Alpha, did you actually get the ride from him? I was offered a C-130 ride from the Blue Angels at the airshow here but I couldn't go up since I was working the airshow as sercurity. But I will get more and more offers in times esp. in the Tomcats and perhaps the (Super) Hornets becuase of maintainance.
Yes, I do live in the barracks. One advantage of this is that you don't have to commute to/from work. Traffic here going on base at 0500 is a mess. There are plenty things to do on base for single military personnel. MWR host alot of events too such as baseball, hockey games, fishing, rifling, horseback activities, free movie days with free food, bowling alleys, baseball fields, football fields, state of the art gyms, you name it. I live in a co-ed barracks but all the females are mostly in the 3rd floor and a few are in the 2nd floor, but for males, we have a curfew at 2200 and we're not allowed to pass the line to "Female Country." It's alot same as college but these rooms I'm in are like hotel rooms...TV
, phones, internet connection, bathtub, bathroom, microwave, two beds, furniture, closets..very nice compare to many college dormitories and it's free.
Alot of NCO esp E-5s likes to hassle new members. I've had that alot because im the youngest guy in my workcenter at 19. But alot of E-5s in my shop are mainly dumb and they hate me because of my smart comments I like to give them. They can't do anything like write me up becuase I actually work and I have never gotten in trouble. But my floor supervisors, leading PO
are really cool and never had a problem with them. I'm in currently talking with my chain of command and my career couselour about the officer programme called Seamen to Admiral STA
-21 programme. And guess what....I'm the ONLY one in my workcenter interested about the programme and my LPO is helping me out.