terminallych1ll: Love your blog, I was thinking about joining the Army National Guard and was wondering how you went about making the decision and how long you've been serving and what you like about it? I'm 19 years old, jersey girl
After being disqualified from the Marine Corps (too many tattoos) & Active Duty Army (stretched ear lobes), I found myself enlisting in the Guard. I’ve always wanted to serve my country & finally made the choice in doing so after the repeal of DADT. I’m currently serving my third year.
Make sure you get what you want out of it. It’s easy to get jerked around by the military.
Let me start this off by telling you a little about myself.
I’m 24 years old & I grew up in a small town in New Mexico. I have always been passionate about serving in the US Military.
I came out of the closet when I was 13 years old. After graduating high school I decided to not enlist into the Army due to DADT. Finally after years of waiting on 20 SEP 2012 I was able to enlist.
So on 21 SEP 2012 I went into a Marine Corps recruiting office. I figured if I were going to join I’d join “the best.” I was unable to enlist due to their tattoo policy.
Onto the next… Active Duty Army. I was also rejected due to their gauged ear policy…
Onto the next…. The Army National Guard. Tada! I swear in on 29 SEP 2012 with a BCT date of 09 JAN 2013. I was so excited to finally pursue my dream of serving in the world’s greatest military even if it was just 1 weekend a month.
The next segment of my story will detail the number of times the National Guard has [excuse my language] fucked me in the ass. Let’s begin…
Ass Fucking #1
I complete 3/4’s of Basic Training to be told there was an error in my recruiting process & that I have to either A] discharge from the military & go home or B] change my MOS to 92G: Cook. Being the super hooah excited soldier that I was I decided to suck it up & become a cook!
Ass Fucking #2
After serving with my unit for about a year I am promoted to the rank of Specialist with phony orders. I am promised 3 months of back pay & a certain date of rank. After several months of contacting my chain of command to correct errors considering my pay & rank it is taken up to the Inspector General of the Washington State National Guard. It is revealed to me that my unit had “improperly promoted me.” I wore the rank of Specialist for 3 months for no reason at all & no back pay had been given to me.
Ass Fucking #3
I am offered an ADOS [active duty for operational support] job starting on 01 OCT 2013. I am recommended to quit my civilian job, look for a new place to live [I was relocating from Seattle to Yakima, about 3 hours from each other] & that I would be put on 29 day orders in between to sustain myself until the orders post.
So in July I move out of my apartment & put everything into a storage unit, quit my job at Starbucks that I had held continuously for 9 years & move in with a friend/sleep in barracks until my orders post.
Well in that time-frame, the government shutdown happened. Which meant no orders for me. Since 29 day orders didn’t count as a permanent job I was unable to collect unemployment. I left my amazing downtown Seattle apartment for no reason at all. I quit a job that I truly loved for no reason at all. Oh, and every single thing I owned in that storage unit? Auctioned off.
I now have no job, no money, no apartment & no personal belongings.
What did my ADOS coordinator have to say about it? "Well we couldn’t help the government shutdown…" True, but you proposed all of these offers about orders in June.
So my advice to those looking to join the service:
Steer clear of the National Guard.
If you’re looking to join part time, go with the reserves.
PS: I was told I’d be back to work on Monday. I’m still sitting here with no orders posted or job & it’s Wednesday.