A lot of people have been asking me where I'm going to be going when I start my life as a member of the Air Force, so I figured I'd do an en-masse email/blog post and hopefully answer the questions for everyone.
Basic training for enlisted members of the Air Force, at Lackland AFB, TX (just outside of San Antonio), is 6 1/2 weeks. I don't expect it to be too difficult; I have many friends that have gone through Marine Corps basic training and they tell me that in the shape I'm in, I'd have no trouble getting through the physical demands of even their BMT which is, in the opinion of many, significantly tougher than AFBMT. I don't claim to have the faintest clue which one is tougher; one can't really say unless they've done both. Not that it all matters anyway...
So, I leave May 20th. That's a Tuesday. I expect that first week ("Zero Week") to be the "1/2" week. Six weeks from that Sunday will be BMT, which puts my graduation at the weekend of July 4th (my best guess at this point), provided that I don't do anything dumb like get injured.
I get one day off (or two days if I really kick ass up to that point) and then I'm scheduled to go to my first technical school. I'll be going to two of them, and I'm not sure which one is first, but here they are:
Keesler AFB in Mississippi, and Sheppard AFB in Texas. Although I'm not sure the exact amount of time I'll be at either one, all my research suggests that all this will take me right up to and maybe through March 2008. At that point, I get some time off to go home and pack up all of mine and Carol's stuff (as well as Carol herself) and we head to wherever in the world I'll be working.
I bolded "wherever in the world" because I really have no idea, and likely no influence upon where that will be. I've been talking online to another guy who's been doing my job for a couple years. Right now he's in Utah, but he spent a few years in Italy. I'm cool with that though, I have my first couple of choices, but I'm going to make the best and have a blast wherever I go.
Anyway, I started to write more but I think I've satisfied the purpose for which I began writing this... I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and partying my ass off until I head out! See you all soon!