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Money (cont)

Don’t forget about the savings in the BX (20-25% annual savings) and commissary (average 29% savings).  It adds up.

Free medical and dental care for you, free or low-cost for families.  Average cost for health insurance in the civilian sector is $2500 per year plus deductibles

Clothing allowance

Non-contributory retirement and new Thrift Savings Plan

Low cost life insurance

30 days vacation with pay each year; roughly 13 three-day weekends with pay; 3-day passes for exceptional performance.  Not too many places pay you to take time off!

b.

Advancement

Promoted based on what, not who you know

You’re in control of your advancement opportunities

Early promotion to SrA for exceptional performers

Supervisory opportunities at an early age

We teach you how to become an effective leader through formal Professional Military Education and informal professional development seminars

c.

Travel

Most airlines offer reduced airfare for travel

Rental car companies often offer discounts

Space-A travel on military/charter aircraft

Allowances when going PCS/TDY

On-base SATO offices can help with travel arrangements

Plan trips to take advantage of space available billeting

Armed Forces Recreation Areas at great vacation locations

d.

Training

Remember that all Air Force tech schools are fully college accredited

You earn college credits that can lead to an Associates Degree

Follow-on training can get you closer to your degree and/or certification

As you progress and become a trainer, you’ll learn “teaching” skills that are always in demand

Training never stops; by using “just-in-time” training methods you remain current in your AFSC

e.

Recreation

Many team and individual sports are available

Fully-equipped modern fitness centers are free to use

Low-cost specialized recreation classes available

Many fitness centers open 24 hours a day to accommodate shift workers

Swimming pools, bowling alleys, movie theaters, picnic areas, playgrounds

Low cost golf courses

NCO club helps promote esprit de corps

Recreation centers offer pool, video rooms, TV lounges

Tickets and Tours helps save you money

Hobby shops (auto, wood, photo, etc) at a very reasonable cost

Different classes (ceramics, auto repair, framing, etc)

Outdoor rec facilities from cabins in the mountains to resort hotels

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