The Air Force is nothing without people to keep the planes flying. If the jets are not able to fly, then missions are not able to be flown, and lives cannot be saved.
If the Air Force paid more attention to how the aircraft maintainers are living, and are being treated, then they would not be 4,000 maintainers short (2016).
As far a job satisfaction, there is no comparison. The jet breaks. You fix it. It flies. Very simple concept yes, but to watch that jet you just put your time and hard work into actually fly to do it's mission, it's very stimulating.
Benefits, Retirement, Extra Pay.
Too many Yes Men, Bad Performance Report System, Do more with less attitude