I’m just the average enlisted military person. I work the flight line and like most maintainers; I hate my job. The military has many positive aspects. However, I will not reenlist/extend my contract unless the maintenance career field undergoes massive reform or I can cross-train. The way I have been treated and seen others treated has made me realize that a 20 year maintenance career is not for me. I work hard and my integrity is my best quality.
I worked in the civilian world for an extended period of time before enlisting, so I don’t fall for the typical military thought process that if I get out, I won’t be able to support myself. I enlisted for the selfish reasons of money, health insurance and education. After 5 years of honorable service, I still think I made the right decision to enlist but I regret going maintenance.
I was at Ellsworth AFB, SD (USA) since 2013. When I first arrived, I worked in the back shop for the engine. It was horrible. I expected more work and better behavior from co-workers. I deployed for the first time in 2015 to Qatar. My deployment got cut short when I got appendicitis and soon after, needed advanced knee surgery. When I came back from this deployment, I was stuffed right back in the back shop. Once my knee healed, I was moved back to the flight-line. Shortly after my PCA (permanent change of assignment, a PCS is a change of station.) to the flight-line, I deployed to Guam.
My husband (then boyfriend) also deployed to Guam with me. We got married in Iowa shortly after our return from the Guam deployment. I had received orders to Korea but I denied them. My husband and I applied for and thankfully received joint spouse orders to Nellis AFB, NV (USA). We arrived at Nellis towards the end of June 2017.
This AMXS unit operates a lot smoother and with less drama when compared to my previous base. Regardless of how well it is ran, I will not be staying in the military as a aircraft engine mechanic. I’ve apply for retraining this month and I am currently awaiting boards. The chances of getting selected are very slim. If I am not selected for retraining, I will just get out of the military. Once I am out, I will use my GI bill to go to school for a bachelor’s as a RN.
My husband plans to make the Air Force a career and stay in for his 20. He applied for retraining in October of 2016, while we were deployed to Guam. He was a crew chief for the B-1 for almost 6 years. Now he is a unit training manager. I think he will be happier at his new job. There is hope of freedom from the rigors of the maintainer world.
There is a major difference between my happiness at my job and my happiness in my personal life.
My personal life is happy. I’m in a happily married to an amazing man. I’ve had my fair share of bad relationships and I’m so incredibly blessed to have found the love of my life at my age. (I’m 26) We have three little cats and a bunny together. We are looking forward to what happens in the next few months in my career. We are currently expecting our first child in October of 2018.
My hobbies include (but are not limited to) knitting/crocheting, reading anything but tabloids and various video games. My husband enjoys casual intellectual debates and Star Wars.