Senior Manager (Current Employee) – Chantilly, VA – August 23, 2015
I'm on the cusp of finishing a 20-year career in the United States Air Force. It has been a wonderful adventure and I would recommend it to anyone looking for structure, stability, and great opportunities for career advancement and travel.
Excellent benefits, camaraderie, great advancement opportunities/travel
Really tough work/life balance (especially as you get more senior in rank), low pay for skills
Great Place to Work, But Not for the Creative Types
Active Duty Officer - Senior Pilot (Former Employee) – All over the U.S. and World – February 12, 2016
I spent nearly 16 years in the Air Force (Air Force Academy + Active Duty) and had the dream job of being a pilot.
There were great co-workers and management, certainly some not-so-great ones. Unfortunately, as time went on, I noticed the trend of the best ones getting out/separating and the "weasels" staying in. Someone has to be promoted to fill leadership gaps, so with the good guys and gals gone, these weasels stepped up.
Also, the AF suffers from a culture of an inability to say "No" to unrealistic expectations. This stems from the way the promotion and assignments system is designed. If a commander won't lay on more burden (as requested from his superiors) when his troops are already beat down and bent over backwards, he'll simply be replaced and/or get a bad performance review and his career will be capped. So what we've lost are the truly courageous leaders who put their people before themselves. It makes sense when you realize (see above) that the BEST candidates for leadership are the ones who leave in droves at the first chance to exit. And thus the cycle repeats.
Another big problem is the Air Force's outdated, soviet-era personnel management system which fails miserably at appointing the right candidates for the right jobs at the right time. We lost a lot of good people simply due to being mismanaged in their careers --not being viewed as the unique assets they were.
And although one might scoff at this review and say these are simply the words of a subperforming B-teamer, I can assure you I was in the top 5% of coworkers in every post I held.more...
In conclusion, if one can make it to 20 years, it's a great pension with benefits and the ride to get there can be fulfilling and adventurous, with many good friends and experiences made along the way. Once it stops being fun and intellectually challenging, however, it's time to go rejoin the 99% of Americans.less
Instructional Systems Specialist (Former Employee) – Luke AFB, AZ – February 12, 2016
The United States Air Force taught me honor, duty, integrity, and work ethics. As a civil servant in my later years I was educated and promoted quickly. It was my honor to be a part of the United States Air Force family for over 20 years.
Officer (Current Employee) – Various – February 11, 2016
Depending on your job, it is definitely an experience which will challenge you to become better than before, as it definitely pushed me beyond my limits and helped me become a stronger person for it in the end.
Aerospace Medical Evacuation Technician (Current Employee) – Pope Army Airfield, NC – February 11, 2016
A typical day would be training to bring home our wounded troops. I have learned a lot from all of my supervisors and peers. The hardest part of the job is seeing people hurt. The most enjoyable part is teaching new AE techs how to fly and and work on patients up at altitude.
Production Supervisor (Current Employee) – Fort Walton Beach, FL – February 10, 2016
I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the US Air Force. Serving my country has been incredible, and I would never trade it for anything. It's not easy, and change is constant, but it's very rewarding.
Great opportunities for those seeking life changing experiences. Gives aid in numerous ways. Excellent benefits, especially for education. Management encourages seeking education goals and achievements.
Deputy Division Chief, Bombers (Former Employee) – Edwards AFB, CA – February 9, 2016
Joining the Air Force was the best decision I ever made. I was part of a team that was second to none! I worked with the best leaders and coworkers in the world! It was a fast paced environment and we held ourselves to the highest standards!
NCOIC Transportation (Current Employee) – Arnold AFB, TN – February 9, 2016
Closely monitor and supervise the daily tasks/accomplishments of the Transportation function which includes, Vehicle Maintenance, Vehicle Management, Vehicle Operations as well as the Traffic Management Office (Outbound Shipments)
Medical care, Allowances for housing and Sustinence are non taxable
Constant chance of being deployed to serve overseas
The United States Air Force gave me the skills to be an effective leader and manager as well as a skilled craftsman in my trade. The only reason I am leaving is because I want to settle in my home town of White Cloud Michigan and stay there.
Fuel Systems Repair (Current Employee) – Albuquerque, NM – February 8, 2016
On a typical day I may work 1-3 aircrafts requiring my area of expertise in fuel systems repair. In doing this job I have learned multi-tasking, teamwork, planning, meeting deadlines and doing my job to the best of my ability.
Superintendent, Maintenance Training (Former Employee) – Luke AFB, AZ – February 8, 2016
The military is a commitment and way of life. If you are unsure what you want to do and do not have the ability to pay for your education then the USAF is definitely the way to go. I wouldn't be where I am today without the USAF.