2.08.2011

Career Watch 2011 - UPDATE

The board's decision was to discharge MacGyver honorably. Not what we were hoping for but still a blessing. The honorable characterization opens up so many doors for him that would have been closed with any other kind of discharge - National Guard, civilian employment, etc.


There are a few things that have to happen now:
1. the board's decision will have to be forwarded on to the Commanding General (who is downrange) who will either agree or override the decision
2. after the CG makes his decision (we will be informed as to what he decides) it will have to be forwarded on to Human Resources Command (HRC).
3. HRC will look at everything, weighing it all against the "needs of the Army" (i.e. how short are we on Chinook pilots/MTPs?) and make a final determination. This make take several weeks.
4. Even AFTER all of this is said and done, MacGyver can petition to be allowed back into the Army but that process can take up to (and beyond) a year.


So now he starts making phone calls and putting in applications. Tomorrow he's going to talk to the National Guard people here in addition to calling a few other contacts in other Guard units. And civilian employers. The sky is the limit, it seems.


It will be several weeks before we get final word from HRC and have to consider leaving/moving. In the meantime, we'll start exploring options.


Personally speaking, I see it as a blessing. Given the alternatives he was facing, this is a HUGE blessing. There are a lot of factors that are at play behind the scenes that don't need to be discussed here but the bottom line is that this is good news.


MacGyver is still in shock. He's disappointed that his Army career is over but relieved at the characterization of the discharge. It will take him a while to get excited about anything else - he doesn't quite know what to do if he's not in the Army as this is all he's really ever known. But he'll be ok. In the meantime, I'm excited enough for the both of us.


So it's now time to start a new adventure. Big Army's loss might very well be the Guard's gain. Or the civilian world. Who knows? In the meantime, I'm still breathing (yoga breathing, for those that are interested!).




Pau.




- hfs

10 comments:

Maj Pain said...

DO NOT FRET! Everything happens for a reason. Its going to be ok. The CG will 99% agree with whatever the board agrees with unless he was directly involved then he may add his 2 cents. You are correct the door is wide open and now he can make some good $$.

Sandi said...

So...at this point you have an interim final decision...a starting point. It's so much easier to chart a course when you know where to begin. You keep breathing; I'll keep praying. All will be well.

D2 said...

At least the "big" question has been answered now and you all can start making more plans for your future! You all are such strong people that I know you all will succeed in everything you do! My thoughts and prayers are still with you!!!

Mayberry Mom said...

I'm so glad to hear that the discharge will be honorable. Prayers as you decide the direction your family will take next.

Mom5Kids said...

Well frankly this news is a big relief! Getting on time to end this adventure and begin a new one - THANK GOD!

Elisabeth said...

The civilian world isn't all THAT bad....and I know a certain corporation that is hiring daily! You could STILL come to Savannah......

Give him a little time to breathe and look at the options out there....he'll come around to excitement soon enough. Doors close, windows open. And sometimes, a door closing is the best thing that can ever happen. :)

Love you ALL!

Jen said...

Okay, apparently Libby is signed in to HER email on MY computer...the comment above is mine! Drat that kid!

Starry-I'd said...

Hang in there! The clouds will part and a path will appear....

Leslie said...

Great News! So glad for you, and hang in there and keep breathing!! {{{Hugs}}}

Crista said...

I am happy for all of you that at least this portion has been decided and that it's an honorable discharge. I think of you often and pray for this trial of life to end.