Joining the Air Force

United States
October 7, 2010 7:22pm CST
Soo.... things have been going so... terrible lately.. that I am exploring other options.. even things that I don't necessarily want to do. So.. here lately.. I have been thinking about joining the Air Force... I first talked to a recruiter online.. whom referred me to go and talk to a local recruiter face to face. I have a few people in my family that is in the Air Force.. and also a few friends who went.. but that was their choice.. something that they WANTED to do. When I went to talk to the recruiter, I told him that I didn't want to join because I loved the United States so much... or even because I had a strong desire to serve my country.. it is because I am in such a financial bind that I don't feel like I have any other choice. Working on my 3rd degree, I am still not able to find steady employment. What the recruiter said I'd have to go through doesn't sound too TOO bad.. but I am terrified to go. It is always something that I said it'd be the LAST thing I'd consider to do. After enlisting.. I'd have to undergo the physical and passing the ASVAB test (academic based).. then it would be 6 months before they even come for me.. after 8 weeks and 4 days of basic training and being released to go to Tech school to continue the major that I am pursuing now.. after all of that.. I would be able to send for my husband and daughter to be stationed wherever I am on base. That sounds like an easy process... but I know it isn't. The hardest part will be having to leave my daughter for such a long period of time. Since she is so young, I fear that she will not know me as her mom when I come back.. I still have a lot of time to think about it before I sign my life over.. but I want to know everything that there is to know. If anyone has any experience in the Air Force.. and all that it takes to get in.. please feel free to comment and leave advice. I just don't really know what else to do. I was also looking into the Officers Training School... which I know will be a million times harder.. but I need to know more about that before I get into that, too. Any information???
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
12 Oct 10
I don't think that I would personally ever be able to join the military because of the fact that I am so attached to my family. I know that there are going to be a lot of times when our family is struggling, but given the choice, for me I would rather be able to spend time with my family though we are struggling than to have to spend time away from my family and be in a more comfortable financial situation. I hope that you are able to find peace in your heart with whatever decision that you do make for yourself and your family.
• United States
12 Oct 10
This is one of the hardest decisions that I've EVER had to make... but I am thinking now... is it worth it?? Thanks for showing your concern!!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
9 Oct 10
My daughter has a couple of friends that have joined the military since graduating. She actually mentioned yesturday about the Air Force. There are tests involved that rank you or put you into certain job catagories. There are a lot of benefits to joining..women are also not expected to engage in combat in the Air Force. If there are previous medical conditions...you may not be allowed to join. They have a very high standerd and that include mental conditions of the past as well....depression..etc. I hope that whatever you decide it works out well. It would be a big step.
@anurag3786 (6275)
• India
8 Oct 10
When I was in 12th standard then it was also my desire to joining the air force. And I also give exams for this. But unfortunately I was not selected. So now it is my dream. And now I can’t apply for air force because my age is over for applying for air force. Because now I am 25 years person. There are many persons who have desire of joining to air force and mostly have get succeed to join them but mostly not getting succeed.
• United States
10 Oct 10
You should follow your dreams!! Anyone should. I know I would!! Thanks for commenting!!