Quote from traumaRUs
Good luck - sounds terrifc. Maybe you answered this is an earlier post and please excuse me if I'm being nosy - why do you want to join the military at the age of 40?
I was prior enlisted (USN in the 1970's) and truly thought about returning to the guard in the past two years but decided against it because I just couldn't take the pay cut. Plus (and I'll be very honest here), after 27 years of being a military member myself and then married to a military career man, I just didn't want to move anymore.
So...I eventually gave up that idea. I want to wish you the best, thank you for your service and I hope you will get what you want. Take care.
Thanks TraumaRUs! It is good to hear from someone with experience.
Why? I have wanted to do this forever. I did AF junior ROTC for 4 years in high school, and then 2 years in college with Army ROTC. Met a guy (now my hubby) and decided that having fun was more important than getting up in the morning for PT.
Anyway, now that the kids are older, and I am wiser, I'm thinking the military is a really good way to go. I like my current job, but don't love it. I need a place where I can make a real difference, and still support my family. My husband is totally on board with it also. He's a great guy.
We've not moved from our home of 14 years! We actually are looking forward to the change. We have no relatives here (never have). By the way, it's not really a pay cut for us...if you figure the taxes, health insurance, housing allowance, etc. My DH is practically a stay at home dad, so we're living on my salary only.
Hope that answers the questions you asked! I'm glad you asked! The more I am questioned about this decision (by unrelated individuals) the better!
By the way, I love your screen name Trauma-R-US. I have a dear friend who was a life-flight nurse (now an academic researcher). It reminded me of her.
Thank you for your service and God Bless you.