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Terrance
03-01-2003, 07:16 PM
I was curious, the air force offers tech training classes.

Does anyone know if they offer programming?

Also, are there jobs in the air force for programmers?

For those of you that have been in the air force, navy, or army, what types of jobs have you had?

Terrance
03-01-2003, 07:20 PM
okay, found the answer.

There are jobs as programmers in the air force. If anyone's interested, here's the link:

http://www.airforce.com/careers/db/t_subcat_job.htm?jobCode=3C032&subcatId=6

jdinger
03-01-2003, 07:23 PM
Technical jobs do exist but you've got to demand it in your contract and stick to your guns. Remember recruiters may act like your best friend but they're just trying to reach their quotas. To them you're just a number. If they can sign you up for a combat arms MOS it's better for them, but then you spend the next few years in the dirt as a grunt.

The Air Force is the more techinical of all the armed forces. I served 8 years in the Army and we had programmers. They were rare (say on a Post like Fort Carson, CO, there was roughly 100,000 soldiers but only 5 of them were programmers). We never saw them.

The only reason I know they existed is because I was a hot ticket when I was getting out (I was a Squad Leader in an MOS that was in a shortage). So the re-up guys were offering me just about anything to stay in. I was just getting into programming so I told them "fine, you get me a desk job programming and I'll stay in." (I was bluffing. I just wanted to get them off of my back). The next day they brought me to the post support battalion and introduced me to a handful of guys, who sure-enough were programmers. I still got out, but that was a decision I had made years before and I was sticking to my guns (I'd already missed 4 of my then 5 year old's birthdays).

salvelinus
03-02-2003, 09:24 AM
Also, despite what the military may promise or even sign to, they don't have to put you in that field. There was a case a few years ago where a guy signed up for some field, and instead they stuck him in Alaska as a radar operator. He sued, it went to the Supreme Court and the army won.

LouDu
03-02-2003, 09:27 AM
Why the air force, why not the CIA and become a programmer there, they can always use people:)

itld
03-02-2003, 08:18 PM
howdy,
even if you DO get a programming job in the Air Force ask youreslf this question
::when you get out how many software companies will be interested in programmers that have spent all of thier time on proprietary hardware written secret code::

M.R.

Sebastiani
03-03-2003, 02:56 AM
Originally posted by itld
howdy,
even if you DO get a programming job in the Air Force ask youreslf this question
::when you get out how many software companies will be interested in programmers that have spent all of thier time on proprietary hardware written secret code::

M.R.

All of them!! We have many defense contracters here including Lockheed Martin, and many others. Finding a job afterward is easy. Everyone figures you know more than anyone else.
Air Force programming is usually geared toward query language programming, as most of the actual systems are developed by large offsite companies, by the way...