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#31 Posted at 2009-05-25 20:26        
     
What is PRP?


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#32 Posted at 2009-05-25 21:41        
     
The new models look much better dude, keep up the good work!

Personal Reliability Program aka Nuke Base (like Minot, ND). The only plus of a PRP base is you're less likely to deploy for OIF/OEF because you're considered "Deployed in Location". You should be fine getting an SF slot, we're always in need of people, despite the fact that the SF academy is the largest tech school in the USAF.

I'm down near Eglin and we're part of a SOW (Special Operations Wing) so we don't have an LE mission, we get to play with all the cool toys (we actually just decided to switch from M68 Aimpoints to Trijicon ACOGs).

The only thing I can say is just try and get in some kind of shape before you go, hydrate a lot (lol), and pray to God you don't get the Area 3 instructors that I had during Tech school haha. BMT isn't too bad, it's stressful but it's meant to be. Tech school was a lot of fun and a good amount of hard work, it was good experience (imo). Are you planning on going Active Duty or Reserve/ANG?

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#33 Posted at 2009-05-25 22:27        
     
Active Duty, sorry LE? I don't know much if anything about what abbreviations mean what. How long have you been in?


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#34 Posted at 2009-05-25 23:33        
     
LE = Law Enforcement.

As SF we perform to missions: Law Enforcement anywhere on Post (and occasionally off post, depending on the local laws) and Air Base Defense/Security (flight line security, gate security, manning defensive fight positions (DFPs), Convoy security, vehicle and foot patrols, etc). We are the Air Force's infantry. I've got two years in.

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#35 Posted at 2009-05-26 00:17        
     
I heard someone talking about the ravens, what is that exactly like an air marshal, is it hard to get into?


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#36 Posted at 2009-05-26 06:08        
     
Raven school is 14 days of SUCK! Lol Basically it teaches you how to deploy with an aircraft (like a MC-130) and secure any area that it lands at. You'd also be responsible for securing any cargo it carries (including any prisoners). It's not a bad deal if you get somewhere that uses the ravens a lot and if you want to deploy.

There's also the new DAGRE (Deployed Aircraft Ground Response Element) teams that some of the SF units that are part of a SOW, like Hurlburt Field or Duke Field. That's a 60-some odd day course of getting your ass smoked and going through some cool courses.

With both of those you can just ask about when you get through tech school and get to your flight.

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#37 Posted at 2009-05-27 05:27        
     
Cool, man your younger than I am (21), and a Senior Airman, your set bro so congrats. You can pretty much join any LE agency if you wanted to. I basically had an invite into CHP academy but screwed it up by getting another speeding ticket, the first of which they barely looked passed (110mph in a 65 on an R6) But thats not entirely why I joined, I always wanted to serve in the military.
Do you know any guys about your same rank that are married? Is there really any pay difference or what? I'm getting married in about 25 days. I think its gonna be rough, being in AF and married at least at first being away and all.
Thanks for the insight its kinda cool to hear about this stuff from an Airman in SF.

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#38 Posted at 2009-05-27 21:46        
     
Man its gonna all be ok. Getting married is fun and challenging. I got married 3 days before BMT. Its tough but you get through it. BMT is a breeze, Tech school is tough you get some freedom back but your still on a tight leash and be prepared to have to be accountable for your fellow airmen. One person screws up you all get screwed. Although you will be separated from your wife and family just FOCUS on school and graduate dont get hurt and stay away from alcohol if you can. Its a big trouble maker in Tech school. Your pay will pretty much double if your married depending on where you go. Also sign up for your GI Bill I believe its free now. It used to cost like $1500. Good luck in the USAF


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#39 Posted at 2009-05-28 22:51        
     
Hey Welch.D(USAF), Your USAF Work is looking really great! Keep it up man =)


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#40 Posted at 2009-05-29 07:24        
     
I was married, in the process of a divorce right now actually, the pay differences are pretty nice, you'll get BAH+BAS (Basic Allowance Housing & Basic Allowance Sustenance) right off the bat, I went in as an E3 (because of College + AFJROTC in high school) and was making about $3k a month, which is about double what a normal Airman First Class (E3) makes. Definitely try and stay away from getting drunk while you're in tech school, or at least make sure you have GOOD, trust worthy wingmen if you do decide to go out. Be prepared to suffer because of other airmen on your team and even from other airmen from other teams (One Team, One Fight... ugh you'll learn to hate that saying lol). But it's all part of the school. If you can, try and be in Lackland for tech school during Spring/Fall, I was there for summer and Camp Bullis in July/August SSUUUUCCCKKKS! Good luck either way though :)!

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#41 Posted at 2009-05-31 18:06        
     
Sorry to hear that Mabes. I am looking forward to it, I think I can stay away from drinking, if I do go out it will be for a brisket sandwich and some ribs. They just don't know how to make a brisket out here in Cali... Well I will be going in as an E1, so i should still be making over 2 right? Thats good enough for me, considering I barely make 2 with alot of OT now. So how to you pay for other Airmen that drink, lose privileges? I probably will end up there in August/September sometime cause I swore in a month ago.


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#42 Posted at 2009-06-01 09:26        
     
Your freedom in tech school is divided up into phases, there's three phases. First phase you're in uniform any time you're out of your dorm and you have a curfew of 2200 every day of the week, you also cannot go off base. You hit second phase about two weeks after you start tech school, you can wear civi clothes on base, have a weekend curfew of 0000 and you can go off base, but have to be in your dress blues. Third phase is about three or four weeks after you hit phase two, you can wear civis any where (on or off base) and you don't have a curfew over the weekend.

However, even without a curfew, you're still not allowed to stay in a hotel without getting a pass through the MTL (Military Training Leader), but that doesn't mean people don't do it. Hotel passes aren't too difficult to get, if your MTL isn't a douche, but only really able to get them if you have family coming to see you.

So if someone else screws up, your whole team can either be dropped down a phase or two, or the whole team (or the entire squadron, which happened TWICE during my time there) will be put on lock down. Lock down means once you finish your classes for the day (generally around 1700-1800) you have to go to your dorm room and stay there, unless you're going to the CLOSEST chowhall. You have to be in uniform when you go to the chow hall then as well. Lock down sucks, we go put on it during the four day Fourth of July weekend, because some idiot got drunk as hell, pissed on some bar sign down by the river walk and tried to start a fight with the San Antonio PD.

Also, don't be stupid and have any females come into your dorm room, or let your roommates bring anyone in there. Big, big no no.

As an E1 you'll make $1400 a month before taxes and without BAH/BAS, so you should make around $2000 after taxes, all depends on what your wife's address is during your time at BMT/TTS.

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#43 Posted at 2009-06-01 09:40        
     
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#44 Posted at 2009-06-09 12:12        
     
I will be making the USAF models for ARMA 2 once I get it.

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#45 Posted at 2009-06-09 18:13        
     
very nice man...keep up the good work..im still here to help you..if you need me..good luck bud!

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