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Old 02-24-2009, 10:16 AM
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Question In limbo ?'s about life in guard

Hey all I am a 31y/o mother of 2 (12&8) I have been a vol firefighter medic for 2 years and with the economy and jobs the way they are every fire dept is highering more experienced or military pref firefighters. I am seriously considering joining the guard and going for either firefighter or medic. I was hoping to get some feedback from others who may have been in my position and a late in life joiner. Any other mommy's out there trying to get the best for theirs? I am married as well, he is a deputy sheriff and yes we are still struggling.
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Old 03-01-2009, 07:35 PM
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Default it is tough for the late in life crew

My husband is turning 42 the day of Basic graduation. We have 2 girls, one on the way, and he has 2 sons in college. I say this because it is really the family in which you leave behind for training to hold down the fort. Your only as strong as your family you leave behind.
Being away from the family has been hard on my husband. Being in our 30s and 40s, there is so much relationship "baggage" that makes written letters and 2- 10 minute phone calls somehow lacking.
If you and your husband understand, fully understand, what your getting into then I say good for you. Try it. Make sure the kids are on board as well, because 3 months without speaking to dad has been devistating for my 5 year old daughter.

Good luck!
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Old 03-01-2009, 08:03 PM
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If you are looking at joining the National Guard I would suggest that you look into your local units and see what MOS's they need. Not sure how far you are going to want to travel to be in a unit that has firefighter slots or medics.

Have you talked to a recruiter at all?
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Old 03-02-2009, 07:51 PM
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Default ?'s in limbo

Hi there thanks for the reply's. My family is being very supportive. I think it will be hardest on my daughter (8). I have talked to a recruiter and there are some medic openings within an hour or so drive, so its not to bad. If there are any late in life enlister mommy's please let me know that everything works out I would never want to be like the mom in FL who showed up with her kids!
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:31 PM
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I'm not a late in life joiner but I did have all three of my boys while I was in the Army. It can be a hard balance, however I was Active Duty most of the time, NG is very different. I was in the Reserves for a bit when my youngest was an infant and it was still somewhat a balancing act. With the rotations that are going on right overseas you could find yourself gone 18-24 months so you need to prepare yourself and your family for that (but not make it your main focus).

The main thing is being prepared for drill weekends, your two week annual training and making sure you have a plan if you should get activated. You have to be ready for whatever they throw out at you once you sign the dotted line.

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