December 14th, 2006

I can't believe I'm thinking about it

Me? Re-enlist in the Navy? Say it ain't so, Matt...

...but it might be. I have been consistently been dead set against committing any more time as an active duty member of the armed forces. There are plenty of gripes about the Navy - and USS Memphis in particular - that led me into the camp of "no effing way." But now more than ever, Captain Lone Starr's entreaty to Barf is valid: "We're not just doing this for money...we're doing it for a shitload of money!" As of about three weeks ago, there is officially a shitload of money on the table. For just two additional years of active duty service, I can get my hands on a bonus of close to seventy five thousand dollars. That's right, seventy five thousand. Even after taxes, that's over fifty-five thousand, half of which is paid up front. I think I'm going to do this, because there are just so many benefits. There's the money, there's the additional experience, the probable advancement to E-6 down the line, the near certainty of finishing my bachelor's degree. The only major drawback is the fact that the two additional years would almost certainly be spent on the boat, or on some temporary duty somewhere else. It's highly unlikely that the boat would transfer me before my scheduled rotation date, which would leave me about a year and a half in the Navy - not long enough for a shore tour, and I'm not willing to extend any further. But I think I can handle the extra time on Memphis - especially if it leads me into the decommissioning process.

I haven't even started the paperwork, and it'll be at least a month before I would be taking the oath. But the odds are in favor. I've already been a whore for the money once - and that was for three times as long and a quarter of the money. This seems like a no brainer - it's just a matter of actually doing it.
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