In 2003 life was not quite what I imagined it would be, at the simplest way of putting it “I was bored”, life was boring, job was boring, home was boring, I wanted change. When a person makes drastic changes, they do not always think it all the way through. I look back now and chuckle. In 2003 I decided I wanted to go back to school to get a degree in criminal justice. Well I certainly did not have the funds for that, I know military experience would help get one hired. I started looking at military as way to kill two birds with one stone. At the age of 29 I decided to join.
At the time I had a family and I really did not want to go active duty. I started looking at the national guard and what it had to offer. A funny side note, I had a friend in the guard (this is how we referred to it), I for some reason I was familiar with Air Guard and that is where I went and met up with a recruiter, started the process & was accepted. We continued to have conversations about the guard. It was not till after basic and I ask where he was on base that I finally realized he was in the Army guard not the Airforce. Plenty of laughs since then about that.
From the first day at the recruiters in Oct of 03, MEPS, delay in starting, it was Feb of 2004 when I finally went to basic & then my AIT for Security Forces. Here I was at the age of 29 going into the military, long after my draft card was null and void. I chuckle about that also. My flight in school happened to be a bunch of men that were going into the guard, half of us (30ish men) were 28-35, we were called the geriatric squad.
When I got home, I did my onboarding then went back to work, doing the weekend thing. By this time, I was pissed off fairly good at my job, I may have had some anger issues when I was younger. Bounced to another shop for a bit, then when I was offered a part time AGR job at the base. I jumped on it and for the next five years I pretty much was active duty in some way shape form or another. Mostly on base, I did one stint in Iraq in 06. I had high and lows during this time. I partied to often, gamed to much, tried to fit school in here and there, ended up separated, and life became a blur.
One hell of an education and experiences to have at this time in my life. My suggestion if you have not made it into the military by the age of 25 don’t go. You have had to much life experience and you will want to buck the system somewhat hard. Also, you will be discriminated against because of your age.
Do not be fooled by the hoopla, it is a simple you will. And for good reason, the average 18-19-year-old will out pace you in just about everything physical. The early years of your career that is what matters most, not till later does your intelligence play a part. You can still work smarter than harder at some things, yet there is a contention between younger older. A bit of advice if you are looking at getting in at later age in life, be prepared to swallow your ego or its going to be rough for you.
Should you go into the military, that is for another article, looking back now, would of I not gone. No, only thing I would have done would be to have gone earlier in age. It is an experience that I am glad I undertook; it is a club of its own.
Agnitio Veritas Macto
This is part 6 of a series as I work through my history of jobs I have had.
Part 1: 31 Years Of Blood Sweat & Tears-What I Learned
Part 2: Mistakes Cost More Time And Money
Part 3: My Thoughts On Adventurous Years Of Learning
Part 4: Finding Oneself In The Work He Accomplishes
Part 5: I Used Trucking To See This Beautiful Country
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