Me? Dope? Nice. How about I break it down so you can understand.
I spent 4 years active duty Army with a 1 year combat tour overseas. 99% of the time I hated my work. Its was physical, it was hot, mentally exhausting, I had to deal with guys twice my rank with 1/2 my IQ. Typically I went home every day asking myself why?
However 1% of the time when I was actually doing my job (combat action) or when a stranger shakes my hand and says thank you, or a veteran shares an old war story with tears in his eyes I found reason to do what I did. That understandable?
A cop may get harassed everyday by ungrateful citizens, but the day he saves a live its worth it forever.
I'm certain many controllers "keep on trucking" if only for those 1% situations, and I wanna hear about those situations.
And thanks for hoping I fail out...
Ya...I have absolutely no clue what you are talking about... I'm starting my 8th year in the AF. 4 yrs active, 4 yrs guard. I'm in Iraq right now. It's my 5th deployment. It's hot, I miss my family, but I love my job. I'm already in the FAA, but since my training got frozen at my facility, I decided to go spend the summer in Iraq.
Controllers don't do this job for 25 years strictly for the money. But they will hold off retirement a few years because of the money (and the crappy economy, falling retirements funds, etc).
Walk up to your trainer one day and tell him your only there for the money, and see what kind of reaction you get. I'm willing to bet it's not going to be pleasant unless you are the badass trainee that is flying through training with no problems....and there are very few of those.