That person is an Airman, not an “airmen.” Airman is singular. Airmen is plural.
Airmen aren’t soldiers. They’re Airmen.
People in the Army are Soldiers. People in the Marines are Marines.
You’re in the Air Force. Not the Airforce.
Happy military spouse appreciation day to my husband. I am eternally grateful he does not wear “I love my Airman” tee shirts, or put bumper stickers about being a milso on our car, or wear my uniform in sexy pictures. He is everything I ever wanted.
chateauxiii: How does linguist training work for officers? I'm in AFROTC and my passion is languages. Do you know what officer jobs allow/use language training? Perhaps intelligence? Love your blog and posts, by the way :)
Thanks! There are definitely officers of all branches that attend DLI. I’m not sure on the jobs, but I walk past several officer linguists-in-training daily.
And old ones alike. I just wanted to give a shout out to all of you. I know I’m not as active a poster as I should be, but you know, DLI and all that.
Look for more things in the future! Love you all!
The most amazing thing happened today.
I was sitting in my last hour of class, bored out of my skull. My poor teacher, bless her soul, was trying to engage us with success stories about her former students and the awesome things they now do for the government, mostly because we’re all positive we’re going to fail everything.
She was talking in Russian, using words we’d never had as vocabulary, and out of nowhere, it dawned on me that I was understanding her perfectly. I wasn’t even thinking about what she was saying, I just knew.
And that’s the moment that’s gonna get me through the next five months of class.
I’ve been seeing a lot of people thinking that because they scored high on the DLAB that they’ll let you pick your language or you’ll get Chinese or Korean.
I know it sucks, but it’s NOT TRUUUUUE. I scored a 128 and a classmate of mine scored over a 135 and we both got Russian, and I know kids in the Chinese department who scored a 112. It’s almost completely up to what the Air Force needs.
That being said, still try to score high on your DLAB. I mean, it can’t hurt.
Anonymous: Can you post a picture of what your dorm is like?
I live off-post! Sorry. But they’re all different. Some are ucky concrete-walled boxes, some are fairly nice (at least, here).
I should add that I’ve lived in both types of AF dorms at DLI. At first, you are in some not-so-nice dorms with a communal bathroom, and after a bit you get moved to the newer ones with your own bathroom and some even have closets instead of wall lockers.
Anonymous: Don't forget to mention that the enlistment bonus is taxed at 26%. Just a heads up!
I figured it was a given, considering it is the government… hehe. Yeah, don’t pick an AFSC for the enlistment bonus! The people I know who did that ended up reclassing out of DLI or getting discharged due to Lack of Ability (which means you do not, in fact, get your bonus).
Anonymous: Did you get an enlistment bonus for becoming a cryptolinguist? If so, how much was it?
I did! It’s embarrassing, but I don’t remember how much. 11 or so thousand? I don’t get it until I finish tech training, anyway, so it’ll be awhile. You get half of it up front and the rest is split in your paychecks for the remainder of your first enlistment (I think).
justkeep-running: Saw your pic of how you do your hair in tech school... Could you tell me how you do it? I know how to put it back in a bun but I love what you did on the side :)
Haha, of course! First I just brush it and throw some kind of anti-frizz in it, because I do my hair when it’s dry and it poofs up. Then I take a comb and part my “bangs” forward and separate it from the rest of my hair. Then, you just roll it (I roll it backwards) away from my head, if that makes sense. Sort of like in this YouTube video, but I don’t do it so nicely, I sort of just roll it all together and pin it all the way down behind my ears. Then, I comb the rest of the hair back and make a bun.
You might be proud of your s/o for joining the Armed Forces, and that’s wonderful but that sure as hell doesn’t make them better than any other human being on this planet. You don’t get to talk down to people because someone you love does a certain job.
queenkobiii: What exactly makes a 90 in the PT? Haha
PT standards in training (basic and tech school) are different (harder) than operational ones.
I know minimums for females are 14:26 1.5 mile, 18 push-ups and 38 sit-ups. That won’t let you pass, though.
I did a 12:13 1.5 mile, 29 push-ups and 49 sit-ups (I think?) and I got just under a 96.
Run is made of 60 points, push-ups are 10 points, sit-ups are 10 points and your abdominal composition is 20 points (don’t worry, pretty much everyone gets full points for this, there’s a huge range of measurements that allow you to get full points).