My brother was with the USAF for about 8.5 years. He got out mostly because he had aged out of the opportunity to be a pilot (weight issues kept him out of the running once he had been there long enough to apply). Also, wanted the freedom to live where he wanted to, not where the AF sent him. He liked what he did and I've never heard him complain about his time there. He had done AFROTC in college for a couple of years, but ran into the problem of having never felt he had to study in high school (but always doing well), thought he could get away with that in college, so his grades plummeted as the courses got harder and by the time he got his act together he had already been booted from ROTC and couldn't get back in. As he graduated in 1992, the recruiter talked him into waiting out the coming election as the election of Clinton would surely mean military cuts and while they can 'fire' you out of officer training school, they can't 'fire' you once you've enlisted. So, after November he enlisted, breezed through the classes in boot camp and training afterwards. Did get an associates degree in electrical engineering during his time there, and GI bill money funded his second bachelor's degree once he left the AF (his job is funding the masters degree work, I think). He works for a company that makes military radios/communication devices now.
He was stationed in the now closed Rome AF base (NY state), then in Charleston, SC.
"Up plus down equals flat" Pumpkin, 3 yrs, 10 mo, July '07