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Rusty Jones
06-10-2014, 04:14 PM
Alright, looks like I'm doing it! I got out of the Navy in 2011 after eleven years, gained a shit ton of weight... all the way up to 285. Last time I weighed that was in October, when I stoped driving taxis. I check the scale in December, and saw that I weighed in the low 270's. Happy with what I saw, I decided to take advantage of what was happening... and I got down to 220 by the end of January, and got within body fat standards for the Army. Decided to talk to an Army National Guard recruiter; got the runaround for awhile, and then was told that no unit would waive a charge that I had (one that was unconditionally dismissed).

I was jerked around until the end of February by these fools. By then, I finally got down to 200; and met Navy body fat standards. The only problem was... I had to get all of my documentation for myself and dependants... social security cards, birth certs, etc... took me until early May to finish, and then I was told that... Navy Reserve recruiting got shut down for the remainder of the fiscal year. I finally got down to my current weight of 185, and found that I was good with the Air Force at 202.

So... I contacted the Air Force Reserve recruiter. She gave me the "bad" news... no reserve unit at Langley, so I'd have to go to Dover or Seymour-Johnson. Which is GREAT! I'm FROM Dover!

She also said that me keeping my E6 won't be guaranteed, but losing it is unlikely as long whatever AFSC I pick has an open slot; and even if it doesn't, there are waivers for it. I'm okay with it by now either way; I just want IN.

Anyhow, I thought this worked out great. I only made one phone call to the recruiter, met with her at the office, and then I got scheduled for MEPS that SAME day! I'm going on June 23rd.

I was a PS in the Navy, which is supposed to be equal to 3S0XX - which she said that there are no open slots for.

I'm currently looking at the following:

Aircraft Loadmaster
Weather
Traffic Management
Air Transportation
Vehicle Maintenance
Fire Protection
Services
Public Affairs/Radio & Broadcasting

Anyone in these fields that can tell me anything about them?

Mjölnir
06-10-2014, 04:38 PM
Good luck and congrats on the weight loss, 100 lbs is a lot of weight to drop.

CrustySMSgt
06-10-2014, 05:04 PM
congrats on the weight loss!

Decent list of jobs... are you looking to be a traditional reservist or looking for a full time gig?

Rusty Jones
06-10-2014, 05:08 PM
congrats on the weight loss!

Decent list of jobs... are you looking to be a traditional reservist or looking for a full time gig?

Traditional.

Measure Man
06-10-2014, 05:17 PM
Alright, looks like I'm doing it! I got out of the Navy in 2011 after eleven years, gained a shit ton of weight... all the way up to 285. Last time I weighed that was in October, when I stoped driving taxis. I check the scale in December, and saw that I weighed in the low 270's. Happy with what I saw, I decided to take advantage of what was happening... and I got down to 220 by the end of January, and got within body fat standards for the Army. Decided to talk to an Army National Guard recruiter; got the runaround for awhile, and then was told that no unit would waive a charge that I had (one that was unconditionally dismissed).

I was jerked around until the end of February by these fools. By then, I finally got down to 200; and met Navy body fat standards. The only problem was... I had to get all of my documentation for myself and dependants... social security cards, birth certs, etc... took me until early May to finish, and then I was told that... Navy Reserve recruiting got shut down for the remainder of the fiscal year. I finally got down to my current weight of 185, and found that I was good with the Air Force at 202.

So... I contacted the Air Force Reserve recruiter. She gave me the "bad" news... no reserve unit at Langley, so I'd have to go to Dover or Seymour-Johnson. Which is GREAT! I'm FROM Dover!

She also said that me keeping my E6 won't be guaranteed, but losing it is unlikely as long whatever AFSC I pick has an open slot; and even if it doesn't, there are waivers for it. I'm okay with it by now either way; I just want IN.

Anyhow, I thought this worked out great. I only made one phone call to the recruiter, met with her at the office, and then I got scheduled for MEPS that SAME day! I'm going on June 23rd.

I was a PS in the Navy, which is supposed to be equal to 3S0XX - which she said that there are no open slots for.

