January 16, 2015


We’re to that point in SoldierMan’s course where we submit the list of requested duty assignments, and then try to pretend for the next howevermany weeks that we don’t have our heart set on anything and won’t be disappointed if it’s something from the bottom of the list.

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Of course, this is a lie. There are definitely places we do want to go. And of course we put them at the top of the list. Granted, the last time we did this, we were allowed to select 10 potential assignments, and got #8. So I think I have a pretty realistic concept of how seriously the Army considers our preferences.

There are places we’d like to go for the sake of SoldierMan’s career goals. There are places we’d like to go just because they sound cool (who wouldn’t want to say in 15 years, “Oh, yeah, we lived in Europe for a while”). There are places we’d like to go because they’re somewhat familiar and we know that we’d at least like it there. To be honest, the vast majority of the assignments would be good for us.

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The other consideration in my mind is that no matter where we go (well, one possible exception) I will be living there longer than SoldierMan will. Because at some point, there will be a deployment. No point in trying to fool ourselves about that. So that means some set amount of time where I will be in the house and in the town and so forth without him.

And of course, the dogs. Those crazy, big, sweet, ridiculous, inconvenient dogs that we love so much. Even just moving here, a half-day’s drive away from our last post, was complicated by the dogs. Moving across the country, across the ocean, or across the world?

Nope, not gonna think about that right now.

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Of course, they’re my boys, and I can’t imagine facing another deployment without them. So they’re going. Wherever it is, they’re going.

I’m ready for this part to be over with. I’m ready to have a real plan. I know that once the ball starts rolling that’ll be a-whole-nother level of stress, but I want to get this show on the road. I just wish it was over.

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  1. Just enjoyed your article in The Federalist, about the hypocrites at the Paris Unity Rally. Perceptive observation on your part.

    Thought I'd stop in here to see what was going on. Hope you and your soldier man get a posting that's higher on the list this time.
    Thanks to you and your Soldier Man for your service to the country and our freedoms.
    All the best!

  2. Good luck! I hope you get a nice (warm) place.

  3. So exciting - I totally get you when you talk about that unavoidable stressful aspect to moviing but feeling so anxious and excited for it any way! I am getting that way. I am SO at the point of being ready for new orders. California has been fun, but I want a new adventure. I am ready for it!

    1. I'm definitely looking forward to being out of limbo! So many blanks left to fill!

  4. The waiting game is excruciating! Fingers crossed you get one of your top choices.

    1. We're hanging in there. Hey, it gives us something to talk about, right? :)

  5. I hope you get a great assignment!

  6. Is it bad that I'm hoping SoldierMan gets stationed close to where we are? ;-) I mean, it's not fair that we've been bloggie friends for....how long now? And we have yet to meet IRL! That said, I hope you get what you really want! And if you end up going to Hawaii, feel free to email/FB me with all of your questions. :) :)

  7. Good luck! I really hope you guys get somewhere in the top 3. :)


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