Holy crap! I have a first name again.

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. :wink:

Thanks very much for your service, RandMcnally. And welcome (back) to the civilian world.

Roger that. Thank you, Rand.

That’s something I’m going to probably have to get over: saying “roger” “affirm” etc etc.

“Say again,” Thanks for your service,** Rand**

SSG Schwartz

Thank you, Rand. Stay safe.

I’ll add to the thank yous (there’s no way to write that that looks right) and say welcome back. Hope things are uneventful from here on out.
Have fun being a civilian.

Thanks,** Rand**–give your family an extra hug for me. :slight_smile:

Ditto – welcome back and thanks for your service.