Saturday, November 6, 2010

Semper Gumby

This has been DH's first weekend at drill.  I'm not sure what I'd been expecting.  He reported on Friday around mid-day and was home by 1700ish.  On Saturday he reported early - 0600 - and got home around 1800.  He doesn't have to report tomorrow, but that may be because he's supposed to head north to trucking school tomorrow afternoon.  I don't know what I was thinking that drill was supposed to be.  I didn't imagine that he'd come home each night at a "normal" hour.  I figured he'd be spending the weekend doing the Army thing, maybe living there on post, and that I'd be on my own.  Needless to say, I wasn't prepared for dinner at home tonight.

Things are looking good for his role in his new unit.  He's on the fast track for promotion and we're looking for another one after training in January.  I'm not bragging when I say that DH is good at what he does.  He was made for this sort of thing.  As much as he resists being a leader sometimes, he has a penchant for mentoring others.  We even talked about him becoming a warrant officer tonight.

He surprised me tonight when he said that if he reaches X rank in two years, he'll go active again.  I was not expecting that one, but I'm not opposed to it either.  He did indicate that his one reservation is leaving Colorado.  He would want to stay here if he was active.  I'm slightly conflicted.  I would love to see us stay here forever, I love my job, but I would also love to have the opportunity to be stationed in Italy, Germany, or Korea.  I love traveling!  I would definitely want to come back here to Colorado and I would love to still be able to work at my same school.  I've really taken a liking to it and it'd be a hard goodbye.

Back to his reserve unit - he thinks they're going to be deploying soon.  It hasn't been stated, but he says all of the signs are there, in terms of what they're doing and what he's been asked to do.  Now, DH has two year stabilization, thanks to his Reserve contract, but he also has the right to waive that stabilization. I don't worry about DH being deployed.  I think I've stressed and worried more since he's been out than I ever did when he was in Afghanistan.  I have faith that he knows what he's doing and knows how to keep himself safe.  If he wants to deploy, I'd support him.  He and I both know the money would be good, not to mention the steady work.

Oh, a bummer about his new unit?  He found out that they can sign up for "missions."  He could've been getting some work this entire time, and possibly wouldn't have had to start driving.  Doh!  Way to throw a girl a bone!

So, that's all that's new and exciting in DH's (and my) world.  I was in the Veterans Day Parade today with the Patriot Guard, but more on that later!


Taryn said...

Missions? This WHOLE time .. ?! Ohh billiam.

Steph said...

My hubs had drill this weekend too. His is an hour and a half away so he stays up there. The two year stabilization is nice. My hubs has that deal too.

Sarah said...

Tucking school? Like to drive big rigs? GO BILL! :) Sounds like you guys have some exciting things in store for you.

Sarah said...

oh and BOO to the possible deployment. :(

Erin said...

@Taryn - It wasn't his fault, it was the unit's.

@Steph - Do they house your DH in the barracks, or does he have to find lodging on his own?

@Sarah - Yes, I did a post about it a while back. :) Deployment's not a bad thing, as I said up there. It would be consistent work, money, and benefits, and we could use all three of those right now!