Pros: Benefits, interesting culture of people
Cons: Short breaks, long hours, $5.50/hour
A typical day was a 12 hour shift, spent with the same people day in and day out. Generally, you went home so exhausted, working from 1400 to 0200 hours, falling asleep at 0300 hours, waking up at 1200 hours, and realizing you couldn't get anything done in the next two hours, so you get ready for work again. I learned that hard work with a dedicated crew can be rewarding towards bonds. My co-workers became my best friends, but there was a separation line. Airmen and Airmen first class were friends. Some Senior Airmen would begin to separate, and grow closer to the Staff Sergeants. The cycle continued up the chain.
The hardest part was the lifestyle. The expectations. Also, knowing my friend back home working at McDonalds was making as much as I was, with shorter hours, and friendlier people. I know if you add in the benefits, enlisted people make more, but sometimes it's the take-home money you enjoy more.
The most enjoyable was knowing going out in your uniform meant you were looked at with respect.