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Old 06-09-2010, 07:04 AM
Chris M Chris M is offline
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Originally Posted by metaldad View Post
First Happy birthday!!!! second, Tinley Park!?? Twenty minutes from me! We will definitely hook up! Keep us posted. Mere minutes from The First Midwest Ampi--whatever theater........I still call it the Big Tin Box That Makes you Really Deaf.......Third, Back In the Guard!? Can you really do that? I've got two years in and 7 years in the Corps plus two years inactive Reserve with the Corps. I better get crackin' on the water.....I was having some problems that turned out to be my sciatica and some veeeeeeery small stones were found as well

Your Bureaucracy at work!

Outstanding!! Congrats to you brother!!
Metaldad, believe it or not, but they've significantly raised all the standards for getting in. All the units are at or near 100% strength, hence the reason it took me a while to find the right job and rank to get back in if you meet all the other standards such as physical, height/weight, PT, background check, etc. The maximum age is 35 years old, but for prior service members, they subtract your time served from your actual age. If that number is less than 35, you can get in. In my case, I'm 47 with 16 years creditable service (although I only have 14 for for retirement because 2 of those was inactive) which makes me 31 in the eyes of the Army. I really wanted that retirement and they passed a law recently that says GI Bill benefits can be passed to your immediate family. This is what got me very interested in getting back in. I want the GI Bill benefits for my 12 year old son. The caveat is that you have to have served since 9/11 and there is a 10 year limitation from the time you are discharged. So, getting back in for me not only will get me working towards retirement again, it will significantly reduce my worries about paying for my son's college in 5 years. I got out as a Captain in 2003, but am getting back in as a Staff Sergeant. Long story, but I want it that way. I resigned my commision when I was discharged and if I REALLY pushed it, I could have gotten back in as an officer, but honestly.... I quit having fun when I became a Captain. I spent all my time in staff meetings, planning, and doing administrative work. That's not what I enjoy doing. It was most enjoyable as a Lieutenant when I was out in the field with the guys. I was able to come back in at the highest enlisted rank held prior to attending OCS. This is perfect for me and I'll still reitre at the highest rank held and get a Captain's retirement pay. Besides, if I wanted to go back in as an Officer, I would have to get into a Major's slot, which is VERY hard to come by. It just worked out best all the way around for me doing it this way. My new unit is in Galesburg about an hour and a half from me.

And I will absolutely let you know if I get up to the Chicago area. Hell, I might even ask for advice on neighborhoods when/if I end up house hunting. I know very little about Chicago other than the occasional jaunts up there. I won't know anything for at least a month though.

Last edited by Chris M; 06-09-2010 at 07:18 AM.
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