Anchors Aweigh (+sick)
So, if y’all have been waiting on me to answer an email, to write an email, to respond to your tweet, to really do anything that involves me sitting in front of a computer for more than ten minutes at a time, you may have been disappointed in the last week. And seriously, I’m so, so sorry about that! I feel incredibly guilty about it.
But, here’s the thing:
I’ve joined the United States’ Navy.
- Right now I’m going to be an “AC”: Air Traffic Controller.
- I’ve enlisted for five years.
- And, unless my rate (job) changes, I’ll ship out in April.
(Yes, this may affect Crits for Water 2013. It’ll still happen! Just possibly earlier or later.)
Turns out enlisting is not something you can get through quickly, and compounding that, all the “Hurry Up and Wait” they have you do is surprisingly exhausting, even though it was fun to banter with the other recruits and meet all the great people serving the US.
But! I’ll start basic training in early April, and then training to be an Air Traffic Controller sometime in June 2013, though I’m hoping to change my rate (job) to a Cryptologic Technician Interpretive–essentially a translator. If that doesn’t happen, though, I’ll be sent all around the world to help planes land safely and efficiently.
I’m quite excited to serve my country and have a job that’ll allow me to advance and be challenged. Huzzah! If y’all have any questions about the process, go ahead and throw them in the comments. I’d be willing to turn this into a series to help other folks who are interested in enlisting or getting commissioned as an Officer.
The other thing is…Holy Gad Zooks, my sister and nephew are crazy sick. Not exactly sure with what, only that they’ve got fevers and blisters and vomiting and blech. So, to help them get over it quick, I’ve spent my time since enlisting by cleaning, cooking, and washing my hands like a mofo.
So, while I’m going to do my best to catch up with all the emails, critiques, messages, and lurve, I really appreciate your patience. My response time just got twice as slow as usual.
Thanks for your understanding! And again, if you have any questions, throw them up here. I’ll answer as soon as I can.