Selfish, Patriotic, crazy, a dream, an opportunity….these are all words that come into play now that people know I’m trying to join the Army Reserves. The first recruiter obviously was not well-informed and pretty much said I was too old to go any route but Enlisted. Well….plan B – try another recruiter. My friend signed up and got her direct commission at 41, so I know it can be done. Yesterday, I was hooked up with a new recruiter (thanks Jeremy). Though he never had a recruit this old wanting to go this route, he was optimistic he could make it happen. He said he would proceed until someone told him no and that he did not want to turn me down. He also felt there were OCS and/or direct commission opportunities for me for PAO (public affairs).
He is getting back to me with some more information. In the meantime, I may go take the AZVAB test and physical to see if they will accept the bionic woman in the first place. I told him I was very organized and wanted all the necessary information in order to make an informed decision.
As for hubby, he is coming around and yes, the reality of 6 months of training to start off with is a huge consideration for this venture. But, we will cross that bridge when we get there.
I certainly don’t want to turn 42 (March) and have any regrets. Not signing anything yet, not committing yet…but seeing if this works for me and my family.