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This may be one of the biggest questions you can think of when looking into joining the Air Force. Picking your job will also be one of the most important decisions you make while joining the Air Force. Picking what jobs you would like to do for 4-6 years or more can be stressful and difficult. But this article will hopefully make it easier for you making your desired job list. Unfortunately there isn't a "best job in the Air Force" but, there may be certain jobs that are "best for you" and I'm going to do my best to try and help you find those jobs! This is also for Enlisted careers but if you have a degree or are planning on joining as an officer you can also use these steps provided to determine what may be best for you.
When it comes to making your list of desired job, knowledge is power. The more jobs you know and the details of those jobs the better. The advice I'm going to give you is going to be time consuming but it will result in you making an educated decision to joining the Air Force.
Step 1. Grab a pen and notebook, or you can use your laptop and pull up a blank word document or a blank notepad document. you're going to use this to write down any jobs that you have an interest in. I prefer writing in a notebook. It's easier to sketch notes on.
Step 2. Go to the Air Forces website for careers. You can click this link later to go there: https://www.airforce.com/careers/browse-careers
Step 3. This will be most efficient on the computer rather than on your phone because you will be opening several tabs. Right below "What areas interest you" there will be 3 symbols. The two on the left look like list symbols and the right side is a magnifying glass. Click on the center image. After you click on that it will give you a few options. This is where you pick the enlisted jobs or the officer jobs. If you are joining without a bachelors degree you will be going enlisted. So you will click high school/enlisted.
Step 4. This is the beginning of you finding the best job in the Air Force. You will be given 124 job options that are enlisted career fields in the Air Force. You can go about this two different ways. You either open up every job and read about it, or you can only open the ones that sound interesting by the name. I suggest opening each job to read about it though. It will take a lot longer to come up with your list. But haven't you heard the phrase "don't judge a book by its cover" this phrase applies here. Don't judge a job based off of it's name.
Step 5. From here you will be able to click on each job. The Air Force website doesn't allow you to hold Ctrl down and click each job to open multiple tabs (At least it didn't work for me while writing this article) So you will have to read each job individually and then go back to the list and click on high school/enlisted jobs then click on the next job on the list. This will take a lot of time to research every job. But being well educated for a 4-6+ year decision is well worth the hours of research.
Step 6. Every time you find a job you feel you may be interested in scribble it into your notepad. Maybe throw down a few notes next to it of what you liked about it. It's okay if right now you don't LOVE a job yet. This is just to get a rough idea of what you are interested in. So any job that sparks and interests add it to your list. you can even see on here where your tech school is and how long it is. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, don't base your decision off of the tech school length or location though. don't pick a job based off of where you'll be for a few months when you'll be stuck doing that job for 4-6+ years. A great job with a long or bad located tech school is much better than a bad job with a good tech school location or length.
Step 7. Go through every job that is enlisted. you should have a decent sized list by the time you've researched each job. You will also be more educated than most when it comes to jobs in the Air Force and then you can help spread the knowledge to help others!
Step 8. So you have a list of jobs you are semi interested in for the Air Force. This is when you head to google.com or YouTube.com to see if you can find any extra information about those jobs you did like. some jobs may have videos on YouTube or articles online or forums about them. This is where you can learn more in depth about a job you may want from people who actually do that job. My job is Aircraft Structural Maintenance and I've already made a video previously explaining what my job consists of. When you research more, if any jobs make you lose interest feel free to cross them off your list. Keep in mind though It may be good to keep this list of jobs that initially interested you just in case you do end up not getting a job offer for one of you top jobs. You will be able to go back and see if the job offer you get was even one of the jobs you had considered at all in the first place and it will have some notes about the things you did like.
Step 9. Your list should be smaller now then when you started. Now that you have the top jobs that interest you in the Air Force this is the fun part. You get to rank them! This is where you start to realize what the best job in the Air Force is for you. Also something to keep in mind is when rating these. Don't rate them by what you think is "coolest" please rate them based on what you would be happiest doing for 4-6+ years.
Step 10. Make your list from your favorite job to least favorite. Then you're going to go through and compare each job to the ones around it. Take your number 1 and 2 job and ask yourself. If you had to pick one or the other for 6 years. Which would it be. If they stay 1 and 2. Move down and compare your #2 job to your #3 job. Make your way all the way down your list comparing jobs. If any change. go over the jobs that moved with the jobs around them again until your list is situated in the best order for you from favorite to least favorite. This doesn't mean that the last job on the list isn't a job you would want to do. It means you would still want to do the job, but if you had the choice you would do something higher on your list.
