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So lately, or well it's been awhile actually, I've been thinking about joining the Air Force. When I went and talked to a recruiter it felt like something I really wanted to do. Like I can go and have an opportunity and travel the world, well if they station me outside the U.S., with little cost. The only problem that is holding me back is the ASVAB test, and I'm leaving someone I truly love. But it's like I have no fear in joining ya know? But I came here to see if theres anyone here in the actual Air Force and told me if they like it or not. Your experiences as well, and do you get to choose your job or not?

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  1. vnM's Avatar
    If you are looking for travelling the world, you should look into joining the Navy instead. What specifically are you looking into doing? Job-wise and such.
  2. VoidOfEnigmas's Avatar
    the ASVAB is easy jose. Navy = better for travling vnM has it. Good luck with whatever you choose. Ur 17 tho u'll find other women :P
  3. jose's Avatar
    Yea vnM I know that, but I would want to live more civilized and have my own room, once I'm done with training and tech school of course, rather then bein on a bunk bed and having a small locker. and VoE whats on the ASVAB, i know its math, reading, science what other else?
  4. vnM's Avatar
    With any branch, you aren't guaranteed your own room, most likely you will be in either a) dormitory style living, or b) townhouse style living. The Navy is moving more towards dormitory style living while in port. On deployment, of course you will be in bunks. And once you hit E-5, you are pretty much guaranteed housing. That is pretty much the only difference with Navy and the other branches, is the living while on cruise, but in port we are similar.

    On the ASVAB, you are looking at the basic math and reading, and then you will also have some stuff on mechanics and all that. Out of highschool it should be fairly simple, I took it 3 years removed so alot of the stuff wasn't fresh in my mind, but it was still not a problem.
  5. dor3y's Avatar
    I dunno what Air Force Training in America is, but in Canada it's like joining the Army. Our Army, Navy and Air Force all go through an Intense 3 month basic Military Qualification course (Alot of Physical, rifle, obstacle course and school work, and of course alot of yelling). After that you go to your trade specific, in which case air force is like 6 months in school.
  6. deLay's Avatar
    My brother joined the Air Force and he loves it so far. Im joinging in winter of '10
  7. jose's Avatar
    vnM I'm guessing it depends if those rooms are availabe right? either way if i can i can live off the base with an housing allowance right? or do they not give you a lot of money for that?


    deLay, what's your brothers job and how long as he been in? where is he stationed at?

    sorry for the questions I just want to make sure I make the right decision.
  8. vnM's Avatar
    In the Navy, unless you are an E-5, or married, you normally will not be given the opportunity to live off base or in base housing. I am not sure if it is similar to the other branches, I would imagine so. If you do qualify for BAH, it is a set amount depending on what zip code you fall under. You can live in LA and recieve say $1700 BAH because you are in one zip code, or you could be in the next house over and recieve $1500 BAH because you are in another zip code. We have what is called Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, where we have dormitory style housing for the singles, and do not recieve BAH. Just a place to stay and a food allowance.
  9. revsta's Avatar
    With any branch, you aren't guaranteed your own room, most likely you will be in either a) dormitory style living, or b) townhouse style living. The Navy is moving more towards dormitory style living while in port. On deployment, of course you will be in bunks. And once you hit E-5, you are pretty much guaranteed housing. That is pretty much the only difference with Navy and the other branches, is the living while on cruise, but in port we are similar.

    On the ASVAB, you are looking at the basic math and reading, and then you will also have some stuff on mechanics and all that. Out of highschool it should be fairly simple, I took it 3 years removed so alot of the stuff wasn't fresh in my mind, but it was still not a problem.

