Does the stress from working as an air traffic controller really shorten your lifespan?

I am planning on joining the air force and I am trying to choose between air traffic control and security forces. With security forces I don't have many civilian career options. Basically a police officer, but they barely get paid for the work they do. I know controllers get paid pretty well for what they do, but i've heard that it can be such a stressful job that people commit suicide, become addicted to alcohol, and MOST importantly: have a shorter lifespan. Is this true? (esp the last part)

Asked By: Waffle - 10/20/2008
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It really doesn't shorten your lifespan. Yes, there is some stress with the job. But there is stress in any job you do. You'll be well trained before you are released to work aircraft by yourself. So you should be confident in your abilities working by yourself... More
Answered By: Lew W - 10/20/2008
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thanks for server our country. i have always thought of getting in the USAF but to answer your question i don't think that is true. if you are a christian you got nothing to worry bout.
Answered By: Gabe G - 10/20/2008
As a pilot I've spoken with many controllers. There may be some tower controllers at JFK who get stressed a lot but they seem to be a minority. Most controllers find their jobs to be very much not stressful. Its a very orderly, regimented job.
Answered By: Robert G - 10/20/2008
Stress from any occupation will shorten your life. You make the conscious choices how to deal with it. The Air Force offers a lot more choices besides the ones you mention. I was an aircraft mechanic and cross trained into being a Flight Engineer. I traveled to places all over the world and was paid to do it. I... More
Answered By: SkyPilot - 10/20/2008
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