True stuff. I joined the Navy in 2009 also. I joined the Delayed Entry Program in January of 2009 and finally shipped off to bootcamp in late October. Went to NAS Meridian for my first station, the sister station of NAS Kingsville, since we also deal with T45's. I was able to submit my 1306 and extend my PRD to match my EAOS, doing a 4 1/2 year tour at Meridian. Have 2 CTO's now, from McCain Field and outlying field Joe Williams.I joined the Navy in 2009. I spent 4 days in Charlotte NC MEPS fighting for AC. I got the same run around as everyone else "sign up for anything and we can fix it later" but def don't trust them unless it's on paper. No one can emphasise that enough. As far as my 5 year enlistment, I have enjoyed most of it. I made E5 in about 3 years which is common for our rate and over all well above average for the average advancement in other rates. I am currently stationed in Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean. It's interesting. It makes for my second CTO (if you can call it that) but I do have more legitimate experience with Local and RFC from NAS Kingsville. If you do a 5 and out in the Navy you can expect to either extend at your last command or go to DG because it's a one year unaccompanied billet. Possible Souda Bay, Greece for the same reason. I don't regret my decision at all even though I'm 29 and the BioQ is chafing my balls off. I haven't given up yet but I kind of came to terms with the idea of looking into CSX or BNSF to do railroad dispatch. The pay is good and they favor military ATC for the positions. Also I hear a CTO can go a long way applying for any DOT jobs. Good luck to you no matter what you decide. Hope that helped a little.
If you are dead set on being a controller, you are a fool if you go without having ATC in your contract. I can almost guarantee you will end up as a cook or a cop.I'm heading down on Tuesday to take the ASVAB and physical. I talked to my AF recruiter about getting ATC but he said he isn't able to guarantee a slot for me so I'm going to just take my chances. The recruiter definitely knows I have a passion for ATC and said he will do the best he can to get that job for me. Can anyone who enlisted recently give me input on the chances of people getting their first choice for jobs?