Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Yesterday I went into the recruiting office to sign my contract.  I am now officially official.  74 days until I ship for BMT.

Today was a friend’s graduation from BMT.  It seems that a lot of our military endeavors have been moving on parallels.  Her last DEP meeting was the same day I had my first.  I received a letter from her at BMT the same day I found out my job and ship date.  We both started our enlistment process with the Army and switched to the Air Force for various reasons.  Signed my contract on the first day of her graduation ceremonies.  Very coincidental but still fun!  I hope to be able to meet up with her some day in the operational Air Force.  Congratulations, Airman S!

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May Job List

Got called into the recruiter’s office today.  The jobs list for this month came out and this is what I qualified for that are available this month.  Most are jobs I’m honestly not interested in, unfortunately.  I have to email my recruiter back by the end of the day with my choices.

  • 1N031 Operations Intelligence Specialist
  • 1N131 Geospatial Intelligence
  • 1N231 Signals Intelligence Analyst
  • 1N431 Fusion Analyst
  • 2A636 Aircraft Electrical & Environmental Systems
  • 2A723 Nondestructive Inspection
  • 2F031 Fuels
  • 2S031 Material Management
  • 2T031 Traffic Management
  • 2T231 Air Transportation
  • 2W031 Munitions Systems
  • 2W131 Aircraft Armament Systems Apprentice
  • 2W231 Nuclear Weapons
  • 3D032 Cyber Systems Operations
  • 3D033 Cyber Surety
  • 3E431 Water & Fuel System
  • 3P031 Security Forces
  • 9TA45 Administration Aptitude
  • 9TG43 General Aptitude
  • 9TG58 General Aptitude
  • 9TM44 Mechanical Aptitude
  • 9TM51 Mechanical Aptitude

My final choices were:

  1. 1N131 Geospatial Intelligence
  2. 1N431 Fusion Analyst
  3. 1N231 Signals Intelligence Analyst
  4. 1N031 Operations Intelligence
  5. 3D032 Cyber Systems Operations
  6. 3D033 Cyber Surety
  7. 9TG58 General Aptitude
I should hear back by Tuesday next week.

Whole New Direction

I have been MIA for quite some time now.  There are several reasons for that.  In December, my husband and I filed for divorce.  Due to that decision, I put enlisting in the Army on hold.  Since then, I’ve moved to Arizona.  On February 12th, I met with an Air Force recruiter.  She gave me a packet to fill out and I returned it on the 25th.  Today I scheduled my MEPS visit for a week from tomorrow.  Due to tracking all my medical documentation down for the Army last year, I had everything I needed to enlist into the Air Force and this process has been quite quick and seamless.

Since I last posted, I’ve lost weight (I’m now down to 135 lbs) and have maintained a consistent running schedule.  Today I ran my fastest 2 mile run in forever (17:53) but still need to increase my pace.  I think I will add in a day of interval running and see how I progress with that.

I’m racing the clock to ship to basic before my 28th birthday.  I turn 27 in July so I do have time but depending on the AFSC that I get/ship date/and how long I’m in DEP, I could be cutting it close.  But I’m glad how quickly things have progressed so far.  The Army recruiter that I had in CA did not seem all that interested in doing all he could to get me in but my current recruiter, despite my age and the time constraint, seemed as though she would help me to the best of her ability.  I’m very happy so far with my decision.   

Soon, So Very Soon

While in town yesterday, I stopped by the recruiting office.  I fixed a discrepancy in my packet and talked to my recruiter a bit.  He mentioned that I could possibly be going to MEPS only for the physical portion next week.  I will find out when I call them on Monday.

My husband mentioned wanting to be the one to swear me in, which would be pretty awesome and make it all that more special, but I believe that would have to be something done at MEPS.  I still have some time to find out the answer to that though.

I was told that I will go to MEPS for the physical part only and after I am cleared physically, I will be able to reserve a job with my recruiter at the station.  Since we’ll be dual military, I require a waiver, which hopefully will not take too long to process.  Not quite sure if that paperwork will come prior to attending MEPS or after but I have that to look forward to.

Authorized To Physical

At 1535 today I received an email from my recruiter.  All the body said was “WOOOOOOOHHHHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!”  Scrolled down and read the email he forwarded and at the top of it said “Authorized to physical.”  Further down it says “This information is provided to complete the record and to notify to continue processing.”

So I’m one step closer.  I think my recruiter has to do a few things and then I’ll be able to be scheduled a time to visit MEPS.

A week ago today I dropped off the medical documents from my last appointment so I guess it was decent time for them to get back to us.

I still haven’t told very many people.  Especially not family.

Last Medical Step Before MEPS…?

A week ago I had my (hopefully) final appointment before being able to go to MEPS.  The doctor I saw said my knee was “rock solid” after manipulating it every which way to see how it held up, if it slid, snapped, or felt off.  He wrote in the notes on the form that I was cleared for all physical activities.  I’m hoping that’s it and that I hear back soon if I can move forward.

It’s hard to believe that it has been seven months since I started this process.  It’s been hard to stay completely motivated when you feel like it’s going nowhere.

It took me a while to update this because this past weekend we met up with some of my friends in Vegas.  But hopefully I hear back soon regarding MEPS.