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A new friend (Hi, Kim!) asked me what Andy and my futures look like after Fort Knox, and well, it’s so complex I had to dedicate an entire post to it! Andy and I talk about our future quite often, and our ideas on what we’d like to happen are ever-changing. Andy’s re-enlistment is slated for summer 2018, and unless he extends his time at Knox (doubt it– Knox isn’t exactly a career builder) we’ll be saying goodbye to Kentucky and hello to our next adventure. Here are a few possibilities of what the future has in store!
1. Andy gets accepted to the active-duty Green to Gold program. He would enter college, take full-time classes, and graduate 24 months later as a 2LT. In order to enter the program, Andy needs to already have his Associate’s degree. He’s quite a few credits shy, so we’re not anticipating him to be accepted to Green to Gold for a few more years. You have to commission before your 31st birthday, but the regs recently changed and you can get an age waiver as long as you commission before your 33rd birthday, so we should be good on time. Our first choice for his Green to Gold college would be Murray State University (aka my alma mater. Go Racers!) and second-choice is University of Louisville (even though my family is die-hard UK fans) because we could live on post at Knox and he could commute up to school. Again, we’re not expecting this to occur until after our next PCS.
2. Andy gets Recruiting duty and we spend 2-3 years living in the civilian world. Ideally, we would be sent somewhere that soldiers aren’t usually stationed, like Florida (because beaches and Disney, duh) or Utah/Wyoming/Montana (I’ve never lived out West!). Andy picked Recruiting duty on his profile, but the Army can always “voluntell” him for Drill Sergeant.
3. Andy gets Drill Sergeant duty and we spend 2-3 years living the Drill Sergeant lifestyle. This is probably our least favorite option of them all, because the lifestyle of Drill Sergeants is so demanding, so the Army would have to select Andy for this instead of him volunteering (but you never know…) Our top choices for BCT bases are Fort Jackson, South Carolina (in the heart of a big city and a few hours from Charleston!) or Fort Sill, Oklahoma (because my dear friend Lydia is moving nearby!) Fort Benning is a meh choice, but we really don’t want Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (aka Fort Lost in the Woods.) As Andy says, BCT and AIT there were as much as he wants to see of that place.
4. The Army powers that be grant us our wish and PCS us overseas. Either Germany or Italy would do; we won’t be picky. However, I really do not want to go to Korea and have joked (sorta) about staying behind in the States if we were sent there. I’ve been told that publicly announcing my lack of desire for living in Korea means the Army will send us there at some point.
5. We do a “normal” PCS to another post. Our top choice is Fort Campbell, Kentucky (I just can’t say goodbye to Kentucky if I can help it!) with Fort Bragg, North Carolina coming in second place. Other top contenders include Fort Carson, Colorado; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Fort Wainwright, Alaska (maybe) or Hawaii (maybe.) Fort Benning, Georgia would also be nice solely for the training opportunities there, or so says my husband.
6. And then the surprise contender, but still a tiny possibility…. Andy leaves the Army and we do the civilian lifestyle for good. We’ve tossed up our ideas on what we would do if we left the Army (either by our own choosing or not) but we’d most likely move to Owensboro, KY (my hometown) and look for jobs: me in HR/Administration, Andy in… we’re not sure yet. If he was medically able, my husband would probably go Guard or Reserves. There’s also the surprise contender that he would be Mr. Mom and I would be the breadwinner. It seems like a lot of the Engineers here are getting med-boarded out, so it’s nice to have a back-up plan in mind just in case the unforeseen happens or we decide the military isn’t for us anymore!
Wooh boy, so many possibilities! Only God knows where we’ll be next, so we’re excited to see how the future pans out.