The thing about Air Force is that getting in is the hardest part. Army, Navy, and to a degree Marines, aren't nearly as strict and will work with you to get you in shape to pass into the real world. Air Force you've got to be at a certain level before they'll even let you through the door to get better to get out. Of course, once you're in it's about the cushiest job in the armed forces there is.
Taking lives isn't that big an issue, truth be told, and you can easily find positions where you probably won't ever see an enemy combatant. During a deployment, think of the base as a small village. Relatively speaking, very few people are there to do the major protecting, and even if those people are somehow disabled there are layers you have to get through before you get to the core of any installation. There are a lot
of jobs where you'll be in the core area. Medics, commo, finance, cooks, mail, if you can think of a civilian job you can almost certainly find the military equivalent. So even if killing is an issue (and it is for most everyone
), there's still things you can get into to reap the benefits.
And delegation, that's hardly something you'll have to worry about the first few years you're in, if at all. You pretty much won't be in a position to really delegate anything to anyone, and anything you might have to will be to people that are far more experienced than you and you can usually
trust them to get whatever needs to be done, done. And trust me, after those first few years you'll be more than prepared to tell people what to do.
Mud? I can think of maybe
two situations where I had to really deal with it. One, when it rains and you have to do weapons qualifications, which is kind of annoying not so much getting dirty as having to clean weapons afterwards, and then there was the Night Fire Course (lovingly called Nick at Night
) in boot camp where you get to crawl through the dirt and mud while the Drill Instructors fire live ammo over your head, which is a lot more fun than it sounds. So, once, maybe
twice a year if you're unlucky. Maybe never at all. Sorry, olde warhorse mentality here.
So... do you have to do boot camp if you become an officer after getting a degree?
Somewhat. Everyone goes through the same Basic program, which is a a
nine week program that everyone goes through. This is, as the name implies, a basic program that teaches you what it means and what it takes to be a soldier, and mostly basic rifle marksmanship. Afterwards, officers go to OCS (Officer Candidate School
) for leadership training, whereas regular soldiers go through AIT (Advanced Individual Training
), which are schools where you learn the finer points of whatever job you've chosen in the military. There's also BOLC (Basic Officer Leadership Course
) that officers have to go to within up to like two years after they get out of BCT (Basic Combat Training; "Basic Training" everyone goes through
) and OCS and get their commission.
that's the schedule. I'm doing this on my cell phone on the way home so I don't have all the paperwork at my fingertips and just doing this from memory. Edited, May 15th 2012 4:13pm by lolgaxe