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Is there a point in joining the Air Force Academy?

I mean you can go to any college and still become an officer correct?I also heard that if you go there you can be called back at anytime, making it actually bad to join.I wanna be a fighter pilot.

Asked By: fred - 4/28/2007
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If you want to be a fighter pilot, have perfect vision, and have been accepted to AFA, then by all means, accept the offer. It is the most direct path to getting a slot for a fighter squadron... More
Answered By: John O - 4/28/2007
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Well the best way to find out is to sign up. You'll have non-active duty for 8 years after you get out. Good luck
Answered By: jamieann1014 - 4/28/2007
 
the best life is of an indian air force officer
Answered By: Sabharwal K - 4/28/2007
 
You can look at it one of two ways. 1. IF you go to another college you have ALOT more freedom during college. 2. If you go to the academy you supposedly look SLIGHTLY better if you are competing for a job such as a squadron commander or a promotion. Personally i believe the freedom in college would be better because... More
Answered By: ak_jameso - 4/28/2007
 
You can go to any other college and join ROTC or graduate and go to Officer Training School. You can't be called back at any time, however, the military can stop-loss you, extend your contract with them, or call you into active service after you have been in the reserves or inactive for a while... More
Answered By: Chris H - 4/28/2007
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Air_Force_Academy#Academics "The commitment is normally five years, although it has varied. The obligation attaches on the first day of a cadet's second class (junior) year, and non-graduates after that point are expected to fulfill their obligations in enlisted service."
Answered By: doerayme_fasolatido - 4/28/2007
 
i believe u go 2 to an air force academy 2 astronaut and u can be an officer ether way and yes u can go there to be a air force person
Answered By: KK - 4/28/2007
 
You can't be called to active duty if that's what you mean. My brother went to West Point which as I'm sure you know is the Army's academy, and that's not how it was. You don't really join you attend, an the Air Force Academy, West Point, and the Naval Academy are of Ivy league level in the education they offer. Also... More
Answered By: aquabllue - 4/28/2007
 
Technically, one does not "join" the AF Academy. One is selected or not selected... More
Answered By: cardtapper - 4/28/2007
 
When I was in USAF, college degrees allowed recruits to blow past basic training hardships we "buzz-heads" faced and snag a lieutenant or captain's rank. If you held a Law or Medical degree, you were a Major or Colonel.....and so on... More
Answered By: Mr. Wizard - 4/28/2007
 
other than the degree of education you are going to get and the fact that you are from a prestigious college, no. you can become a fighter pilot just as well as a AFA cadet.. they just have more advantages and opportunities
Answered By: Derlick - 4/28/2007
 
American military academies provide a first-class education, without tuition. It is an honor to be selected to join one of these institutions... More
Answered By: Boomer Wisdom - 4/28/2007
 
That's what I told my brother but he went anyway. If you go to the AF Academy you WILL fly if you are qualified. That is not true with ROTC.
Answered By: mpltmiller - 4/28/2007
 
Depends what you like ROTC and college is more relaxed and as far as the Academy, you wake up, walk, dream, sleep Air Force, flying and everything else. It's just like West Point and Annapolis, but of course this is the Academy... More
Answered By: John A - 4/29/2007
 
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