you're screwed no matter what. my six years in the lovely Army are up December 27th! i should be excited and having a party, however...i'm stuck. i have two years in the IRR (individual ready reserve). anyone in the military knows how this is works now. when i joined my recruiter basically told me, those two years mean nothing...i wouldn't have to drill...they are kind of just there. well now those two years are fucking driving me insane. i can either go into the IRR and get harassing phone calls and emails, telling me i better get back into the Reserves or be deployed again. i'd also only have my GI Bill for college, which isn't a lot...i've used it for two years already. i wouldn't be able to use my tuition assistance or loan repayment program. actually i've also been told i wouldn't be able to use my GI Bill. i have no idea if this is true...every time i talk to my retention officer, i'm told something different and leave completely confused. if i decided not to join the reserves again, chances are i'd have to report to some MOB site within a couple months. great...another deployment or great...two more years in the army! or i can avoid all the harassing men and women who call themselves recruiters and reenlist for three years. if i reenlist, i get a 7500 dollar sign on bonus and have money for college. this also means the IRR time vanishes and chances are i'd be deployed again. by the time i'm done i'll be 26 years old with 9 years of the military under my belt (why did i join at 17?). OR...i can go into the IRR for a month or so, and then join the Reserves...if i do this, my "reward" is that i can't be deployed for those last two years. anyway you look at this...i'm going to be in the military for at least two more years...its just figuring out a way to do it and not be deployed again. OR plan 43942...join the Air Force Reserve. i could also collect a bonus of 7500 dollars, get more money for school and the one reason why i'm contemplating this is because if i did get deployed its only for 6 months...and its the fucking Air Force...but its the Air Force. i almost feel as though, i couldn't join...i'm Army. what the fuck is the Air Force going to do for me. but then again...if i happen to get deployed again do i want to be deployed for a year or six months. headache headache headache.
if anyone has any suggestions or stories...do tell.