I am in the same place! I can't believe you posted this yesterday! I just last week started thinking that I want to finish school and go into the AF. A little about me: I was in the Navy, in the intelligence field, for 6 years right out of High School. I left because I didn't like my job and didn't see a way to get out of the field at the time.
Since I got out, I have followed my husband, who joined the AF when I got out, and had a baby, then started nursing school
, then dropped out when my husband became seriously ill, and started again, in an LPN program. So, I am almost finished with my LPN program, I graduate Sept. 9. And I'm going straight on to my ADN, then BSN, as quickly as I can. I'm 29 now, and the age limit for nurses entering the AF is 48. So, even though I still have time, I don't want to wait at all.
I am fairly certain that this is what I want to do. I have been on AF bases for the past 11 years, either as an enlisted military member or as a dependent, and all I can say is I love it. I love the benefits and security. I love the people. I love the structure. I love feeling like I'm part of something important!
Like everything else in life, it is what you make of it. It can be great, if you approach it with a positive attitude. Or it can feel like prison, if that's how you look at it.
It is difficult sometimes. I found it hard when I really wasn't happy in my job and I couldn't just not go to work. I felt trapped then. But I am a different person now, and I understand how wrong I was then. Instead of trying to change my situation, and make the best of things, I just complained. (I was also clinically depressed and didn't realize it!)
I don't know what we would have done if my husband weren't in the AF when he got sick. He had Cushing's disease, and subsequently had osteoporosis, broken ribs and vertebra, hypertension, and other hormone imbalances, and was flat on his back for 6 months. All through that time, the AF continued to pay him, and all his medical bills. His First Sergeant did everything he could to help us coordinate the medical care and his AF responsibilities. The folks at the legal office even came to our house, to make sure our wills and medical power of attorney documents were done before we went to UAB for my husband's surgery to remove a micro-tumor from his pituitary gland.
My husband was blessed to recover completely. His tumor was removed, leaving the rest of his pit gland in tact. He had physical rehab for the fractures, and went back to work. He did have a medical review board. Since he had such a great record, and he was fully recovered, he was able to stay in.
I know much negative has been said about the military, but my experience has been that they have taken care of us. The good has definitely outweighed the bad.
Oh, and there's a signing bonus! If I had my BSN now, I would be talking to a recruiter right now.
I don't know much about deployment, since I never deployed. My husband does, but usually not for more than a few weeks. I think military life is fantastic. I think there are so many opportunities that you can't get anywhere else.
I have been stationed in Denver, CO, and Misawa Japan, with time spent in Pensacola FL, and Texas for training. My husband is stationed in Panama City, FL. We've been here 4 years.
So now, I'm just working on school, and thinking about the quickest way to a commission!