Personal Narrative: A Veteran's Life

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A Veteran’s Life Have you ever thought about joining the military? Which branch, what job, how long? These were my questions before I stood in front of the recruiter. The recruiter is the person you talk with that helps you through the process of getting into the military. After choosing my job and getting the specifics of my contract, I was married to the military for 3 years. You got it, married to the Army. In this marriage there are choices, but the choices are not always made with the input of the other partner. The other partner is you. This is how the military works even though you always have a choice the consequences of divorce will be devastating to the rest of your life. I spent 10 years 7 months and 29 days in the active Army. In all of that time I must say that there were some good times and some bad times. As I remember the goods really outweighed the bad. The first 10 months of my…show more content…
Then I could return to the United States of America as a civilian. There was something else in the works that we were not told about when you sign that lovely contract of marriage. It is a little clause in the bottom of fine print that says we (The Army) can keep you on active duty up to eight years and you have to serve. No one really pays attention to that until that paragraph comes back to bite you in the ass. Well it bit me and bit me hard. I was suppose to get out of the military in August of 2005, but as you figured that did not happen. Something called a stop loss was invoked; this is when the military says no one can leave until we figure out what we want to do. This is that part of that marriage when you really say I want a divorce and your partner looks at you with the look of, if I can’t have you, no one can. So I was stuck in the Army for another 18 months. Thank goodness I had a boss that liked
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