Air Force vs. Army??

Ricki - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Hey ladies here's the back story: my husband has been trying to get into the Air Force since September of '09 and will not be able to make it to basic by his 28th birthday. The recruiter he was dealing with here in our hometown screwed him around and kept putting him off so yesterday we went to Tulsa (We live in OK, btw) to talk to another AF recruiter who basically told him that it was now too late since he'd have about a 4-5 month waiting period for his job. Soo...he took us over to the Army recruiter that he knew and trusted and we sat and talked for awhile. While at lunch, my hubby and I decided to join the Army.
Here's where I need help: All the research I've done as far as lifestyle, etc. is concerned has been focused on the AF. We have 2 girls and no future for ourselves or them in our current situation. How different is the Army from Air Force? What should I expect being an Army wife rather than an AF wife?? And what are some things I should nail the recruiter with?? I know the biggest difference is the deployments: 6 mths with AF and 1 yr with Army but other than that.....?

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Rosa - posted on 06/13/2011

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My husband and I were in the same situation, but lucky for us we didnt have any kids so we both join. The Army isnt negative you can get promoted easy. The biggest thing I can tell you about the army is this dont trust anyone until you know what thier agender is, know your regulations and the commanders policy for your unit. That will help your husbands not get messed over, and just do what is right, dont take side unless you know the trust fully and you will be ok. Its all common sense. Dont drink and drive or go wiith the wrong crowd, etc. You can have a great career and remember SAVE, SAVE, SAVE, DURING DEPLOYMENT. Make sure he job you are getting into is something you really love and enjoy. And ask about it as well. Some job come with alot more responsible and bull than they tell you. Wish you and your family all the best.

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@Kari All branches make the same money across the board. No one branch makes more money than the other. The only branches that don't make the same amount of total monthly income would be Reserve or National Guard due to being only part time. Here is a pay chart for officer and enlisted side for all branches: http://www.navycs.com/2010-military-pay-...

I think the Air force is def more family oriented. Also from what I have learned from my own personal self when joining the military, the AF can not guarantee the job you want in writing after you complete Basic. The only branch that does that is the Army. So if your husband is dead set on a specific job the Army is the way to go. Like everyone else has said they do make rank faster in the Army.

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Chelsey - posted on 07/08/2011

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I love that you posted this! We also live in Tulsa right now and are doing the same thing! I was a AF wive then got out and went Gaurd in Tulsa now we are going Army! These are the same questions I have! But I cant wait. I know the deployments are long and have alot more but I think if my hubby and I have made it through as much as we have with 3 kids and no family to help us, we can do anything! Best of luck!

Beth - posted on 06/14/2011

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You have more control over what job he gets and where you go in the Army. He can enlist with a specific job and first duty station. Air Force is more of a dice roll. I personally was in the Army and I loved it. My DH has been in the Army for 10+ years. Now military Drs really do suck ( it's like goign to the DMV every time you go to the Dr), but you can go to civilian drs with tricare standard they only difference is you have to pay a co pay but it's so worth it.

C. - posted on 02/02/2010

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That is so true, Kari! Air Force is definitely more family-oriented than the Army. That is one thing that I forgot to mention. But Shannon, have you ever been to an Air Force Base? They have more supplies and more of a variety of supplies than the Army does on Post. Not quite sure where you got that, but we always ended up going to the AF Base near wherever we are at the time instead of the Army Post b/c they have better variety.. Unless of course all we need is milk or toilet paper.

Ricki - posted on 02/02/2010

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Thanks so much|| I've been all over COM's and it seems the majority I've read has been negative. I know there's going to be hardships and I'll probably get fed up with it a time or two, but I'll always have my husbands back. And I also know that for every bad story there's a dozen great ones that you never hear about||

Kari - posted on 02/02/2010

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I know that the AF gets paid more and is more understanding when it comes to family things. My sister is an AF wife and I'm an Army wife and I love being an Army wife. And I know that army ranks faster. And like you said the deployments.

Shannon - posted on 02/02/2010

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Welcome to the family. :) Army life is somewhat different from AF, by way of longer deployments, theirs are usually a few months and no longer than 9. Ours are a year, and have been known to go 15 months. That's dying down now though, so don't worry. Army's budget is bigger, so there's less of a hassle for making sure that the posts get what they need. It's easier to make rank, so that means more money in your pocket in a more timely fashion. Good luck, and enjoy the ride. Always look at this life with a half glass full attitude, otherwise it can drive you batty. LOL

C. - posted on 02/02/2010

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I grew up in an AF family (both of my parents actually served in the AF) and my husband is Army after growing up w/ his dad in the AF. Now, the Army and Air Force are totally different. Just be warned that the Army can be a lot less organized with their paperwork than the Air Force can be. So be on their butts about Command Sponsorship and everything, b/c they will probably lose your paperwork a dozen times (I think they lost ours about 7 times). Yeah, you will have to deal with 12-15 month deployments with the Army. Really other than that, I don't know what to tell you. My husband has only been in the Army for 2 years, and out of Basic & AIT for 21 months. One thing I can tell you is that the Army tends to rank up faster than the AF.



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