Master at Arms!
Changing NAVY plans
So, we have some exciting news! I know we left you guys hanging with the last post about Kyle making the decision to forfeit his spec ops contract to get a new NAVY job. Thank you very much for your prayers and wishful thinking. God definitely provided us with a “get-Kyle-outta-Illinois” escape route today!
Yesterday, Kyle walked into the office where you go to get new NAVY jobs. I’m sure it has an official name with some official NAVY acronym but I don’t know what it’s called and it’s not important to this story. Haha. Anyway, it turns out that Kyle did not need to forfeit his spec ops contract before the NAVY offered him new job options. This took A LOT of the stress out of the situation since he wouldn’t be at risk to end up “undesignated” if they didn’t have anything new to offer him. The list they presented him was impressive. The two jobs that interested him the most were “Corpsman” and “Master at Arms.” He liked those options for a few reasons, but mainly because they sounded like fun and they both were practical to have for working in civilian jobs whenever he retires. A Corpsman is the military’s version of an EMT, and a Master at Arms is the NAVY’s version of a cop.
Before he could take one of those jobs, he needed to call me. I mean, the NAVY wouldn’t let him change his career until they knew he had spoken to his wife. I thought that was honorable. Anyway, Kyle said that being a corpsman was the job he was more excited about but it would require more schooling than Master at Arms, and he was anxious to get stationed somewhere to live with me. I asked him to get some more info about it since he didn’t really have too many answers and to call me back. He filled me in on the job specifics once he had them, and I gave him the green light. He hung up the phone to go sign the contract for Corpsman.
Once he got there the Sailor said that he could have the Corpsman job, but he would first need to run upstairs to forfeit his spec ops contract. He ran up the stairs and was told that they don’t forfeit contracts after 1400 (2:00pm). He would have to wait till tomorrow (today).
So this morning at 0600 (6:00am), Kyle went to claim the Corpsman job. Whoops. It wasn’t available anymore. He was bummed but there still was the Master at Arms job. He called me and told me what happened. I told him to get me more info about Master at Arms, and when he called me back to explain everything he knew I gave him my blessing.
About an hour later, he called me to let me know that he officially had a contract with the NAVY to be a Master at Arms and he should get orders TO LEAVE CHICAGO IN A COUPLE OF DAYS! The training program is in San Antonio, Texas. We’re so excited about this opportunity for him. He will get some great tactical training with different guns which looks great on your resume when you retire from the military, plus he’ll be at the top of his class since he did so well on the ASVAB (I think, anyway!). There are some fun things that he can do in this job that involve working with the drug sniffing dogs and providing personal protection. There’s not too much schooling involved so we should be able to live with each other by the end of 2012! And he can start school in January to work on his Bachelor’s degree.
We both are so excited and grateful that Kyle can get outta that cold, pneumonia-causing, hell hole known as Temporary Holding Unit and actually live with me within 9 weeks! Praise God!