Some of the best times I had in the military were when I deployed with the fighter squadrons. I really liked going TDY, I felt like I had a real purpose, and it made me feel really integrated into the overall mission (supporting the jets), much more than when I was just clocking in and out of my shop every day back at Misawa. Plus, the travel could not be beat!. (Korea, Singapore, Okinawa, Saudi, Alaska)
When I got my first job post-Air Force, I was a little shocked (naively so, I'm sure) not to see the same level of motivation, professionalism and willingness to make an effort that I saw in general when I was in the military.