Step 11. KEEP THIS LIST! this will help you when you go talk to the recruiter about jobs. You made a list based off of researching each job. So that way you know what jobs you're willing to join for. Don't let the recruiter talk you out of your list. Except if you list only contains 1-4 jobs. You might be a little too dead set on picking a job and that's harder to get something you want. So make sure you have an open mind when joining and try to have your list have at least 7 jobs if not more that you are willing to do. Based off of your jobs you like you can also decide on what aptitude is best for you. See what aptitude the jobs on your list fall under and the aptitude with the most jobs on your list is the best aptitude for you! When picking a job for the Air Force you'll have to list at least 7 jobs I believe and you'll also have to list an aptitude area. This is why I say make sure your job list has at least 7! The more jobs on your list of jobs you like the better because it's not guaranteed they give you an offer for a job that was on your top 7 list.
I know this was probably not what you imagined when thinking of the best job in the Air Force. Many people think there is a straight forward answer to the question. But there isn't because everyone is different. What may be the best job for you may be different for someone else. Only you know they answer to what is the best job in the Air Force. No one can answer that for you. This is also the same for nearly every experience you'll have in the Air Force. You'll need to keep an open mind because every situation for every person is going to be different. There really isn't a set answer for most things in the Air Force. Just keep an open mind and work hard. Best of luck on your future journey with the Air Force and I hope you all the best!
A couple months back I released a couple new pages on my website for helping Airmen better prepare for Tech School! I created TWO pages that should provide a ton of useful information to anyone on their way to Air Force Tech School. The first page was dedicated to helpful tips to know before going into Air Force BMT. There are a lot of questions people have about USAF BMT so I hit several big topics in the Air Force Tech School Prep page. Hopefully you find this information and these tips helpful!
I Also created a page dedicated to items you might want to bring to tech school or that you may buy while at tech school. It's similar to the BMT packing list I made but whether you take or buy the items is up to your personal preference. It's more so an Air Force tech school wish list. It has items ranging from bed sheets and cleaning products to videos games and electronics. Everything on that list are items that are allowed to have at AF tech school. Click the image to go to the Air Force tech school wish list.
I apologize for the lack of updates on the website and email list. With the out processing and PCS coming up I've been extremely busy. I will be working on getting posts on here back up to date. Thank you for the continued support and patience!
Have a great day!
Should you buy an ABU/Camo Pattern backpack?
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This is a question I get several times a week and it isn't something I have ever addressed until recently in my tech school prep video. So here is a blog post to express into more detail my thoughts on the ABU pattern craze.
First I want to just start off by saying, I don't recommend anyone buy anything ABU/camo pattern. Stick with black, it's going to be your best choice and here is why:
When preparing for BMT this is usually the first time this question comes up. Now I'm going to share some advice with you that my MTI taught me and has stuck with me. He said "If you have to ask if something is okay, it's probably not okay. So if you want to ask me if something is okay, don't ask me, and don't do it. Just do what you KNOW is okay" It's crazy how something like that sticks with you after 3 years. But he was completely right. Each day since I've realized this to be more an more true. If you ever think "Maybe this isn't a good idea" or "Maybe I should check to make sure this won't get me in trouble" Then it's usually not a good idea or it will get you in trouble. My MTI was smart with pushing this mentality to trainees. It taught us to govern ourselves when we had questions. You could figure out what is right and wrong simply by the fact that if you question what your doing at all, then you shouldn't be doing it. This is what buying an ABU pattern backpack reminds me of. Most people think it may get them in trouble but they want to ask to make sure. So with my MTI's advice if you wonder if you should buy ABU pattern items and if they will cause trouble for you later, you should just assume that it's not a good idea and you should go to an option that you know is safe.
Now it's not always going to get you in trouble or yelled at when you go to BMT. But, it will definitely make you stand out more among the other trainees at first. And that's the opposite of what you want to do. The best thing to do at BMT is to blend in as long as you can. So for the sake of BMT and yourself, it is in the best interest that you avoid buying a ABU pattern backpack. I know you may think it's awesome and cool (I'll get to that part later) but it's just better if you take items in colors that will not stand out.
