Big changes are afoot for me. Almost two years ago they changed the High Year Tenure rules for Staff Sergeant, E-5 in the Air Force. Since then, I failed to climb out of my career stall, and didn't make the next rank up. So here I find myself with eighteen years of service in the military, and I'm being pushed out the door. I won't deny a small measure of anger and bitterness, but I have many things to be thankful for, including an intact marriage and four awesome kids.
I have not found a job warranting us staying in Alaska, so we're off to the lower-48, and since I haven't found any job in particular, I have no idea where we'll end up. Our preference would be a state which respects our Second Amendment rights to our firearms and our ability to secure our persons, and our right to homeschool our children. That's our preference, but I'm cognizant that reality can be pretty disrespectful towards preference. We will end up wherever the job trail takes us.
I've been applying to VA hospital jobs, where the benefits make up for lower pay, and remote medical jobs, such as oil rigs, where the pay would make up for lacking benefits. My goal would be to finish up my paramedic, making me more eligible for remote medic work. I can't deny I'm not quite ready to settle down yet, but I need to make sure my family is secure before I go gallivanting around the world. That said, I'm not beyond picking up a different career track. It wouldn't be the first time for me. In fact, I'm on my third now.
Anyway, we'll be criss-crossing the country on our way east, stopping in Montana, Colorado, Nebraska, and so forth. Maybe I'll get a chance to finally meet some of you. I've enjoyed discussions here greatly over the years. May they continue for many more.
(In keeping with Van's topics, travel security tips welcome)
Life begins & ends cold, naked & covered in crap.