4.08.2010

You did What!? (Why we chose the Air Force)

When we made our decision to enlist, we got some very mixed reactions to it. I say "we" because it was a joint decision. Yes, Mr. Superman was the one who signed his name on the contract, went to BMT, Tech School, etc etc but we as a couple decided what would be best for us not only in the present but in the long term future.

When people are considering whether or not enlisting would be right for them, or if they think that it may be something they would like to do, it is really important to look at the long term, what you want to do in your life, and especially for those in serious relationships ie marriage, to discuss it with your partner/spouse and make sure that you are both ready and willing for the complete 180 change in lifestyles. The stability in career is fantastic and the opportunities that become open to you are phenomenal but most people don't think about or don't realize the sacrifice necessary.

I can't even count how many people have asked me how long Mr. Superman and I were apart, what we had to do so far, if it's "hard", if we got to choose where to live, how much we make... think of any question YOU may wonder about and it has been asked. For the most part, questions are fine. They are to be expected. Others however, like, "Is it hard?" aggravate me but also make me shake my head at the ignorance. Of course it's difficult! Everything about it is difficult but it makes Mr. Superman happy, he loves it, its something to be proud of... I could go on and on but that isn't the purpose of this post. I will just say that the good outweighs the bad and the hubbs loves it so I am content and happy.

The story behind why Mr. Superman and I chose to enlist and also chose the Air Force over any other branch actually extends back to when Mr. Superman was in high school, before I ever met him. He won't toot his own horn but I'll be more than happy to bragster him up a bit. He is a total genius! He had lots of scholarships and had been accepted to ASU (Arizona State University), U of U (University of Utah), Colorado State, and the ever exclusive USC. He played football and wrestled and as injuries do happen, he ended up with two horrible knees at the end of it and lost the scholarships. He had been fully planning on attending U of U and doing their ROTC program then commissioning as an Officer in the AF. Sweet right?! Yeah well he couldn't pass the physical with two blown out knees.

Fast forward three years. We're married, Mr. Superman has only three semesters left until his BSD, we have 3 jobs between the two of us but no money. We felt like we needed to move to UT. We prayed then moved. After both of us getting new, fantastic, high paying jobs, we were both laid off. *Insert screaming and crying here* Without talking about it we both kept having the Air Force pop into our heads. After a week of no work, we sat down to discuss our options and we both brought it up. Long story short, we went into a recruiting office, got our questions answered, prayed, then enlisted! It was a bit of a whirlwind ride but here we are! So back to basic questions of this post.

Why did we enlist? Well Mr. Superman had always had interest but lost his chance due to sports injuries. We both felt like life was just supposed to happen a little and he's now back on the path that was originally meant for him (us). The fact that he is now loving this career path is a major plus along with the stability in employment, education perks, housing, major network, etc etc.

Why the Air Force? Again, it was Mr. Superman's original interest. Also, it was a huge plus that they would be allowing him to go right back to school. Education opportunities are huge and Mr. Superman finishing his degree is so important to him and to his plans and goals for the Air Force. I guess all in all it was just the best fit for us.

That's all for now lovelies.

♥ Mrs. S.

3 comments:

A Marine's Wife! said...

I'm in LOVE with your blog. You're just as picture obsessed as me! LOVE IT! You guys are too cute :)

Team Mama said...

And I would add that you are both Patriots and that serving your country was a positive thing to do! And that 2 of Superman's sisters (SuperSisters???) are planning on following the same career path! Proud of you both!

Katie Savvy Steele said...

Haha yeah, sorry I don't want to be in the Air Force. Being afraid of heights does not add to my case. Okay but now I am cursed to be an air force wife thanks to you and my sisters. Oh man. But it's nice to hear from you guys so frequently. I love your new blog style though. We miss you two tons.