Preface: This is in no way to be construed as an attack on the US Air Force as an institution. I am happy with my decision to join, and I will be for a long time.
Now, on to business. As you all well know, I am supposed to be departing for Basic Training in about six days. Well, that has now been put on hold for the indefinite future.
The official explanation is that the Air Force has changed computer systems, and during that change all recruit names were lost in the shuffle. I can understand and accept that. With computers, anything can happen.
What I have difficulty accepting is what seems like total disinterest on the part of my recruiter to fix the problem. I called about three weeks ago and asked for confirmation of my ship date, and all was well. A week later I received a call telling me that all was NOT well and that I needed to stand by for further information.
I called a few days later, and received the above information (RE the computer problem). Again, these things do happen, so I wasn’t too put out by the situation…except for the fact that I had already quit my job in anticipation of my departure. Now I know that was stupid on my part, but I wanted to see some family and some friends before I left. I am currently biding time at my old job, the one I left a year ago, so that’s at least a temporary solution to the problem.
I called last Thursday, and he (being the recruiter) told me that he would know for sure when I was leaving on Tuesday of this week. OK, now we’re getting somewhere. Well, I called Tuesday, and lo and behold, he was on leave.
Dammit, Dammit, Dammit! Now I’m starting to get a little frustrated. Not mad, mind you, just annoyed a little bit.
So I call him today (Wednesday). He tells me that he has no idea when I’m leaving and that he’ll tell me next Wednesday, the day AFTER I was supposed to be gone.
That’s the story as of right now, and there is no satisfactory solution in sight.
This is my LIFE I’m talking about here. All I want to do is live it. And as with everything good I’ve ever done for myself, things are going wrong.
Am I ever gonna leave? Time will tell. Right now I’m not too sure. Not because I don’t want to go, but because nobody can tell me when.
I’m so frustrated.