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    We have arrived

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    at that time in our life that felt so far away.

    Because of Opsec I can't won't be able to tell the whole story. Because of events upcoming we thought we were pretty much assured that Dh would still be in the National Guard until he reached retirement age.

    Between Active Duty, Federal Activated Duty, National Guard and State Activated service he has served for 40 years as of March. They changed some of the rules this year in connection with downsizing.

    He had to go through a Board and submit a packet like everyone is doing in the Guard and everyone was sure there would be no problem with him staying. But in the end Dh was thanked for his service and is being non-retained and retired. His Commander was just as surprised when the board gave him the news.

    His job is linked to his Civil Service civilian job. So his military retirement also loses his civilian job. He is currently looking for another position in the Civil Service. He will be retired from the military as of 15 June.

    It just seems surreal and is just starting to soak in that this life we have had is starting on a new adventure. I do know that the past 36 years of marriage has been an interesting adventure and all I can do now is to look forward and see where life takes us now.
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    We went through something similar. It is strange because you always knew you weren't in charge (the military was) but you always figured at least you would be the one to decide when to retire. It will take some time to adjust to the changes you face. And I think having bouts of anger and bewilderment are normal, but it sounds like you have a good attitude and will enjoy the retirement part of life.
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    Will you try to stay where you are or thinking on moving?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayo View Post
    Will you try to stay where you are or thinking on moving?
    Staying here could be good as we own our home but we are willing to go where the job takes us. He has had some contacts in the past few months asking him to apply, some are local and some are out of state, but he couldn't at the time. He is now going to go back and contact these people and see if they are still looking for people with his skills.

    He has quite a number of skills so we are hoping to find a position although we are up against a high number of hiring freezes, there has to be someone out there looking.
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