An Exercise in Patience

The “Hurry Up and Wait” phrase is a bit of a cliche in the military, but sadly, there’s so much truth to it.  

That’s where I am right now, with my future in a holding pattern, waiting to hear where I’m heading next.  Preaching to the choir for you active duty folks waiting on orders, I know.

Military Training Instructor Association

The Good

My Deserving Airman Commissioning Package finally made it out of the Wing and up to the appropriate people.  I’ve verified this with two different people, so I believe it to be true at this point.  Lots of blind faith going on over here.  Too bad they don’t make trackers for packages like they do pizza delivery and online shopping.  I have no idea what happens next and on what timeline, or how I’ll even be notified.  

The Bad

I’m running out of time here, folks.  My preferred school date starts on May 20th.  I’ve been buzzing around again and saw that someone has already been bumped into the next fiscal year.  I would prefer not to go July through September, as that really throws off my teaching year.  Say what you will, but I would like to do OTS during my summer vacation.  I’m dedicated to both of my careers, military, and civilian.

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The Ugly

I have no idea what’s going on with my career or DHS at this point.  We’re flirting with the idea of relocating out of state if he finds permanent employment there, but everything is up in the air at this point.  He’s on a six month TDY right now and loves what he’s doing.  If he were to make that a full-time gig, that’d be great for our family.  Of course, it would be ideal if he could find a position like that out here, but I’m not sure if that’s going to be possible, especially with the latest proposal to cut jobs at Peterson.  I can’t make any plans beyond May because I have no idea if I’ll even be in town.  My assistant principal at school is anxious to know if I’ll be here next year or what’s going on with DH’s job.  I tell him he knows as much as I do at this point, which is true.  Don’t even get me started on the “what ifs” – what if I’m at OTS when an out of state move needs to happen?  What is my culinary-challenged FIL going to feed my daughter while I’m gone?  Questions like this swirl in my head all the time.

So, in the meantime, I’m going on about my business and trying to be proactive in my research.  That’s about all I can do. Keep on truckin’, friends!


  • Megan Wadsworthsaid

    Yay for the waiting game! I hope everything works out for you and quickly. I already had to resign for next year because I just couldn't promise we would be here after December, and I'm surely not letting B PCS without me. With his brigade shutting down next year, it's hard to say how fast they'll move us. If you're around this summer, we will have to snag some lunch before one of us takes off 🙂

  • Dina Farmersaid

    I know about the waiting game! Always not fun at all. I'm hoping that things become clear for you all soon and you'll be able to determine what you can do in your very near future.We just found out we have orders to Hawaii. Squeak!

  • Auniesaid

    Gosh, glad I'm not the only one. Waiting on tech school mumbo jumbo, whether they'll be taking the A-10's out of Idaho, maybe moving our base to Mountain Home… it's all a bunch of rumors and waiting around here lately! Hoping everything goes quickly and smoothly for you! Any ideas of where you'd relocate to?

  • evan mcclarysaid

    Hey,I saw your post on the Deserving Airman Commission here when I went up for the DACP board May 2013 (Great post by the way). My base only had 1 position open and fortunately I was chosen for it. The process was sooo long and its important to stay on top of people with your package (which it seems like you are doing). I just found out recently my OTS class date is 20 May (class 14-07). I know that AFRC had some restructuring going on which pushed back packages so that is a possible delay. If you have any other questions on what I did I am more than happy to help.

  • Erinsaid

    @evan mcclary – Man, your squadron/wing is on the BALL! Nicely done that you were able to get a school date so quickly. I am definitely keeping on top of my package. There's been a lot going on behind the scenes that I haven't been able to speak of, but trust me, I am. 😉 Thank for the heads up about restructuring. I plan to look into the matter further this UTA and have my DO follow-up with his contact at AFRC. I'll keep you posted if we're going to end up being classmates!