Dear Abby: Air force may be perfect job for teen on the move

Posted: February 21, 2012

DEAR ABBY: I respectfully disagree with the advice you gave to "Wants to Enlist." She is the 19-year-old woman who burns out of jobs quickly and is thinking about enlisting in the Air Force. You discouraged her.

I served honorably in the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserves and the Air National Guard for 14 years. Experience taught me that if I didn't like my assignment, it was easier to tolerate it for the time being knowing it wasn't a permanent assignment. Eventually, I received orders to go elsewhere.

My military training taught me discipline, instilled confidence that I could handle any situation, and provided me with skills that enabled me to work with people under various circumstances.

- Former Fly Girl in New Mexico

DEAR FORMER FLY GIRL: Thank you for offering a solution that worked for you. Responses I received to that letter provided interesting insights that "Wants to Enlist" may wish to consider:

DEAR ABBY: Once a job became routine, I lost interest. Eventually I found my way to higher education and a position where there are always new challenges. Perhaps this 19-year-old should consider attending college even part-time - to satisfy her intellect while preparing for a more challenging future.

- Been There in Las Cruces, N.M.

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