well im goin through the process of joing and my main focus was the USAF but through encouragement through my friends that are serving told me to explore my options..
i already did my asvab test did well and got the jobs i wanted..
throught the USAF the jobs i wanted to do are:
Aircraft metal, aircraft structual mait., Areospace mait., and areospace propulsion.
well looking at the army site.
the job under aircrat structural mait. is a mixture of all the job i wanted in the AF except propulsion (which i dont mind not doin)
so today im gunna visit an army recuiter.
but is there anyone in these fields from both USAF and Army that can help me or any opinions from u guys is welcomed!
i suppose my answer will be
ARMY ALL THE WAY!!!!
be an fellow brother of iron my friend
carry that tube with pride you may be behind but they always start calling for you when shi7 hits the c-130 rotors.
infantry mortars airborne
come make the green green grass red with my brothers cover their backs and they will cover yours.
the army is a brotherhood unlike any other. Enhance it further by joining us the Infantry.
Enhance it further by going Airborne
Enhance it further by being a mortarman
Enhance it further by being an Artic Warrior
Enhance it further by being a Geronimo, Strawberry Patch Soldier.
Forever be gifted with the ability to scream with pride and honor like all before you
*FOLLOW ME* WE ARE THE QUEEN OF BATTLE*
but you want to do
metallurgy or something of the sort
thankfully i was smack dab next to elmandorf afb so i knew a few airmen who did what you are considering. they were a nice sort but they usually worked later than others.
I will always want you to be there with my brothers in infantry.
*i really didnt say much on his question did I?
I really dont have knowledga on airborne/aircraft jobs or specialties but I also think ARMY is the way to go.
I looked at both and decided to join the Air Force. Here were my reasons why:
a) Quality of life in the USAF is the best out of the branches.
b) Almost every single veteran I know that was non USAF said if they could do it over that they would do Air Force, and every USAF veteran I know says that they wish they stayed in.
It sucks that there's no sighing bonuses. But the quality of you day to day life is worth a lot too.
well i visited a army recuiter today and got lots of good info. i know the guy throught a friend that had just joined so i went to him.
i gotta say im leanin a lil more towards army.
i feel i can benifit a lil more in the army then the airforce.
airforce is prob alot safer. but i feel army would fit my personality a lil more..
the fact that the job i would want aircraft scrutual mait. is a combination of all my AF jobs i would want is why i goin towards the army. plus bonus.. and i know im goin in as a e-3..
and the fact that the army will gurantee my job, give me exact dates for bmt and ait adds more comfort.
the AF wouldnt give me any info till id pass meps and on my way...thats why im thinkin army...
That's because the Air Force is a bit pickier about who it lets in. You have to get a credit check with the Air Force, and a lot of their jobs require a specific aptitude to be able to do effectively. Therefore, they will not guarantee you a job until they've seen your scores. Once you have a job secured, they will give you a ship date.
I finished MEPS on March 17, told my recruiter I wanted to leave in May-June ideally, and I have a ship date of July 21. That's not too bad.
i had all of that already done!
i have grate credit, no criminal record! so i know i qualify for the job. i kindof want to know all that info before i swear in..but how could cn u differ the lives of an AF and Army guy doin the same exact job that i wanna do, how similar are the lives gunna be?
They will be two totally different lives, but if you want to get prepared for the REAL world, that Army will get you prepared for that. You will also gain knowledge/skills of the job you desire.
Right, but why would you be guaranteed a job if they don't know if you mentally qualify for it. A lot of Air Force jobs, even like the Predator program aren't even offered until you are in the service because they don't want an empty job slot in that field.
The difference in lifestyles is why I chose the Air Force. They have the best on base housing (one airmen per room after tech school), some of the best food, and the most "corporate" like lifestyle out of the 4 branches.
It just depends on what you're looking for and what you want to get out of it. I'm not going to tell you one is better than the other, only why I chose one over the other.
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Yeah the Air Force Recruiters say that but it's really a play with the facts.
Thats how the Army has always worked with it's MOS'. If you can't perform or meet the standard they will boot you out or reclassify you and someone else will take your place. It's just a different way of operating then the Air Force.
Because the jobs are more specialized and cost more to train towards. Army does the same with it's advanced schools. Air Force basic schools are expensive partly because of the "Corporate" lifestyle (mentioned below) and partly because the airframe maintence equipment is more technical / precesion oriented.
Thats actually an argument against the Air Force. What surprises me is folks in the Air Force think it is an advantage. Adversity breeds strength. Quite honestly, life is not always a "corporate" environment. I agree with what was stated before, the Army prepares you better for real life. It's true the Air Force has a higher comfort level.
There are Air Force folks attached to a lot of Army Infantry units as Forward Controllers. So I kind have observed their behavior in the field in regards to that area. They do OK in the field but side by side comparing....Air Force Controller vs Army Infantryman. I was very happy with the choice I made based on variety of tasks and performance expectations.
