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Well, now that I have orders in hand, I guess I'll broadcast this. As of December 15th, I'm back in the Army Reserve. I'll be working in the S-4 shop in a Logistics Support Battalion, which is part of a Training Support Division (for those of you in the East Kingdom, it's the same division Ulric von der Insel is in).

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.

i feel: happy happy

6 trips or shoot the rapids
liamstliam From: liamstliam Date: December 28th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC) (base camp)
Yay for you!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 28th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC) (base camp)


I even made a new icon to commemorate the occasion.
bubbette From: bubbette Date: December 28th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm proud of you.

I never had to serve in the military because people like you chose to do so. I envy your desire to serve your country, although not enough to go and sign up myself (smile).
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 28th, 2006 10:12 am (UTC) (base camp)
Sometimes, it really is just a desire for a nice paycheck. Other times, it's cause they let me play with cool trucks. And still other times, it's because I don't have to worry about what to wear to work. ;-D
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 28th, 2006 10:30 am (UTC) (base camp)
And all that being said, thank you. It's nice to be appreciated.
starseeker1221 From: starseeker1221 Date: December 28th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Yay! I'm so glad it all worked out! :-)
6 trips or shoot the rapids