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Joining the Air Force: Getting Started

12 Oct

Good morning!

I do want to start making videos again, but until I have the right environment (aka an apartment), I’ll be writing about my Air Force journey here.

YT Screenshot

There was a time I sort of consistently made videos.

If you’re finding this because you’re looking for some information on joining the Air Force, here’s a quick intro: I’m a 26-year old woman, I have a bachelor’s degree in film studies, and I have joined the Air Force, shipping out for BMT (Basic Military Training) on December 17th. I AM SO EXCITED.

BMT Countdown

There are no military members in my family, and therefore, I currently have no family support. I only say that in the event that someone else is in the same situation, and they don’t feel singled out because of it. It’s okay to do what YOU want and not necessarily what your family wants.

A lot of people have been wondering why I decided to join the military. For… just about everyone I know, this was a total surprise. My interest in joining the military was never something I told anyone, mostly because I never gave it any serious consideration. Back when we were 15, a friend of mine was dating a Marine. That was the first I really heard of the military other than in history classes. Fast forward like, 9 years to talking to my boyfriend’s cousins who are in the Army. That was pretty much it.

DEP group C-17

My recruiter and some of the other people in her DEP (Delayed Entry Program, aka those who have officially joined the Air Force and await shipping out) on a trip to tour a C-17. It was awesome.

At first, I completely intended on joining the Army, but I decided to look into the Navy and the Air Force before making any commitments. I don’t love boats or chopping my hair off, so the Navy was out.

I discovered that the Air Force has the best benefits, the shortest deployments (max 6 months), the nicest bases, and all around it was just the best choice for me. The Air Force website is so comprehensive and user-friendly. There are plenty of YouTube videos and blogs from people (I especially watched/read from women) to fuel my excitement. I had already made my decision to join before I saw my recruiter.

Serving my country comes with so many bonuses: Healthcare, free housing, monthly allowances, steady pay with job security, potential to travel the world, meet new people, see new things… what more could you ask for? I’m all about the adventure. screenshot

The Air Force website offers online chatting with a recruiter, but really, it doesn’t compare to going into a recruitment office and talking to someone face-to-face. You can explain your situation and ask questions and ask more questions after that.

Once you’ve made the decision to join the Air Force and you’ve filled out preliminary paperwork, you have to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery). This is similar to the SATs. It’s a long exam, mostly done on the computer. This is an important test for the Air Force because they have high standards for educated Airmen. For having not been in school for three years, I did really well! I made the highest aptitude, but on the lower side. I highly recommend The Princeton Review’s study guide, Cracking the ASVAB.

ASVAB book

Once you’ve met the required score on the ASVAB (which varies depending on which branch of military you’re trying to join), you can go through MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station). I’ll go through that 8- to 9-hour day of fun (not really) next!

Base Pic


It’s been a while… here’s what you missed!

26 Sep


Things have happened in the past year since I’ve posted a real entry.

1. I participated in a local “Winter Series” during which we raced every Sunday for a few months in the heart of Winter. These races took place in a state park, and they were full of serious hills.

Winter Series 2012 Race

The longest race I participated in during the Winter Series.

2. I joined and continued doing CrossFit for six months until I hurt my back, left a temp job, and went broke. Rough life.

CrossFit Back Squat

That weight wasn’t even that heavy.

1a/2a. Hill running and CrossFit greatly improved my running speed.

3. After the Winter series, I didn’t run as much distance and as often as I had been. It sucked.

Cold Running

Stop looking so happy. You suck.

4. On May 5th of this year, I raced in the Broad Street 10-Miler as a part of “Team Dunkin'”, having won my registration from Dunkin’ Donuts. I had spent the two weeks prior to the race sick and unable to run and then recovering from getting my wisdom teeth out and being unable to run. I was amazed that I even finished, but I was pretty pleased with my time.

Broad Street 10-Miler

What What.

5. I continued running, but really just not as consistently as I was this time last year and during the Winter Series.

6. About a month or two ago, I really kicked it back into gear. For the last three weeks, I’ve been running 6 days a week, including one long run each week.

Long Run Sept 2013

This was just a few days ago, and it is the most NON-RACE distance I’ve covered!

I’ve also been working on my pathetic excuse for push-ups as well as sit-ups because…

7. I joined the United States Air Force!!! I’m currently booked to leave on December 17th of this year for Military Basic Training in San Antonio, Texas. I am SO EXCITED for this journey and career that is coming! I’m so eager for December 17th to roll around.

Air Force DEP

My recruiter, me, and some of her other recruits.

Of course, it’s going to be hard leaving my boyfriend…

Cade and Me


…and my special little baby (my chinchilla).

Misty and Me


8. Because my intentions for my Air Force career is to make it just that, my career, I’ve decided to seriously look into joining the Air Force as an officer. This would mean my date to leave would change, potentially to much later in the future. I have to take another rough SAT-like exam, the AFOQT (Air Force Officer Qualifying Test), and be accepted by the board. I’ve only just decided to look deeper into this route, so we’ll see what happens.


That basically brings us to day! Hello! I’ll be sharing my experiences in joining the Air Force, the steps that I’ve taken and still need to take before I ship out, and then of course my training and eating and merry ways.

This has been my Facebook picture for months. This is just after finished a 10K race. It's just too good.

This has been my Facebook picture for months. This is just after I finished a 10K race. It’s just too funny not to share.