It's a decision that I've been turning over and over in my head for several months. I finally decided to go for it for a couple of reasons. The most immediate is that a captain with my time in service makes really good money on a drill weekend. Secondarily, if I get deployed again, I don't want to get caught behind the eight ball, the way I was in 2004. I don't want to be out of shape, I don't want to not know what's going on, and I don't want to go to war with strangers. I still have six years before retirement, and I want to see a gold oak leaf on my uniform before it's all done.
The unit supports those training other soldiers to go forward, so I don't expect to deploy. (If I do, though, it's not the end of the world -- been there, done that. If nothing else, I'd get to save a buttload of money.) What I am hoping for is that I can get a set of orders to work at Devens full-time, and that'll be my job for the next period of time. I may end up doing some traveling, which is fine. I'm so grateful to have a supportive, self-sufficient spouse -- it's so much more than a lot of soldiers have.
My first drill weekend is the 6th and 7th; drills are the first of every month. It looks like my two weeks' annual training is actually broken up into three five day training cycles, and there's no drill or training in August, so it seems that Pennsic will be a go, which is fabulous, because I really want to help peacockduchess and my household sisters with the Queen's Tea. It's always nice when you can get your personal and professional lives to work together. Especially since this is probably going to fund Pennsic.
I'm excited, and I'm looking forward to this. Now I have to wash my new uniform and get everything ready for drill.