Not arguing with you on this but wanted to put in my two cents worth.
Aircraft structural maint. I work side by side with them and our tech school was in the same location they work hard but their job is very rewarding because you see the fruits of your labor by fixing the skin of the Aircraft. Props self explanatory the jets cant fly without engines so you will be relied on to get those engines working and working properly.Aircraft metals technology you make parts for the Aircraft and fix epuipment that support the aircraft,you learn welding and machining(which transfers well to civilian world) will save money by pretty much make a thousand dollar part for merely hundreds. You really see what your work does when a part that you make not only saves money but gets the aircraft in the air because they dont have to wait on parts to come in from somewhere else. Anything in maintenance is a very rewarding job because if the jets cant fly they arent completing the mission. YOU are the first line of defense for the mission to be completed.
I have been in the Air force for a little over 3 years so of course im a little biased but as with every branch there will be people that hate it and people that love it. There are plenty of jobs that transfer into the "REAL" world because in all honesty most jobs contrary to popular belief arent desk jobs a lot of desk jobs are getting phased out becuase of the computer there are more people in maintenance and medical than any desk job. My husband is Aircraft metals technology they can start out making $36 and hour in the civilian world. I do NDI I inspect parts for cracks I can get out making 80,000 or work for NASA! There arent too many jobs that dont transfer to the outside so I suggest you do more research go on career builder and search the civilian equivalent and make a educated decision. If you want to go to school the AF not only makes it easy on you but encourages it so much so that they will work your shift schedule around school and make it so easy to go.
The AF can guarantee you a job and you might ship a little bit later but would you rather wait a few months or hate the rest of your enlistment(not saying that you would) but a friend I went to high school with didnt want to wait six months for the AF so he went army instead, turns out he hates it and now has to wait six years to get out in his case 6 months vs. six years(like I said before some people hate it some people love it).
Also you have to consider if the AF recruiter is not jumping through hoops to get you in yet the Army is, maybe there is something to it maybe the AF really doesnt need you as bad. Just a little info to you Air force accepts very few prior service but yet its quite easy to go from blue to green(AF to ARMY) there are reasons for that also.
In the quality of life category I noticed it was mentioned as a disadvantage but for me when I joined I thought about the future and the AF does not only have great quality of life for you but for your family(if you ever decide to stay in and have one) The AF is very family oriented so you really have to think about all possible options current and future especially with deployment rates and lengths and the toll it takes.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Itz190,
both branches do haves lots to offer, buts thats why i wanted to start this thread to get ur opinions.. its hard descision,i just want to make the right one..
i know i want to serve but which one..i do want a family, but sadly my GF is serving in the army, so that thought lingers in my desicsion. i dont want that to be the reason for my desicsion, but if it was meant to be itll happen. but sayin if i do join the AF hows the liklyhood of us being stationed near each other?
thanks for all ur inputs!! btw
If you go AF the AF will try to get you within a 100 mile radius I believe of your spouse. Join spouse while it is common and easy it is not always a guarantee even if you are in the same branch. The mission needs what it needs and if that means you being somewhere else then so be it also unless youre married the AF nor the Army can do anything for you.
Well I joined the Air Force.. But just remember "The WORST and FILTHIEST Air Force base, Is still better then the BEST Army base..." lol
Good Luck with whichever branch you decide to join!!!
im tryin to figure this out! both branches has good things to offer but just the differance in life styles and someone that i truly care about is nowhere near, kindof plays tricks on the mind!
but the AF could just as likely put me as close or as far as possible then the army? the chances are just as equal?
Ok to put it simply IF you are married and join the Army there is a 99.9% chance you will be stationed where she is.
IF you are married and join the AF the Air force will do everything it possibly can to get you stationed within 100 mile radius of her.
IF you are not married neither branch will accomodate you. Getting you stationed near your GF is not priority and will not be considered when getting you assigned.
I can go on all day of the pro's of the AF and someone else can say the same for the Army but which branch will meet your particular needs and also have you visited your GF's post? Maybe the Army and AF recruiters can take you to a base to see the differences.
Depending on where you live and what the closest Base is will determine if you can visit one or not. Now Being Ex army I will tell you it is tough but very rewarding. Now the Air Force Does live better and that is a fact, but if you stop and think about it they dont go to a field environment like the army so they have that luxury. There are so many things that can be said for both sides so it will all depend on you. If you are looking at jobs when you get out the same goes for both branchs. With the jobs you would be looking at as long as you have experience and training they will look favorable on you.
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from Eric who is welling to join the US Army.
well im in the army now..
no jobs in either branches for Avionic.
n the second choice was wheeled mech. and i ended up gettin that! so im excited..
i also got Airborne! lookin forward to that..
i ship in october! to jackson!
hey celica guess what? I got the last Avionic job. and i'm also shipping to jackson... in October.
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