« on: April 13, 2005, 08:51 PM »
Sure. I'm happy where I'm at these days. Did my life take the course I had planned when I left High School nearly sixteen years ago?? Hell no!
My original plan had me graduating from UCF, joining the Air Force and becoming an F-15 pilot....eventally an Astronaut. Instead, I ended up leaving UCF, enlisting in the Air Force and practically paying for my Bachelor's degree in blood, taking me 11 years to get instead of the four most people take. Then, I find out I'm too old to get a pilot's slot in the Air Force, missing the age cut-off by six months.
Luckily, I worked in a squadron which had a slot for a Space Guy, and in the three years I was at Eielson, two different guys held the job. I was able to pick thair brains about AF Space Command and found it extremely interesting. I'm now a first Lt working one of the most interesting and demanding jobs the AF has to offer. With different space assignments I can get after my missile tour I will be extremely more marketable to many Aerosace corporations, companies that do consulting for the military, and even NASA.
Most of my friends from my UCF days ar still in the AF, some got out because they couldn't get pilot slots because of the drawdown after Desert Storm and got out, some are majors and I think one or wo at Lt Col's now. If I had finished college in the 4-5 year track I had originally planned I could be that rank by now as well, but I would be a much different officer than the one I am now....it's more about the journey than the destination.
So Jaye, live your life they way YOU want to live it. It's yours, and don't regret the choices you've made in the past...they've made you the person you are today.