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Royale With Cheese
03-05-2006, 05:22 PM
A couple years ago I was told by my wife to either choose her or the Army. Well when my ETS date came up I decided that she was more important to me than my 12 some years in the Army. Shows you what I know. A year after that we got a divorce.

I have done a lot of thinking about this and yesterday decided to start the process of getting back in the Army. It's going to be a lot of work. Since it's been a couple years I will have to take another physical, re take my ASVAB and apply for another security clearance. I know that my chances are very good that I'll be going to Iraq because my MOS is Military Police.

This is a big decision to make. I guess I can't stand not being in the military. Maybe it's habbit. I don't know. I really can't explain it. It's what I've been doing since I was 17. Wish me luck! :)

astonwest
03-05-2006, 05:25 PM
Good luck to you, and stay safe!

Unique
03-05-2006, 05:26 PM
Good luck.

But for the record, I think you're crazy.

Royale With Cheese
03-05-2006, 05:27 PM
Good luck.

But for the record, I think you're crazy.

hahaha. Thanks.

eldragon
03-05-2006, 05:39 PM
Good Luck!

StoryG27
03-05-2006, 05:41 PM
Are you insane???

Of course you're insane, you're a lifer at heart.

If you have to retake the ASVAB, are you sure you'll get the same MOS? My brother changed MOS's when he rejoined the military. He did so much better on his ASVAB than when he was a kid (he had a near perfect score) that he had jobs open to him that were never open before.

Do you know if you'll get to keep your rank? I hope so.

Thank you for your prior service and good luck on your future endeavors. I pray that you will stay safe. Keep us up to date on the process.

brokenfingers
03-05-2006, 05:46 PM
My sincerest and best wishes to you, RWC. You will be in my thoughts.

As one who has also answered the call, I know the power of being a part of something larger than you, something grand and honorable, something you can believe in.

Some wish for power, some for fortune, and some for fame in this world. And some only wish to serve and defend so that those others may accomplish those wishes.

This country was built on those who have believed and acted upon their beliefs and I salute you.

Semper Fi, brother.

Royale With Cheese
03-05-2006, 06:10 PM
Thanks for everything all!

I'm a MP at heart. I really love being one. You have to score pretty well on your ASVAB to be an MP. I can still keep that MOS as long as I score high enough. I'm sure I won't have a problem. As far as keeping my rank? I think I'll drop down to a E-5. I don't think they'll take my NCO status from me.

Unique
03-05-2006, 06:56 PM
I don't think they'll take my NCO status from me.

I should certainly hope not. You earned that.

SC Harrison
03-05-2006, 08:32 PM
As far as keeping my rank? I think I'll drop down to a E-5. I don't think they'll take my NCO status from me.

Unless things have radically changed since I was a recruiter, I think you will only lose one stripe if it's been less than three? years.

By the end of my second hitch my marriage was shot, and I hadn't seen my kids for over a year, which was killing me. Even though I could have retired a few years ago if I had stayed in, I rarely regret my decision. My children are my best friends, and I have a (reasonably) well-paying career. There are some times, though...

Royale With Cheese
03-05-2006, 08:42 PM
Unless things have radically changed since I was a recruiter, I think you will only lose one stripe if it's been less than three? years.

By the end of my second hitch my marriage was shot, and I hadn't seen my kids for over a year, which was killing me. Even though I could have retired a few years ago if I had stayed in, I rarely regret my decision. My children are my best friends, and I have a (reasonably) well-paying career. There are some times, though...

Yeah it's been less than three years. I would absolutley kill myself if I got busted down to Specialist. I've been weighing out the pros and cons of this and can only think of one con. That is of course Iraq. This would be my second tour if I go again but my son was much younger then and didn't know what was going on. He's a bit older now and I am not too fond of missing 16 months of his life.

Unique
03-05-2006, 09:20 PM
I wouldn't be enthused about missing any of your life if it ended prematurely.

They still need smart guys as diplomats, so keep yours covered, won't you?

Royale With Cheese
03-05-2006, 10:09 PM
I wouldn't be enthused about missing any of your life if it ended prematurely.

They still need smart guys as diplomats, so keep yours covered, won't you?

I appreciate that but getting back in the Army isn't a death sentence. I managed 12 years off it without getting myself killed. :)

September skies
03-06-2006, 05:36 AM
A couple years ago I was told by my wife to either choose her or the Army. Well when my ETS date came up I decided that she was more important to me than my 12 some years in the Army. Shows you what I know. A year after that we got a divorce.

That's too bad. Same identical thing happened to one of my best friends. He only had one more deployment to go and he would have retired with full benefits, but chose his wife and six months later - adios! Made him a bitter man though, and regrets leaving the Navy.

Good luck to you. If it's what you want to do and you were happy there - by all means, God Bless You. And thank you.

Mac H.
03-06-2006, 06:09 AM
This may interest you:

UK, US to withdraw Iraq forces by early '07:

http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyid=2006-03-05T011001Z_01_L04315254_RTRUKOC_0_US-IRAQ-TROOPS-WITHDRAWAL.xml&rpc=22

The link came courtesy of John Roger's blog.

Mac

Richard White
03-06-2006, 06:18 AM
I wouldn't put too much stock in unnamed sources in a British newspaper.

SC Harrison
03-06-2006, 06:19 AM
I've been weighing out the pros and cons of this and can only think of one con. That is of course Iraq.

Check with your recruiter to see if you can apply to be an instructor at MP school at Fort Lost-In-The-Woods. You may have to wait until you're in, and then fill out a 4187 and hope it gets accepted. You may not want to do this, but it would keep you out of Iraq (maybe) until things blow over.

Good luck, brother.

NeuroFizz
03-06-2006, 05:22 PM
For the past and the future, thank you for helping keep what we have in this country. We take for granted way too much, and that includes the sacrifices of those who serve in our military. It is appreciated.

And, keep that pencil moving in your down hours.

Susie
03-06-2006, 06:19 PM
Much good luck, Royale and please stay safe. Our prayers & thoughts are with you.

Celia Cyanide
03-07-2006, 02:41 AM
Good Luck, Royale! And sorry to hear about your divorce.

Jcomp
03-07-2006, 02:44 AM
Jeez Louise.

Good luck man. God bless.

Royale With Cheese
03-07-2006, 07:25 AM
Thank you everyone! PS..Don't worry about the divorce thing. That happened 2 years ago.

Today I signed all my paperwork. I took my urinalisys (passed BTW for all you wondering) I now have to go to MEPS this Saturday to take my physical. Once that is done I will sign my new reenlistment contract.

Thank you again for all your kind words!

Richard White
03-07-2006, 07:32 AM
Royale,

Good luck! I got out in 1999, but I have to admit, there's been a few times I've considered re-upping. That is until I look in the mirror and realize they really don't need an old, fat ex-SFC to keep an eye on.

It's tough some days, knowing the guys who used to be my squadlings are now SFCs, MSGs and CSMs. I keep envisioning them as the young privates and specialists I ran through PT back at DLI or Ft. Campbell. It's hard enough to look back and realize I've been out of the service this long.

Good luck getting back into 95B. It's a good field. Almost as good as the 98 series. ;)

sthrnwriter
03-07-2006, 10:23 AM
Good Luck, Royale.