In the past few weeks, I have been tossing around the idea with Kristen about putting in an active duty packet under the new "seamless transfer". Basically I put in a packet to the National Guard Bureau and they let me know which jobs I hold that the Army would take me back in. I already have 5 years of active duty time plus another 2 1/2 active duty time in the Guard. So in my 9 year career, 7 1/2 is on active duty. Depending on the job their are pretty good monetary bonuses associated with this program.
At first I was hesitant to talk to Kristen about it because I was nervous about how she would react. I told her awhile ago anything I do with my military career we would discuss it first. I was presented with this opportunity and I am in the position where I can benefit greatly but I wouldn't do it without her. I was surprised at how positive she was about the idea. I explained some of the benefits and of course she knows the downfalls. I can get deployed again or do a tour in Korea for a year. But besides that, anywhere I get stationed she can come with me. She amazes me more and more with her support.
Now I have the packet ready for submission except for the physical. I have a current physical but not in my medical record here in country. So, now I have to go to the hospital here on base and get a physical. Once I get my clean bill of health my packet is getting submitted. This is actually a 3 step process. Submitting the packet is the first part. Then the bureau tells me what the Army will take me as. After that, I see an Active Duty counselor here in country and talk contract. Once I get the offers, I am going to discuss it with Kristen and as long as we both are in harmony and have made a decision I would swear in once again in the Active Army and as soon as this tour is over I would report to wherever they assign me.
I would like to hear what you all think about this upcoming decision myself and Kristen might have to make.
Also, I would like to say Happy Birthday to Kristen because in a few hours it will be her birthday. I love you and miss you terribly. I just want you to know that when I feel lonely, your love fills me with joy. When it all seems dark, you are my light. And when I feel lost, you are my direction and inspiration.....enjoy your day, you deserve it.