Posted on May 23, 2020
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I decided to do something In mechanics and chose to be a crew chief. Can anyone tell me what the average day for them is like? Or what tech school is like? I’m nervous because I heard a lot of mixed views on it. Also the plane will be a kc-135
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First things first, as mentioned on your previous post, you need to first resolve you court case. If this court case began before your enlistment process, and you failed to disclose it, you will be discharged for a fraudulent enlistment.

The last this you should be worrying about is what job you want to be doing.
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It happened after I enlisted my recruiter and everyone else who needs to know, knows. It’s getting resolved but corona virus held up the courts so it’s taking longer than expecting I talked to my recruiter and he told me I’ll be all set once it’s done just waiting for the courts
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A1C (Join to see) - Just a word of advice, if you got in trouble while waiting to ship, you better do some soul searching and ask yourself, why would I knowingly do something that would get me in trouble. If you cant answer that question, you don't belong in the military.
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I know and I did. It was a really stupid mistake that came with immaturity yet I took accountability for my mistake, so I don’t want one dumb thing that I did to ruin my chances doing something I’ve always wanted to do SSG (Join to see)
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First off, don’t take this the wrong way but you you’re not a crew chief yet, you’re APG(Aircraft/Powerplant General). Becoming a Crew Chief shall be a goal to reach that will be earned through copious amounts of blood, sweat, lengthy work days, knowledge, and qualifications.

Tech school will start with a few week long fundamentals course where you will go over the basics of aircraft (things that can be applied to all tanker/cargo aircraft). After that you will move onto “phase two” training which will be solely focused on the 135’s and that can vary based on the aircraft. For example mine as c5/c17 is only 6 weeks long then we move along to an operational unit to go straight to hands on training. Meanwhile 130’s is roughly 4 months but they get their initial qualifications completed prior to going to an operational unit.

As far as the average day you can either be assigned to a flightline unit that will primarily be working towards generating aircraft to fly sorties by repairing daily discrepancies, inspections, servicing, and things of that nature. You can also be assigned to non-flightline units that either perform heavy maintenance like replacing landing gear or phased inspections (inspections that are performed every two years, yearly, six months and times of that nature).

In my opinion you will absolutely meet some people who have the shittiest attitudes, lazy, and never stop complaining ABOUT DOING THEIR JOB but overall the people have definitely help make the stressful times better. If/when you get to be a flying crew chief and deploy you’ll get to notice your actual impact to the big Air Force and the total mission and it’s pretty damn rewarding!

8 years as a current dual (c5&c17) qualified crew chief.
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COL David Turk
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I’m not AF, but it’s my understanding that there is a high likelihood of overnights away from home (CONUS), and longer (OCONUS) depending on your aircraft and unit assignment.
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