Why did I decide to go back to the Navy?
Making the decision to join the Navy again after I got off of active duty was no brainer for me deep down…I wanted to. Here’s a little back story though so you guys aren’t too lost yet. I joined the Navy back in 2013 as an excited 19 year old kid that wanted some more adventure in her life. Fast forward to June of 2018. I was a DC3 who was well rounded. I was a 24 year old who THOUGHT that what I wanted had NOTHING to do with the Navy anymore. I ended up being so wrong. So, I decided to just get out and receive my Honorable Discharge and go to the IRR (inactive-ready-reserve). I never thought that within less than a year I would be back in the Navy as a reservist, but here I am. Truth is I missed it. I missed the boat life ( its odd trust me), I missed the camaraderie, the tasks that I was able to deal with and learn about. Most importantly I missed the people, the little family I made. That’s why I decided to join the Navy Reserves again. I wanted that military, patriotic, do or die, balls to the wall teamwork and family feel. So here I am based out of Alameda, CA now technically an HM3 waiting to go to a new tech school next January. I couldn’t be more excited and happier that I made this decision. I’m ready for another adventure in my book.
Was It Hard Joining The Reserves?
A lot of veterans, especially when they get out of active duty decide to just say they’re finished with the military once and for all….Truth is, a majority of us decide to come back because we miss that feeling. It’s almost like having an empty void in your soul. I thought joining the reserves was going to be difficult. It wasn’t quite easy but it definitely was manageable. Prior service members have to go to a recruiter that deals with them being active before. They’re called Prior Service Recruiters, pretty simple right? Kind of, the hard part is finding one. In my area there were only 2! Can you believe that? There was one located here in the Alameda NOSQ that I worked with and then there is also one in the Concord Armed Forces office. My recruiter made the process very easy, very straightforward. The only catch that I had was that I had to change my rate (job). It was kind of bittersweet for me because I loved being a DC (damage controlman- shipboard firefighter), I loved almost everything about it. However, the rate that was open for me was HM ( corpsman- medic), and that’s what I initially wanted when I joined the Navy. Switching to HM was a little sad but it is also really beneficial to me personally because of what I do in my civilian life as well. I have been in the Reserves since February of 2019. I love it, of course there is the normal about of BS I deal with, but I’m back in the uniform and learning new things that I love. I feel like the void is filled in again and I knew deep down this is what I want. I’m still learning the ropes of the reserves because it is VERY different than active duty.
Being a reservist is a great opportunity if you have a civilian career, but still want to do something militaristic in your life or fill an empty void. I’m going on 6 years and I can’t wait to see where I will travel to next or what I will learn next. If anyone has any questions please feel free to leave me a message! I will definitely have more posts that I will be adding!
“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.”
– Dan Lipinski