I'm currently looking at the following:

Aircraft Loadmaster
Weather
Traffic Management
Air Transportation
Vehicle Maintenance
Fire Protection
Services
Public Affairs/Radio & Broadcasting

Anyone in these fields that can tell me anything about them?

Congrats on the weight loss...did you follow any particular plan?

Of those jobs, I would suppose it depends on what you like. For me, I'd go with Loadmaster...you're in the fun Air Force, get to do some travel, close to the REAL AF mission, etc. Probably some deployments in your future though, if you're cool with that.

Personally, I would steer away from Services...there are some good aspects of that job, but also a fairly good chance you'll be a cook, or cook overseer (on contract cooks). But, again that is okay if that's what you like to do.

Vehicle Maintenace...if you like working on cars, of course. Good job and good training...it never hurts to know how to fix cars.

Public Affairs can be a lot of fun, get to see a lot of the missions going on and is interesting training, that believe it or not a lot of outside companies like to have...some one who knows how to talk to the media!

Good luck.

Absinthe Anecdote
06-10-2014, 05:46 PM
The Public Affairs tech school is at Fort Meade, MD and only about a three hour ride from Norfolk.

Of the jobs you listed, I'd pick that one.

I'm not sure that you would be eligible for loadmaster, they used to require a background in aircraft maintenance for cross trainees. That might of changed, so be sure to check.

I agree with the poster who said to steer clear of services jobs.

CrustySMSgt
06-10-2014, 08:16 PM
Langley has a reserve aerial port Sq, which will have Traffic Management & Air Transportation (and possibly Vehicle Maintenance)

They also have geographically separated units from other bases, so you could possibly get a job with one of them and still work at Langley

https://www.afreserve.com/where-to-serve/jb-langley-eustis

sandsjames
06-10-2014, 08:32 PM
I'm currently looking at the following:

Aircraft Loadmaster
Weather
Traffic Management
Air Transportation
Vehicle Maintenance
Fire Protection
Services
Public Affairs/Radio & Broadcasting

Anyone in these fields that can tell me anything about them?

Not in any of those but deal with people cross training FROM a few of those on a regular basis. Mainly they are coming from anything that's on the flightline.

I guess it depends what you like to do. I know that AF firefighters don't fight too many fires. Services is pretty broad. You can end up working in a chow hall, the gym, billeting, mortuary/morgue...etc.

As far as the others I'd only be going off of perception.

FLAPS, USAF (ret)
06-10-2014, 10:47 PM
Alright, looks like I'm doing it! I got out of the Navy in 2011 after eleven years, gained a shit ton of weight... all the way up to 285. Last time I weighed that was in October, when I stoped driving taxis. I check the scale in December, and saw that I weighed in the low 270's. Happy with what I saw, I decided to take advantage of what was happening... and I got down to 220 by the end of January, and got within body fat standards for the Army. Decided to talk to an Army National Guard recruiter; got the runaround for awhile, and then was told that no unit would waive a charge that I had (one that was unconditionally dismissed).

I was jerked around until the end of February by these fools. By then, I finally got down to 200; and met Navy body fat standards. The only problem was... I had to get all of my documentation for myself and dependants... social security cards, birth certs, etc... took me until early May to finish, and then I was told that... Navy Reserve recruiting got shut down for the remainder of the fiscal year. I finally got down to my current weight of 185, and found that I was good with the Air Force at 202.

So... I contacted the Air Force Reserve recruiter. She gave me the "bad" news... no reserve unit at Langley, so I'd have to go to Dover or Seymour-Johnson. Which is GREAT! I'm FROM Dover!

She also said that me keeping my E6 won't be guaranteed, but losing it is unlikely as long whatever AFSC I pick has an open slot; and even if it doesn't, there are waivers for it. I'm okay with it by now either way; I just want IN.

Anyhow, I thought this worked out great. I only made one phone call to the recruiter, met with her at the office, and then I got scheduled for MEPS that SAME day! I'm going on June 23rd.

I was a PS in the Navy, which is supposed to be equal to 3S0XX - which she said that there are no open slots for.

I'm currently looking at the following:

Aircraft Loadmaster
Weather
Traffic Management
Air Transportation
Vehicle Maintenance
Fire Protection
Services
Public Affairs/Radio & Broadcasting

Anyone in these fields that can tell me anything about them?

