Airman Matthew Jones, United States Air Force

So, it’s finally done. I am now a member of the United States Air Force. Right now my departure date is May 28th, 2002, although it’s on a “move up” status so I might leave next tuesday for all I know. I go in for 8 years, but only 4 of them have to be active duty. Depending on job offers outside and inside the AF at that time will determine whether I stay in or not.
The only problem is, I found out I was color blind to certain shades of red and green. *sigh* So, I couldn’t get any electrical or computer jobs. I’m enlisted as a general AI. Here is a brief explanation of that. I go to basic, and while I’m there, they give me a big list of all the jobs I can do, and I choose the top 8 I want to do. And, then, they assign me based on those choices and my skill level. I might go into the security program there, as it will give me a good path towards OSI… which is basically the Air Force’s version of the CIA. I received a 91 on my ASVAB, out of 99… so I was told that I would be able to get any job I wanted… but.. now.. I only hope I get something enjoyable.
Well, the one thing that would have kept me behind is now a null issue. Now there is no turning back. I didn’t think Aubree would ask me to stay anyways. So, as it is, we’re going to break up when I leave. That will prob hit me the hardest. I’ve lived on my own since I was 17, and I’m used to it. I’ll miss my family, but I won’t be homesick. I’ll just miss Aubree. I just hope this is worth it. I miss her already, even though the date isn’t until forever off… just because, I know we only have a limited time. I know that when I go, she’ll date other guys, and who knows.. maybe by the time I get back here she’ll be married. I’ll be gone for four years. She won’t wait for me, nor would I even think of asking her to. I can’t do a long distance relationship. And I don’t think she can either. So, here I am… giving up on one part of my life… months in advance… it just hurts to think about it. I guess I should cherish the time we have left, right?
After boot camp, I’ll go to the tech school appropriate to the career I chose. It’ll most likely be in Georgia or Louisiana. There are other places that are possible as well. Who knows.
Anyways, I’m going to take a shower and stuff… My brother got me a few tickets to the sneak preview of “From Hell.” That should be interesting. Me not sleeping and stuff……..
So… Later…

And for all those interested:

I, Matthew Steven Jones, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

About Matthew Jones

Writer, Programmer, Astronomer, Dreamer, Wisher, Fighter. Always striving to be better than I was.
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