Wednesday, November 30, 2005


My brother joined the Air Force right out of high school in 1989. He served his four years, and got out. Then Sept. 11 happened. He was outraged. He wanted to serve his country again, so he contacted the local recruiters.

The answer? "Sure! You can sign up again- but you'll get busted all the way back to basic as an E1".

The response? "Screw that... I'm staying civilian"

Then in the early months of 2004 the local recruiter called again.

"Mr. B, this is so-in-so. We'd like for you to join the Air Force Reserves at a higher rank and better job that you had when you left a few years ago, plus you'll just have to attend AIT if you can pass your physical"

The response this time? "HELL YES! Where do I sign?"

It would now appear that the Army is making this more of an official stance. They are allowing former members to rejoin at their old rank- without going back through basic- as long as it's been 5 years or less since they left the Army. It's about damn time! There are so many who would LOVE to go back in, but won't take the leap because it means starting over again. We have been losing experienced soldiers over this policy.

I'll say it again: It's about damn time!


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