Long time no see. It's been awhile since I've lurked around here. Yet MM always seems to give some great advice so here I am.
If you all remember, I live in NYC and am an actor. I'm 24 years old, have a B.A. in acting, and have made a decent career for myself doing stage work. I love what I do. I've done it since I was 10 years old, and there's nothing else I want to do for the rest of my life. I know that for a fact, and it's the only career I'll ever pursue.
That being said, I've always felt this serious calling to serve in the armed forces ever since I was a young kid. I know that freedom isn't free, and I've always felt an obligation and calling to do what I can to serve our country in any capacity I can.
I'm getting to an age where I feel if I don't join soon, I won't be able to at all, and I'll wake up in my 30s and severely regret never having done it. I love my life in NY - I have THE perfect damn apartment (which if anyone else is a New Yorker you know is a gold mine you don't ever want to let go of), I'm working consistently in my industry, and am just starting to make a name for myself in the circles of the business I want to be in. But, I keep getting pulled towards this need to do this.
All that being said, I'm strongly considering joining the Air Force in the fall and commissioning as an officer. I have a college degree so I'm pretty sure (if I understand correctly) that after 6 months of OTS, I can begin my time as an officer.
I really would ideally like to do a 4 year contract, that way I'm done with active duty at the age of 28, and can return to my life and my career, just remaining in the individual ready reserves.
At this point, I think I'd likely be looking to become a Security Forces Officer. I've always had an interest in law enforcement and a buddy of mine is an SFO and LOVES it. He said it's long hours, and the deployments get intense, but that it's a great job.
Anyone else here in Security Forces?
I have a lot of skills that are useful. I grew up shooting like crazy and am a pretty excellent marksman. I'm also very technically minded and good with motors. I'm also fantastic with ambassadorship. That being said, any other jobs I should maybe consider?
I don't want to push pencils all day. I would love a job that is interesting and brings something new to the table since I will have a career later that is as opposite as can be from anything in the armed forces.
I have $65,000 in student loan debt - the shit thing is that the Air Force has the lowest loan forgiveness program of all the branches being at only $10k, but I also am pretty certain it has the highest quality of life and the highest pay, which I think is a fair trade off. I'm single, my loans are my only debt, I don't own a car or a house, so traveling is easy for me, and getting out of debt would be my priority.
What are y'alls thoughts? Experiences? Stories to share? Advice?
I'd appreciate any help or advice. Thanks in advance guys.