Repub...I left you a message do if you wanna chat and you have any messengers (AIM, MSN, Y!, Skype) let me know. I will give you a fair and HONEST
appraisal to include the good and the bad
With that said...
I registered on Sept 10, 2001 (interesting I know but I promise a coincidence)
You will go to your recruiter and he'll ask you some questions (education, criminal background, tattoos, drug use...blah blah) then when it's
satisfactory he will show you jobs available and you choose either a specific job or what they call open...do NOT go open because they will throw you
into the first crappy job they find.
After all that and some paperwork you go to MEP (processing) You'll do a short strength test, physical, and then the ASVAB test. This will determine
what jobs you can get. I can give you a link to do a practice test if you want.
Once you are done you will more than likely go home and wait for your leave date. Then that day comes...the night before you go to MEPs again. Stay
overnight in a hotel usually then the next day you leave (typically by plane) for San Antonio. You get there and then the fun begins. You'll sit in
the airport for hours, then get yelled at and blah blah...
After some paperwork you'll get some sleep for a little while then it starts. In basic you will go through modules (Physical training, history of the
AF, rifle training, basic infantry training and so forth)
Once done you will go to your tech school. Depending on the job it could be as short as 4 weeks or as long as a year.
Once you leave tech school you'll be at your first base. You will fill out a dream sheet of where you want to go and inevitably not get a single one
of your choices.
Those are the VERY basics of it.
My experience is a bit different though
I was a 2W2 (nuclear weapons specialist)
During basic I took a couple days out to call and get info because I had to go through a Top Secret clearance and then a bit extra for the weapons
design and such. However if you get a high clearance job count yourself lucky :-p
In basic all high clearance jobs spend two days calling all their friends and family asking questions and you get to talk to them...was a nice break
I left for Sheppard AFB in Texas after basic. I was there for 11 weeks training on the various nuclear components and delivery systems. Then I left
for Minot AFB (North Dakota) and settled into to the Minuteman ICBM. Essentially my job was to build and repair the nuclear tips on them.
It's difficult to relate that job to normal Air Force because we have a different life. We never deploy to war, we don't answer to the same chain of
command on many occasions and as opposed to working for one Wing (the level of command that owns a base) we answer to 2. I will say now I have never
been to war. I switched jobs when I left active duty to become a 3M0 (Chef/cook/fitness center manager/mortuary) though like 95% of us are
basic jobs list
What I would like to do is chat with you live. Like I said...no BS...I will tell you the good and the bad....U2U me if you have any messengers