Here is some advice to really help capitalize on this amazing opportunity.
Use every educational benefit available. CLEPS, DANTE, Tuition assistance.
Trust everyone, but verify everything for youself by looking at regulations and Air Force Instructions. Become a regulation subject matter expect.
Transfer your G.I Bill to your children. All to one or split it. Unless you are absolutely going to use it. Your children will get serious money while going to school. Equals basic allowance for housing at E-5 pay.
Your age is a benefit, not a laibility. Maturity and stability will serve you well.
Family first, always.
The Air Force will ask and ask of you, and only you will draw the line in the sand when it becomes too much. Know when to speak up and say no. Respectfully and factually.
Take care of yourself and your peers. Look out for one another.
Make your supervision and leadership look good, and you will look amazing. This is how you make impressions that matter.
Embrace the suck. It won't always be amazing, but it is your mentality that will make all the difference. I had some of my best times in the worst places and situations. Made the best friends, there and then, as well.
Make and leave everything better than you found it.
Most of all, enjoy all the nuances that less than 1% of the general population get to experience. It will change you (for the better).
Edited by Overwhelming Odds, 01 February 2020 - 08:08 PM.