Post # 1
My husband is really considering joining the airforce & I think it would be a good thing for us. He would work on the aircrafts & we could also travel. I know that you’d have to leave your friends and family but I’m just looking to hear the negatives/positives about it. I hate the thought of my husband leaving me for a long period of time but we have some friends that have been in the Airforce for about 10 years and they said they love it & she said that her husband had only left her for 7 months and that was the longest.
I’d just love to hear what our pros/cons are. Thank you!!
Post # 3
@Lees4308: As far as the different branches go, the Air Force is one of the cushier. You really can’t beat the camaraderie and community of military life. I hope everything works out well for you!
Post # 4
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: Thank you! I’m glad to hear it’s one of the cushier. I would be OK moving around, as long as I have my husband with me. I can live with him leaving for 6 weeks or so for training but it would kill me if he had to leave for 7 months to a year 🙁 I’d miss him so much.
Post # 5
I grew up in a military (air force) family. If you’re ok with uprooting and having your children change schools all the time, than it’s a great life.
My dad was a Crew Cheif, and he was deployed to Saudi Arabia just ten days after I was born. He didn’t see me again until I was six months old. It can be hard, but if you are prepared for that, then I say go for it.
Post # 6
My SO is in the air force and I’m literally counting down the days till he is done with his deployment. Obviously it is different for everyone but I am ready to be done. FI has been in the af for 5 1/2 years. Its different with different jobs but there are chances for short notice deployments, and by short notice I mean hours. Igrew up with both my parents owning their own business so I get frustrated with the af very easily. The benefits simply don’t out weigh th costs for uS.
Post # 7
I have been an Army wife for 20 yrs. There has been good(traveling) and bad (deployments). It is what you make it. As a military family we have enjoyed seeing the world. We have been blessed to learn many different cultures. It does take a tough woman to be a military wife.When my husband deployed 6 times in 8 years, we made it a positive experience despite the difficulty of the situation. Yes, we move around a lot but we have a stable family and finances. i hope this helps a bit. I wish you all the best. Welcome to the family!
Post # 8
My FI is in the air force, actually Air National Guard but he (by choice) stays on orders as his fuil time job. Truth is, the AF is more family friendly than any other branch, and seems to be less likely for deployment to war. However, even with him there are periods of time he is gone, like a previous poster said, he may just have hours to prepare to be gone for a day or a month.
I am not from a military family, so this has been a big shock to my world. The work is perfect for him, and he loves it. Still, we joke that he signed his freedom away when he joined. Somedays, him being in the military means the military is his number 1 priority and his family 2nd. For me, this is especially hard because we have a 3 year old daughter who still doesn’t understand when daddy has to be away for 1 week to a month.
All that to say, there are plenty of benefits to military life, especially with the AF. Medical, education, community, financial security, international experiences, and a sense of purpose are all very important and a result of life in the AF.
Best of luck in your decision.
Post # 9
FI is actually out of the army now but before we met I delt with lots of training and deployments from ex bf and to be honest I found it easier to deal with them ebing gone for weeks and months than FI working 85 hours a week (we barely see each other and there is no support network).