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Why I wear the uniform

By Airman 1st Class Kevin Yale

4 Space Operatons Squardon

When I first considered joining the Air Force it wasn’t for any altruistic ideals, it was a simple matter of finance. I needed a more stable job to continue my education. I researched all of the branches and decided that the Air Force was the service most suited to my personality.

The more I looked into the various aspects of the Air Force, the more I liked the idea of it. I could become technically trained, continue my education and see the world all while being paid. On top of that, I didn’t know what it was that I wanted to do with my life. Sure I was going to college, but I didn’t have a specific major in mind. So, not only would the Air Force give me an opening into the job market, it would also give my life some direction.

Once I actually joined, my perspective began to change. In basic training I questioned why I had actually gone through with it. Was bagging groceries in a dead-end job really that bad? Were the benefits actually worth all the rules that now governed my life?

As I progressed into technical training school my outlook changed again. Maybe the Air Force wasn’t all that bad. I had a steady job, housing, food, insurance and was being paid to learn a job. The Air Force was actually giving me a paycheck to get an education. Sure there were inconveniences, but the benefits had begun to outweigh them.

Now I wear my uniform for a different reason. The Air Force has given me a great start in life and it’s time to pay that debt back. It’s been over a year since I left home for basic training and I finally have a chance to be used to my full potential.

My career has finally reached the point where I wake up each morning and put on my uniform for reasons beyond my own needs. Sure I want to keep my job, continue my education and keep my benefits. It logically doesn’t make sense to not come to work every day. But I also want to support our deployed forces. I want to help them in whatever way I can. That means coming into work each day and learning my job.

I will put forth my best effort to support my fellow wingmen and fulfill my responsibilities to the Air Force. Most importantly, I will strive for excellence because I don’t want my actions or incompetence to harm a fellow Airman.

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