I am seriously considering joining the Louisiana Air National Guard in the next 2 years (I have another year of Americorps and a semester or two of college to finish up first). I’ve interviewed with the recruiter and started preliminary paperwork. I haven’t signed anything nor have I had a physical yet. I have discussed this with a few friends, including Agent Foxtrot (who is former Air Force) to get their opinions, but no one I know has been in ANG before. Here’s the basics of what I know:
– I will do Basic at Lackland AFB in TX for probably about two months (currently it’s 7 weeks but the recruiter told me that Basic Training is supposed to be increased to about 2 months by the time I sign on).
– After that, I’m off to Tech School. This early in the game, there’s no telling what job I will end up with.
– I will be enlisting for six years. This is one weekend a month/few weeks a year, with a possibility of being deployed.
– I will be living in New Orleans, LA. I will receive education benefits. I will not be living on base (I will be responsible for providing my own living arrangements).
I would like to request some thoughts/advice from former or current ANG members. If you were in LA ANG that’d be ideal, but I’m not holding out for that. I just want to know what life will be like, things the recruiter didn’t tell me about, that sort of thing. If you are not a current or former ANG member, I will welcome your input if you are respectful of me and my ability to make an adult, informed decision for myself. I’m not trying to be rude, but I don’t want to be dog-piled by a bunch of people telling me what a terrible monster I am for even considering military service. I am fully aware that I may be deployed to a war zone. I am also willing to accept the military’s risks along with the perks.