MIL Is 25 to old to join the Air Force?

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  1. MagiusX

    MagiusX Don't let the man keep you down

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    Im 25, can't stand my job and cant afford to go to college.

    At age 17 I enlisted in the Army National Guard as a 13B (tank driver). The career path wasnt my choice, it was simply the only location I could make it to twice a month for drills. After the initiation weekend and Fort McCoy I decided that driving tanks wasn't really what I wanted to do so I left the National Guard with a general discharge. I never even shipped out for basic. Im not sure what impact this past mistake would have on a future career in the Air Force.

    8 years and many bad decisions later Im considering a career in the Air Force, something in electronics or computers that would be a stepping stone to a civilian career. I don't have a college degree so I'd need to join as an enlisted recruit.

    I'd appreciate info from anyone here in the Air Force before I talk to a recruiter. I was spoon fed exactly what I wanted to hear last time around by the last recruiter I talked to and I'd like to be a little more informed this time.

    Sorry for the long read. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. jmx2323

    jmx2323 OT Supporter

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    bad decesions and the AF dont mix, considering the AF is just about the hardest branch to get into
     
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    jmx2323 OT Supporter

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    CG is not a branch of the military
     
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    SiegG The real-life Dale Gribble

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    Well the rest of it is arguable, but for the purposes of entry it is (MEPS, etc). The AF though is actually shedding people, while the Coast Guard is merely a low intensity, low profile recruiting effort. My best friend is in A school in VA for the CG right now and loves every minute of it. It's hard to say but I'd imagine the uncharacterized discharge wouldn't be too adverse but it might still be tough to impossible to get in without having an asset the AF deems valuable. I'm far from an expert though.
     
  5. EYOB

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    You gonna get raped.
     
  6. SiegG

    SiegG The real-life Dale Gribble

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    In a gentle way, or a prison hate kind of way?
     
  7. MagiusX

    MagiusX Don't let the man keep you down

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    Last time I took the ASVAB I scored in the 92nd percentile. I'd like to think I'm more intelligent now. Would an ass-kicking ASVAB score be enough? That's really all I have in my favor.
     
  8. Jyokker

    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    Someone needs to go talk to a recruiter. Your drive and determination will matter more than your general discharge.
     
  9. MagiusX

    MagiusX Don't let the man keep you down

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    I know ultimately talking to a recruiter is in order. I was just trying to ensure I was more well informed this time around. However if the Air Force is tough to get into these days maybe my worries of being misled by a recruiter who just wants me to join are unfounded.
     
  10. jmx2323

    jmx2323 OT Supporter

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    find a job you want and stick to getting that as long as your qualified, if you can be misled by a recruiter at 25 yrs old you have more problems anyway.
     
  11. armond

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    Tough situation. You will have to go to a recruiter. On your DD-214 is the Reentry code, that will be a huge factor in how difficult it will be to get back in, especially if trying to get into the AF.
     
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    armond New Member

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    Oh, 25 is not too old, I am 26, tryin to get back in!
     
  13. MagiusX

    MagiusX Don't let the man keep you down

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    I don't really see how age has anything to do with being straight up lied to. Im not saying all recruiters operate this way but last time around mine did.
     
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    jmx2323 OT Supporter

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    at 25 you have a lot more common sense then a 17/18 yr old does, recruiters can get away with the too good to be true with the 17/18 yr olds hopefully not with a 25 yr old
     
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    Jyokker The trouser snake is very aggressive. It will corn

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    I went through basic training with a 30 year old.
     
  16. ManinCamo

    ManinCamo I wear big boy pants.

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    I had a 33 year old who worked more me, he joined when he was 27 or so. He was doing ok. Mentally you'll have to be ready work have similarly ranked peers that are much younger than you.
     
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    A guy in my pilot training class just squeaked under the 30 year old age limit at 29. I realize its different for O's ... but I've also met plenty of E-s who got in mid to late 20s. I'm not sure how the AF's "Force Shaping" is affecting recruitment though.
     
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    force shaping is just about done, I wouldnt be suprised if it never makes it to my year group
     
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    I know they canceled the 2LT board for this year. I wasn't worried, but I have a lot of non-rated friends who were.
     
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    andymodem Ambitious, but rubbish.

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    Joined when I was 23.

    My 24th birthday was the day I got to Keesler for tech school. :hsd: :greddy:

    Almost 5 years in now, damn time goes by fast.
     
  21. flipflop

    flipflop flippity flop flippity flop

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    no dood in my basic flight we had a 27 yr old
     
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    flipflop flippity flop flippity flop

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    Its just up to you...can you handle taking orders from a 20/21 yr old staff
     

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