The Back Story To Our Army Life

Jan 5, 2014

So I have gotten some questions about the army life we currently find ourselves in. I do not really talk about the army that much on this little blog because I don't really talk about it much outside of it either. But for the few people that have asked kind of how we got here and where we started nine years ago…this is for you!

I met my husband a few months after I started college, he was at his first duty station after graduating basic training. He had been at ft. lewis maybe six months before I met him. At this point he was an insanely unruly private with little inhibitions and a whole lot of adrenaline. Pretty much every parents nightmare when they send their daughter off to college in another state! But, he turned out to be quite the gentleman! Anyway he was enlisted throughout his deployment to Iraq, and upon returning to the homeland after 15 months he we decided that maybe he should try his hand at the life of a civilian. We got married three weeks before he deployed so we also wanted to give this marriage thing a real fighting chance. So he got out as a sergeant, and we were two 21 year olds against the world.
We moved to Scottsdale, AZ because Chris got accepted to Embry Riddle to study aeronautical science. In our heads it was going to be great! But, many many jobs weren't panning out, and he did not have his degree finished to fall back on. The economy crashed and we were left scratching our heads. As luck would have it Chris ran into a friend he knew from ft. lewis at the barbershop, this friend was now and AGR recruiter and told Chris all about it. It seemed like a pretty sweet gig compared to the unemployment train. So one thing led to another and Chris was off to recruiting school for two months. Even more luck was on our side because there was one recruiting position in Scottsdale available, that meant no moving was needed. Sweet!
I ended up getting a job shortly after, and the first day of said job I found out I was pregnant. Recruiting was a much different beast then regular army life. For the most part I was married to a civilian, but a civilian on numbers. There were early mornings, and long nights. There was a recruiting cell phone that never stopped ringing. But we were about to start a family, and we were both still full time students on top of everything. So recruiting was much much better then another deployment. We had the freedom to travel and the time to finish school. But after graduating with his degree Chris knew he wanted something more, there were things left unfinished from when he left the infantry. Goals he had yet to meet, and for some crazy reason he was yearning for the suck! So he sat me down and we had a looooong conversation about becoming an Officer. There were packets to submit, tests to take, and not a lot of time to do it in. The day we found out Chris's officer packet was accepted we also found out that we were excepting baby numero dos. I was freaking out because my due date was right in the middle of OCS (officer candidate school). But this was something we had already committed to do, Chris had worked hard to get to this point and I wasn't about to let my fears of giving birth by myself get in the way of our future. So Chris was released from recruiting as a staff sergeant and off to officer school and Ace and I stayed in Arizona waiting for  Pierce's arrival. This period was really tough, we had very limited communication, I had no idea how or if I would be able to tell Chris when I was having this baby. But Pierce was born on labor day (quite fitting) 2011 while Chris was on the phone with me standing outside a barnes and noble in Columbus, GA. He graduated about a two months later and came home to us, only to pack up our house and road trip it right back to Georgia a week later.

Once we got to Georgia there was no slowing down, Chris jumped right into IBOLC, then Ranger School, then Airborne School. It is all kind of a blur those 10 months. I absolutely loved our time in Georgia, to me it went by so fast. I am sure for Chris days and weeks would just drag on. But once he graduated from Airborne we had 2 weeks until we left for our journey to Alaska. 
Here is where Chris' real time as an officer began he took a platoon for a year and life was kind of turned upside down as we juggled welcoming a new baby and adjusting to this phase of our lives. The dust seems to be settling now, which we are all thankful for. 

Obviously this is the most condensed version of the last several years, but it gives you and idea of where we started and the many different roads we took to get to this point. I know this is not everyones path in the military, we have kind of had to navigate our own way. But in the end Chris has always based his career decisions on what is best for our family, and we will continue to do just that. So who knows what the next 5, 10, or 20 years looks like. 

Short….sweet…and to the point…ya? 


13 comments:

  1. It takes a special kind of person to be a military wife. You really have to commit to potentially going at it alone for long periods of time. Throw kids in there and I don't know how you do it. I applaud you.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your story! Quite an adventure!

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  3. Awesome story! And I can totally relate about recruiting! I was a recruiter, and it was horrrrible!!!! The numbers, the government cell phone....the late nights, early mornings. Oh man...you just brought on a whole lot of unpleasant memories....lol!

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    1. Haha!!! Ok try and block those memories out now. But I am glad you can relate. Not that recruiting was my job or anything. But most people don't know the life of a recruiter.

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  4. Loved this! What an adventure, that's for sure. You guys are adorable!

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  5. Wow! What a busy few years you've had.

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  6. Wow! What a busy few years you've had!

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  7. That's so awesome! Its really inspiring, too! My boyfriend is looking into either switching career fields or maybe the officer deal soon!

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  8. Definitely an adventure you have had!

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  9. So sweet! You look amazing pregnant! GAHH..How'd you pull that off?! ;)

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  10. I love reading other couples' Army stories. I had no idea he had been in that long & was prior enlisted!

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  11. Oh wow--you guys have definitely been on pretty much a whirlwind ride for the past few years!

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  12. Okay, I just stalked your love story {part 1 and 2} and now this...wow, just wow. You guys are pretty much amazing, and kudos for you taking all this like a champ. I love reading Mil Spouse stories <3

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