Cullen Bryant III
The Life of a Student Airman
As the Airman’s Creed begins, “I am an American Airman. I am a Warrior. I have answered my nation’s call.” Many students on campuses across this great nation have answered this nation’s call. Coming onto a year and a half now, I still remember the day that I signed my contract with the United States Air Force and what was running through my mind. As far as stability and structure in goes, being an Airman has changed many people in a tremendous way. It has changed many lives enough to where the majority of people that have joined have a different outlook on just about everything. The military has made ...view middle of the document...
Thanks to the Air Force, a select few have fallen under the category of a student with a job. With many careers in the Air Force, there is a lot of training required. Much of this training is hands on, and opportunities are slim for certain tasks. One could only imagine getting a call at 3 a.m. being requested to pack their bags, get over to work, and never even think about complaining. This is just one of the many burdens to bear in a student Airman’s day to day.
There are a lot of positive things to be said as well about being a student Airman. In training for an Airman’s specified job, there is follow-on training that occurs after basic training called Tech School. Tech School is almost like going to college, but everyone smells bad, the dormitories are cleaner, and everyone is wearing the same uniform. Regardless, there were similarities that could be pointed out between Tech School and being a student in college. Some people are out on their own without their parents for the first time, and the majority of people are complete and total strangers that have to get to know each other, just like college. Last but not least, classes become much harder than what is assigned in high school. With an increased level of difficulty in classes, new study habits have to develop with new students.
Finances provided by the military are another bonus. The GI Bill provided to all service members provides military members with money to live on while they make their way through college. The GI Bill is a reward to any military member for getting good grades. The GI Bill is money issued by the military to its members when they are attending college. With money being handed out, however, there are requirements all military members must follow in order to be able to enjoy...