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You know you’re in the AF when…

Editor’s note: We decided to have a little fun with this post. We took some time to think of 10 quirks unique to our Air Force and military lives. Can you think of some more? Comment below!

1. When you open your closet door and have a collection of uniforms beginning with the old Battle Dress, Desert Camouflage and now Airman Battle Uniforms with various ranks attached.The Air Force Battle Dress Uniform.
PHOTO 1: These two Airmen in Battle Dress Uniforms are learning how to program a vehicle GPS device. This photo was taken at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., in 2007.

2. You no longer notice all the different color tags on the back of your furniture from your military permanent changes of station.
Military members often find moving tags on their furniture weeks after they have moved.
PHOTO 2: It’s amazing how long after your PCS you still find these tags on your items.

3. You look up whenever you hear the sound of airplane engines, just to identify the aircraft flying by.
Aircraft preform a Herritage Flight.
PHOTO 3: What is that awful noise? That’s the sound of freedom!

4. You avoid the commissary like the plague on pay day.
A military commissary.
PHOTO 4: Military commissaries are notoriously busy during pay days.

5. You reference old acquaintances by last name and location, Jefferson from Barksdale or Snuffy from Tyndall.
Four brothers serve alongside one another at the same military base.
PHOTO 5: These four brothers are one exception to the above. They all served at the same base together.

6. You can tell someone’s branch of service by their haircut.
A joint service training class.
PHOTO 6: Who can find the Airman?

7. Your pets have their own frequent flyer miles benefit cards.
Senior Airman Cedric Gray, 39th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, carries pet Theodore to the dog holding area.
PHOTO 7: This pet wasn’t even PCSing in this photo. This pic was taken during a noncombantant evacuation exercise at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.

8. You don’t recognize someone when they are out of uniform.
Airmen shake hands after a softball game.
PHOTO 8: Hi, how are ya? I don’t think we’ve met…

9. You are frequently asked which aircraft you fly. Your response: a desk.
An Airman checks through her files.
PHOTO 9: Standard issue for almost every AFSC…oh come on…who hasn’t heard a good “Chair Force” joke lately?

10. You have spent enough time with other branches to have said, “I’m so glad I joined the Air Force.”
This brother and sister recently met up during a deployment.
PHOTO 10: Note how different this brother and sister smile. The brother obviously wishes he was in the Air Force.

78 thoughts on “You know you’re in the AF when…”

  1. You know you’re in the (old) Air Force when someone is wrong and you’re tempted to say “WRONG ANSWER, Sparky! Now give me a 341!!”

  2. I love it…I have retired Navy brother and a brother that did 14 years in the Army. Also my dad did a stint in the Army back in the 50s. Trust me I know I joined the right branch :))

  3. I loved my six years in the Air Force. I was stationed at Nouasseur Air Base, outside of Casablanca, Morocco, for two years and was able to see most of Europe since my CO was a pilot.

  4. You must be thinking of the Navy there….as when I was in we never had steak at the mess hall for any meal

  5. I am Army. And proud. I have a couple of sets of the old “cords” for females, the solid green fatiques, the male boots I had to wear because they didn’t have female boots at the time (smaller last), and the green “pot” hat. I still have maps of “faraway places with strange sounding names” and , well. . . I could go on forever. I recall a few “war tales” that make one’s blood chill, and many pranks that made it all bearable. Wish I could give more years to the service. It was one of the best things I ever did and the retirement check is good.

  6. #2 above – I retired from the AF over 4 years ago & I’m still picking stickers off stuff – from almost every move we made.

  7. I was stationed at Norton in ’78! I remember when the A-10’s were there. The SP’s let everybody walk up to the planes, but trust me, they were eyeballing you discreetly the whole time.

  8. Thank You Sir it’s greatly appreciated. I worked Cargo aircraft mostly, got fly all around PACAF for nine years.

  9. You google earth all the places you have been stationed at or TDY to see if they still look the same!.

  10. I worked at HQ AAVS, still photographer at Norton. Got to see some cool stuff, like the inside of an Atlas missile, the SR-71 during an Air Show. Then went to Beale and saw the SR-71 up close. Ever see the C-130 with rocket assist take-off…crazy cool!

  11. LOL!! <3 this!! So true even for us former Dependent AF Wives!! I was also a DOD employee and I remember one time saying to an Airmen that I didn't recognize him with "Clothes On"!! What I meant of course was without his uniform on and in Civies!! O:)

  12. Oh, yeah, saw those C-130’s plenty at Norton. Actually saw one with the rocket assist…on the ground, though. I never got to see one of those bad boys flying. I did see the SR-71 on take-off…now THAT was cool!!! I have a photo of me with the Blackbird behind me somewhere (can’t say where, of course!)

  13. You know you’re in the Air Force when you spend three hours sitting on a bus on the flightline “flying” to a deployment location for a base exercise.

  14. I just checked my wardrobe and low & behold there is a complete set of 505???? Anybody else remember those, & I been retired with 23+ years service over 25 years. I even remember “Ike” Jackets…..Loved every day. Would do it all again in a heart beat…

  15. My one son is in the Air Force and I’m as proud as a mom can be. But YOU, times 4! Thank you for those fantastic boys!

  16. I just took apart a kitchen table because I finally got a new one and found two stickers on it. I retired about 9 years ago.

  17. Hi David I was stationed at Nouasseur in 1951, it was a good experience. I also spent some time at the base in the Atlas Mountains. Had a lot of good times!!! Leonard Smith Dallas NC

    posted 3/7/2015

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