Originally Posted by Rocknropes
can I ask what you do in the Air Force? Most people I've talked to love or loved it so it's interesting for me to hear the stories of why people hate it. If you don't mind...
For about ten years I thought the AF was anywhere between ok - love it. Then I got married and had kids and all that changed, especially after having kids.
What I don't like specifically about the AF. The hours, I'm an aircraft mechanic and we work long hours, 12 1/2 to 13 is the norm where I'm currently working. That and we rotate between nights and days so when I'm nights I'm exactly 12 hours opposite of the rest of the world. I hate it when my daughter hangs on my legs crying because she hasn't seen me for more than 10 minutes over the last week and wants me to stay home and eat dinner but I have to go to work.
The travel is double edged, yeah it is cool to be able to travel abroad, but I'm a big family person. My kids are 4 and 2 and haven't seen their Grandparents in coming up on 2 years. I really feel bad for the Grandparents.
This gripe is kind of hard to describe, but with drawdowns they just keep piling more crap on you that used to be someone else is job. Now with the internet everything is online and it is up to you to figure it out, be it scheduling your annual physical to explosive awareness safety. Find it online and don't bust your deadline of getting it done.
The new PT, I'd love it if I had an 8 to 5 job and could do squadron PT on duty hours like 75% of the Air Force. Instead we are expected to do it when things are "slow" at work. I scream not fair since that crap goes on our EPR's now and lots and lots of people get to do PT on NORMAL duty hours and bounce in to work late, we are told that if the maintenance has a lull, hit the gym.
Losing days off for ________. The only thing that motivates me is knowing that tomorrow I'll be off and I'll be able to see the kids. But sometimes there is something more important going on, it kills me.
Dealing with "the bad kids". It kills me dealing with the dumbies that can't make it to work on time and not be hung over. It tires me to have to repeat myself night after night on maintenance 101, are the brakes set on that stand? did you start a new H with your BPO?, did you replace the oil that you used off the jet?, I know those things may mean nothing to you but it is akin to asking a secretary " is there paper in the printer "
Base housing, even if the homes are nice, you still live around 20 fat women with little better to do than be fat, nosey, and gossipy. In most places you can live off base, but right now we have no choice and are on base and I believe at our next assignment we are going to be on base as well.
The biggest thing though is family, the AF is family friendly compared to the other services and even though we have it better than a lot of people, it is stressfull on the wife, the kids, and me.
So as not to be completely negative I have a job, the four of us are going to have some cool memories, some cool pics, some cool souveneirs, and will be able to appreciate a dull, boring, civilians life in 4 or so years.