Military Service & Retirement
I'm currently in the USAF, been in 6 years, and have another 4 years left. I am seriously debating getting out of the AF to go to school to become a Paramedic. If I manage to get hired with a fire department, will my 10 years of military service transfer over to the department's retirement program? Or will I be starting from scratch?
I know some may say 10 years is halfway to retirement, why not do another 10? But it's about job satisfaction, I can't do this job for another 14 years, and all of the jobs that are available to cross-train into do not interest me one bit.
I joined the military at 23, and I had been working as a resident firefighter and EMT, so I received my FF-1 and EMT-B, but I know the EMT-B has cert has lapsed, because I've been overseas my entire time and was unable to take the test again. I do know that I absolutely loved the job, but then I got a "bug up my ***" about living overseas and serving in the military, so I joined the AF, best and worst decision of my life, met my wife here in Japan but gave up a job I really loved.
Sorry to type so much, just wanted to give a background as to why I'm contemplating this decision, before anyone calls me an idiot for getting out of the AF when I'm halfway to retirement.
Thanks for any help!