Last week I had to make a choice: to extend my contract of service with the US National Guard, or to let my contract expire and leave the military for good. This was a big decision for me and my business, one that I didn’t take lightly. Although the National Guard is a part-time job in the military, it still requires a big time commitment and many sacrifices on my part.
I’ve been in the military in one form or another for almost ten years now. I joined the Army in 2000, traveled the world, learned a lot, and had a wonderful time. My contract ended in 2003 and I decided to stay in the military part time, serving in the National Guard. I’ve been serving in the National Guard ever since.
Honestly, I have mixed feelings about the military. Although I don’t always agree with how our country uses it’s military, I believe it is an honorable organization full of amazing people. That’s why I’ve stuck with it up to now.
This time around, when I was asked to reenlist, it was a harder decision than it has ever been before. My computer business is one of the main catalysts in my struggle to make a decision this time around. As always, I had to factor in the positive and negative outcomes of my decision. I was left making some uncomfortable choices, but choices that I feel will be beneficial in the long run not only for me, but for my business.