    Posted Yesterday at 06:34 PM by vnM

    Im active duty Marines, and what I have seen, and I have been in for just short of 4 years and been all over. The Air Force usually has there own room w/ a head that they share with there next door neighbor. The Navy usually has either 2 to a room, or they have 1 Big room with 4 bedrooms but you are all basically in the same room (Like a dorm I guess but trashier lol, depending on the base). Army usually has it the same as the Navy its 2 to a room or it is 1 big shared room or its 1 single w/ a conjoined head. Now the Marine Corps lol, you are basically 2 to a room, you also share a head with 2 other guys next door. As far as getting you own place at e-5. That is not true, it is at unit discretion if they will give you BAH. All that a e5 rates in the military is a Barracks room of their own or they get BAH which depends on where your located. BAH is your basic annual housing allowance. It is added on top of your basic pay. Since I have BAH my pay is 2204 + 1217(BAH). A month, but if I lived in the barracks I would only be paid 2204 get what I mean? Hope this solved some of your questions, feel free to msg me with any ?? you might have and I will answer them when I can
  10. SeizeTheDay's Avatar
    Airfoce is the best way to go. IF you dont want to see action. Also u do travel a lot and really u get a free education. I was very close to joining the airforce. Thing you do have to be is VERY SMART. So keep this in mind if u join the air foce because its something that.. if you do go into and u become a pilot or something u relize a lot of ppls lives are on ur hands. Thing i would do if i was you .... If you have the time to go to college and pull a degree such as nursing for excample. You are a ranked officer as soon as join the Air Force because u have a degree in nurseing or in something u want.. So u dont start at the bottem. But thats up to to. My father was also going to join the airforce at his time but i came along a ruined it for him. The airforce gets the best tech and if u do go to german or somewhere far away. IF you dont stay on the ship u get the best hotels and the best things over all the other branches of military. Just to let u kno. But if i had my way and didnt have the medical problems i have i would have joined airforce or marines marines get the respect. HOOO RAAAA haha jk but something thats very good about air force your really never in direct combat. Of course its a sea attack or something. Mostly ull be pushing buttons and watching things blow up. It is a hard job not joking though because u do go through a lot of things before u get that high. Hope you do it man because if i could go back in time me i would have. My father would have also. So thast 2 ppl that would have done it. So i say if ur medicaly good GO. because if i was thats where i would be right now.
  11. jose's Avatar
    well peakz, i'm not looking to get into the medical field at all. nor am I wanting to blow shit up lol. I just want to work on the base and see whats out there ya know? like i just want to fix pcs or be a 3AO, i think that's whats it called, where you make presentation and shit lol. but then again those jobs arent guranteed. idk I'm going to make my decision when i get close to graduating. i really dont know whats making me nervous, maybe it's excitment?
  12. lkyrog's Avatar
    I am retired from the Air Force (after 25 years) so I'm going to be a little biased here....
    1) granted you will see more of the world in the navy, but remember the world is mostly water (and that all looks pretty much the same).
    2) Even though I retired from the Air Force I was on active duty stationed with an Air National Guard Unit in PA (193rd Special Operations Wing to be exact)
    The Air Guard is the same as the Air Force except it is part time after you return from basic training and Tech school. Is there a Air Guard unit near where you live? If so check it out before joining the regular actives. Active duty Recruiters will not even tell you that the guard exists, because the guard offers pretty much the same (or depending on the state) better education and enlistment bonuses.
    Case in point....My son went to college for 1 semester and decided he wanted to travel (tired of just school, work, home routine) He told me he wanted to join the same Air Guard unit I was in (I didn't even suggest this to him) He joined last february, attended monthly guard drills (one weekend a month) getting paid for it while they prepped him for basic. He left for basic in september and graduated the end of november (I attended his graduation) He is now at Keesler AFB on the gulf coast of Missisippi at Tech school for Ground Radio (electronics...he wants to be an electrical engineer) he shares a room with one person and they have their own bathroom. He has wireless internet and since the course was 6 months long they let him drive his car back from christmas break. If you join the guard you are guarenteed to get the career field you sign up for (most of the guys that were in his basic class either did not know what they were going to be or were told one thing by their recruiter and were reasigned to something else. The reason is that a Guard unit has certain opening that they need to fill in thier unit and the regular air force fills the needs from all over the world.
    Now to what benefits he's getting...he received a $20K signing bonus ($10K when he graduates and the other $10K 3 years later), GI bill + kicker for college (approx. $650/mo.) and full tuition pain to a state school and if he goes to a non-state college they will pay up to $3,200 per semester(the last item is a state specific deal...some states are better, some worse, this is what PA offers)
    He calls me almost daily from tech school and is having a great time, playing pool, video games and loves the fitness center on base....the food is served cafeteria style at tech school so you can get a full meal or just get burgers and fries (He gets 3 grilled cheese sandwiches normally)
    Now this is coming from an old guy thats been there and done that, please investigate all your options BEFORE signing to any one.
    The Air Guard might not be for you ... everyone is different (my stepson is in the army reserve) I just want to let you know about what the Air Guard offers.
    Once you return from Tech school in the Air Guard you will do a few months of active duty at your unit and then you will have to attend "guard drills" one weekend a month. which allows you to go to college virtually free during the week.
    The last thing I want you to note is if you join the actives you are commited for 4 years and can be assigned anywhere they want you (and some are a lot better than others) If you join the guard (which is for a minimum of 6 years) and say ...2 years later want to go active...you can.
    As for travel....my Air Guard unit was the most deployed unit in the "Air Force". and I got to travel (usually for 2 week deployments) all around the world....and I really miss that now.
    Now that I wrote a long run-on reponse....feel free to ask me or you can PM me and I will try to answer any of your questions.
    BTW the air guard website is www.goang.com and you can see what units would be near you and what opening they have.
    whew......gotta rest my fingers now...haha