Our DS opted AFROTC just like his Dad that served 21+ years ADAF as a WSO in the F15E. DS is a C130J pilot. I will never forget what he said at his wedding when he decided to toast us, his parents.
~To my Father, I want to say thank you for showing me the brethren and brotherhood of the AF.
~~ It went on, but you get the point.
In his wedding party 1 was ADAF that washed out of UPT, now in cyber. 1 was AFROTC that opted to leave the program. Their flower girl was the granddaughter of our best friend that we met when he was 6. Or iows 17 yrs out of his 23 yrs in this world. His Dad's crewmate was the grandfather, the mother of the flower girl was his 1st babysitter.
This was a very small wedding. 85 people. As parents of the bride and groom we had about 25 guests, including immediate family. Our limited number of friends that were invited were...all AF...and they all showed! DS's wife was also an AF brat, her Dad was not a flier. Same for her parents, the friends they invited were AF colleagues.
~ Both Bullet (DH) and her Dad were retired for at least 5 years.
More examples of how tight knit the AF community and how great this forum is:
~ Joined here in 07.
~~ Hornetguy rarely ever posts now, but he flew out for Bullet's retirement. A cadet at USAFA flew to SJAFB for a weekend to be there for Bullet's fini flight. Bullet in turn flew out to USAFA 2 yrs later to commission him. Hornet flew back to VA 2 yrs later to celebrate our DS's commissioning.
~~~ Raimius flies rotors and spent Thanksgiving with us when he recently moved to the VA area
~~~~ Fencers DS (USAFA grad) and our DS (AFROTC grad) both fly C130Js at the same base, different squadrons....same UPT class. However, because of THAT brethren bond they have spent many holidays together.
Finally, I will say this, every branch has that brotherhood, but if it will or will not exist it will come down to you. If you want it, than it will be there. No branch has a claim of being more tight knit than the other.