Friday, December 3, 2010

And you thought I was joking...

If you haven't been keeping tabs, we're in the last month of my 20s.  No lie, this is it.  I'm not worried or unhappy about the fact that I'm about to turn 30, but I do have one big item on my Life List whose clock is ticking.  I have previously said that if I don't have any children by the time I turn 30, I would pursue a long-standing desire to join the military.

Typically when I mention this goal, people ask me what I want to do.  Truthfully, I'm not sure, but I do know one thing - I want to serve my country.  I want to be counted amongst those who've stood selflessly to serve our nation.  I know I have skills that can be utilized - see a need, fill a need.  I don't have a branch preference, because of this reason.

DH is supportive of this goal, although he sometimes worries about my safety, as any good husband would.  Being in Colorado, we are surrounded by multiple military bases (Carson, Peterson, Schriever, and Buckley).  Even at Carson, there's a Naval Reserve (Seabee!) unit.  There's plenty of opportunities to drill locally.

Understandably, I'm not willing to close the door on all of my academic accomplishments and my teaching career.  I really would like to do it all, as Terri Clark sings.  This does make things challenging, as my time for training is limited to the summer.  I'm not sure if that counts me out completely, but I want to know that I tried to do all I could, rather than never ask and always wonder if I could've done more.

So, I'm aiming for the Reserves.  I called the Navy Reserve today, and when I told them about my degrees and my age, I was told that people over the age of 25 with non-technical degrees are not accepted.  Well, that counts the Navy out.  Not a problem, I'll let my brother be the Naval O in the family, rightfully so.  

Next call tonight was the Air Force recruiters.  Actually, I started with the online chat, which wasn't very helping and referred me to the 800 number.  That was actually the number for the screener.  I guess they're getting so busy they're not even going to bother giving you the recruiter's number if they can weed out that you've got issues.  Wow, that was interesting.  You name it, they asked it - height and weight, right off the bat.  Drugs, kids, marital status, health issues, long term medications, surgeries, mental health services, tattoos, piercings, Asthma (thinking of YOU, Haley!), etc, etc.  It was all fair game for these folks.  Luckily, I'm fairly squeaky clean, other than the fact that I'm not in the best of shape and I've got more weight on me than I'd care to right now.  I passed the screening, no problem, and info for the recruiter was exchanged.

I'll keep you posted, for sure!  FIL will definitely be accompanying me if/when I speak to my recruiter.

13 comments:

It's a Dog Tag Wife Life said...

Wow, good luck! I give you props, definitely not something I could ever do, I'll leave that to the hunny to fulfill, but more power to you!

Adrienne said...

Wow! That is amazing! I wish you much luck in the military life. I have been contemplating that most of my life as well. Still thinking about it even though my Hubby is in the military already. :) How come you haven't looked into the Army??

Erin said...

Thanks ladies! We'll see if I get anywhere, but it's worth a shot.

DT Wife - I consider myself a pretty strong woman - let's see what I'm really made of!

Adrienne - If the AF rejects me, that'd be the next step. There's some hesitancy there, since that means DH and I would be drilling out of the same post and possibly in the same unit. I don't know if that would be doable, in terms of fraternization. We'll see what happens though!

Sarah said...

The Navy told me the same thing a couple years ago, that they weren't accepting non-technical degrees. pooo on them. Good Luck!

Molly Danger said...

I have some friends who are all AF reserve and guard. They love it. Super good luck on whatever you choose.

Adrienne said...

Only reason why I say something is that I heard of an age limit for the AF. 26 is what I thought it was. I didn't think they would change it. I dunno though. I only looked into it so far and then decided that the Army would be the best for me if I did ever join.

Erin said...

@Sarah - Boo! At least you have your next endeavor planned out! How much longer until you graduate?

@Molly - Thank you! I'm hoping I will to!

@Adrienne - I'll find out, hopefully tomorrow if the recruiter calls me! Army will be my next/last branch to check out, but I'd definitely be consulting more with DH if that time comes.

Natalia said...

Since you're already married, fraternization shouldn't really be an issue, just no PDA! Mr F and I are actually hoping to deploy together (one of us can volunteer when the other goes since my Civil Affairs is always attached to an Infantry unit) so that we are at least gone at the same time even if we aren't on the same FOB.

You should take a look at Army Reserve Civil Affairs or Psy Ops, they do some really interesting stuff, the age range is generally older and most have a degree of some sort already. Just a thought, but I'm biased of course! :-)

Franshesca Aponte said...

Am I in trouble if I just entered high school and is sooo into the AF? I have a jrotc club here where i live, but my parents aren't a fan of the military so I'm stuk dreaming about the airforce and I can't seen to get out of it! I've been reading all your info and advice about bmt ect. I love it! :D but will my dreaming be a bad thing for me??? :/

Erin said...

@Franshesca - Nope, not in trouble, just highly motivated! Use that to push you forward and keep you going. Are your parents completely resistant to you joining JROTC at school? Have you tried reassuring them that it would only help with your self-discipline, motivation, and work ethic? Dreaming is never a bad thing - you have to have a goal!

Franshesca Aponte said...

Thanks :) and yes I have, unfortunately parents are parents :/ I'm very motivated though and I will try to keep myself that way for as long as I can. Gosh I hope these years fly bye :) thanks again for your advice!

Erin said...

@Franshesca - No problem, that's what I'm here for! ;)

Franshesca Aponte said...

Hey Erin, hope you are doing ok :) I know you must be really busy working so ill just get to the point. Just wanted to say that I did some research and I've made my decision finally. I'm going to enlist in the navy. They have lots of job opportunitys including Aviation. I thank you for the time you spent answering my many questions though. You probably have been my most helpfull source right now :) keep doing what your doing because it's really really helpful. I have one question though. All of your bmt information you have posted is different than the navy training isn't it? Once again thanks soo much Erin! :)