For Tech School:
So in my experience with tech school in the Air Force. We were REQUIRED to have a solid black backpack to march to and from class. Some people showed up to tech school with ABU backpacks and they were not allowed to use them when in uniform at tech school (you can after tech school, I'll get into that later) So I'm not 100% if all tech schools operate the same but to my knowledge having an ABU backpack will not be as useful as a black backpack would be. So in the thought of saving money and stress choosing to not buy an ABU backpack and going with a military grade black backpack is going to be the best option for you.
At your first base:
When you show up to your first duty station you are allowed to have an ABU backpack. The following is our guidelines for backpacks while in uniform:
"In accordance with Air Force Instruction 36-2903, "Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel," Airmen must ensure any backpacks worn while in uniform fit within certain parameters.
Black backpacks may be worn with any uniform combination, but solid-color black backpacks are the only versions authorized while wearing any blue uniform. Airman battle uniform-patterned, olive drab or sage green backpacks may be worn with the ABU.
Small logos are authorized, but backpacks with ornamentation, a high gloss, designs or hanging or dangling objects are not approved to wear while in uniform. Backpacks may have small gold or silver clasps, but no chains.
Airmen may wear a backpack on their left shoulder, or on both shoulders, so as not to interfere with rendering a proper salute"
To sum this rule up. When wearing your dress blues black backpacks are all that is authorized. Black, ABU, and sage green are allowed when in your ABUs. So as you can see, Black is always authorized or your safest choice when it comes to backpacks in the Air Force. If you would like to have multiple backpacks that is up to you, but I suggest just having one black backpack to follow you through your Air Force career.
To look cool or show you're in the Air Force:
This was something I saw A LOT in tech school mostly. It honestly looks more tacky then cool. People are extremely proud for becoming a new Airman so they wear their dog tags every where they go and try to have their shirt off as much as possible. When they are wearing a shirt the try to have it be Air Force related and anytime they go anywhere they make sure their ABU backpack is slung over their shoulder. I know many people want to be proud of becoming an Airman but that sometimes can be shown in a way that doesn't always reflect the best on us. What I mean by that is, we shouldn't be so proud of our service that we want to strut around and show off to everyone that we are in the Air Force. We shouldn't want people to think we are cool for serving our country. We shouldn't want to wear our dog tags as jewelry. They mean more than just a fashion statement. We all have our own personal reasons on why we joined the Air Force and want to serve. But we shouldn't let that pride turn into us looking like we think we are better than others. We should serve humbly. And that can boil down to simple things such as a backpack. Walking around in public is similar to BMT. We should want to blend in as much as possible and not make a scene of ourselves. So going out trying to show off your in the Air Force isn't the best look on us. Now sometimes our haircuts might give us away. But if you have the haircut, shirt, backpack, and dog tags on that's a little too much. After you arrive at your first duty station you will also undergo some training that teaches us to do our best to blend in with society and it isn't safe for us to try to stand out as US military. It's much easier to protect ourselves if we don't try to stand out as a target.
This is why I suggest everyone start out their Air Force career with a black backpack. It's the best choice for the many reason stated above. Not only does it help you out by only needing one backpack your entire career, but it can also help you blend in at BMT and in the civilian world.
I hope this blog post helps answer your questions or thoughts about the ABU backpack dilemma. If you guys have any other ideas for future blog posts be sure to leave a comment below and give this post a like/heart!
Best of luck with your future journey,
Right now Makenna and I are having an amazing time traveling Asia out of just TWO BACKPACKS. We decided that we wanted to pack as light as possible to have the most flexibility during our trip. You might have seen several of our past videos on GottLove (my wife and I's YouTube channel) where we have been walking through all of the steps we had to take to plan this trip. Our latest video showed exactly what we packed. You can see that video below:
After publishing the above video on GottLove, the messages flooded in asking what gear, and where to buy it, was featured in the video. People were asking what cameras we were bringing with us, what chargers, tripods, you name it. You ask, and I deliver. Below are several of the items that we brought with us on our Asian adventure. A few items (like clothes), I have left out because I'm sure you all have that under control:
Several of the above items are definitely 'must haves' when traveling internationally, like travel charger, laptop, and a camera. Now, this is not EVERYTHING that you could bring on an international adventure but if you are wanting to backpack, the above is my recommendation for the bare minimum.
Well, there you go. Several of you asked for this list and it's links and now you have them. Good luck on your future adventures and be sure to follow Makenna and I on our Asian adventure by posting to us with the hashtag #GottLoveTravelsAsia.