Today was significant for me. I raised my hand yet again pledging my oath to my country for another 3 years. I don’t know what those years will bring. What I do know is if I decided to ETS in July I would have seriously felt a big part of myself would be missing. I have served in the military almost all of my adult life. I don’t know anything else to be.
I mulled over this decision for a few months. I thought about what the future might bring such as deployment and how it would affect my family and those closest to me. In the end I realized that if I left it would have been a big loss both emotionally and financially. I am almost to the home stretch towards retirement. And if I am deployed there are various benefits for myself and family members.
The first time I swore my allegiance I was 17, remembered had tears in my eyes. Now at 43 am still touched but there are no tears. A tad jaded but still realize the significance of pledging my life to the country I still love so very much.