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Discussion in 'Veteran's Forum' started by sgtslwilson, Apr 13, 2007.
Im thinking seriously about it. Tell me your experiences or preferences please.
it all depends on what you are looking for myself i am married with a 11 year old son so the option of moving my family around every 3 years did not appeal to us however i still wanted to serve my country again so the logical decision was to go national guard my family is not wanting me to deploy but they understand it is a possibility and are fully supportive of me if i do. i will be happy to help you with any questions about the national guard.
I was set to reenlist, but my MOS was frozen preventing me from moving into somthing that I really wanted to do...
working int he brig was enough for one enlistment...two would have been asking too much...
That being said, I found out that there is a lot more money in the private sector if you make good choices...
I may go back in the Reserve/Guard but not sure yet......
I have looked at some local units and talked to a couple of recruiters for same....but if I do....I want to go in a field that I like, not one they are trying to fill.....and it probably won't be what I do for a living and/or what I was when I was in the last time (MP).
I have looked at KC-135 Crew, C-21 Crew, Weather (all with AF/Air Guard) and CID (National Guard)........
I just reenlisted this past Friday the 13th for another 4 years in the Navy. That will take me to the 19 year mark and then I'll have to decide if I'm going over 20 or not?
How many years do you have in now? If you're already over 10 you're almost there, no matter how bad it may seem at times the retirement check is just over the hill!
If you have less then 10, you need to ask yourself some questions.
Are you still enjoying your service?
Do you want to pay for medical when you get out?
Are you advancing like you should for you rate/MOS?
Have you taken advantage of the FREE college yet?
When I joined 15 years ago I said I'd stay as long as it was working for me. That's all that really matters, is it still working for you?
I did four years in the Army Reserve. I signed up for six in the Air Guard last year.
Advantages to going to the Air Guard for me were shorter deployments (gone about 4 months instead of 18-19) and more rank available.
I've got a 3 year old and have been the person who takes care of him most of the time- I will be getting divorced soon and will end up with my son. He needs a parent and I'm that parent. Shorter deployments allow me to contribute but not be away for too long.
I also have the possibility of advancement past E5 with my current career field, something I didn't have in the Army Reserve.
It all depends on what you're looking for, but the Air Guard works a lot better for me.
No thanks, I cherish my time and accomplishments while in but all by bro's are either out or set to get out soon. Wouldn't be the same trip.
I joined the Navy with every intention of making it a career. I was a Nuc, and re-enlisted once before I married my first wife. When it came time again, she if I did she'd leave. Shoulda listened LOL. Got out instead, after 8 years. Went into the Air Guard a few years later (new wife) and just retired with 24 years total.
It doesn't matter now. I was just PDQ'd at MEPS. So, for me, the point is moot.
Did my 8 and got out. Went to College on the GI BIll and Army College Fund.
I reupped in late December of 2001 for three more years while serving in OEF (tax free bonus too). When I came down on orders on 04 for PSD in Germany I dec'ed orders and ETSed a few months later to get into contracting. Basically I was tired of the petty BS, the "good enough" attitude of my fellow NCO's and the overall PC state of the military. I'd done nearly 10 years so I felt that it was time to go and move onto other things.
Retired from USAF in 2004 with 21 years.2 years later, Army NG unit here in Idaho was lookin for a few medics to fill out their ranks so I talk to the nice young men....turns out that if you VOLUNTARILY RETIRE they put a big "V" on your DD-214 and they won't let you back in, even if you wanna go......
Never. I hated it. Felt like I was wasting my life. I found more leadership and common sense in the private sector. FTN.
Like I said. It doesnt matter anymore. I was disqualified because of my hearing in my left ear.
You would think at times like these they would want an experienced soldier but they said no. Go figure.
I guess I'll just keep on policing...eech!
The old saying "you can never go home" is 100% true...and you can never re-live your youth either.
I've seen too much and I know too much to be a part of the big green machine again.
But I have no regrets concerning my 6 years as a Soldier.
And I definitely recommend military service to all young men.
It gives one somthing that no amount of money can buy.
I am proud to have served and would do it all over again in a heart beat. Would I reup? Probably not. I would have loved to be stationed at another base other than Minot - however there really are no guarantees in the service. I am a proud veteran and member of the American Legion Post 43. I take my knowledge and experience to the civilan side and soon I will have a BS in Public Affairs. Wherever I go from here - NSA Special Agent or local cop ... I have the USAF to thank for making it all possible.
I recently walked away after 16 years. I've done 2 branches and all 3 components. Had some good times and some bad times and decided enough was enough. I like being able to make choices now. I'm glad I served but even happier that its over.
I'm on my last re-enlistment and last duty station, which will put me at 22 years. Can retire next year if I want to at 20...but I have not made up my mind yet.
After my first 4 years I was still single so I reenlisted. After my second 4 years I was married with 2 children. I was probably on the hook for a remote (without the family) to Korea. My children were 1 and 2 years old, so it was a pretty easy decision. I did NOT want to be apart from them. I decided to get out. Plus, if I reenlisted a second time I would have 12 years in. I would then have to go the full twenty and retire.
It's all a personal decision, and it's different for everyone. Good luck with your decision.
I did my active duty time in the late 80s but after the events of 911 I was angry, hot and bothered to go back and serve. Oct 5th I was at the recruiters office re-enlisting. I put a great job on hold, take a huge cut in pay and had to say good bye to my family. It sucked being away from my family but it was something I felt I had to do. It's sad that these days are not like the days of WWII when guys dropped everything to serve their country in times of need.
Some of us flew an american flag with pride long before those planes hit the towers.
Don't confuse politics, patriotism,
You may not always support a war but please always support the troops.
Sorry to ramble, I'll get off my soap box now