Wow what a transition!
(Saint Johns, FL)
In Kuwait before heading to Iraq
I never did figure out what I was going to do with my life, one day my Dad walked into the Army recruiter and figured it out for me (at least he thought).
That was a long time ago, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me. I was 17, no hope, no plan, no way to afford college, the Army had a fix for all of that. Multiple Launch Rocket Crewmember, I was stationed in Baumholder Germany, holy cow!
The stories to tell! The adventures that were had! Then to Fort Sill, Oklahoma with the responsibilities of an NCO and the opportunity to go to ROTC, get my degree and be an officer! So I did, and I chose to be a Transporter, thinking that would open other opportunities in the future. Long story short, Saudi Arabia, Kosovo, Germany, Iraq, Afghanistan, Japan, Korea and a lot of places in the States, my journey ended this past year (26 years). Rocket Launcher Chief, Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Aide-de-Camp, Battalion Support Operations officer, Battalion XO, University ROTC PMS, and Battalion Commander.
With all of that, I still have not figured out what I'm going to do when I grow up.
My Dad has since passed, so I can no longer get his advice, however I still maintain hope, and faith, that the next best thing will come along. I wish you all the best as you too try to find your place, and space, in this weird thing called 'retirement'.
Regardless of what you did, where and how long you served, your rank, we are all equals in the fact that we chose to be a part of something bigger that ourselves, what an awesome accomplishment!
So, together, we will figure this 'stuff' out. Whooaaa!