As of 1330 today I have started my terminal leave. I’m officially in the military until September but unless there is a national emergency, I’m off the hook.
Just for kicks I looked up this thread I started four years ago as an adorable 17 year old asking for advice right before I left for basic.
Man, the years have flown by. Three bases, 550 flight hours, 136 combat hours, three promotions, two deployments and 1 broken finger later, I am done with it all. It hasn’t been all bad, but sure as hell hasn’t been all fun. I have made some friends that I will keep with me for the rest of my life (hopefully) and I have gone and done things people three times my age can only dream of. Oh, and some really wicked pictures.
So yeah, I can honestly say that today is a new chapter in the rest of my life. We’re that I’m more comfortable in the military, but I know it is time for me to move on.
Thank you to all of the Dopers who have offered kind words and good thoughts before I enlisted, before I deployed and when I got back.
Hmm…I think I’m going to go do lines of cocaine off a dead hooker’s ass now.