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Should I leave the Air Force?

Hardest decision I have ever had to make. I am currently an E-5 and have been in for 4.5 years. I am a 3d1x1 or an IT guy. My associates is one class away and Have my security + cert and I'm bilingual. Tons of sys admin and all around IT experience from running cable to managing exchange servers, voip blackberries you name it I'vedone it. Also have a good sec clearance. I really want to finish my BA in MIS and hit the private sector hard. I can have about 30,000$ saved and I'll be debt free before separating. sounds like I have it planned out huh? I have worked and received a steady paycheck since I was 15 and I am terrified of instability. Everyone I talk to tells me IT is a solid field and with my experience, resume and personality( really social and articulate) I would be fine. With the Air Force cutting TA I think using my GI is really the only option for me to finish school and keep progressing in life. I thank God that I have conquered every challenge in my life so far and I think with my discipline and dedication I should do fine but it would be nice to hear from IT people in the private sector or Veterans who have made the leap. Thanks in advance for your in put and helping me with this life conundrum!

Asked By: - 3/19/2013
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if you can make E5 in the airforce in 4.5 years, that is saying something because that is no easy task. i can see the draw for getting out. but the economy is not that good right now for people in the IT field. if it were ME, i would stay in. sure, you may pass up some of those much-higher paying civilian jobs, but... More
Answered By: retired AF - 3/19/2013
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My father was in the Navy. After he completed his active duty contract he went to a technical college to pursue a career in the IT field. It started out rough but he eventually landed a job at IBM. Smooth sailing for about 20 years then the company decided to out source all their jobs and send them all to India because... More
Answered By: Kai Armstrong - 3/19/2013
 
TA isn't cut it is suspended, so it will come back when the new fiscal year starts. With the situation some colleges are offering a free class or so, there is also Pell Grants available, scholarships or grants through the college you are attending or you actual pay for a class especially if you have money saved up and... More
Answered By: NWIP - 3/19/2013
 
1. plan, plan, plan... More
Answered By: jeeper_peeper321 - 3/19/2013
 
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