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Work was once again okay. The boss wasn't as cheery as yesterday, but again, work got done with no mishaps.

I'm still sick. In the mornings I'm coughing up large blobs the colour of month-old snow. My nose is running. I'm achy.

Twice today Steve and I have had the conversation, "At least we can sleep in tomorrow!" "No, YOU can sleep in. *I* have drill." Then earlier this evening Ryan called because he wanted to pay me very well to do transcription tomorrow, but I can't. I have drill.

I'm really regretting joining the Reserves. I've been stabbed in the back over and over, lost the benefits for which I originally joined up, and no one will hire me because I'm a Reservist. Plus we're "supposed" to get mobilized, but they don't know when. When it does happen and they deign to tell us, I probably won't even make any money because it's a mobilization within the United States with only four months overseas. So it's taxable, and because it's a TCS (temporary change of station) if we don't take our family with us (and who will? Who's going to have their spouses quit their jobs and take their kids out of school for a lousy year?) we don't get separation pay because we're *voluntarily* separating ourselves from our families. And it's taxed. And if we don't have cars, we'll have to buy them. We might even have to pay for our own housing.

This is no longer worth it, except for the cheap health insurance. Which I wouldn't need if I could get a job with health benefits. But no one will hire me because I'm a Reservist. And round and round and round.

It doesn't help that when I put in what should have been Disc 3 of "Code Geass" it was a mislabeled Disc 2, so nothing to watch on Netflix tonight. Steve is at a business meeting.

At least it turned out it wasn't the Almaden giving me migraines. It was the germinating cold giving me migraines.

Oh yeah, my cold. That's another reason I want to get out of the Reserves: to control my own health care again. I don't believe in flu shots and have to get them every year. Plus the mandatory trip to a shitty dentist I wouldn't visit again on a bet.

I just want to sleep in tomorrow, not dressing up in a costume and playing silly games.


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Jan. 10th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
When is your ETS?

Don't you only need 30 days in a combat zone to get non-taxable pay?

Also, thought about any ADSW (active duty special work) programs? I did two of them and the pay and benefits were excellent. I actually got paid more on ADSW than I did when I was deployed. What about going for an AGR position?

Not trying to justify the Military at all, believe me, I know. Just trying to throw some options out there for you.
Jan. 10th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
My ETS is April 9, 2011. There are no AGR jobs in commuting distance.

The four months in-theatre won't be taxable, but the other 8+ months will be.

I'd rather my mobilization be 100% in-theatre because then all I have to do is report to the Reserve Center and everything is taken care of for me. Don't have to arrange my own travel, housing, or anything else, all of which I will have to with this one.

If it happens.
Jan. 11th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)
This makes me so very glad I shitcanned the National Guard contract thing I was going to do. It wasn't that bad of a deal until I started reading about putting expenses on a travel card and I know how the Army likes to roll on that business. (Long story short, I would belong to and drill with a unit in Long Beach, CA - I chose it - once a quarter and for the two weeks a year deal and then drill with a unit closer to wherever I was living the rest of the time. This deal was offered to me due to my MOS.) I just didn't want to deal with the Army BS anymore and more than one person has told me that if I didn't like active duty, chances are, I wasn't going to like the National Guard, either.

And some of the crap they have said to you does not sound right at all. But I don't know if the Reserves operates differently than active duty in that regard.


Have you thought about going active duty? Or is that out of the question? (Although really, you put on the costume everyday and eat shit 24/7 then...)
Jan. 11th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
I've thought about active duty, but the long and short of it is I can't afford to support me and my husband on that. Since he's a lawyer, he wouldn't be able to work unless he passed the Bar in every state we lived in. Just not possible.
Jan. 11th, 2009 07:32 am (UTC)
Yeah, that would be rough.
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