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Old 06-28-2009, 03:29 AM   #41
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They'll want official transcripts if it's an issue. Also if you have an Associate's degree (doesn't matter what) you can go in as an E-3. It's one of their incentives.

I think you'll be fine. If worse comes to worse, they have to give you a solid reason and there is always an appeal process, so if you get a 'No' the first time, ask how you can appeal that decision.

After you talk to a recruiter, it might not be a bad idea to write out a nice letter to explain your situation, education, and why you're qualified. Also try and get some letters of recommendation. I had to get two and write out a couple letters -- one for why I left AFROTC and another explaining my traffic tickets. I had to get 4 waivers I think signed off on and I still got in, so I'm thinking you're better off than you think.
Would a letter go to a recruiter or send it off somewhere? How and the hell am I going to get transcripts from a place that as far as I know is gone... well ****.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:44 PM   #42
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Would a letter go to a recruiter or send it off somewhere? How and the hell am I going to get transcripts from a place that as far as I know is gone... well ****.
You're worrying too much. My letters went to somebody higher up in the chain -- basically I wrote them "to whom it may concern" and my recruiter went through them to make sure everything was peachy and then sent them off.

All you can really do now is just go in, dress decent, and be professional so you make a good impression and show them that you are serious about joining.
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Old 06-28-2009, 12:51 PM   #43
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I know I am worrying to much, its what I do. This could potentially be one of the most important things in my life, so of course I'm worried that **** won't work out. And it doesn't help that I learn that my $30k and 2 years worth of school may be lost since I don't know if I can get any kind of transcript. I still owe $10k too, which is BULLSHIT!
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I know I am worrying to much, its what I do. This could potentially be one of the most important things in my life, so of course I'm worried that **** won't work out. And it doesn't help that I learn that my $30k and 2 years worth of school may be lost since I don't know if I can get any kind of transcript. I still owe $10k too, which is BULLSHIT!
You seriously need to relax about it, although it may seem hard right now. Stressing out is just going to make the whole process worse than it already is, just go up to the recruiters tomorrow and sit down and talk with him, get an idea of what's really going on with your chances.
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You seriously need to relax about it, although it may seem hard right now. Stressing out is just going to make the whole process worse than it already is, just go up to the recruiters tomorrow and sit down and talk with him, get an idea of what's really going on with your chances.
I will be if they call. I'm not driving back up there again to have them not be there. I guess I will call in the morning and see if anyone answers. They can't be that busy.
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I joined (Army) about three years ago. I went into the recruiters office with the job I wanted, and made it pretty clear it was that or nothing. At first my recruiter tried to push a few other jobs on me, but saw I did my research and was serious about that job he pushed hard for it.

That was Army though. AF may be different.

BTW my actual job is 180 degrees different then what is described on goarmy/about.army/etc... Are some people who have my job doing exactly what the description says... yes.

Moral of the story... you can NEVER plan for everything in the military.
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Old 06-29-2009, 09:29 AM   #47
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I attempted joining the air force a while back and can give you aa few pointers from my experience.. first like everyone else says settle down, get anything and everything in writing, and donyt listen to the stuff that sounds too good to be true...it is.

but some things noone mentioned, go in with all of your important documents (dl, ss card, birth cert., diploma (ged papers in your case) and any info you have from any law enforcement involvement you've ever had) recruiting sucks and of you need a waiver they are less likely to want to do the work for you (esp the AF since they don't need people) and the easier you make their job the better off you'll be.

talk to all of the 5 branches before signing anything, take your ASVAB through the AF then discuss things with other recruiters. army\marines may have the same damn job but vw able to offer you some better incentives for it and get you in quicker... dress isn't that big of a deal when going to the recruiter but if they send you ANYWHERE else look your best, you're speaking to someone higher up who may or may not be your ticket in, impress them.

get some letters of recimendation ASAP they can never hurt.

that's all the stuff I wish I'd known before going in to the recruiters office but at the same time I am more than happy sitting at redstone arsenal in huntsville learning to work on various combat missile systems for the army with my 40K bonus on the way..so have patience and don't be afraid of the 4 other branches despuite your family being an AF fam.

good luck!
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One more thing...excuse the spelling errors in the last post..using a damn cell phone to type this out..
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...And I have narrowed my choices to three jobs:

-Missile and Space Systems Electronics
-Aerospace Propulsion Apprentice
-Aerial Gunner Apprentice
I've got 19.7 years in the Air Force now, looking to retire Jan 1st. One thing to consider on the jobs you might pick is the location you can be stationed. That first job you have listed sounds like cruise missile maintenance which is only in the midwest/the Dakotas. The Aerial Gunner will land you in Iraq and Afghanistan. (you might like that though)
The Aerospace Propulsion job is a jet engine mechanic, that's what I do. The AF just combined the jet engine and turbo prop carrier fields last year into one job so you could get stationed just about anywhere there are planes or helicopters or the new UAVs.
I enjoy it for the most part. I've been lucky enough to be stationed in Florida for a total of 17 years. Lots of short trips all over the world.
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