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_Whitetigress's avatar

Is anyone in the Air Force or know a thing or two about military job entrance?

Asked by _Whitetigress (4354 points ) July 18th, 2012

How probable is it that someone wanting to be a graphic designer in the Air Force can join and enlist into the graphic designer position?

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YARNLADY's avatar

Have you tried looking on the Air Force website?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

You could talk to a recruiter at one of their offices, but take what they tell you with a grain of salt.

DrBill's avatar

you can choose your job when you enlist, if you go in under the guaranteed job program, and you wash out for any reason they will offer you the choice of getting a discharge or change jobs.

jerv's avatar

I don’t know how much call they have for those in the Chair Farce, but I will say that if the recruiter tells you there is a chance but doesn’t offer you a guaranteed position, don’t do it. Unless it’s in writing, it probably won’t happen, and I don’t know how you feel about sweeping the floor of an F-16 hangar for the next few years.

Jenniehowell's avatar

Recruiters often tell you that the job you want exists but isn’t available until much later because they already have the positions filled & don’t need more numbers to fill it. They try convincing you to take a different position to fill whatever quotas they have – if you want the job that bad then wait it out for the guaranteed position – if not & your priority is higher to get in than it is to have a particular job then just grab whatever job is most interesting out of what they offer you.

Whatever u do don’t believe too much of what the recruiter tells you unless he or she tells it to you in writing.

_Whitetigress's avatar

@Jenniehowell That’s kind of what I was thinking. I tried joining the Navy a couple years ago, and I had the score I needed to get into the “Journalism” job, (whatever that is in the military) but my recruiter was telling me only a certain amount of jobs are even available and that I’d have to take some other position then transfer into the “Journalism” job. (I ended up not taking the job and opting to stay in college) I’m thinking the same with graphic design. For some reason, my buddy thinks he’s going to cake walk into the position.

jerv's avatar

Precisely. The JO rate in the navy didn’t have much calling, but there are always uses for warm bodies in the ranks of Apprenticeship Training (“Strikers”; they are striking for a rate/job). While those of us with guaranteed A-schools went on to whatever we signed up for after Boot Camp, Strikers generally got two more weeks of Boot Camp and then shipped to the fleet according to the needs of the Navy.

The Seamen usually wound up in Deck department painting and line-handling while the Firemen usually wound up in the boiler room. Getting transferred out is hard at that point, so basically, if you don’t have a guaranteed A-school going in, just grab your ankles and pray that Uncle Sam uses lube.

Your buddy is going to be polishing brightwork and scraping paint in no time if he doesn’t wake up and smell the coffee.

YARNLADY's avatar

My son had a guaranteed A school, and he spent 18 months in training at Pensacola. It was like a dream come true. They went to school during the day, partied at night, and spent leave time on the beach. He went snorkling, riding on a jet-ski and lots of other fun things. His unit also worked at an evacuation center during a hurricane.

He was trained to be an Aviation Technician aboard an aircraft carrier.
When he got there, they didn’t need any AT and he got deck duty, heavy labor involving dragging giant chains across the deck, when he wasn’t working in the kitchen. It was horrible. When he was injured on the job, the Navy decided not to give him a medical discharge, and instead they said it was his fault and gave him a less than honorable discharge.

jerv's avatar

@YARNLADY Yep; that’s the Navy I remember.

BTW, there is no getting out of at least 90 days of kitchen duty (“Cranking”) if you are E-3 or below.

Jenniehowell's avatar

Yep I did my time each time I arrived to a new base – 90 days or more of doing work that has not got a damn thing to do with what you were trained to do. Ya learn a lot in that process & depending on
your attitude it can go great or not so great.

I agree with others – your buddy is in for a surprise – good luck to him – maybe he’ll get lucky.

psyonicpanda's avatar

Even though the is a little bit of stigma with the airforce and the work ethic it is in fact the best branch of entry for Civilians that do not have much of a military background. Though the standards are higher then that of the Army or the Marines, one shouldnt let the Job Preference Process deter them from the possibility of haveing a fulfilling career in the Airforce.

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