I'm 26 yrs old. I'm currently living in SC but I still holds residency status from CA. Been in the active duty AF as an electrician for the past 7 years. In a nutshell my job is to maintain the electrical distribution systems on bases I'm station at, I'm on my third base now, as well as bases on deployed location when I deploy. My enlistment is coming to an end this year and I been thinking of getting out and wanting to pursue being a construction electrician. I always see construction projects on all the bases I been too and I would like to get into doing that. Even though I have some electrical experience under my belt I really wouldn't mind going into an apprenticeship program for 5 years, since I don't really have much of a construction experience. I'm hoping I can get much info from this forum to get me going in that direction. One of my first question is there a difference between apprenticeship program through IBEW or ABC? My main concern about joining IBEW is that right now local 776 out of Charleston, SC is the closest one I can try to get into but I'm not sure how it would work once I have to leave SC. My father was a local 3 OE and from what he told me if I switch from one local to another I would lose out on all the years I invested toward retirement and I may or may not be able to switch to another local once I move. So since I'm still going to be moving around should I stay non union until I move into a state that I'm going to settle til I retire? Anyhow I'm looking forward to expand my knowledge through this forum and hope I can pursue being a construction electrician, I love working with my hands and doing electrical work.