An Airman based in Louisiana has given her account as to why she’s leaving the Air Force- and the Air Force was more than happy to publish it on their official channels.
Senior Airman Tessa B. Corrick of the Barksdale Air Force Base 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs wrote the piece, titled, “Why I am getting out of the Air Force and you shouldn’t stop me.”
In the op-ed, Corrick talks about how she loves being in the USAF, but that she feels she would be better off working in the private sector.
“When I first signed my name on the dotted line to serve my country, I had all these crazy, outlandish ideas of what I thought my Air Force experience was going to be,” she wrote. “Well, spoiler alert, they didn’t come to fruition, but what I got was a million times better than anything I could’ve ever imagined.”
Taking the skills she has learned from the Air Force, she plans to become successful- even if it doesn’t mean doing twenty years.
“I feel like there is a false perception that to make time in the military worthwhile, you must serve 20 years, which is not true,” she said. “I am proof of that. If you’re on the fence about joining because you don’t want to commit to 20, join and see what it is all about. If you are on the fence about getting out, there are three things I want you to consider.”
In the Airman’s eye, the key is to allow Airmen to go forward and do what they want when it comes to careers, and that the Air Force should not hinder those wishing to leave.
“When you find out your Airman is separating, please do not discourage them,” she said. “The choice to separate is harder than you think. Instead, I challenge you to not only talk to them but listen. Showing them that you care and support them is a priceless gift that could change their mind or help them solidify their decision. Retention is important, yes, but so is creating a culture where Airmen are free to make decisions based on their personal, educational and professional needs.”
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