Wednesday, January 28, 2009

There's lots of threads in ole Duder's head, man

At the risk of being totally stream of conscious, I'll try to give an update. I am still in what is called a "Warrior Transition Unit", which has grown to the size of a battalion while I've been here. "Warrior Transition" in the bizarre politically correct speech of any Federal Government agency is the Army's way of referring to Soldiers who are wounded and injured and may not be able to do what they used to be able to do.

I myself am doing pretty well, although I have had a minor set back on the shoulder. That said I am still tracking to be at 90% six months out of surgery for something I was told could take 12 months. So in addition to regular physical therapy (aside: physical therapists are some sadistic SOBs, it should be called Pain and Torture), and general working out I have been working on finding employment once I am released.

What fucking timing you say? Yeah the economy is a little shitting to be looking for work, which is why I have several COAs (Course of Action) running at the same time - looking for professional civilian work, looking for contract intel work locally (which there is a fair amount of where I live), and keeping the recruiters who deal in contract work overseas on the hook as a fall back plan. There is some good money still to be made in Iraq, especially with my background, but really I am not up for that.

I have also been trying (spectacularly unsuccessfully I might add) to learn how to type, teach myself Spanish, trying to forget Arabic, reading all the books I've bought and never got to read, catching up on what is going on in business and IT (my civilian profession) and studying for a 4 hour certification exam.

That's how I cope I guess, always have had to be busy. It's how I dealt with Iraq - work, work, work. And it's why Bosnia was such a tough deployment for me at first not enough to do (boy did that change, but that's another story, only Widge and some asshole I won't mention know much of it)

The last thing I have been trying to grapple with is, as the Clash said so eloquently "Should I stay or should I go now..."

I have been on Stoploss (don't feel sorry for me, I knew damn well that would happen, as should every service member who isn't on their first enlistment) since November of 2007 (say it ain't so!), so if I do nothing I will be out of the Guard when my terminal leave is over. Originally, I had no thought of staying in after I got back, but that was before greedy bankers ate my my 401(k) (which I think is now a 124(f)) so the Guard retirement looks a lot better, especially now that deployment time can be used to draw pay earlier. There also is the matter of my Naval Reserve Commission, which the Navy screwed me on when I refused to puss out of my deployment to Iraq, the details of which is probably another post. I have thought about going to my Congressmen to fight to have it reinstated, but then who probably end up working for the same asses that fucked me over in the first place. A lot depends on what happens on the job front, although my family wants me out no matter what, I have to make sure we have health coverage, and I only have 6 years to get a retirement, so I have to be practical.

So that's whats up. Pretty normal and boring really. I have been able to see a few buddies now and then, and that is always good. We had a great Regimental Dinner a few months back, and all I can say is getting a hotel room was a good call. The picture to the right is pretty much how I remember it. My buddy "Joe" is back from Asscrackistan, and I think my friends in Kosovo will back soon.

That's all that's fit to print, maybe I'll write some war stories soon. Or maybe not.


"D" AKA CI-Roller Dude said...

See Grump, don't you feel better now? That's why I do a blogg to get all the "stuff" out. Nobody at work or anywhere else wants to here: "this one time in Iraq we ran out of fucking starbucks in the PX" (when I really mean they forget to get us ammo before we rolled into Falluja.
But....I figured my Nat Guard retirement will actually be more than I make for showing up at drills. and my plan is to show up at drills, drink coffee and tell war stories. I haven't done a PT Test since I was in Baghdad! Nobody expects me to do anything until we go to the range or something comes up that nobody can figure out.

Sergeant Grumpy, you're one of the best...I'd deploy with you anywhere (as long as it's not with them MN MF'ers.) Attack!!!

Anonymous said...

xo...glad to see you are you writing next???

"D" AKA CI-Roller Dude said...

Hey Grumpy,
Should we both write a co-written story about Bosnia? Like the time we all got arrest and had our weapons and badges taken away....them assholes!
I'm glad I'm with a different unit now....I tell my new commander at every drill how friggen happy I am.

Sergeant Grumpy said...

Ahh Bosnia, yeah that was fun.

Anonymous said...

Escribir una historia de guerra en español ... Usted tiene a la práctica de todos modos, ¿verdad?

Our terp can be...

Muy divertido ver cómo los blogs pueden ser?
hahaha...translations crack me up.

Anonymous said...

And I love D's two really have to write a Bosnian story...that would be great.

Anonymous said...

our unit needs to get off their fat AGR butts and get you commissioned in the army so we can keep you around.

you know i'll always find work for you we go down range again.

the dinning in was fun, at least what i remember of it. gets hazy after my trip to the grog bowl.

i miss you man.

Sergeant Grumpy said...

Hey J,

Bueno mi español no es que las buenas, pero tal vez yo puedo intentar.

Really, my best Spanish right now is:

Me tres cervezas. Y rápido!

But you make me think about a good Bosnia post that has good lessons learned for anyone who has to use a terp. Waddaya think Widge?

Or we could go with

A priča o pijenje piva u Zagrebu.