I second that. the air force has definitely given some invaluable training. i went into avionics, and after 8 months of tech school, i came out just a few classes short of an associates. also, after just three years of active duty service, i now plan on transferring to a full time guard position back home. they pay $26+ an hour. an a&p is a little harder for us avionics guys to qualify for, but its still possible... and experience we gain is well worth the possible hardships in pursuing an a&p. in addition to the training i received, i also got some great benefits, a lot of discipline and direction, and have made some friends that ill keep for the rest of my life. if he has any questions as to what maintenance is like in the AF, feel free to have him email me or hit me up on AIM.