Another Air Force hopeful with a new question
I am certain this is the path I am going to take after having a year of vollie experience with a local department and a year as an EMT. I want to expand my horizons, get out of home, and travel. I have spent many weeks now researching the Air Force fire protection program and I only have really 1 question: dream sheet. I would love to be overseas but I know the Air Force can send my anywhere they want. Is it possible to have more pull if you are one of the top students at Goodfellow? What are great bases to be on overseas besides Ramstein, Kadena, Aviano, and Misawa?
If unable to get an overseas assignment, which bases in the CONUS are good besides Eglin? Which of the CONUS bases run calls with local departments?
And lastly, if I don't mark down any bases for the CONUS portion of the dream sheet, will I more likely be able to get an overseas assignment or should I put down a few CONUS bases so I don't get stuck with a crappy base if they decide to station me in the CONUS?
Thanks in advance!
Key words = "Dream Sheet"
Just keep in mind that the key word in your posting is "Dream"....you'll get very used to hearing "the needs of the Air Force come first"....once you understand that concept, you'll be fine.
If you REALLY want to go overseas, I found the best way to get the assignment you want is to request an extended long tour (ELT). That way you're considered ahead of others requesting the same assignment. The downside, of course, is that there's a chance that you'll hate it and spend an extra year someplace you can't stand. For someone new to the AF, it's probably not the best choice, but it may be an option. The AF loves ELT's because they have to move you less often which equals less $. There are no ELT for stateside assignments.
Also, keep in mind that you can't request specific bases overseas, just countries or areas (Germany, Italy, etc).
Crusty Old Timer's advice follows: It's not the base, country, or squadron that makes the assignment. It's the job, the people you serve with, and what you make of it that matters.
Best of luck to you.