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My 18yr old son is thinking about it. Anybody serving or have sons/daughters currently serving? I would like to see what it's like. Thanks
Retired Active Army here, AMA
LOL, I am sorry. It is a reflex when I see AMA.Nothing but that...
Joined the Army Reserve during the Troop Surge of 08. Served in Helmand Province finding and destroying IEDs during the pinnacle of that threat.
Now that its been a decade I wish I went Air Guard. During our rotation back home in 2011 we stopped at this Air base in Kyrgyzstan, mostly staffed by air guard guys. They had dorms with AC, rec league basketball, cell phones, internet and good food. They even had a bar and a coffee shop, pizza hut etc.
We spent a couple of days there before getting shipped home. On the bus ride to the flight line I realized the guy driving was getting the same pay and benefits I got for getting demolished by IEDs and sleeping in a hole in the ground with no running water or phones.
I tell everyone interested in joining the Air Force to do it. Pick a job that will get you trained for a profession, like laying fiber optic cable, and benefit from the VA loans. You can literally do anything, live in a small town with a hospital- do sterile processing, live in a big city- do some sort of heavy machinery or something that will always be needed. You get paid to learn the job. Insurance for life.
I fly for a major airline and work with a ton of guys that are affiliated with the ANG.My 18yr old son is thinking about it. Anybody serving or have sons/daughters currently serving? I would like to see what it's like. Thanks
Thanks for the info. He had his first interview with the recruiter last night. Moving on to round two.I fly for a major airline and work with a ton of guys that are affiliated with the ANG.
One of my major regrets is not serving in a branch as my dad did. 20 years in and his Healthcare is fully paid for thru tri-care and gets a military pension.
The guys I know in the ANG love it, even the load master. Its saved their bacon on more than one occasion because of layoffs at the airlines.
Honestly, I'd say do it, but get in as early as possible to try to get the 20 years in.
Hope this helps.