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This is an insane post for me to write. I never thought this would actually happen. I planned on telling you all this earlier, but then I decided I should wait until I got through.
So I’m in. I’ve made it through all the processing , and I have “sworn in.” So you may be asking… Where did this come from? How long has it been going on? All your questions and more answered below…
Thanksgiving 2014: I mentioned the Air Force in passing to Mike’s family. Most of them were active military members at one point in their lives. Of course, I didn’t feel too serious about it.
Christmas 2014: Mike and I took stock of our life. We dug into who we were becoming as a couple, where we wanted our life to go, and how we could reach it. We also got engaged and began planning a wedding.
As you know, we have a lot of debt from my student loans. I have a Bachelor’s degree and work as a writer, while Mike is in the National Guard and works at a factory. We do okay, but I’m almost 25 and Mike is 27. When we look 5 years down the road, we know we’re not going to be where we want to be, financially or career-wise. So we devised a plan.
We made a pact that Mike would first try to find a full-time slot with the National Guard since he was already “in.” This is very hard to do when you’re in the Guard. If that didn’t work, we decided that it would be best for me to join the Air Force.
A Few Months Later
As the months passed, we realized that Mike was not going to find a slot with the Guard. It was all up in the air, and I was getting fidgety.
I tired of waiting. Despite what the media says, the job market is STILL very tough. I have a good job with potential for growth, but nothing is going to fast track my life like the Air Force. Joining the Air Force would double my salary the minute I entered basic training.
After much consideration and debate, we decided it was the best thing to do. I know it’s a bit of a shocker for anyone that knows me.
I guess that’s all for now. Lots happening. Lots changing. It’s weird to think that my life is going to be completely different one year from now. This choice will make my family’s future better, and that’s why I’m doing it. There is no shame in serving your country. It’s actually one of the most honorable things you can do.
I am ready for it.