracting. After retiring, I went to work for the US Department of the Treasury, doing contracting related work. We worked a lot with DoD agencies, and it seemed the Air Force people we worked with had the most responsibilities, and the lowest pay grades (civil service that is). I eventually moved to the Army. The Army seemed to be very generous with their pay grades. A GS12 in the Army was generally a nobody. Although I will say that the contracting office that we worked with was ran by a GS12. I now work for a DoD Fourth Estate Agency, and the rank structure is crazy. In the contracting office there are two GS15's, three GS14s, maybe a handful of GS13's, and several GS12's. So yes, GS12 could be common depending on where you work.
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