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Readers Respond: Experiences in 2A5X3 - INTEGRATED AVIONICS SYSTEMS

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not nearly as cool as it sounds

you are shredded out to one aircraft and cannot go to any other base until you make tech or crosstrain, so for me i am stuck in south dakota for the rest of my enlistment. job sucks you do very little troubleshooting with your mind and more box swapping and other bs to get the plane in the air. long hours, working outside, rain,snow, or heat no matter what. aircrew are also usually very rude, which is odd considering how you are fixing the planes they fly. dont expect any feeling of reward or satisfaction unless being miserable is a good way for you to feel apart of something. would not recommend to even my worst enemy.
—Guest marie

2A2x1 update

AFSOC specific career field. Maybe 4-6 bases you can go to. Very high stress, very long hours. Working outside all the time. I personally hate this career field and can't wait to cross-train or switch to gaurd. One positive is that it is very overmanned at the moment so cross-training or switching to gaurd should be easy. If you get this job I deffinately recommend switching your contract to a 4-year enlistment just so you don't get sqrewed into staying in this job.
—Guest Tyler

Careful with C Shread or 2A2

The career field is divided between 3 shreads. A, B and C. C shread is Electronic Warfare. They are changing that shread to a new AFSC which will be 2A2X1. You will be coded to only AFSOC specific aircraft and have your choice of bases cut to about 6. Expect long hours and high stress. Expect to be outside. It is what you make of it and can be fun and rewarding at times. The major thing to keep in mind here, is there are not many jobs in the outside world for "Electronic Warfare" so if you are looking to spring a career look elsewhere.
—Guest Mr. Nope


the job isn't that bad but it is what you make it. everyone else in my shop hates it...some have tried cross training and have been denied. you will be working 12 hour shifts but most of the time all you will be doing is switching circuit breakers and swapping boxes. stay focused and pay attention in tech school...you will notice a lot of people getting into trouble there and you don't want to be one of the ones who shows up at your first duty station with an article 15. The most rewarding part of the job is troubleshooting and being able to solve the problems that the previous shifts had turned over to you because they couldn't figure it out. overall it is like 90% suck and 10% fun...but that 10% makes everything worthwhile.
—Guest Cheebs


the job gets old fast. maintaining radios and navigation systems sounds cool but most of us are working with outdated technology. 56 year old c130s are not cutting edge technology. proceed with caution.
—Guest buyerbeware

2A5x3A heavys comm/nav

currently heavies comm/nav maintenance. ppl going into this job can expect to work long hours on the flightline on any variation of aircraft. very rewarding job on many levels though. if you want to ask me about the job email me at sirus628@gmail.com
—Guest fitz

shipping out March 22nd

yep, got this job. ship out in a few weeks, doesnt seem like people enjoy it.... hope i like it, if not ill crosstrain
—Guest Storm

My IFCS experience

I am currently stationed at Minot AFB, ND. I spent three years assigned to AFSOC (special operations). This career field is not the easiest to walk in to. There are long hours, I have done 12 hr shifts and longer, whatever was needed to get the job done. I also signed up for Bomber Avionics and was combined with heavies and helicopters (which I worked while in AFSOC). It is a rewarding experience, and I am always learning something new. I have learned 2A5X1 and 2A5X2. The key is to always be open to learning someone elses job, it will make you a better rounded airman and make you invaluable to your unit.
—Guest Jeremy

updates about this career field

expect to work long hours in this career field as it is aircraft maitenance. i work twelves on a regular basis. when i signed up the recruiter told me it was bomber avionics but what i found out is that its now combined with conventional avionics to create a heavy's avionics career field. in this afsc you can work on any bomber or cargo aircraft so the options for bases increase by three times or so. also read up on the 2a5x1 afsc as you will be doing alot of their job too. tech school is now at keesler for 8 weeks and sheppard for the remaining time depending on shred.
—Guest brian

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