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So I have been contemplating joining the US Air Force. If there is anyone here who has or has been already in it for a while, What can you tell me about it? The perks, the requirements, your personal thought and opinion on it. I want to hear from people who are already in it. Living it everyday.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated regardless of being in the Air force or not.

Specific questions I have: What type of work is there? Will you or can you be deployed to war? The pay range? The starting process? The requirements? I just want an all around explanation regarding this.

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Scootahh wroteSo I have been contemplating joining the US Air Force. If there is anyone here who has or has been already in it for a while, What can you tell me about it? The perks, the requirements, your personal thought and opinion on it. I want to hear from people who are already in it. Living it everyday.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated regardless of being in the Air force or not.

Specific questions I have: What type of work is there? Will you or can you be deployed to war? The pay range? The starting process? The requirements? I just want an all around explanation regarding this.


Edit: You might wonder why I dont just contact a recruiter, Well I would but they wont leave you alone as soon as you show interest. I'd rather get this info from someone already living it.
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I would recommend visiting their website to get an idea of the career fields they have available. After narrowing down your options, you should speak to a recruiter. They can give you the most accurate and up to date information. I know you said you don't want to be bothered by them, but it's worth it for the information. And if you decide to not move forward with it then just block them
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As per stated by illustrated, you may want to take some time to speak with a recruiter. We're both Army, so we can't really speak from personal experience, but there are a wide variety of Military Occupational Specialties within the U.S. Air Force. You can find jobs in anything from Law Enforcement, Natural Science, Maintenance, Special Operations, Intelligence, Nursing and so much more. A list of their Military Occupational Specialties can be found via their Careers page: [ Register or Signin to view external links. ]

There's also a vast amount of information available on other portions of their website, you'll just have to look around a bit. As for deployments, yes you can and likely will be deployed, this is entirely dependent on the unit you're assigned after successful completion of your basic and career specific training. The pay is the same for everyone across the Military, however your pay incentives may differ from others (dependent on your job, duty station, etc); an accurate pay chart for 2019 can be pulled up with a quick Google search.

As for the entry process, you'll first need to speak to a recruiter, of whom will request various different pieces of documentation (such as your birth certificate, high school diploma, etc). After you've submitted integral information to your recruiter, you maybe required to conduct a physical fitness test to gauge your abilities. You will then likely take a practice exam for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery; after this, your recruiter may advise you to touch up on any areas you maybe lacking in. You will then be sent to your closest Military Entrance Processing location (MEPS) where you will take the ASVAB, go through Medical and sign your contract. Shortly after this, you will return to MEPS and be sent off to your training location to conduct Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT). This information may differ from your actual experience, however my experience was similar to the one I've outlined above.
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Google is your best friend in this situation. Not trying to be mean but that is exactly what I did when I contemplated joining the military after high school. I also did not want to be bothered by recruiters and using google and talking to Air Force veterans (younger ones not older Vietnam veterans) gave me a good idea of what it was like. Also youtube air force boot camp and life in the AF on youtube. That will give you a good idea of what life is like.


My personal advice:

Enlisting in the US military is beneficial to those who have no set career path or are unsure of what they want to do after high school. You are given training, a job, and all the benefits of joining the military (traveling the world, meeting people all around the world, low cost insurance). Even afterwards, Veterans are highly sought after in civilian lifestyle once one leaves the service. Meaning, they usually have a higher advantage in day to day life situations that normal citizens do not (special health/auto/home insurance rates, hiring preferences, etc). If you do decided to join, look for a job that will be useful after you leave the military. For example, If you are in intelligence, you could possibly work for a defense contractor or the NSA/CIA when you get out. If you are in HVAC in the Air Force, you could start your own Heating/AC company when you get out. If you work on F-35 Fighter jets..... well there are not many companies that work on F-35 fighter jets in the civilian world.
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