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Military useful websites

The following links are not affiliated links, they’re sites that I feel are useful and/or interesting and may be helpful for you!

Paths to the Air Force (Enlisted and Officer)

  • Air Force Reserve
  • Air National Guard
  • United States Air Force (Active Duty)
  • – Information about admission to the United States Air Force Academy.
  • U.S. Air Force ROTC

Historical Interest

  • The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project – Phenomenal site for historical artifacts featuring female service members.

Considering Enlistment?

  • ASVAB Prep on – has a great section for ASVAB preparation including three short tests and three full length tests, as well as strategies and test-taking tips.

BMT Info for Prospective Trainees

  • WOT Breakdown – The AF Reserve page has a great schedule broken down by each WOT (Week of Training) of what you’ll learn at BMT.

BMT Family Resources

  • USAF Basic Military Training FB Page – This page is a must follow if you have a loved one in BMT, as they’ll post all of the candid photos and flight photos were taken by Basic Video Productions, the official photographer for BMT.
  • Basic Video Productions – Order your official BMT photos and gifts here!
  • AF WingMoms FB Page – Great resource for moms and loved ones of trainees at BMT.

Education Resources

  • CCAF Degree Programs – Valid for 2011 through 2013, this website lists AFSCs in alphabetical/numerical order.  Click on a link and you can read about the CCAF degree program related to your Military training


  • Brittany Vargassaid

    Hi there Erin! My Name is Brittany, I'm 21 years old & I'm looking into joining the USAF. I have fallen absolutely in love with your blog & i was hoping to get some advice! I'm planning on enlisting at the end of the year, but i do have a family of my own already.. I'm basically worried that my son will think I'm leaving him on purpose, & i don't want him think of it that way. He is only 3 yrs old, but still.Also, I'm looking into jobs & I'm not sure what to go into. I want something that will be best for my son, husband, & myself. Please help if you can! I would greatly appreciate it!! Thank you so much!

  • Erinsaid

    @Brittany Vargas – Congratulations to you on your decision to enlist! I can't speak with any experience as to relaying the purpose to children, but there's tons of resources out there that might be helping (despite being geared toward deployment). I think coming at it from a team perspective with your husband is going to be a best bet. Involving your son in writing letters while you're gone, or getting him a daddy doll ( might be helpful too! As for jobs, have you taken your ASVAB yet? Figure out what's available for you first, and then it might be a good idea to select either a high interest career for you, or one that will translate over to the civilian world. Those are your best bets. Good luck to you!

  • 958d6690-9d7d-11e2-a691-000bcdcb5194said

    Hi Erin! Thank you for your service. My situation is very similar to Brittany Vargas. I take care of my 3 yr old nephew. I recently just recieved custody of him after a long year of court proceedings. I am worried how he will deal with me being gone so long but I know he will be fine with my partner and her family. My main question is what is your opinion on the strict tattoo policy? I have read numerous articles and couldn't get a straight answer on the band. I have my right shoulder sleeved as well as the inside of my left shoulder. Nothing below the fore arm. My tattoo's are strictly decent nothing that is distastefull. I have a portriat of my brother my nephew's father on my right shoulder as well as a recent fallen hero's tattoo dedicated to his 3 yr passing and after recieving custody of my nephew I put a portriat of my nephew on the inside of my left shoulder. Please if you can give me your input. I will be very grateful

  • 958d6690-9d7d-11e2-a691-000bcdcb5194said

    I've applyed online to join and gone to my local recruiting office's and both are perminately closed. The closest recruiting office is two hours away. So i'm kinda in a sticky situation. You are an insperation. I want to do something great like what you have done. I did contact the recruiting office that is 2 hours away and sent pictures via email. I'm hoping to hear from them soon. I did talk with an Army recruiter and qualified but deep down my heart is in the Airforce.

  • Erinsaid

    @desmrqz – Thank you! Keep at it, talking to the nearest recruiter. Two hours is quite a ways, but they normally have a radius they work within, so they SHOULD be able to meet you somewhere. Goo dluck to you, keep persisting with your AF dream!

