Do I seek a combat job in the airforce or go into the army?
My ASVAB date is set for the 10th this month and i'm still having trouble choosing which path to take. I have a BA in Finance but I was thinking of giving it 20 years but right now trying to set up my first 4. Looking to eventually be an Officer but my first choice was the Airforce (better quality of life). One good thing is that I can go to the army after a few years in the airforce but Ive read its hard the other way.
Im in great physical condition and although ive thought of career jobs like (avionics/electrical/communications) flight engineer or biomedical equipment or electrical systems, I still want a piece or action and want in for TACP, Combat Weather, and Combat Control (I know how difficult it is)
Are their comparable jobs in the Army via combat related? Should I just join the Army or transfer later after I taste a little bit of the sweet life in the Airforce..I dont know the outcome perse but see as many people have been there done that or know how it is better through experience id really like some more input.
I know TACP lives and operates alongside the army thou. Would it lead to something better in the Army later on? Or even the Airforce?
Asked By: hordetheloot - 8/5/2009
Most won't like my answer, but that's ok. I was an AF nurse, had been civilian for 6 yrs prior and was an AF brat,dad retired. I hated the AF, If you think it's cushier, maybe in someways, most assignments are remote,small towns, except Andrews AFB< Travis, Lackland, but, places like Whynot Minot? where extreme weather, icy cold, and if you work on the flightline, that's where you'll be...I liked the Army, for me, it was more civilian like as far as the hospitals. If you're an officer, you can live off base anyway. If I had a finance degree, I'd want to be an officer in personnel/finance or CID< If you want to be where the action is, you might have to cross train and won't be in the officer ranks. just depends what the need is...I'd apply for foreign service officer, DEA or FBI. The Army/Marines is where you're closer to the very dangerous actions, in austere conditions, right now, it's about 115F+ daytime, maybe 80F at night, and you're still wearing your heavy gear/uniform( I was there in 91, 4 mo in a tent, few skuds, others had it much longer/harder physically,emotionally) maybe special forces in AF/Army. It was interesting the logistics of how our military actually worked. You will have a total obligation of 8 yrs , whether 3 or 4 yr active duty, read your contract, esp the small print, make sure any schools or bonuses agreed to are on there or you won't get them ,even if recruiter said you will. has to be in writing. I liked the Army over the AF, as everything was for the pilots. You can be in the Army or AF and be assigned to an air force or army base or even a navy base, not too frequent, though. what ever you chose, you won't regret it. If you're in the army, you can still go to air force bases/px,commissary and still have same benefits for travel/pcs /healthcare,etc.
Answered By: sunnny - 8/5/2009