There comes a point in the military career of every service member where their time wearing the uniform and serving their country comes to a close. For me, I've reached that time, and as my days in the military start to dwindle down, it's time to start planning my transition.
For those who don't know my full story, the long and short of it is that I've begun the process for a medical evaluation to determine if I'm still fit for service (slim chance the answer is yes, but that's what they call these first evaluations), which will also determine some follow on things for me personally once I'm out of the service. It isn't a bitter or sad feeling for me; I've been on borrowed time since late 2009 and knew my career wouldn't end strictly on my terms (leaving the service when I wanted to or accomplishing my own goals I had in mind), I just never knew when the day would come that I'd actually be moving on. The reality of it all is starting to set in I think the more appointments I go to that discuss transition benefits and services.
So What's Next?
Obviously, with the end of this career, that means the door opens to a new career and opportunities. Where that's going to take me, I have no clue yet. I still have several months of "hurry up and wait" to go through before I have my DD-214 in hand, which means a lot of time to weigh the options. At this point, the only thing I know for sure is nothing's for sure.