Hello SilverNessima and Welcome!
Ohmygosh, your post brought back many memories of my journey towards becoming a Commissioned Officer in the USARNC.
I started the process after returning from Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany. My number 1 son, Matt (a MP with 127th MP Bn) was critically wounded Down Range 2 years ago. I was told he was dying. When I arrived at his bedside in the ICU I didn't immediately recognize him. If not for the nursing and medical care he received from the Army and Air Force he would have died. It was then that I wanted to somehow give back to the US Government for not giving up on our wounded service men and women, and despite my "advanced"age of 49 I started down that road.
I received a waiver for my age. I submitted my package, got the thumbs up and started my journey through MEPS. Passed with flying colors (all except the audiogram, seems I have age related hearing loss but received a waiver for that, as well). Did the duck walk, proved I was 100% female....Got the final A-Okay and took the Oath. That was among one of my proudest milestones (besides having my three sons and passing my nursing Boards)
Started a "too long put off, let me eat one last Twinkie" physical regime: Even though I passed bythismuch my BMI, weight and tape measurements I succeeded in losing an additional 10 pounds, lost several inches from different parts of my anatomy (smile) and easily surpassed the push-up, sit-up and 2 mile run scores for a female in my age range (sigh).
I had attempted to change from RC to AC, but something about my age (another sigh) and that I can't give "them" a full 20 before retirement....Oh well. I am in the process of being activated and I have volunteered for deployment
My kids are 200% behind me. My son (now almost fully recovered from that second IED incident) is at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and he wants me to transfer down there to be closer to him. My number 3 is seriously thinking about the Army (Go Green)
I can't speak for everyone who considers this life journey. I didn't "do it/start it" for glory or money. Just my way of giving thanks.
Plus the feeling of Pride, well, its....Priceless. Yeah, most of my immediate family and friends think I am insane. That is another reason why I transfered to the VA. They "get it"
Listen, much luck to you! If I can assist you in any way, don't hesitate to email me. I am very grateful for this Forum and for All Nurses.
"I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our Soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them" Clara Barton
8th MED BDE