10 Confessions of a Military Mom
People often reflect, “If I knew then what I know now…” Doesn’t it just beg the question, would you do things differently in your life? When I made my pledge of allegiance to Uncle Sam, thoughts of being a mother couldn’t have been further from my mind. I was fresh out of high school with ample avenues labeled paths to success– attending a four-year college was top of my list, working full time was an inevitable variable, and then my mom so effortlessly suggested joining the military.
At the ripe age of 18 with more energy to burn than a little bit, I opted for not one, not two but all three options simultaneously! The summer of my graduation I enlisted in the United States Air Force and hadn’t looked back since fast forward fifteen years later and here I stand. I have quite literally grown up in this industry—The Government and oh I have learned!
I must confess….
The very first year of my enlistment of six, I had already made up my mind that I was getting out! As soon as the clock struck six, in fact, I was out! The Army and the Navy are the only services which have active duty enlistment options of less than four years, which are not part of the National Call to Service program. The Army offers enlistment contracts of two years, three years, four years, five years, and six years.
I have learned I can accomplish ANYTHING, as long as I keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Although I have done it in the past, at this point in life, I am terrified of deployment. No amount of tax-free money and bevy of incentives is worth a second away from my babies with unpredictable variables. One day, orders will come, and you will have deployed for a time. A military deployment means that your soldier will be transferred to another place in the world to fulfill their contract of service.
Even being in the military and to some degree considered “government property,” you do have OPTIONS!
All branches of the service, in my opinion, are not created equally.
My “personal” rankings as listed.
- Air Force (Aim High),
Note: I don’t know enough about the Coast Guard to make mention, but I would only assume they have some great duty stations! Military ranks are a system of hierarchical relationships in armed forces, police, intelligence agencies or other institutions organized along military lines.Usually, uniforms denote the bearer’s rank by particular insignia affixed to the uniforms.Military ranks are a system of hierarchical relationships in armed forces, police, intelligence agencies or other institutions organized along military lines. Usually, uniforms denote the bearer’s rank by insignia affixed to the uniforms.
The military was my Plan B that over time ascended to becoming Plan A.
It feels amazing to know I can retire with a wealth of benefits at the age of thirty-seven!
I recommend the military even if part-time (Air Guard or Air Reserves) to any and every qualifying woman! I’m all about empowering young ladies and women, especially mommies!
Basic Training is nothing like the operational everyday military lifestyle nor is it like they portray on movies.
Basic Combat Training (BCT) is a training course that transforms civilians into Soldiers. Over the course of ten weeks, recruits will learn basic tactical and survival skills along with how to shoot, rappel, and march. They will also learn the basics of Army life and military customs, including the Seven Core Army Values.
If I had to do it all over again, I would! I have never lost the essence of who I was as a person or as a woman from belonging to a bigger more male-dominated military. I have maintained being uniquely myself throughout my entire time serving ever developing professionally and too personally.
In conclusion, so many people have preconceived notions, misconceptions, or even boxed experiences when approaching the idea of signing their name on the dotted line of a contract with the government.When I say, the mindset is truly being everything! It is true that you can do anything you set your mind to, often you will surprise yourself. I never considered myself a “military person,” yet I have excelled over the last fifteen years in an environment that was not my own.
There are many sectors of the military within each branch no less. I mentioned in my confessions that the Guard or Reserve as well as multiple components within each—again, options or baby steps as I like to refer to them. Joining the military was one of the best if not THE BEST decision I’ve ever made for my life. Every step we take be it by chance, by faith, good, bad, or indifferent is still of, in my opinion, God’s divine design for your life.
There is much joy, value knowledge that all manage to emerge within your journey.