Thinking of joining the Air Force
Here's the the background...I'll give cliffs basically...
Go to college in 2001 having no idea what I want to do...computers at this time is a hobby, basically for gaming. Build first system in 2003...loved it...I decided in school a business degree is not for me...a bit naive at the time but I ended up with an English Degree as I enjoy writing (though my muse has left me)...I graduate from college in 2005 and finished Fireschool at the end of the same year. A year later I finished Paramedic school.
Right now I am working as a Firefighter/Paramedic...it's not that I am bored of it already (3 years almost) it's that I want something ELSE to do. I've always liked building stuff but budgetary constraints and a lack of knowledge have hindered this. I have always liked the idea of being a technician or engineer. I know the military, specifically airforce, can train me to do this and when I emerge I can either go to more school or get a great job.
I'm an ENFP personality so we are the type who have multiple career types. This might be another one for me. I'm decent at math, my father was a math teacher and I have a pretty analytical mind. Calculus for Business was a pretty easy course for me.
Personally I've always kinda thought of joining the military. I think most men do at some point in their lifes, just to wonder. Working as a Firefighter has taught me, it is nothing like you expect...suffice to say I have no illusions of exciting battles and incredible thrills. I'm 20/40 so that rules out being Top Gun... (yes it Navy I know)
I would be the first of my family to join the military...everyone in my family is a teacher. I am single, 26, and other than a Condo, have nothing to really keep me from signing up. Maybe it's wanderlust or wanting to see the world but I feel that if I don't do this within a year I'll never do it.
My plan is the following:
1. Get prepbooks for the ASVAB and AFOQT...I am a good test taker and have taken a lot of standardized test so I have good study habits. A few months is all I would need to brush up on some math I have forgotten and learn skills (ex: basic mechanical concepts I may have not been taught) I took a sample AFOQT test today and got like an 80...(missing pretty much all aviation information, which I know nothing...) I didn't miss any verbal or math though...
2. Take test and find out scores, see what placements I get and what that means for my recruitment? I wouldn't enlist if I could be an officer, just because I would feel my college degree would be wasted. Question though, will they let me go through basic, basic training all soldiers go throuhg, (not just the officer one?)
3. Look at the options and decide from there. I have all the time I need and I am happy enough doing what I am doing now , I just don't think I'll reach my full potential. I like being pushed, it gives me focus.
People who are or in the Air Force (or any branch really) feel free to offer your insights. Thanks