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Posted 9/8/2010 2:31:13 AM


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Hey Shaggy, I just wanted to give you my two cents. My Dad was retired military. US Marines...He served a tour in Korea and Vietnam twice. I remember moving a lot as a kid and really hated it. I always wanted to have a "Hometown". We never owned a house because we moved so often.

I joined the Navy and was in for 3 years. I was in the advanced electronics program and went in as an e-3 so I skipped a lot of the harrasement. I was stationed on Guam and enjoyed the experience as a single sailor.I vowed never to have a family while I was in the Navy. I remembered the separation as a kid.

The military was the catalyst for my education. The G.I. Bill. I have been very blessed in having a well paying career, having  a nice home, my wife has had a great and long career with just two law firms. I've traveled to Europe and around the country on vacation with my family. I've been able to build a lot of equity in my homes since I've moved so little. I also have a lot of friends in varied careers. But the best thing is being in my own bed every night. Being at all my kids events. And establishing deep roots in one great area. I wouldn't trade it for the world.

You have to be very careful concerning the military. Its important to have Beth agree with the decision 100%. Be ready for separation. Once your in....Your in....

Hope that helps....Just my humble suggestions...BWD

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Posted 9/8/2010 10:24:07 AM


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Trust me Dave, all information is greatly appreciated, whether your for, or against the idea. This helps me make a better educated guess, rather than taking things for face value and saying "yeah lets do that! that sounds like fun!"


As posted earlier, Beth is really deterred by the time away from each other. So I posted the same question on facebook to a few other friends and all their responses (as well as Beth's) were screaming in the direction of a Civilian's job.

But since I know neither on either the Air Force OR civilian's jobs I'm asking everyone that I know that would possibly hold any information on said items.

Truth be told I think I'd really enjoy working on flight equipment, I've always been obsessed with military aircraft....

....much older military air craft, but none the less. So I guess to satisfy both ends of the party, I'm now trying to see of there is a way to still accomplish my goal of working as a mechanic in the air force area, and still try to stay around Beth as much as possible. Even if it means a drop in pay and benefits. But anything will be a major step up than flippin burgers at this point. (and no I'm not flipping them just yet)


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Posted 9/8/2010 10:18:58 PM


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The AF doesn't move people around as much as in the old days. I spent 10 years at Shaw AFB S.C, 4 1/2 years at McDill AFB Fla., 3 in Germany and a couple of short tours hear and there.

Some people will apply for a short tour just so they can get to a base they want to be at. I have seen some people elect to stay over seas most of their careers just because they like it there.

If you get a chance to work on black projects that can be a huge blast and it is a controlled 4 year tour.

I was able to get my A&P license through the AF, now days you need a two year degree if your not in the AF to get certified.

Most civilian jobs can't offer as nice a retirement plan like the AF can also as you get older health insurance can be very expensive.

My retirement pays for my house payment, escrow, car, and a little left over for groceries. I get the same rase every year that the active duty gets my pay has increased over 50% since I retired.

My health insurance for my entire family was free when I was in the AF and now that I am retired I pay $114 a quarter for the entire family at 90% paid by Tri Care Prime no civilian company can beat that!

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Posted 11/20/2010 3:26:08 AM


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Well guys, I'm joining in. I was suppose to talk to a recruiter yesterday at 1:30, but he ended up having to reschedule for the 29th at the same time.

Here's hoping for good things getting in!



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Posted 11/20/2010 5:39:44 AM


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That is great shaggy, your going to be getting all buff.

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Posted 11/20/2010 1:38:34 PM


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Me and and the other guy who moved from Alabama will be joining at the same time, under a buddies system (hopefully). We started last Sunday on a 14 week program that puts you in shape before you go to basic. They talk like there is a 3-9 month waiting period for basic, so that gives us enough time to get into shape, even if i were to be recruited as of today. This is the program we are following

http://usmilitary.about.com/cs/airforcejoin/a/afbasicworkout.htm

Tomorrow we get to start the 3 minute jogs.


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Posted 11/20/2010 5:29:26 PM


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Good luck Shaggy, I hope the best for you and your family. Remember to keep us posted, you have been more than a friend here on CLTC.
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Posted 11/20/2010 7:00:57 PM


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DADT gets repealed and suddenly Shaggy is enlisted.
What are you not telling us?


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Posted 11/20/2010 8:55:01 PM


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DADT? Jimmy its a bit too much to get into. I just need something better.

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Posted 11/29/2010 5:49:27 PM


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I had a meeting with a recruiter on the 18th of this month, he ended up having to reschedule for the 29th, today. I drove to Silverdale, got there, doors were closed and no one was there. I called the recruiter and it turns out that he handed me a false date, he wasn't even in town yet. He thought for some reason he scheduled it for the 6th of December. I jarred his memory and he said that he remembers it being for the 29th now.

So almost 3 weeks and still no face to face time with a recruiter, I'm starting to think that Washington doesn't really care about recruiting for the Air Force. Frustrating I tell ya.


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