  • Dawn Hecksaid

    Hi Erin. Thank you for your service and for your dedication with offering great guidance for female recruites! My daughter ships May 6, 2014. We are running into difficulty with her for sports bras. She is well endowed (size D). Is the color requirement still white only? We found under armour black ones that are very supportive, but will not fold as nicely due to the support structure. She cannot get away with the inexpensive versions because of lack of support when she runs. Any advice and/or information is sincerely appreciated.

  • ashadoffsaid

    Hi Erin. Thanks for all the great information. I'm just looking for your opinion having been both enlisted and moving into officer training. I'm in Washington and am looking at the air national guard and have the option of entering enlisted or trying for an officer spot right off the bat. What is your opinion? Thanks!Amanda

  • Erinsaid

    @ashadoff – If you can try for a spot off the bat, go for it! That opportunity was presented to me as being non-existent when I went in, but I made the most of it and loved the experience. For me, I was able to build that foundation as an enlisted troop and better understand those I now lead. It was very grounding for me, and I am thankful that I had both experiences. Consider your goals and your timeline. You can always try for the direct commission and enlist if it doesn't work out. Good luck to you!

  • Mari Rosesaid

    How long does it take to hear back from a recruiter once an email has been sent. I too have a recruiter that is further away. I only sent the email less than a week ago.

  • Angela Millersaid

    Hi Erin,My name is Angie & I am a 29 year old middle school teacher taking the steps to join the AF Reserves. I stumbled upon your amazing blog while doing a Google search on teachers join the military & I’m so glad I found this! I have a few questions for you if you don’t mind… 1) Are you able to use any of the training you’ve obtained in the AF towards your PD for your teaching credentials? I’m hoping to get into Public Affairs & I teach Technology Education, so I feel like many of the skills I’ll learn in the AF will be applicable to my subject area. Plus I plan to earn my Master’s while serving. 2) Another thing I was wondering is what was it like going into the Reserves being older than most people who typically join the military & how do you think it has had an influence on your civilian career? 3) Finally, I know the AF is the most selective of all branches & financial issues can affect being accepted, so do undergraduate student loans have a major effect on that? I went to a state school, so my loans are very minimal.Your blog has given me a lot of insight on what to expect & I look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks for posting!

  • Erin Carpentersaid

    @Angela Miller – Glad to help! No, none of my training has gone to PD and I haven't tried. Yours sounds a lot more applicable. I teach math though. Plus, most of the training you do in the AF is at level below graduate level, so it doesn't count for further education credits. Being an older enlistee isn't odd for the Guard/Reserve, so I don't think you'll have an issue there. I am so thankful that I did it, and I think I was better prepared as an older enlistee and can appreciate it more. Back in my civilian career, I'm definitely more confident, and I love that I do different things in both careers. If your loans are minimal and student loans, it shouldn't be a problem. Very, very common issue. Good luck to you, fellow teacher in arms! 😉

  • Angela Millersaid

    OK great, thank you! I know every job & command is different, but do you get any opportunities to travel to different places during your 2 week tour or do you usually stay in CO? Do you think the training/ skills you've acquired in the AF have helped you be a better teacher & better with classroom management/discipline? Also, how was it when you came back from training having your school year already started & missing that time with your students? I'm worried about how my absence will affect my classes & wondering if it'll be hard to transition back in the middle of a school year. One more thing, did it put a strain on your relationship with DH with you being gone? I'm not married, but my BF (who was in the Navy & supports me) & I live together, but I cant help but wonder if our relationship will survive my absence. Thank you again for serving, all your helpful posts & for taking time to answer my questions. 🙂

  • Erinsaid

    @Angela Miller – Yes, opportunities can arise for off-station Annual Tours. We have a group in Guam right now, and another unit in our Wing is heading to Japan soon. I haven't been lucky enough to get on one of those yet. I think the training and skills I've received has increased my confidence, and that trickles down to other aspects of my life. Missing time with my students is a challenge, in terms of planning, but I have been doing it long enough that I can guide us back on track and establish our routine fairly well. Kids that have had me before are usually overjoyed when I return. I think they admire what you're doing, especially if you live in a military community. As for being away from my DH, he's very understanding because we're dual mil. As military members, we both see the greater picture and the benefits that come from service, so we haven't had too many issues. I tend to cope with absence better than him, but I fill my time and stay busy. Hope this all helps! Don't be afraid to go for it – it's totally worth it as a teacher, and I can usually fill my summers with training/orders for extra cash and experience!

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