Why I Joined The Air Force

As I write this I just recently put in to extend my time in the Air Force for another four years.


About four years ago I was sure that this was going to be a quick four year enlistment to save a bit of money, get out, and use my GI Bill. 

So what changed? I'm glad you asked! Honestly, four years ago my plan was to return home which would be Kansas. I wanted to go to college although I didn't have an idea what I wanted to study. I joined the Air Force because I wasn't really going anywhere. I worked and attended a community college an hour away from home. I paid for college out of pocket and barely kept a few bucks in my wallet for food. My day in, day out was so repetitive - it hurt. 

To give you a walkthrough and idea, I would get up, go to work at a bank from 7:00 AM to 1:30 PM. After my shift is over, I went home to change, grab a quick bite and start my hour drive. I would get to my class by 4:00 PM and stay until 7:00 PM where I would meet a buddy for a short dinner. After dinner, I went to my next class and when that was over, I started my drive back to Wichita at 10:00 PM. 

Despite these long days, I wasn't really making a lot of progress, or at least I didn't feel like I was. 

Weekends were more exciting with friends and all, but to live for your weekends is a sad life. 

When I was in my senior year of high school, I spoke to the military recruiters but was never serious about joining. But, after going through the same cycle and barely keeping my head above the water, I was finally serious about joining the military. And just like that, I was set to leave as early as February, but due to an unfortunate car accident that left my hand slightly injured I ended up delayed until June.

Are you active duty? Why did you join the military? Do you have a similar story?