Overall, I like my job...but like any job it has it's moments. I've been in the Air Force 12 years now...it's kind of nice to know that I could retire in less than 8 years if I chose to, but I'm thinking of sticking it out a little longer and retire with 25 years in...if I feel like I'm still making a difference and possibly retire as a Lt Col as opposed to Major if I get out at 20 years.
That being said, I was moved to a new squadron/weapon system and I feel like I'm completely starting over at this base. I have just as much experience as the guy I've been crewed with, but sometimes I'm treated like I just fell off the turnip truck! Although I like the people I work with, it's pretty clear that the squadron I was in previously was a much tighter group, and there are just some things that have been happening to me in my new squadron that would never have happened to me in my old squadron. I can be pretty frustrating, but I try to look at it as an opportunity to bring my experience in and possibly change things for the better.
So...anyone ever had a job they liked and still thought about leaving?
When I first enlisted in the Air Force, I worked in a high-tech electronics careerfield. Since about 3 years ago when I got my commission and a job in Space & Missiles, not to mention a Top Secret Clearance, I've become even more marketable. I have some friends who have gotten out of the Air Force, or have gotten comparable civilian jobs and make a lot more money than I have in the Air Force. Those same friends have even tried to recruit me and have told me that their companies would hire me in a heartbeat. I have to admit it's a good feeling, and the temptation is always there, but since I put so much time into the Air Force thus far, plus I'm doing important work and do enjoy it, that I'll at least stick it out 8 more years.