Langley has the VA ANG associated with the 1st Fighter Wing.

Rusty Jones
06-11-2014, 12:41 PM
Langley has the VA ANG associated with the 1st Fighter Wing.

I actually tried to go ANG first, but was told that there's no possibility of going in higher than E5. No waiver, no nothing.

Absinthe Anecdote
06-11-2014, 12:48 PM
I actually tried to go ANG first, but was told that there's no possibility of going in higher than E5. No waiver, no nothing.

Please don't be one of those prior Navy dudes that walks around saying crap like, "I was just in the head and the deck needs a good swabbing, the bulkheads could stand a coat of paint too. I'll be in the galley if you need me."

Rusty Jones
06-11-2014, 01:03 PM
No worries here. I was that defiant nonconformist asshole who poked fun anyone that DID talk like that.

I'm probably not going to say "latrine" either.

"Shitter" and "pisser" work just fine for me.

GeoDude
06-12-2014, 06:19 AM
The Public Affairs tech school is at Fort Meade, MD and only about a three hour ride from Norfolk.

Of the jobs you listed, I'd pick that one.

I'm not sure that you would be eligible for loadmaster, they used to require a background in aircraft maintenance for cross trainees. That might of changed, so be sure to check.

I agree with the poster who said to steer clear of services jobs.

Public Affairs is a blast - it's like getting to see just about every aspect of that service without getting rammed by the green weenie.

Rusty Jones
08-05-2014, 10:19 PM
My consult came back, and I'm clear. I'll be drilling out of Dover, and I'll be Air Transportation. I should be swearing in within the next week.

Mjölnir
08-05-2014, 10:57 PM
My consult came back, and I'm clear. I'll be drilling out of Dover, and I'll be Air Transportation. I should be swearing in within the next week.

Great news.

So out of curiosity, what was the weight loss regimen? Simple eat less calories than you burn, running, P90X or something?

Rusty Jones
08-05-2014, 11:00 PM
Running, lots of running. Six mile run every other day, and a 12 mile run every weekend. 1200-1600 calories a day, on the high end on running days, low end on non-running days.

Oh, and Metumucil. ;)

sandsjames
08-05-2014, 11:43 PM
My consult came back, and I'm clear. I'll be drilling out of Dover, and I'll be Air Transportation. I should be swearing in within the next week.


Welcome to the Blue...just remember, the grass isn't always greener!!!

Rusty Jones
08-05-2014, 11:55 PM
Welcome to the Blue...just remember, the grass isn't always greener!!!

I don't expect it to be. I'm here because Navy Reserve and Army National Guard were dicking the dog and wasting my time for months, when Air Force Reserve was able to get me up to MEPS within a week of first contact with the recruiter.

A Google search on 2T2X1 and reading various discussion forums shows that I'd be considered "flight line," which is supposed to be known for the work that they put in. And I'm fine with that.

sandsjames
08-05-2014, 11:58 PM
I don't expect it to be. I'm here because Navy Reserve and Army National Guard were dicking the dog and wasting my time for months, when Air Force Reserve was able to get me up to MEPS within a week of first contact with the recruiter.

A Google search on 2T2X1 and reading various discussion forums shows that I'd be considered "flight line," which is supposed to be known for the work that they put in. And I'm fine with that.

Should be good. Be prepared for a lot less discipline than you're used to. It'll probably be a little bit of a shock at first.

socal1200r
08-11-2014, 12:38 PM
2T2 is what I did before I got my commission. I liked working Ramp Services, because you got to work aircraft out on the flight line. Didn't really care for the cargo section, which basically involved building and tearing down pallets, and special handling (HAZMAT, biologicals, money, mail, etc). And you definitely want to stay away from aircraft services, which includes servicing the latrines, schlepping food up and down the stairs, etc. Might want to stay away from passenger services too, because you deal with a lot of prima donnas and assholes in that section. And if it was me, since you're looking at a traditional position, I would've taken the E5 and joined the ANG. The USAFR sucks, I wouldn't give them the sweat off my balls...but that's just me...