It got me to where I am today
F-15E Tactical Aircraft Maintenance Craftsman (Former Employee) – Mountain Home AFB, ID – November 13, 2015
I never look back at my time in the military with regrets for being an active duty Airman for 9 years. The temporary duty assignments (TDY) were great, the deployments were incredible, and the fast work pace helped me to develop as a mechanic and an individual.
The cons of my time in the service is that the good managers that I worked under at one point started dwindling in 2011 after the economy took a big hit, because they started retiring or separating from the military. Unfortunately, a percentage of the remaining senior non-commissioned officers (SNCO) didn't take very good care of the people working for them. As a junior NCO, I witnessed airman whom I'd worked with and taken care of get mistreated by some people in leadership whose perceived intentions was to only help and save their own careers, rather than help the people beneath them in rank. Despite addressing the issues and working to find solutions with them and leadership above them, there was no correction or change to their behavior.
However, some more pros about the United States Air Force is the camaraderie between the different specialties in aircraft maintenance, the brotherhood between my coworkers and I, the medical and education benefits, and the opportunity to expand one's knowledge and career in different career fields. I also enjoyed some of the duty stations I was fortunate to see, people I was able to meet (many of which I still communicate with presently), and the work experience and knowledge that got me to where I am today.
TDY's, Deployments, Education and Medical Benefits, Camaraderie, and Career Progressions
Some individual's treatment towards others.