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I am 43 days out friends. Just 43 days to prep my body for Basic Military Training and my mentality for leaving my family for 6 months to a year. It is exhilarating, but also scary. However, I just continue to remind myself that there are major benefits to joining the Air Force and this is going to be best for my family’s future. That being said, here’s why I am so stoked to finally be in the United States Air Force!
1. One Outfit
I hate shopping for business attire. It’s expensive, it never fits quite right, and it’s uncomfortable. I am so ready to wake up in the morning and throw on my one outfit for work. I will wear that uniform with pride – for America and my closet.
2. Nobody Cares What You Look Like
Wouldn’t you love to wake up every morning and not apply make-up or do your hair? In the Air Force, I won’t have to. Granted, if you have long hair, you’ll have to put it back in a sock bun, but that takes five minutes. No one cares if you’re beautiful. All they care about is if you can do your job well. Do your job and stay golden!
3. Higher Pay & Better Benefits
Until you’ve worked a job with crappy or no benefits, you don’t realize how important they are. My husband and I will receive 100% free healthcare, cheap dental, and free housing. Plus, I’ll get 30 days paid vacation every year. There is so much more than this, but those are some of the basics. I may have said this before, but my income will nearly double the day I leave for BMT. It’s going to change our lives, and I can’t hardly believe it.
4. Job Security
This is something I am also so excited about. In this economy, good jobs are still hard to come by, and true security is difficult to find. In the Air Force, you know if you do your job well and continue improving yourself, you have a guaranteed salary (with benefits) for the amount of time you’ve enlisted for. That feels really good.
5. Paid Maternity Leave
I know I’m not really one for children, but I feel it my ginger duty to bring my soulless spawn into the world to keep the ginger breed alive. If you come from a lower-class family like I do, then you know how unheard of paid maternity leave is. The Air Force values their people, and therefore women receive 6 weeks of paid leave after having a child. Plus, the Navy just increased their paid leave to 16 weeks! Maybe the Air Force will follow suit!
So no matter how bad the first year will be, the Air Force is going to give me so many amazing benefits and opportunities. I am so excited to put my all into serving the country and seeing where this path will lead me.