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Old 09-27-2010, 08:33 AM
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Been awhile since I've updated. I still don't know anything new, going to call the recruiter tomorrow to find out some hopefully new information.

But today I bought myself an early birthday gift. I got $500 back from college that I'd forgotten about, had a $150 budget from my parents (that's what they spent for my brother's birthday), so I added in $100 of my own money and picked this baby up.

Happy as can be haha!

My first firearm. It'll be good to get some more practice on the M16 platform before basic.
I am happy for you bud and I hope the roads of life lead you where you want to go. It is hard to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life at your age. It took me a few years and a few set-backs too to find my path. I am proud of your choice to try and serve the Air Force. It is a very honorable profession and a great stepping stone to other opportunities.

I suggest you write down on a piece of paper a simple diagram of where you want to be in the next five-years and draw/write out the steps to get there...I know that may sound silly; but, it helps me to visualize things at times.

Also, go to your local library and read everything you can about Air Force Training and Operations. Get yourself a step ahead and learn before you have to learn. This proactive approach will help you stand out and will help you succeed in the long-run.

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Old 09-27-2010, 08:41 PM
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Worrgamesguy--I would like to echo what MadisonBoats said and add a few thoughts. (1) Keep a diary of some kind--written, on a computer, saved on a flash drive, or whatever. I can't tell you how often and how much I regret not having created some record of the years of my life which you are now entering. (2) Take some time, once a year, to see where you are and where you need to go in the five-year plan Shawn mentions, and (3) Read not only the military manuals he mentions--just read--period. You'll always be learning and books are a friend which will never desert you. Finally--good luck!
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Old 09-28-2010, 05:06 AM
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Trey,

Not that you will need to, but just in case: Always know where cover is nearby. Not a tent with thin cloth walls (that's concealment and won't stop shrapnel/bullets), but real cover: A hole in the ground, an armored vehicle, a pile of sand bags...something solid. Start noticing these things around you in training and if you ever go to the big sand box you will be prepared. A bush won't stop anything, but a tree will. Clean your weapon a lot. Keep the bolt lightly oiled too...especially in the desert. Always know where you are on a map. Save your money in the bank while others are out partying. One day, you may want to buy something substantial (like a house or land) and you'll have the money instead of having drank it all up.

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Old 09-28-2010, 03:09 PM
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Thanks for the pointers, guys.

Shawn - That whole 5 year plan never worked for me. I'm not organized enough to keep track of a piece of paper for 5 years I think in high school I did that at least once a year, and it was lost LONG before the year ended. Good thought though, I always like to plan mentally, I never lose it there

Jim - I've been meaning to keep a journal, but haven't gotten around to it. My mom has kept a diary for almost 20 years now, from pregnancy until this very day. She said she's going to give it to me one day, I don't know when, but I liked the idea of keeping thoughts down on paper. Also one of my motivations for joining is the brotherhood, I'll never be alone again.

Dwayne - Thanks for your concern of my safety. But, if I deploy, I won't be anywhere near the front lines. I'll hopefully be doing Security Forces, In-Air refueling, or a loadmaster. Security Forces will have me guarding planes, checking IDs at the gate, and BS work like that The way my family friend put it - "you have the Air Force base that you will be on. You have the Army around you. Then the Marines are around them. You're not gonna get touched!"

I've already got a plan for my savings, I'll be doing about $500 a month to go into savings. I saw a poster every day in high school that shows two guys and their saving habits. One starts at 19, puts $2,000 a year into his savings account until age 26 and stops. The other starts at 26, puts $2,000 a year into his savings until age 65 and stops. He never caught the first guy. Not even close.
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You're probably right, but keep in mind: Mortars go a LONG way, so at least remember the cover lecture (guys that have never experienced indirect/direct fire tend to freeze up for a second) Yeah, if you can pile on the savings between now and 30, you can stop and you'll be set when you retire. My father in law did that until 45 and retired at 55. He spends his days on the beach in a 4500 square foot custom built home.
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You're probably right, but keep in mind: Mortars go a LONG way, so at least remember the cover lecture (guys that have never experienced indirect/direct fire tend to freeze up for a second) Yeah, if you can pile on the savings between now and 30, you can stop and you'll be set when you retire. My father in law did that until 45 and retired at 55. He spends his days on the beach in a 4500 square foot custom built home.
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I wish. I may get a smalll piece of land up that way so I don't have to pay to camp though.
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I'll probably end up in Knoxville or one of it's suburbs.
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Good luck man! Won't be a bit surprised if you make it all the way to the top. You'll be well ahead of the rest of the cadets at basic. Sincerely appreciate your service.

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Old 10-10-2010, 02:41 PM
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Thanks for the kind words Tyler. We need to go fishing sometime, talk is cheap when nothing comes to fruition!

UPDATE!:

I got a call on Monday (10/04) from my recruiter asking if I was available on Wednesday and Thursday to go MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station). I gladly agreed, not caring if I had plans or not, this is far more important.

Wednesday the 6th rolls around and I had to go to the recruiter's to do a TON of pre-physical paperwork. I drive up to the hotel and got checked in around 4:30. We stayed at the Millennium Maxwell House, so it was pretty nice. My roommate arrived shortly after I did, talked for awhile, he's joining the Navy. I was the only Air Force guy there, everyone else was Army, Navy, or Marines. There was one Coast Guard guy though.

We decide around 7:00 to go eat dinner. When we went up to the buffet for seconds, I noticed a girl sitting by herself in the corner, who I had seen playing video games in our "common room." I asked her if she would like to join us, and she agreed. So minutes turn to hours of talking, she's an odd character but a lot of fun. We turned in 10 minutes before curfew because time had gone that fast.

Woke up at 4:00 AM on Thursday morning, the 7th. Got to MEPS around 5:45 after breakfast and the short commute. Went over even more paperwork, and started the physical. Everything went well, I was the first one done because I didn't have to wait to get into the Air Force office.

So, the short version: I'm officially signed and sworn in as an Airman in the United States Air Force

Oh, and the girl? We went out later that night... and the night after...
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