Two things I learned/experienced that helps me in my position today:
- I received six months of full time education/training as an electronic technician equivalent to a two-year associates degree. That knowledge and hands-on experience has been extremely valuable during my stint as an irrigation technician and now as an Equipment Manager.
- I was forced to “grow up”, or at least given the chance to get a head start over most others my age (18 years old)
Coolest thing: While flying in a refueling tanker in the middle of the night over the Atlantic I got to watch the boom operator guide the refueling hose down to the trailing F-15. That was long before you could watch that being done on YouTube!