I'm on my way back into the Army




 
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Boots
 
February 11th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 

Topic: I'm on my way back into the Army


Hello folks,

Some of the other members are already aware of this, but since now things are more definite I thought I'd let the rest of you all know.

I'm taking an admin bust to Sergeant First Class (E-7) and going back into the Army. All that remains to be done is for me to take the physical and pass it. I don't have any real concern about that as I am in good health and exercise regularly.

I could've waited until called up or asked to be activated as a major, but that seemed to me less important than the fact that my old battalion has been activated and is on their way to Iraq. I'd been thinking about this for some time but those men are like family to me. In the National Guard the experience is more like UK and Commonwealth countries in that you stay with the same unit for years and years. I was active duty for 6 years but I served 16 years with my NG battalion. I know these men well, I know their sons now serving and in a few cases even the grandsons of those I've served with. I still have something to offer and years of life still able to serve. So I'm on my way. I'll be sure to let you all know more as the process continues.
February 11th, 2005  
CanadianCowgirl
 
 
Good Luck. we'll miss you
February 11th, 2005  
Sea_Cadet
 
Good Luck, But you should have been activated as your current rank, but it is up to you, my only question to you is will you when your tour is over be promoted back to your former rank.

We shall truly miss you, Serve with Honor my friend...
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Boots
February 11th, 2005  
Joe252
 
good luck man
February 11th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Thanks for your good wishes.

It's been indicated that I may even yet be activated at the rank I retired at. What may be hard for some to grasp is that the rank, though important, does not measure up to my desire to be with my comrades in these most difficult of times. This is family - you do what it takes when it comes to family. I may be booted back up to field grade at some point. That too has been indicated.

In any event, you retire for good at the highest rank held. So when my days are finally done I will still be a Major unless of course somebody decides to make me a Lt. Colonel.
February 12th, 2005  
AFSteliga
 
 
Good luck, Charge. Good to hear you're going back into it.
February 12th, 2005  
DTop
 
 
Charge, I know exactly what you're saying about the unit being family. I know the feeling well. Now that your unit is being deployed will you have to catch up with them in Iraq or will you be able to deploy with them? I guess it all depends on how long it takes to process you back in and when your unit's deployment date is, huh?
In any event, Godspeed my friend and keep us posted if you get the chance.
February 12th, 2005  
rotc boy
 
 
im gonna miss you man!!!!
good luck! :P
February 12th, 2005  
Charge 7
 
 
Top, I've been assured that I will be with my unit. That's all I know for sure at this time. When I know more I'll be sure to let you know. Thanks for your kind thoughts and I'll be keeping folks posted that's for sure. It'll be weeks before I go anyplace that much I do know. Most likely I'll go to Shelby first.

I'll miss you too, rotc. I'll drop in from time to time though as I get the chance.
February 13th, 2005  
Vitaly
 
I wish you the best, and it is wonderful what you are doing. Good luck and keep safe.