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The Girls Guide to the AIR FORCE. The reasons why we join.

Updated on March 28, 2012

The Beginning - how the decision is made to join the Air Force

We each have our own reasons for joining the military. For some, the decision was easy and you knew at a young age that this was the lifestyle for you.

For others, the desire to join the Air Force (or other military branch) came later in life. Usually, the desire to join is so powerful that those around you are shocked with the news, and feel a bit let down by your sudden life-changing decision.

So why do we join? Here are the top reasons:

  • Education Benefits
  • Travel
  • Patriotism
  • The chance to start over, get away from boyfriends/girlfriends and toxic people in your life
  • Learn a new skill
  • You were told to do so by your parents and didn't realize you had a choice
  • Get away from your parents
  • Meet new friends
  • Go to war (popular choice for younger men who love to play war-type video games)
  • Learn to fly airplanes
  • You feel trapped and believe you have no other option
  • You don't want to go to college and minimum wage jobs aren't paying the bills
  • Etc.....etc.....etc....

Whatever the reason, the choice is yours to make. If you are contemplating joining the Air Force - what is your reason? If you have already joined - what prompted you to make the life altering decision and serve your country?

Here's my reason: I joined the Air Force when I was 20 years old. I was living alone in a 1 bedroom apartment, and could barely pay the bills on my own (even though I was working two jobs). I wanted to go to college, but my parents kept claiming me on their income taxes as a dependent, so I was ineligible for college tuition assistance. Taking an honest look at my young life, I felt STUCK and I knew that that if I continued on the same way I would be forever living paycheck-to-paycheck. ---- Not a very patriotic answer, but a truthful one made at a young naïve age. To this day, joining the Air Force has been the BEST decision I have ever made.


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      hanna 3 years ago

      I am school going girl and I also want to join air force .but i am confuse and i don't know much about it.plz guide me.

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      Alleycat 4 years ago

      Hi! I'm a 20 year old girl, and I want to join the military. I'm having trouble finishing college (I've only done a year), and I want to further myself in life. My mom is fine with it. My dad and stepmom is in the military, Navy and Air Force. My dad is fine with it, but he says I might not be able to join because I have Asperger Syndrome. But I don't believe that. Do you know the process of joining the Air Force?

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      Alex 4 years ago

      Hey! What is your job? And I plan on joining I will be 20 when I join I'm just unsure on jobs? I've very active and do not want to sit behind a desk!

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      HotPinkCombtBoots 5 years ago from Washington

      Hi Jess - I have been offline for awhile, but now I'm back. Do you still have questions on the Air Force or have you already made a decision?

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      Booo! Air Force is for wimps! lol I am just kidding. Kuddos to all Military. Pretty accurate reasons people join all branches.

      - Army Medic Hooah!

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      Jess 5 years ago

      I'm a 27 year old college graduate stuck in a career rut- I worked for a company out of college that discouraged people from moving up and now I work for one that encourages career development but doesn't compensate for it. I had never considered the military as an option for myself until the past couple of weeks, mainly because I thought of the entire military as infantry, so this realization that there are administrative type jobs is making me give the Air Force some thought. I'd have a job where I could develop career skills, move up, travel, and the starting pay is better than I make now by several thousand a year. I'm still having some reservations though. I've read some about basic training but I'm still left wondering: is OTS pretty much the same experience only for college grads?

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      drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

      I enlisted back in 2001 before 9/11. So, it's been a while. =)

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      HotPinkCombtBoots 6 years ago from Washington

      How long ago did you join and how did your parents take the news? A girlfriend of mine just joined, and the news was a shock to everyone.

      Yes, tag away :)

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      drej2522 6 years ago from Augusta, GA

      You're right...people join the Air Force (or the military for that matter) for many different reasons. Actually, a lot of my reasons mirrored yours. I was in a rut and I needed a place to find myself. Good article!

      And thanks for stopping by, you mind if I tag your article in mine?

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      HotPinkCombtBoots 6 years ago from Washington

      You're right, basic training (BMT) is not a supermodel period of time for women. However, vanities are the last thing on our minds when we are sleep deprived and being screamed at. The men's shaved heads and BCG's (birth control glasses) aren't much to look at either. Ha.

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      Reptarking17 6 years ago from Seattle

      How about those BCG's and that skin tight hair? Y'all looked terrible at BMT. :)