Patrick Bateman wrote:Yointer wrote:Patrick, why did you choose Air Force over the other branches?
Quality of life and recognition that a JAG is a professional.
Anyone with Armed Forces experience can tell you that AF quality of life is far and away the best. The AFB I was at this summer as a civilian law clerk was complete with golf course, two gyms, tennis club, driving range, etc.
The AF seems the most "corporate" of all the branches, which is appealing for me. Our enlisted have the highest test scores, we are focused on expanding in space and cyberspace, preference on brains v. brawn, etc. I truly want to serve my country but after 3 years of law school, I am not looking for the "hoora" experience that Army and USMC bring. I have a friend who is in his 2nd year of Army JAG and loves the fact that he got to attend the full officer's training (not the limited version USN/USAF use for JAGs) Air Assault School, is trying for Ranger School, etc. I don't need to be fast roping out of a helicopter as Patrick Bateman, Esquire.
I also like the limited deployments Airman deal with (4 months v. Army/USMC 12-16 months).
It was very difficult for me to not pursue the Navy but I am quite happy with my decision to go active duty w/ the AF.
Patrick, do not say things like "brains vs Brawn." I spent quite a few years in the Marine corps and Marines are far from dumb. Do you think men going in battle do not plan and prepare? Oorah is not an experience; it means KILL and it is a battle cry! You want to serve your country- great. But, remember what the contract you sign means. Just because you sign on with the branch closest to having a "corporation" on the end of its logo does not mean you might not end up in a cold (or hot) place with a rifle in your hands.