This is just general musing for me, but I thought I’d ask…(and mods if this belongs in GQ, pleas e move it) I’m a bit torn. I’ve made no secret that I am on active duty in the US Army, but my time in the Army is coming to an end…sort of.
I’m PCSing in about 3 weeks to Ft. Bragg from Europe. I requested to stay here until my 20 year mark, which is in May 09, but it was denied. I still kind of plan on putting in for retirement in the summer though. To me, its like the government throwing away money. The gaining unit will still be a man down this time next year if I retire…why spend the money moving me? Its not like DA doesn’t see how many years I have in. I’ve made it no secret that I’m seriously considering retirement. (My MOS they say is in critical need at Bragg…and its 25M, for those of you that know what that is)
But I’m worried about it. I don’t know if I’ll miss the Army that much or not. Its not the same army I joined 19 years ago, but I’ll miss a lot of it I’m sure. (and I’ve made up my mind that once I’m out, I’m out, I don’t want to do the Reserve or Guard thing. I came from the guard to active duty…I don’t want to do the weekend warrior thing anymore). I’ve met a lot of interesting people, I’ve been to a lot of places, but I’m not a spring chicken anymore. I think I might be happier in a government civilian job, but I’m not sure how I’ll feel not being a (active duty) soldier anymore. Sure they might stop-gap me, I guess. But after 20 years with hypertensdion, thyroid surgery and a spinal injury (that isn’t bothering me as much anymore, but still causes me a few twinges of pain) I’m feeling the years.
Any other retirees out there? How is life after 20 years? There are other things I’d like to do with my life…I’m just up in the air about whether or not I really want to get out or not…though I’m leaning towards yes. I’d like to know how other people that retired from the military feel.