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Old 05-12-2018, 05:34 PM
Status: "Living the good retired life." (set 28 days ago)
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Aircrew or maintenance field. I no longer want to work behind a desk, it’s not for me at this time in my life. Currently sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day and although nice, I want to be out in the elements. I know the grass isn’t always greener on the other side, but I’ll appreciate it more as I already what staring at a screen all day is.
C-130 loadmaster would be an excellent choice. The last 17 years of my military career were spent in that field. It used to be the best kept secret in the Air Force, but that seems to have changed. I got to travel all over the world and saw about 45 different countries on six continents. I had an awesome career and absolutely loved it. C-130 is the way to go because they go to all the out-of-the-way spots. C-5 and C-17 aircraft only go from big airport to big airport and tend to quick-turn back to their point of origin. I would also pass on boom operator on tankers. All they do is go up and spin orbits for eight or more hours. As for maintenance, we would take a crew chief on a lot of missions, but as aircrew you always have a seat and you get flight pay.

My loadmaster time was spent in the Air Guard. A lot of our loadmasters were selected for flight training and went on to become pilots. As enlisted aircrew you already have an in for a pilot slot.
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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I'm in the process of joining the Air Force. I'm 26 and wanting to change my life. I come from a small town and want to expand my horizons.

Any advice for someone joining at my age, any similar stories?
Good luck but one has to wonder why you took so long to join.

If I were you, I'd try to go straight to officer or warrant officer. No doubt about it.

You're going to be yelled at and bossed around by folks much younger than you and uneducated for a while.
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Old 05-12-2018, 07:06 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Good luck but one has to wonder why you took so long to join.

If I were you, I'd try to go straight to officer or warrant officer. No doubt about it.

You're going to be yelled at and bossed around by folks much younger than you and uneducated for a while.
The U.S. Air Force no longer has Warrant Officers. I met one of the last ones about 30 years ago.
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:06 PM
 
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You will do very well so it's a great decision. Just be very careful on the job you pick. Once you are in and go through the training you are stuck with that job.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:08 PM
 
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You will do very well so it's a great decision. Just be very careful on the job you pick. Once you are in and go through the training you are stuck with that job.
At the moment, I知 going open mechanical. To my knowledge, during the second week of BMT, I値l be able to make a list of jobs that are available. Anyone know any jobs that travel frequently in the mechanical field? Also looking for a job that is available at many bases.
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Old 07-13-2018, 02:50 PM
 
Location: East Helena, MT
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At the moment, I知 going open mechanical. To my knowledge, during the second week of BMT, I値l be able to make a list of jobs that are available. Anyone know any jobs that travel frequently in the mechanical field? Also looking for a job that is available at many bases.
I was an aircraft mechanic in the Navy. The thing with maintenance is where you go, depends on what aircraft you are assigned to. Some aircraft only operate out of certain bases. In the Navy, the helicopter squadrons got to travel more. My aircraft, the S-3, was only deployed from carriers.


So we were either at our home base, or deployed on a carrier. H-60 squadrons could deploy on carriers, smaller ships, cargo ships, some were deployed in theater for the Seals and Marines, etc.


I would be interested in the H-60, or the CV-22.
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:19 PM
Status: "I can retire today...but I love my job so...." (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: USA
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At the moment, I知 going open mechanical. To my knowledge, during the second week of BMT, I値l be able to make a list of jobs that are available. Anyone know any jobs that travel frequently in the mechanical field? Also looking for a job that is available at many bases.
My experience is quite old so apologies if my advice is off the mark. If they値l guarantee you a particular job based on your scores, I壇 go that route. I would have never gone in myself without that guarantee....there were too many guys in basic training who ended up in meaningless jobs when they took that chance.

Again, maybe things have changed since my time. Good luck!
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Old 07-15-2018, 05:40 AM
 
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Crew chief is your best bet. If you get assigned to a mobility command you can be a flying crew chief. Either way they're everywhere. You might pursue an En Route squadron. Also with crew chief AFSC there are a few more options for promotion/mgmt.
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