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 4 years of honorable service, I still think I made the right decision to enlist but I regret going maintenance.

I just received joint spouse orders to Nellis AFB, NV (USA). My husband and I will be moving towards the end of June. I look forward to seeing how another base AMXS operates. Despite how good/bad it is, I still will not reenlist or extend at the end of my enlistment. My husband plans to make the Air Force a career and stay in for his 20.

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 25) We have three little cats and a bunny together. We just moved into an apartment. We had a moment on insanity and unpacked the entire house even though we will be moving again in June. It’s so hard to relax in a box of clutter and chaos.

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.