I did it!
Monday evening I arrived at the hotel (the military has a contract with them) and hung out with all the other MEPS people. Mostly guys and mostly 17-18 years old. I think I was the oldest one there. The next morning I was up at 0330 to get ready for the 0400 wake-up call. Breakfast and then waiting (wait was the word of the day). Bus ride to MEPS and then I did all my processing.
It was so boring. Hurry up and wait is how it goes in the military. I took the ASVAB (I made a 93 and did great in individual sections) and then did the physical and exams. Overall, it wasn't to bad. Just boring and if anyone is caught sleeping, talking too much, etc. you get sent home and have to come back another day.
Then, the bad part. The computer system was messed up, so all but one of us for the National Guard were held over another night. The boss wasn't too happy since he had to cover my opening shift, but oh well. The same routine at the hotel and the next morning and the same wait (I waited about 5 hours straight). FINALLY, I got my contract and got sworn in. So exciting! I'm now a member of the Army National Guard!
It was a rough 2 days, but so worth it. I am leaving for Basic Training (boot camp) January 19th and will be spending 10 weeks there in Fort Sill (Oklahoma). After that I'll be at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, for 16 weeks of AIT. I am going to be a "Health Care Specialist" (formerly known as Combat Medic). My unit will be at Fort Gordon (Augusta, Ga)... a good 3 hours one way, but my grandparents live out there and my grandmother actually works at Fort Gordon, so it's not too bad.
I could have commissioned and become an officer right off since I have my degree. I chose to go enlisted instead to feel it out first and to gain that experience for when I am an officer (which I plan on doing in the next few years). So many that commission right out of college aren't respected as leaders because they don't know what it's like to be enlisted or even in the military first. I'm a Specialist going in rather than just a Private because of the degree. I'm happy for the better pay and head start in rank, but I also know that I will be picked on at training... I'll be put into the leadership positions (even though I don't know anything) and will be rode a little harder since I went to college and the drill sargeants probably didn't.
I am supposed to have drill this weekend, but I won't be able to make it because of work. The notice was too short. The future drills and such will be no problem.
I'm so happy! I really wanted this and I got it. I worked hard to lose weight, get into better shape, and all that and now I'm in. I'm nervous about training, but it's a ways off and I'll be drilling to get prepared for it. I think that I will go active eventually so that I can retire and get those wonderful benefits.