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Enlisting in USAF, Any Advice?

Discussion in 'The US Air Force Forum' started by BayouGlocker, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. BayouGlocker


    May 12, 2010
    NW Louisiana
    I know I'm a little late to the party, but at almost 23 years of age, I've decided to enlist in the AF. Going through some things trying to get a waiver, since I was diagnosed with childhood asthma. I ran track and cross country in high school, so hopefully this will be cleared up.....

    I'm very interested in Security Forces, but open to other jobs as well.

    Anyways, as a (hopeful) recruit, any advice?
  2. trdvet


    Oct 2, 2004
    Congrats and you picked well. 3 years Army here.

    I would pick a technical job so when it comes time to get out of the military I could have a skill that transfers to the civilian world and hopefully one that pays well.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010

  3. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009

    I agree. I was combat arms. It was fun but didn't do much for me when I got out. I had no interest in being in law enforcement. There are some high tech jobs in there, let them train you and you'll be set for life.

    Good luck with your pursuit.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010
  4. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    I was Security Forces. Most of you training will NOT cross over and most of the copstuff they teach you in the academy you will never (unless you make sergeant.....maybe) have a chance to do.

    If you need info, PM me. I will tell you the non BS version and it's recent (I got out in Dec 2008, i have guys working in the academy now who were troops of mine who are now instructors).
  5. AZ Husker

    AZ Husker

    Mar 25, 2003
    Isn't Security Forces guarding a missal silo in South Dakota at -35 degrees?
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010
  6. pennlineman


    Feb 16, 2009
    That or a B-52, Same weather.
  7. Jolly_Giant


    Oct 26, 2010
    I just got out of the Air Force. I would recommend a flying job. You are enlisting so that would be: A Linguist, Loadmaster, boom operator or gunner. Take it from someone who knows. If you are going to be in the Air Force, you want to be a flyer.
  8. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

    Apr 17, 2005
    Great posts above. Also remember, unless it's in writing, it's not guaranteed.
  9. Ralff


    Sep 10, 2008
    Central FL
    How smart are you? If you're really nerdy you can try for 9S, but you have to like algebra, calculus, chemistry, physics and geology. Bonus points for interests in D&D and World of Warcraft.
  10. 8th SPS USAF

    8th SPS USAF

    Apr 28, 2007
    I was in LE from 1971/1974 Loved it. Worked as PD officer for 3 years
    after that. NRA trainer and help train local PD's. I would guess that things
    have changed alot since then. But you get the best of most things,
    chow, rooms,etc. Good luck

  11. JBnTX

    JBnTX Bible Thumper

    Aug 28, 2008
    Fort Worth Texas

    DON'T DO IT!!!
    Not Security Forces, Hell No, No Way!!!

    ...And I know what I'm talking about because I spent 21 years in the USAF
    as a Security Policeman (1971-1992). I retired a Master Sergeant in 1992.

    Security Forces (as it's now called) is nothing more than a plain old security
    guard job. The only difference between it and a civilian security guard job is
    what you're guarding. Nuclear weapons versus some warehouse somewhere.

    Where will your Security Forces training get you a job after you leave the AF?
    You guessed it! A security guard job. Think about it!

    Don't get me wrong. I loved the job, but it's not for everyone. Hell, it's not
    for 95% of most people. I liked it because I have a tremendous amount of patience,
    don't mind boredom, I like guns, the outdoors and I like being alone.

    Does that describe you?

    Unless you like standing all alone out in the freezing rain or the scorching hot sun
    for hours at a time, stay away from security forces.

    As previously stated, get a specific job guarantee in writing before you sign anything.
    Security Foces is the largest enlisted career field and chances are that's where you'll end up
    if you don't get a specific job guarantee in writing before you join.

    Recruiters are always pressured to fill SF job slots because the USAF always needs them due
    to the high turnover rate. They will stick your ass there in a heartbeat.

    Please don't misunderstand my rant. I loved every minute of every day while
    I was a Security Policeman, but I saw many, many, many unhappy people in that job.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2010
  12. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files

    If you know what you're getting into, not a problem. Believe the recruiter BS that you'll be rolling in a Crown Vic with an M9 chasing parked cars? Yeah..........sure.

    I spent my time sitting in a Humvee with a machine gun waiting for the worst to happen. It never quite did, though we had many interesting times. Nowdays, SF=deployment. Whatever other job you have is irrelevant, you WILL deploy. Repeatedly. Since that was what i was after i had no problem with it, except they only sent me to Al Udeid (vacation spot)......whatever, it was better than no deployment.

    If you know how to play the system you can get what you want. Go in blind? Yeah, you'll be guarding silos in the northern tier.
  13. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

    Apr 17, 2005
    Funny you guys should mention security forces. Back in the day when I was in 7 level school, out class leader was a MSgt cross-trainee. He knew exactly how many steps it took to go around a B-52. BTW, I forget the number, but it was a lot. :supergrin:
  14. Mwildt


    Mar 23, 2003
    Lexington, KY
    23? I went through basic at 27, it wasn't bad.

    I'm 2T2X1 - air transportation, in the reserves. Mindless job and there really isn't much of a future outside of UPS, FedEx or working for an airline. I joined for the GI Bill mainly, so that's not a concern for me.

    We had a guy that F'd up and told a doctor he had asthma as a child when he went to sick call in basic. A few days later he was packing his bags and heading home. Hope you can get your waiver.

    I wish I would have gone active out of high school, but that's long since passed. Listen to what others have said here. I've met several former load masters and a handful of linguists. All of them spoke highly of their former career. The former security force members I've met echo what has been said here as well. A few loved it while most could not wait to cross train.

    If you have any questions about basic let me know. It's still fairly fresh in my mind and I went through the 8.5 weeks opposed to the 6.5 weeks.
  15. Rocknropes


    Mar 11, 2008
    Considering where you are located, have you been in Barksdale yet?
  16. bluelineman

    bluelineman Infidel كافر

    Apr 17, 2005
    PM sent re: 2T2X1.
  17. Mwildt


    Mar 23, 2003
    Lexington, KY
    Back at you.
  18. Edmo01


    Feb 19, 2010
    Central Arkansas
    Don't try to hide an illness when you fill out the forms. If they need a waiver, they'll get one. Otherwise you risk being discharged if the find out at a later date that you were less than honest.

    Get in shape prior to basic... Running, situps, pushups, pullups, etc. USAF Basic Training is more physical than it used to be and you'll be challenged physically and mentally. The training will go easier if you are already in shape. Don't wait for them to get you into shape.

    Pick a job you think you'll enjoy. Every job has a suck side, but most are rewarding. There is always the "needs of the Air Force" with regards to job placement, so you might not get what you want. Flying jobs mean long hours, time from home, and lot of study and challenge. However, they can be very rewarding. I flew most of my 21 years and enjoyed it.

    Good luck if you decide to go in.

  19. Sigluvr


    Jun 14, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Go Combat Arms. I didn't know that was an option until I was allready in. BTW Guaranteed Electrical translated into Boiler Tech. Not a bad job, but I never did figure out how that worked. I tried to re-train but the waiting list was to long for CATM, so I just got out. I don't regret a minute of it though (OK maybee a few.)

    Good Luck.
  20. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    You can't enlist straight into CATM.