i joined the army reserves in aus in 1999 but was out after a year; the reason being i had my shoulder broken in three places from a motorbike accident.
wish i was still in but thems the breaks so to speak.
Mine is a little of both. I had a spinal cord injury and didnt know it until 3 months before my EAS. I had a choice to stay for another year or so in a hospital or get out and take my claim to the VA. I got on my Honorable and then 6 months later was deemed 100% disbaled from the VA due to the injury I got.
You try pounding the ground for 20 or more years and then tell that to your knees or back :lol: When you have to lead poeple half your age you find yourself doing things like getting up extra early just so you can run a few extra clicks across the drop zone before morning formation. It sounds kind of nuts now that I look back on it, but that's the way it was. If you hang around long enough you'll see what I mean.
I graduated Staff College and got bored, away from combat units, away from troops and ranks, away from leading, away from training, away from reality. To much "politics", too complicated!
I decided I was young enough after 18 years, to get out, move out, go back to school, change country, language and learn new skills in my garage while piling up part time stuff...
I was in for challenges: 18 years, 7 academies, 5 ranks, 10 stations, 12 different jobs, from tracks to airborne, from Tanks to LRRP, from Europe to Asia and Africa.
Nobody is in for the $ and I will get some kind of retirement at the retirement age of my departure rank...in 8 years!!! :lol:
For fun, now, I am a part time rafting guide!!!