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Jun 5, 2012, 06:43 PM #21Senior Member
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- Apr 2009
- Monmouth County, NJ
Well, I have read each of those posts you mention and commented on many more. This is the only forum I'm active on so you guys are my online community. I'm not claiming all of you but I would say that there are some people on this site that share the same values and ideas as I do.
I feel confident in my marriage and our families are close by to fill the gap and help out. 9 months is really long in the short term view but really short on the long term. There will be danger and I found out today that if I get the job, it will require me to go "outside the wire" which makes it that much more scary and exciting at the same time. Statistically speaking I'm taking more of a risk riding my bike to work than spending 9 months in the desert. However, I don't run the risk of being taken hostage on my bike.
I am apprehensive about being away from my son and talking to my wife over skype for that long, not because of infidelity on either of our parts but just the time lost. The kid will be walking and talking and I'll be a guy on a computer screen. With that said, there are plenty of soldiers out there that are doing the same thing. I'll lose precious bonding time but he won't remember it a couple months after I'm gone. This part will be the hardest I think.
This could be much ado about nothing if I don't get the job and it's a risk with a reward. Thanks for everyone's feedback so far.
Jun 5, 2012, 08:40 PM #23
It sounds like you intelligently weighed the pros and cons on weather or not to go and if given the chance you will.
Is your decision to go based on finances or to serve the greater good of the country? God bless our troops but since i've had a family I realized putting myself in that kind of danger just to make more money isn't for me. i'd rather be poor and alive. There is a real life threat over there. Think about how your loss would affect the people who love you.
If you do decide to go, goodluck and i wish you a safe return.
Thank you for the service you are providing for our country
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Jun 5, 2012, 09:48 PM #24
Jun 6, 2012, 06:32 PM #25Junior Member
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- Jan 2012
Like I said it is not for everyone.
Also be careful when taking the advice of people(including me I guess) who claim to have served in Afghanistan on these internet forums. A lot of stories are greatly exaggerated and some are fabricated. There are entire websites devoted to outing these people (reportstolenvalor.org) Don't believe everything that you read.
I am a current member of what many on this forum call the "military industrial complex". Which I guess would include DOD, Intel Community, Defense Prime and sub-contractors, and maybe Sate Department( I am not sure on that one and one of the Ron Paul guys might want to help me out on this). We are people just like everyone else. I care about the people I work with getting killed or seriously injured very much. We don't work in the dark and answer to "the smoking man". Most are just as patriotic as LOSTsoul or cepriano and we come from all walks of life and political ideologies. Some even surf.
Do your research, weigh the costs and benefits and trust your gut. When you come back take the whole family and a brand new quiver to Mexico or PR for a month. They will love the memories you make and soon forget about the time apart.
And above all stay safe. Good luck to you.
Hey thanks for everyone's support on this but the decision was made for me. I didn't get selected for the job but I'll be able to stay with the wife and kid and if we every get another swell I won't miss that either.
Jul 6, 2012, 03:29 AM #28
Right on bro, sorry your missin' out on the money, but the time with your boy is irreplaceable. Congrats and I'm sorry.
Jul 6, 2012, 11:03 AM #29
Jul 6, 2012, 12:11 PM #30Senior Member
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- Apr 2011
- Central NJ
All things happen for a reason.
Bummer you didn't get selected, but count your blessings also.
I had the chance to work in Iraq after Desert Storm. It was alot of money for 6 months, but there was only a % of cash you could bring out of the country.
Enjoy your family, then go surf.