In a couple previous posts, I eluded to some changes coming for me and feel like now is the time to share. I graduated from school almost 3 years ago and felt like I was pretty comfortable with my job. I enjoy adventure and challenge and was feeling like there was something missing in my life. I needed something more. After much thought and prayer I am confident in my decision.
I joined the Army Reserves.
I started talking with a healthcare recruiter back in October and immediately started the paperwork needed so I could have my application ready to go before the annual board in November. Then, in the beginning of December I found out I had been selected as a med/surg nurse. I officially commissioned in February as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. This weekend will be my first battle assembly with my unit.
Joining the military has been something I thought about, just not seriously, for most of my life. Two of my uncles served in the Marines for 20+ years. In high school my thinking was more along the lines of I am going to college so I can't join the military. Then after college, the first time, I was newly married. Plus teaching wasn't something I could pursue if I wanted to go into active service. Reserves wasn't something I had really considered until the last year or so. The more I looked into it and considered it though, the more interested I became. I felt like if I didn't thoroughly purse this opportunity I would regret it later on.
I am excited but nervous. Do I really know what I am getting myself into? Not completely. But I am ready for something new in my life and looking forward to all the varied experiences I will receive. It will be a lot of work and won't always be easy but it is something I feel called to do.
Most of my family and friends now know that I have joined the reserves. Many think it sounds interesting. A few think it is a bad decision. Most would never imagine this as something I would do. I am someone with varied interests; often different interests than typically seen. I know this will be a good fit for me. Over time this will just become a part of who I am.
So, that is the next chapter in my life. What are your thoughts or experiences regarding the Army Reserves?