Personally I think ABF like all AB rate are probably one of the hardest working rate in the job, expect to work very long hours when there's flight in underway, however don't expect much of work in port when the airwing is not around, you will be station in aircraft arrier or amphibious ship. If you had a choice don't got to a carrier, more much work to do a carrier especially you deal with all of jets, is much easier just deal with helicopter, you won't get hearing loss from helicopter than a jet blast. However advacement is poor for ABF, they called you grapes because the color you wearing, trust me first few year you will dislike the what you doing, cause very likely you will get to do what you job description, you will had to spend great deal of time during something else like work in the galley, trash planet. cleaning officer mess.
My advice do you, if you get still change rate. change it ! One I do know ABF hate the most of their job is that your uniform will smell like fuel and get dirty very frequent, one problem with flight jersey, you can't buy them in next, only supply clerk can gae you, and many time they only had so many limited and don't always had you size.
Navy Vet, Squadron been to 2 deployment.
· 1 decade ago